Since 1966, the Center for English as a Second Language (CESL) at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIU) has been a successful intensive English program with a well-established international reputation. Students benefit from small class sizes and individualized attention in a beautiful natural environment. They enjoy a beautiful forest and lake on campus. Students also take advantage of outdoor hiking, boating, camping, sporting events, and building relationships 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 American cities like St. Louis, Chicago, Indianapolis, Memphis and Nashville.