Admission to CESL
Thank you for your interest in Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Center for English as a Second Language (CESL.) intensive English program. As part of SIUC, our intensive English program is authorized by federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students and issue the I-20 form required to apply for a student visa.
CESL admission is open to individuals who:
- Are age 18 or older and/or who have completed high school.
- Have enough funds or a scholarship to cover their tuition, fees and living expenses for the duration of their CESL study.
- Are willing to work hard in a demanding language-learning program.
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- Submit the CESL application form which is available:
- Send a copy of your passport; it must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your period of stay in the United States.
- Provide one of these as proof of funding:
- A copy of a bank statement from the person paying for your education.
- A copy of your financial guarantee if you have a scholarship.
- Complete the Financial Statement Form (pdf)
- Pay a $50.00 non-refundable
- Provide transcripts of your academic records (if you are under 18 or if you are a transfer student)
You may send copies of the supporting documents to firstname.lastname@example.org but you will need to take the originals to your visa interview and bring them to the CESL office during registration week. You may also send the documents via mail to:
*In addition, a $1000 initial non-refundable tuition deposit might be required before granting admission. This one-time fee indicates your commitment to attend CESL and secures your course enrollment. When you register as a new student, the $1000 deposit will be applied towards the tuition of your first term. Please note that this deposit will not be refunded if you withdraw from CESL before finishing the term.
U.S. Permanent Residents or Citizens:
Please submit a copy of you permanent resident card (“green card”) or proof of U.S. citizenship (a U.S. passport).
Application Processing Time:
Applications are usually be processed within 7-10 business days after all documents are received.
*Payment in full or proof of sponsorship is required at time of registration at the school or a $25 late fee may be assessed. Students will not be permitted to enter classes until tuition or a financial guarantee is received.
Here is more information about the documents you must submit to CESL in order to complete an application:
Regular Students Application Checklist
- A copy of the applicant’s passport.
- Financial Guarantee Form (download Word doc).
- Bank statement (see below.)*
- Certificate showing completion of secondary school if you are under 18 years of age.
Transfer Students Application Checklist
- A copy of the first I-20 form, and the most recent I-20 form that the student has been issued.
- A copy of the student’s I-94.
- A copy of the F-1 student visa.
- Attendance form (download Word doc).
- Transcript from current language program.
- Financial statement (download Word document).
- Bank Statement (see below.)*
- Current Financial Guarantee (only for students sponsored by their government or embassy.)
- Transfer Verification form (download Word doc).
The applicant must submit his/her own bank statement or the bank statement of the person who will pay for the applicant’s studies. It must show a balance of $4,500 US for each intended session of study. The statement must be written in English. The name of the account owner must be in English. The statement must clearly show the type of currency held in the account.
The application fee ($50) is not refundable.
*Please note that a $1,000 initial non-refundable tuition deposit may be required in order to complete your admission process. This one-time fee indicates your commitment to attend our center and secures your course enrollment.
If you register as our student at the beginning of the term you have been admitted for, and subsequently attend one term at CESL, that $1,000 deposit will be credited toward your tuition. It will become the final installment to complete your tuition payment. At the time of initial registration you will also need to pay the normal student fees, the campus health insurance costs, and any amount still due for tuition, less the $1000 deposit you have already paid.
Paying by check or money order
If the application fee and tuition deposit are paid by check or money order, the application will not be processed until the check or money order has been received in the mail.
You may submit your application and documents by any of these methods:
- Submit the application and all documents listed below by email to CESL@SIU.EDU. You must type your SURNAME in the subject line of the message.
- Fax the documents to 618/453-6527. Please include a cover sheet showing the student’s name and email address.
- You or someone you designate my carry the documents to the CESL office.