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As a student at the Center for English as a Second Language (CESL) at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIU) you will benefit from small class sizes and individualized attention in a beautiful natural environment. 

In addition to study in class, you students also have the opportunity to study on an individual basis in CESL's language labs or sign up for our Conversation Partners Program

Outside of your CESL classes you can enjoy a beautiful forest and lake on campus, which is in the culturally diverse city of Carbondale, Illinois. 

Carbondale is near the Shawnee National Forest, a 270,000 acre national forest with several recreational areas for hiking and camping, and lakes for fishing and boating. Carbondale was named ‘The Best Small City in Illinois’ by Life in America’s Small Cities. People enjoy a low cost of living, and it is easy to get to major American cities like St. Louis, Chicago, Indianapolis, Memphis and Nashville.