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APPLY TO THE IMMERSION PROGRAMS

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND U.S. CULTURE IMMERSION PROGRAMS

Each of these programs will give you a unique and unforgettable experience of U.S. culture while you improve your English!

PROGRAM DETAILS:

The Center for English as a Second Language (CESL) is offering two short-term programs that provide an in-depth experience with U.S. culture combined with intensive preparation and follow up in English. There is a 3-week Community Engagement Program and a 4-week U.S. Culture Immersion Program. Applicants must have at least a 400 TOEIC, 4.0 IELTS, 30 iBT, B1 level on the CEFR scale, or equivalent. Each day of the program will consist of:

2 hours of preparation and follow up work:

  • Community Engagement Program: Preparation and follow up work in English will allow you to get the most out of your community experiences, understand them, compare them, prepare for your next ones, and decide how you might apply what you’ve learned to conditions in your own country. Moreover, activities will be assessed regarding the degree to which they work toward attainment of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/
  • U.S. Culture Immersion Program: Preparation and follow up work in English will support your activities in the community, teaching you the language you need to interact, have fun, and learn.

2 hours of activities in our Southern Illinois community: 

  • Community Engagement Program: You will engage in intensive on-site work with local people, working with local, regional and national organizations to improve the environment and the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds. Also, as mentioned above, activities will be evaluated in terms of United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/
  • U.S. Culture Immersion Program: You will experience a variety of social and cultural activities that give you a personal experience with how Americans help each other and enjoy their free time, learning American values and habits in the process.

VISA:

These short-term programs do not require a U.S. student visa (F-1). Students from qualifying countries can participate with a visa waiver (see Visa Waiver Program for a list of eligible countries) or a B-visa, which are much easier and affordable to obtain.

Program dates for 2020:

  • 3-week Community Engagement Program:
    • 11 May – 29 May Program
    • Customized programs can be scheduled for groups of 10 or more
  • 4-week U.S. Culture Immersion Program:
    • 13 January – 7 February
    • 16 March – 10 April
    • 4 June – 29 June
    • 17 August – 11 September
    • 14 October – 10 November

PROGRAM COST:

The following table details program costs for the Community Engagement Program.

                     3-Week Community Engagement Program                    CESL & SIU Fees
Application Fee $50.00
Tuition & Fees (includes tech fee, ID card, and legal fee) $700.00

$625.00 if B visa
SIU fee: Recreation Center $28.00
SIU fee: Health Insurance & Health Center Access (includes mandatory tuberculosis screening) $203.50
Local Transportation (pass for local bus service) $18.00
Activity Fee $350.00
Housing (Ambassador Hall; includes linens, all rooms share bathrooms with adjacent rooms) $407.00 (single)

$303.00 (double)*
TOTAL COST PER STUDENT: $1,756.50 (single)/$1,681.50 (single, B visa)
$1,652.50 (double)/$1,577.50 (double, B visa)  

* Any student who desires a double occupancy room must provide their own roommate. Ambassador Hall cannot provide roommates.


The next table details program costs for the Culture Immersion Program.

                     4-Week U.S. Culture Immersion Program                    CESL & SIU Fees
Application Fee $50.00
Tuition & Fees (includes tech fee, ID card, and legal fee) $675.00
$575.00 if B visa
Placement Test Fee $15.00
SIU fee: Recreation Center $36.00
SIU fee: Health Insurance & Health Center Access (includes mandatory tuberculosis screening) $203.50
Local Transportation (pass for local bus service) $18.00
Activity Fee $400.00
Textbooks (will be provided to each student for a $100 use fee and a $100 deposit. When the student returns their books at the end of the program, the $100 deposit will be returned to the student.) $100.00
Housing (Ambassador Hall; includes linens, all rooms share bathrooms with adjacent rooms) $505.00 (single)

$375.00 (double)*
TOTAL COST PER STUDENT: $2,002.50 (single)/$1,902.50 (single, B visa)
$1,872.50 (double)/$1,772.50 (double, B visa) 

* Any student who desires a double occupancy room must provide their own roommate. Ambassador Hall cannot provide roommates.

APPLY TO THE IMMERSION PROGRAMS

TEACHER TRAINING AND OTHER CUSTOMIZED PROGRAMS

CESL also offers teacher training and other customized programs designed to the customer's specifications. CESL has a long and successful history of offering such programs. For more information, please write directly to the CESL Director, Bill Hellriegel william.hellriegel@siu.edu