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IELP Application Form

IELP Application Process:

Students who want to study at the Intensive English Language Program must be non-native speakers of English,18 years of age by the first day of classes and must complete the following application process:

Complete the application form on this website or request a brochure and application from esl@csuohio.edu or call 216-875-9669.
Send the non-refundable application fee ($40) with credit card information, a check or money order (drawn from a US bank in US dollars) made payable to Cleveland State University.
If you are requesting an I-20 form to get an F-1 Student visa, send original documents showing financial support (see information below).  All documents must be in English or sent with an official translation.
Send a copy of your passport page so we can confirm the spelling of your name and your date of birth.
Optional: If you are also applying to Cleveland State University, you can send your most recent high school or college transcripts (school records) translated into English.
The application can be:

Mailed to:  
                   English as a Second Language Program
                   Cleveland State University
                   2121 Euclid Avenue, JH 314
                   Cleveland, OH 44115-2214 USA

Express Mailed to:  
                    English as a Second Language Program
                    Cleveland State University
                    2485 Euclid Avenue JH 314
                    Cleveland, OH 44115-2214 USA 

                    Express Mailing Instructions Click Here!

Faxed to:     216-687-5299

Emailed to:   esl@csuohio.edu  

4 ways to Apply

Acceptance to the IELP does not guarantee acceptance to Cleveland State University.  For information about admission to Cleveland State University, please go to http://www.csuohio.edu/offices/international/admissions/. 

All documents must be in English or sent with an official translation.

Fill out our application form in MS Word version below and send the application fee and documents separately by mail. You will receive a confirmation by mail.
Print our application form in Adobe version Fill it out and fax to (216) 687-5299. Mail the other documents and application fee to the address on the form.
Print our application form. Fill it out and send it via postal mail, the application fee and documents to address on form.
Call the Intensive English Language Program for an in-person appointment at 216-875-9669 or 216-875-9665. Our office hours are 8am -5pm and we are located at:

Cleveland State University
ESL Program - Teacher Education
2485 Euclid Avenue, JH 314
Cleveland, OH 44115

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Click Here for our online application form.
Statement of Financial Responsibility

All international students must show financial (tuition and living expenses) support for the length of time that they plan to study or at least one semester or summer session. (See Costs on website). Financial documentation must be sent in order for Cleveland State University to issue an I-20 form. The financial verification and I-20 must be presented at the U.S. Embassy or consulate when applying for an F-1 Visa.

Please have two original financial documents prepared:
One for Cleveland State University and
One to present to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

All documents must be in English, original, dated and issued within the past year. The originals must be in English or must be sent with official translations.
You must have one or a combination of the following documents.

An original bank statement in your name showing the amount of funds available in U.S. dollars.
An original bank statement in your guarantor's name (sponsor or
parent) that indicates the amount (in U.S. dollars) available accompanied by a letter of confirmation from the guarantor of his or her intention to provide support. The bank statement MUST indicate a minimum amount held in the account, on bank stationary with a telephone and FAX number for the branch and street address.
An Affidavit of Support (I-134 form) if your sponsor is a US citizen or Permanent Resident of U.S. The form can be obtained from our office or it can be downloaded at http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/I-134.pdf.  Item #11 must be completed indicating the sponsor's financial intentions.
A letter from your guarantor's employer accompanied by a letter from the guarantor confirming his or her intention to provide support. The guarantor's salary must be at least twice the amount that he or she plans to provide..
A letter of support from your government or other sponsoring agency that indicates the amount available and additional provisions, such as health insurance coverage. Please provide a signed copy of the award letter with billing instructions. You should also send a copy to Bursar's office once you arrive in order for the billing to take place.

If your documents indicate an amount in a currency other than U.S. dollars we will convert the amount according to the exchange rate on the day we receive your financial support documents.


When we receive your application, we will mail you a confirmation notice. If you have not received a confirmation notice within one month, please call us at (216) 875-9669. Please give us an e-mail address on your application, if you have one.

Payment Information

Full Payment

Go to Treasury Services-Cashier’s office (MC 1st floor) and pay by cash, check, or money order. If you are doing third party billing, speak with the ESL office.
You can also pay by electronic check or credit card (AE, MC, D) on Campusnet.  If you have your id # and password, so you can pay on-line
If you need to do a wire transfer (bank to bank), please get information from the ESL office (esl@csuohio.edu or 216-875-9665).
 If you are staying on campus, have Fenn Tower or Viking Hall information added to your ID card.

Payment Plan (4 Payments)

Go to Treasury Services in order to set up the Budget Payment Plan. You must sign the form and give it to the Cashier’s Office (MC 1st floor) with the first payment. One fourth (1/4) of your bill is due at this time. 
The types of payment are the same as above.
The ESL office will have information about the exact dates when payments are due.

*If you are not registered yet, the tuition will not show on your bill.  Check your bill/campusnet for the exact date or with the IELP office if you are unsure
Please note:  Treasury Services will not accept payment on Visa cards.  They will accept Mastercard, Discover or American Express with online payments.  They will continue to accept cash, checks, money orders, traveler’s checks and bank wire transfers.

Withdrawal/Refund Policy

Your course fee will be refunded or your bill cancelled if you withdraw from a course during the first two weeks of classes. Other partial refunds will be granted based on the University schedule policy. You must call (216) 875-9669 or come to the ESL office to withdraw. If you do not withdraw, but stop going to classes, you will be responsible for the full tuition.


If you need assistance, call us at (216) 687-2144 before your first class meeting for information about classroom accessibility.


If we have to cancel a class, we will notify you immediately. You may choose to transfer to another class or receive a full tuition refund.


Please contact the IELP/ESL offices at esl@csuohio.edu if you will have a car and need to park on campus.

For more information, contact:

Michele Bowman, Ph.D.
Director, ESL Program/Intensive English Language Program
2121 Euclid Avenue, JH 314
Cleveland State University
Cleveland, OH 44115

Campus Address:
ESL Program - Teacher Education Department
2485 Euclid Avenue, Julka Hall 314
Cleveland, OH 44115
Email: esl@csuohio.edu


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Mailing Address
Cleveland State University
College of Education and Human Services
ESL Program
2121 Euclid Avenue
Julka Hall 314
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214

Campus Location
2485 Euclid Avenue
Julka Hall 314
Phone: 216-687-4600
Fax: 216-687-5379
Email: esl@csuohio.edu

Director ESL Program
Intensive English Language Program
Michele S. Bowman,Ph.D.
Phone: 216-875-9669
Email: m.s.bowman@csuohio.edu