Southern Illinois University at Carbondale is located in Carbondale, Illinois, a college town of 30,000 people approximately 100 miles southeast of St. Louis, Missouri. We are near the Shawnee National Forest, a very beautiful part of the state of Illinois.

Regular sessions are 8 weeks long and include 25-30 hours of classroom, tutoring, and language media center instruction per week in the full intensive program depending on level. Two six-week terms are offered in the summer. The six-week term offers one hour more per day than the eight-week term. CESL has six levels of instruction, plus a course for graduate students: General English I (Beginner), General English II (Low intermediate), Advanced English I (Intermediate), Advanced English II (High Intermediate), English for Academic Purposes II (Advanced). Graduate Student English (GSE) is open to students who have completed the regular full-time program and are entering graduate school. Additional language training is provided for International Teaching Assistants holding graduate assistantships in the university.

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Center for English as a Second Language · Carbondale, IL, United States 62901-4518


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Housing is arranged for...

Housing is arranged for our students based on their requests. Most students stay in off-campus dormitories adjacent to the campus or in on-campus dorms. Off-campus apartments are also available and affordable.


8-week: $900-1000; 6-week: $700

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