How will I know my level?
All new students in the Intensive English Program (IEP) take a placement test upon arrival to determine which level the student will begin.
How long will it take to finish my IEP studies?
This will depend on your English ability when you arrive at CESL. This document provides some helpful information: https://arizona.box.com/shared/static/lidygzaxbu2pad1fgi60ef281vl1ql3u.pdf Click here https://arizona.box.com/v/placement-table to view the full placement table.
How long is each level?
Do I have to finish the IEP to enter the University of Arizona (UA)?
CESL recommends you finish the Intensive English and University Track Pathway (U-Track Pathway) programs before you begin UA studies. However, students who obtain a TOEFL or IELTS score high enough for direct admission may exit the program early.
Can I retest at CESL if I think my level is wrong or if I want to jump a level?
New CESL Students who take CESL’s placement test when they first arrive may ask to re-test if they think their level is incorrect. CESL administration will determine if the student’s first test result is close enough to another level to justify retesting, and will let the student know if a retest is possible. Students may not retest to move down a level.
Current CESL students who wish to progress through CESL’s levels more quickly may ask to retest at the beginning of a new session if their grades from the previous session are good. If the test result shows they can move up more than one level, CESL will let the student jump a level. Retesting is neither required nor does it guarantee a student will jump a level. Students who wish to jump from the IEP into the University Track Pathway should first contact CESL admissions as these are two separate CESL programs.
The fee for all retesting at CESL is $45
If I want to attend the University Track Pathway Program after the IEP, do I need a TOEFL or IELTS score?
No. You can enter the U-Track Pathway directly from the IEP with good grades in level 7.
Do you offer scholarships or financial aid to help with tuition?
Unfortunately, we do not offer any kind of scholarship or financial aid for our programs. Students may seek private sponsorship from their governments or other organizations.
What are the steps to apply for the F-1 Student Visa?
- Apply to the CESL Program
- When you are admitted to the CESL program, you will receive your I-20
- Pay your SEVIS fee
- Complete your visa application
- Schedule and attend your visa interview
Can I attend your program on a B1/B2 Visitor/Tourist visa?
If your goal in coming to Tucson is to study English with us, you should apply for full-time study on an F-1 student visa. To discuss your options, please call us at (520) 621-3637.