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Intensive English Language Program (IELP)

An exciting new future begins with CSU's IELP.
IELF Important Information

IELP at Cleveland State University can help you improve your English skills whether your goals are for educational, business or personal reasons. By living "in the language," you will learn English more efficiently.

Cleveland is a welcoming, multicultural city in the mid-western United States with four distinct seasons. You can explore US culture and customs by visiting the many museums and cultural events in Cleveland and the state of Ohio.

Students who apply to study at the Intensive English Language Program must be 18 years of age by the first day of classes.

Application Deadlines
Core Courses
Support Courses
Visa Information
New Students Email List
Fees, Finances and Wire Transfers
Health Issues
Arrival Information
About Cleveland State University
On-Campus Housing
On-Campus Assistance &Orientation
The City is Our Campus
Clothing & Weather
Cutlure and Entertainment
Contact Information

Application Deadlines:

The Intensive English Language Program (IELP) will help you prepare for the university or work. The classes will integrate the different language skills and give you practice. We can give I-20’s to request a student visa, but permanent residents and citizens are also welcome. 

The application deadline for Summer 2014 (May 19– August 8, 2014) is  March 01, 2014. We cannot guarantee a space for you if your application is not complete by this date.

Cleveland State University’s Center for International Services and Programs (CISP) is pleased to make available DHL and FedEx Express mailing of applications, supporting materials, and financials to our university.
Please go tohttps://www.csuohio.edu/international/express-mailing for information about sending documents or receiving your I20.

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Core Courses:

Reading & Writing: Practice in reading and writing skills to increase your comprehension, build your vocabulary, and improve your writing and prepare you for more advanced work.
Integrated Listening & Speaking: Practice in listening and speaking skills to improve your listening comprehension and spoken fluency and prepare you for more advanced work.
Grammar: Learn and practice grammar structures to use in your other classes and everyday activities.
Support Courses:
Vocabulary Development: Practice in learning new words & expressions by studying: everyday item names, dictionary use, idioms, phrasal verbs, and academic words. Practice in learning vocabulary from context and word parts.

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Visa Information

Welcome to the Intensive English Language Program (IELP) at Cleveland State University. Please ready the information below. If you have any questions, please email us at esl@csuohio.edu. Please follow instructions for the category relating to your situation.

If you are currently residing in your home country: You will receive a certificate of eligibility (Form I-20) in the envelope with your acceptance letter that must be presented to the U.S. Consulate or Embassy when applying for your F-1 student visa. You should also present your original financial documents and your letter of admission. For information concerning the visa requirements and visa application materials visit http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/study-exchange/student.html
Caution: Do not enter the U.S. on a B-1/B-2 tourist visa unless "prospective student" is noted, AND also do not enter on a visa waiver. In either of the above mentioned cases you will have to leave the United States!!! Please read the regulations on your I-20 (see page 2) before you leave your home country.
Canadian Visa: If you wish to visit Canada during your stay in Cleveland, it may be more convenient for you to obtain a Canadian visitor's visa in your home country.
If you are already studying in the United States on an F-1 Visa: Your Form I-20 for Cleveland State University will be given to you at the Center for International Services and Programs.
If you plan to leave the U.S. before enrolling: Please ask us to send your I-20 form to you. You must use the Cleveland State University issued Form I-20 to re-enter the U.S.
If you are remaining in the U.S.: DHS regulations require you to be in valid F-1 status at your current school before an immigration transfer to Cleveland State can be processed. Please have your current International Student Advisor begin the process. If you are "out-of-status," you must discuss reinstatement of status with the international student advisor at the school where you were studying. Your Form I-20 will NOT be mailed, but can be signed and picked up in the Center for International Services and Programs.

Warning: Failure to complete the transfer process within 15 days from the start of the semester will result in violation of immigration regulations. Also, you may not work on campus until your F-1 immigration transfer has been approved.
If you are in the United States on another type of visa (F-2, J-2, H-1, etc.), or have applied for permanent residency: You are required to become an F-1 holder before you can begin studying at the IELP. In order to change to F-1, please contact our office at (216) 875-9669 and we will give you information about applying for the change in status.

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New students e-mail List

We realize that as new students, many of you will have questions as you prepare to arrive at Cleveland State University. We plan to address issues common to all students and hope that in the process we can minimize your concerns and the concerns of your family. If you would like to receive these messages, please send an email to esl@csuohio.edu and in the subject line write "New student". Please write your name in the text of the message.

