Community Engagement Program

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Community Engagement

APPLY TO THE IMMERSION PROGRAMS

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT & 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 at a Second Language (CESL) is offering two short-term programs that provide an in-depth experience with U.S. culture combined with intensive English instruction. There is a 3-week program and a 4-week program. Each day of the program will consist of: 

2 hours of classroom work:

  • U.S. Culture Immersion Program: Part-time English instruction will support your activities in the community, teaching you the language you need to interact, have fun, and learn.
  • Community Engagement Program: Classroom work will help you prepare for 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.

2 hours of activities in our Southern Illinois community: 

  • 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.
  • 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. 

Visa:

These short-term programs do not require a U.S. visa. Students from qualifying countries can participate with a visa waiver or B-visa, which is much easier and affordable to obtain.

Program dates for 2019:

  • 3-week Community Engagement Program:
    • 22 July – 9 August Program
    • Customized programs can be scheduled for groups of 10 or more
  • 4-week U.S. Culture Immersion Program:
    • 14 January – 8 February
    • 18 March – 12 April
    • 20 May – 14 June
    • 19 August – 13 September
    • 14 October – 8 November

 

This table details program costs for the Community Engagement Program

Program cost:

                     3-Week Program                    CESL & SIU Fees
Application Fee $50.00
Tuition & Fees (includes tech fee, ID card, and legal fee) $510.00

$435.00 if B visa
SIU fee: Recreation Center $28.00
SIU fee: Health Insurance & Health Center Access (includes mandatory tuberculosis screening) $187.00
Transportation (includes transportation to and from the airport, and local bus service) $168.00
Activity Fee $300.00
Housing

(Ambassador Hall; includes linens, all rooms share bathrooms with adjacent rooms)
$407.00 (single)

$303.00 (double)
TOTAL COST PER STUDENT*: $1,650.00 (single)/$1,575.00 (single, B visa)
$1,546.00 (double)/$1,471.00 (single, B visa)  

* Total cost may vary based on prices of text books.

 

This table details program costs for the Community Engagement Program
                     4-Week 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
SIU fee: Recreation Center $36.00
SIU fee: Health Insurance & Health Center Access (includes mandatory tuberculosis screening) $187.00
Transportation (includes transportation to and from the airport, and local bus service) $168.00
Activity Fee $400.00
Housing

(Ambassador Hall; includes linens, all rooms share bathrooms with adjacent rooms)
$505.00 (single)

$375.00 (double)
TOTAL COST PER STUDENT*: $1,516.00 (single)/$1,921.00 (single, B visa)
$1,891.00 (double)/$1,791.00 (double, B visa) 

* Total cost may vary based on prices of text books.