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Global Education Management Services :: Study Abroad and Global Study Abroad Information

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Location: Carbondale, IL

Institution: Public International Student Body: 6 percent
Year Founded: 1966 Student/Faculty Ratio: 10:1
Academic Calendar: Semester Campus Setting: Rural
Undergrad Student Body: 15,551 Requirements: View Current
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CESL was established in 1966 and has many years of experience teaching English to international students interested in pursuing an education in the U.S. or in improving their English language skills for personal or professional reasons. We enjoy a well-established reputation for our excellence in teaching English to international students. SIUC is classified as a Carnegie Doctoral / Research - Extensive University, placing SIUC in the top 3.8% of U.S. colleges and universities. SIUC offers degrees in 101 undergraduate programs and 106 graduate and professional programs.


CESL is a member of the University Consortium of Intensive English Programs (UCIEP) and the American Association of Intensive English Language Programs (AAIEP), organizations that represent the top ESL programs in the United States. CESL is also fully accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA).

SIUC offers conditional admission to all international undergraduate students.

CESL instructors are part of the Department of Linguistics and members of the University faculty. We stay current and are active in research and methodology in the field of ESL and second language acquisition. Our full-time classroom instructors are members of the University’s faculty and hold master’s degrees or doctorates in Teaching English as a Second Language or related fields. Most have had extensive teaching experience and many speak a second language and have had overseas experience.

CESL has full-time international student advisors to assist students with any questions and/or concerns and with admission into undergraduate or graduate programs on our campus or at another university.


  • General English
  • Advanced English
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Graduate Student English*
CESL offers four 8-week sessions in the fall and spring semesters and two 6-week sessions in the summer.

CESL has six graded intensive courses with 20-26 hours of instruction per week with a full seventh level for graduate students.

CESL offers the following levels:
Levels 1 and 2: General English
Levels 3 and 4: Advanced English
Levels 5 and 6: English for Academic Purposes
Level 7: Graduate Student English (open to students entering graduate programs at SIUC)

Courses: Within each of the above levels, students take several courses, for example, TOEFL Preparation, Integrated Core Class (Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening), Grammar, Writers’ Workshop, Oral English, Advanced Communication, Pronunciation, Communication Strategies, News Talk, Novel/Film, Culture, Grammar and Editing, Focused Reading Strategies, Discussion Topics, Note Taking, Vocabulary, Idioms and Presentations and Fluency.

Graduate Student English (GSE) is a special course for students entering graduate school. Activities include reports, research papers, critical reviews and specialized readings associated with the individual student’s major field of study as well as research methodology.



Language Media Center: Computer-assisted language learning is available to all levels of study, in our Language Media Center 12 hours per day.

CESL Writing Lab: CESL's own computer Writing Lab is used by CESL writing classes, and is available for student use at other times of the day.

Observing Academic Classes: Students at advanced levels may register to participate as observers in any regular University class of their choice.

TOEFL Preparation: Students in Level 4 through Level 6 can take a special TOEFL class designed to help those who wish to improve their test-taking skills.

Customized Programs for Special Groups: Language instruction may be designed and offered on request to special groups (e.g. business executives, airline pilots, nurses, hotel managers). Any number of participants, length of study and interest area can be accommodated.

Carbondale is a small, friendly city located in the heartland of the United States in southern Illinois. The city serves as the host and focal point of trade, tourism, and education for the region. The large and beautiful rural campus is within driving distance of urban areas such as St. Louis, Missouri, Memphis, Tennessee, and Chicago, Illinois. The mid-South climate is ideal for SIUC students to enjoy camping, hiking, boating, cycling, and other outdoor activities year-round. The SIUC campus houses its own lake and forest.

The SIUC Student Recreation Center facilities include an Olympic-sized pool, several gyms, aerobics facilities, racquetball courts, weight rooms, martial arts rooms, a climbing wall, a base camp where students may checkout camping equipment, a complete indoor track, saunas, locker rooms, and meeting rooms.

Upon arrival, students will be assisted in making arrangements for living accommodations. Most students prefer to live in dormitories near campus. The approximate cost of room and board in dormitories is US $2000.00 for an 8 week term. The approximate cost for the 6 week term is US $1800.00.

CESL has four computer labs / media centers.

Students can gain admission into undergraduate programs at SIUC with less than a 520 TOEFL score if they successfully complete Level 6 and score at least 500 or above on TOEFL, although we do occasionally release students who have done well in our program but score less than 500 on TOEFL. Students in Levels 4-6 can also sign up to participate as observers in SIUC classes.

CESL classrooms are located in the Faner Building, adjacent to the Student Center and Morris Library, in the center of campus. The Student Center covers about eight acres of floor space. It houses the University Bookstore, an extensive food service including nine different dining facilities, bowling alley, billiard room and many student focused resources.


Located on the modern campus of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (SIUC), the study environment is wholesome and peaceful, and students enjoy a world-class recreation center. Most students enjoy the beautiful forest and lake on campus, in addition to outdoor hiking, boating, camping, baseball games, sports, and contact with the friendly people of southern Illinois. Bordered by a 270,000 acre national forest and surrounded by several fishing and boating lakes, the city of Carbondale was named ‘The Best Small City in Illinois’ by Life in America’s Small Cities. Located in the ‘Heartland’ region of the U.S.A., residents enjoy a low cost of living combined with easy access to major cities like St. Louis, Chicago, Indianapolis, and Nashville.

A notarized, current bank statement verifying that the student has a minimum of $3,500 U.S. Dollars in a cash account available for his or her use. If the bank account is not in the student's name, then a notarized letter of support should accompany the notarized bank statement from the holder of the account. Most consulates around the world require the applicant to prove that he or she is able to pay for his or her entire program of study.  
CESL Charges

Application Charge (non refundable) $50.00

Class Charge $2000.00 (8-week program) $1850.00 (6-week program)

Activities Charge $30.00

Other Costs to Students

Health Service (approximate) - SIUC Health Service provides primary care and major medical insurance (non refundable) $350.00 (8-week program) $300.00 (6-week program)

TOEFL Test Fee (per test) $25.00

Recreation (non refundable) $64.15

Books (average) $100.00

Dormitory and Food (approximate) $2000.00 (8-week program) $1800.00 (6-week program)

Apartments ($400 - $600 per month)

Incidental Costs - Expenses for entertainment and incidentals amount to $35 - $50 per week for the average student.

ALL CESL CHARGES, DORMITORY FEES, AND OTHER EXPENSES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

The 6-week summer term classes meet one hour per day more than classes during the 8-week term.


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