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Fees & Finances

You should bring a MasterCard credit card (the university bursar's office no longer accepts "Visa" or international checks) or have traveler's checks for about 1/3 of your tuition and fees.  Approximately $2,250 will be due within the first few days. You will need enough for your tuition, fees, bill at Viking Hall or off-campus housing costs and books. You will want to have some other money available the first week for personal expenses. Both traveler's checks and personal checks must be payable in US dollars from a US bank. Personal checks will be made payable to Cleveland State University. For information on semester fees and other expenses please click here. All F-1 Visa international students are required to be enrolled full time (20 hours per week).

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Please read: Important information regarding International Wire Transfers to CSU.

Health Issues

Please bring Tuberculosis (TB) test results or chest x-ray from your home country or previous university. If you cannot bring your TB results, you will be tested at Health Services Center on Campus. NO OTHER MEDICAL TEST IS REQUIRED.

All international students are required to have health insurance. The University's Health Insurance Policy provides low cost health care for each student. You will be charged for the University's health insurance policy upon registration. Exemptions from the University health care policy are limited. In order to waive the CSU health insurance policy you must have current insurance that covers you while in the U.S. through an embassy scholarship, a parent, a spouse, work, or you must have an ongoing illness that requires you to keep your current policy.

In addition the Insurance must meet the following requirements: Medical Benefits: at least 80% of first $50,000 of covered expenses; Repatriation Benefit: $10,000 minimum; Medical Evacuation Benefit: $15,000 minimum; Deductible: not to exceed $50 per accident/ illness; Co-Payment: not to exceed 20% of covered expenses. If you meet the exemption criteria above, please complete the Health Insurance Verification Form and attach a copy of your current policy. A new Health Insurance Verification Form must be filled out each semester you attend the University. Students who fail to fill out a new form will be charged for the University's Health Insurance policy

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Arrival Information

If you are unable to make your own arrangements to be picked up at the airport, contact us by fax at least 72 hours in advance (Fax: 216-687-5299). We will make every effort to have someone meet you at the airport. However, if no one is available to meet you, you have several transportation options: The Rapid Transit (train) is located in the airport

. The Rapid Transit will take you from the airport to the Terminal Tower in downtown Cleveland, where the central rapid station is located. It is important that you take an "Outer Loop Bus" which goes to Campus. The Loop Bus operates only until 6:00 p.m. The Rapid Transit costs $1.50 and the Loop bus cost $.75. You may also take a taxicab from Terminal Tower to CSU. The cost will be $5.00 or $6.00 dollars.

If you take a taxi from the airport, it will cost between $25.00 and $30.00. If you arrive into Cleveland after 10:00 p.m., you will need to stay at a hotel for your first night.

Hotels Near Airport
Hotel Rates  Address Tel#
Budget Inn   $58.00/ per night + tax 14043 Brook Park Road   (216) 267-2350
Ramada Inn    $59.00/per night + tax 13930 Brook Park Road (216) 267-5700

Hotels Near Cleveland State University

Hotel Rates  Address Tel# / Fax#
Holiday Inn Express Cleveland Downtown  $99/per night + tax 629 Euclid Av. T (216) 875-5187
F (216) 443-1722
Holiday Inn Select -City Center  $99/per night + tax 1111 Lakeside Av. T (216) 241-5100
F (216) 241-7437
Comfort Inn $109.00/per night + tax 1800 Euclid Av. T (216) 861-0001
F (216) 861-0002

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Cleveland State University

CSU engages students in learning.

Located in the heart of the Greater Cleveland area, Cleveland State University is an integral part of the life of the city. Cleveland is the economic and cultural center of the region. As such, it attracts professionals who are eager to continue their education. CSU enrolls the largest percentage of graduate students among all state universities in Ohio.

Cleveland State is the most diverse public institution in the State of Ohio. The university has become a distinctive international institution as well, enrolling more than 800 students from over 60 nations and placing students in internships in ten overseas partnerships.

The university's mission of service to the community can be seen in its accessibility, urban focus, strong faculty research and publications, and large graduate enrollments. Over the past decade, CSU has built strong technical support for faculty research and for classroom instruction.

For more information, please go to https://www.csuohio.edu/about-csu/about-csu.html

Cleveland State University highlights:
State-of-the-art Recreation Center with Olympic-sized swimming pool; basketball, volleyball, racquetball and squash courts; weight training and fitness areas; indoor track; and lounge areas and juice bar
Campus computer lounge plus labs across campus in department-run labs for students
A Library with two million volumes and access to over 11,000 periodicals, three computer labs for students, and dozens of public Internet terminals that provide access to specially selected online electronic research databases and journals
Specialized research equipment and major analytical instrumentation facilities in various departments
Cleveland State offers 40 different master’s degrees, 7 doctoral degrees, and J.D. and LL.M. degrees in Law. There are also various post-master and certificate programs

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

Apply Now! to the Intensive English Language Program

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On-Campus Housing:

You must apply to on-campus housing yourself. Please go to www.csuohio.edu/reslife/ or call 216-687-5196. The office of Residence Life will accept applications by fax or email attachments. The IELP office is happy to help you with any questions you might have.

