About the Center for English as a Second Language: CESL is the only Intensive English Language Program in the state of Arizona accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation, CEA. CESL has met nationally-accepted standards of excellence, and assures students and their sponsors that The University of Arizona's English language instruction and related services will be of the highest quality. Other important professional affiliations include:
Intensive English: CESL provides full-time (20 to 22.5 hours per week) intensive English language training at all levels and at all skills to students and trainees from throughout the world. In operation since 1968, CESL has trained more than 22,000 students, scholars and professionals from all over the world.
Intersession: During the month-long vacations in May and December, CESL offers 3-week intersession courses for students who stay in Tucson and wish to continue their intensive language studies. In June and July, CESL offers a regular 8-week session. Students may also access the University's facilities that are open during the break.
IUAP: Intensive University Academic Preparation: In July, CESL provides intensive concentration on academic skills in English and orientation to U.S. university life, culture and services for students already admitted to a U.S. university. CESL can help you start your studies with a feeling of familiarity and confidence.
TEEN English Program: CESL offers intensive English language instruction to teenagers from ages 13 to 17. Students receive four hours of language instruction per day, Monday through Thursday. On Fridays, teachers accompany students on recreation / cultural excursions around Tucson.
Customized Programs for Individuals or Groups: CESL has successfully designed and implemented a wide variety of customized programs for groups, hosted in Tucson or at other locations. Customized programs may emphasize special curriculum, according to the group's requirements.
Teacher Training Certificates: CESL offers teacher training programs in English as a Foreign Language, to expand and update English language teaching skills depending on your career goals. Students may earn professional certificates upon satisfactory completion of the program.
CESL students may be admitted to the University upon completion of CESL, and with CESL's endorsement in place of the required TOEFL score.
Students must apply directly to the University Undergraduate Admissions Office or the Graduate College for conditional admission. Academic departments can recommend a student for conditional admission if the student meets all the admission requirements except for the minimum English requirements. If the student is paying his ESL education with personal funds, he may apply to CESL and receive his I-20 (visa application) to study in the intensive English program before he is considered for conditional admission. If the English studies are being paid by a sponsoring agency and dependent upon conditional admission, the I-20 cannot be issued until CESL receives a copy of the letter of Conditional Admission from the appropriate Admissions Office at The University of Arizona.
About The University of Arizona
The University of Arizona is a premier, student-centered research institution. Established in 1885, the University embraces its three-fold mission of excellence in teaching, research and public service. Now in its second century of service, The University of Arizona has become one of the nation's top 20 public research institutions. It is one of only 62 members in the Association of American Universities, a prestigious organization that recognizes universities with exceptionally strong research and academic programs. With world class faculty in fields as diverse as astronomy, plant science, biomedical science, business, law, music and dance, The University of Arizona offers a rewarding educational experience to all who choose to focus on excellence.
With its mixed cultural heritage and international population, Tucson provides a fitting backdrop for a university. Spanish, Mexican, and Native American influences mark a city which celebrates its differences and preserves its traditions. Tucson's traditions span centuries of habitation from prehistoric Indian cultures to recent immigrants from Malaysia.
True to its Old West beginnings, Tucson's history is peopled with visionaries, opportunists and free-thinkers of every stripe. Over the years, the city has flown the flags of three different countries and both sides in the U.S. Civil War. Today, Tucson is a growing metropolis of 900,000 people. Surrounded by mountains and the high Sonoran desert, Tucson boasts a distinctive southwestern look, and enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine each year.
We invite you to join us! We look forward to welcoming you to The Center for English as a Second Language at The University of Arizona. To learn more, review all of our programs and select the ones that interest you. Then complete the inquiry form, and we'll respond to you directly.