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St. Cloud State University

Fast Facts

  • School Size


  • Tuition

    $1,000—$5,000 Semester

  • Affiliation


  • Type of School

    University/Intensive English Program

  • Student Body Gender


  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation

  • Scholarships for International Students


  • Conditional Admission Available


  • Top Programs

    Business, Engineering, TESOL and Teacher Training

  • Setting

    Small/College town

  • Accreditation and Certification

    EnglishUSA Member

  • Type of Housing

    Residence Hall, Apartment, Dormitory

  • Social Media


  • 18-20 Hours of Instruction per Week
  • 300 + hours English instruction per term
  • High Beginning to Advanced
  • Cultural Activities
  • Pathway Program
  • Short-term Programs
  • Affordable
  • Safe and Friendly Campus
  • On Campus Housing and Meal Plans
  • Dynamic Intercultural Campus Life
  • Student Organizations
  • Exercise Facilities
  • Campus Athletics
  • Close to Minneapolis/St. Paul

Admissions Requirements:

  • Equivalent of a US high school diploma

About our Program:

The Intensive English Center (IEC) at St. Cloud State University (SCSU) began in 1997. Students receive high quality English language instruction that prepare them for their academic and professional goals. Students also have opportunities to learn about and experience American culture, Minnesota style.

The IEC offers several levels of English language instruction.   Students study between 18 and 20 hours week. Students learn and develop fundamental English language skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening, grammar, and vocabulary that prepare them for their professional and academic career.  Students may also have classes in conversation, pronunciation, computer technology, and American culture.  Classes are taught by instructors professionally trained in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL).

Cultural programs, social activities, and guest lectures by SCSU professors and staff enable students to gain a greater understanding of US history, culture, and academic life. Class sizes range from 6 to 15 students and every effort is made to provide students with individualized attention. Qualified IEC graduates may apply to undergraduate or graduate programs at SCSU. Successful completion of the IEC program demonstrates English proficiency requirements for admissions purposes.  A Pathway Program is also available where students can enroll in university classes while also taking English classes in the IEC.  Eligibility for enrollment in the pathway program is determined by the director of the IEC.

St. Cloud State University Campus

Institute and Location:

St. Cloud State University was established in 1869.  Students can choose from among 150 undergraduate or graduate degree programs. SCSU is listed in Forbes Magazine as being in the top 1% of most affordable universities in the USA. Locally, SCSU has earned “best college” in central Minnesota for several years running.

Faculty members represent diverse backgrounds and more than a third have international teaching experience and SCSU has earned the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award for over five years.

St. Cloud sits along the banks of the legendary Mississippi River. A small city in the state of 10,000 lakes, its climate and terrain are ideal for outdoor activities, such as skiing, skating, and ice fishing in the winter and boating and hunting during the summer. Nearby Minneapolis-St. Paul offers a vibrant night life, professional sports, quality ethnic dining venues, and unique cultural opportunities.


Summer Semester:
May to August

Fall Semester:
August to December

Spring Semester:
January to May

Estimated Expense for One Term:

Estimated Expense for Fall or Spring term (per semester):

Application fee $30 (+$70 for DHL Express Shipping); tuition (includes books, cultural activities, student fees) $4,700; room and board (student residence) $4,000; health insurance $1,356/year (mandatory); other expenses $1,000.

Estimated Expense for Summer Term:

Application fee $30 (+$70 for DHL Express Shipping); tuition (includes books, cultural activities, student fees) $4,500; room and board (student residence) cost varies; health insurance $400 (mandatory); other expenses $800.


Continuing Student: $200 USD scholarships for all students returning to the IEC after their first semester of enrollment.

International students enrolled in a degree program at SCSU also qualify for the Academic and Cultural Sharing Scholarship.



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St. Cloud State University

Department of English
Building 51 Room 107
720 4th Ave. S
St. Cloud MN 56301-4498
P: 320.308.3062
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