Cleveland State is a great metropolitan university located in the heart of downtown Cleveland. Only minutes away from cultural institutions, professional sports teams and many neighborhoods hosting special events ranging from arts-and-crafts fairs to food festivals, Cleveland State offers the opportunity to live, study, work and play in a vibrant downtown setting.

Housing Options

Euclid Commons
Euclid Commons will become CSU’s newest, state-of-the-art community especially designed for the students of today and tomorrow. The community will house over 600 students. It also has furnished units, kitchenettes and will open in Fall 2010.

Fenn Tower
Historic Fenn Tower has been restored to a state-of-the-art residence complex. Some units have kitchenettes. The building houses up to 438 students.

Heritage Suites
Heritage Suites houses up to 148 students. Heritage Suites provides the privacy and lifestyle you deserve in a student community. It has a great location, fully furnished units, individual leases and kitchenettes. Residents of Heritage Suites be 21 years of age or older or must be sophomore class standing and above.

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On-Campus Assistance and Orientation:

The Intensive English Language Program (IELP) staff along with help from the Center for International Services and Programs (CISP) at Cleveland State University provides information about:

Immigration issues
The Cleveland State University campus and
the Cleveland area.

Orientation will include:

A pre-arranged airport pick-up
Language assessment test
Campus tours

The IELP will also provide:

Personal and Academic Advising
Housing Information
Conversation Partner Program (optional)
Several cultural or educational activities/field trips during the semester

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The City is our campus.

A Green City on a Blue Lake.

Cleveland, Ohio is a wonderful place to continue your education. It has world-class cultural institutions, internationally acclaimed education, and health institutions, major-league sports, state-of-the-art attractions, unique ethnic neighborhoods, great shopping and dining, exciting nightlife, a national park for outdoor recreation, and affordable housing that has people all over the world noticing what residents have always said...Cleveland is the best location in the nation!

Cleveland is located in the Eastern standard time zone (EST) of the United States on the southern shore of Lake Erie, part of the Great Lakes Region.
This location allows you to enjoy the four distinct seasons in Cleveland.
You can enjoy a variety of indoor and outdoor activities during the year, including many holiday, arts & crafts, ethnic, and food festivals throughout the city.
Fortune magazine ranked Greater Cleveland as one of the 10 best cities for business in North America,
Places Rated Almanac named the city the nation's #2 destination for recreation.
Partners For Livable Communities named Cleveland one of four "most livable cities" in the United States this decade!
Most recently, USA Today named Cleveland one of 10 great places to take a hike in the big city.

Population: Greater metropolitan area 2.9 million. The city of Cleveland 500,000. 

Twelve (12) companies with headquarters in Cleveland were on Fortune magazine's 2001 list of the top 500 U.S. Corporations and over 150 international companies have offices in Cleveland.  Cleveland's five major industries are: Health & Medicine, Science & Engineering, Biotechnology & Biomedical, Manufacturing, and Education.

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Clothing and Weather

September to December are cool to cold months in Cleveland. Temperature ranges between 75°f, (24°c) to 32°f (0°c). Summer clothing gives way to sweaters and then winter coats, hats, gloves and boots in December. The average January temperature is 28.5°f (-1.9°c). The average winter snowfall is 40 inches (101.6 cm).

You should pack warm clothing and shoes appropriate for cold winter weather. If you are coming from a warm climate, it may be more affordable to purchase winter clothing after your arrival in Ohio. On the other hand, summer weather can be hot and humid. Many university students wear t-shirts and jeans or shorts to classes in the summer.

Average high temperatures:
January 33°f / 1°c
July 81°f / 27°c
September 72°f / 22°c

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Culture & Entertainment

There's something exciting happening in Cleveland everyday

Students in the IELP are close to the cultural center of Cleveland. Students can walk or take a short bus ride to theaters, stadiums and museums. In addition to classroom work, the IELP plans activities to several cultural and recreational areas nearby.  Students can enjoy the cultural activities and learn about American Life. Students can also go to the many different restaurants and music sites by themselves or with friends.  View our photo gallery of Cleveland area highlights.

Some of the regional points of interest are:

Ethnic Food Stores & Restaurants
Major Sports Teams (baseball, basketball & football)
Great Lakes Science Center
Metroparks Zoo
The Flats (a waterfront entertainment district)
Playhouse Square (site of visiting Broadway plays)
Rock and Roll Hall of Fam
Cleveland Museum of Art

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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