Cleveland State University
Intensive English Language Program
The Intensive English Language Program (IELP) at Cleveland State University can help you improve your English skills for educational, business or personal goals.
Intensive English Language Program
The Intensive English Language Program (IELP) at Cleveland State University can help you improve your English skills for educational, business or personal goals. By living "in the language," you will learn English more efficiently.
The IELP has:
- Four levels (Elementary, Low Intermediate, High Intermediate and Advanced)
- Five courses in each level (Reading, Writing, Grammar, Listening & Speaking, and Vocabulary) with 23 hours of instruction per week.
Cleveland State University accepts completion of the Advanced level for its English language proficiency admission requirement.
Students come first!
We work hard to meet your needs:
- Classes are offered in two 15-week semesters and a 12-week Summer session.
- Sessions begin in January, May, and August.
- Special Programs available May – August.
- Four levels of instruction (Elementary through Advanced).
- Smaller classes will give students more individual attention.
- Students at the IELP will have a university ID for student services and can use the library, gym, and computer labs on the Cleveland State University campus.
- Our experienced and qualified instructors have advanced degrees in ESL or related fields.
- Students receive academic advising
- Students can go on monthly planned trips and activities.
- Students may participate in the Conversation Partner Program.
- Students can join student clubs and participate in university activities.
- We can also design special programs for groups during the regular semesters or the summer.
On-Campus Assistance & 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:
- airport pick-up (if information sent 72 hours in advance)
- language assessment test
- campus information and tour
Fenn Tower, Euclid Commons and Heritage Suites are the three on-campus residence halls.
- Students must apply for on-campus housing at www.csuohio.edu/reslife and pay deposit before arriving to reserve a space.
- Two students generally share a room, but some single rooms are available at extra cost. Some suites have private bedrooms with shared common space.
- Students living on campus must purchase meal plans for on-campus dining. Students may purchase the smallest plan if their suite has a kitchen.
- Currently, there is no housing for married students. If you are married, you will have to arrange off-campus housing.
- Students should arrive two weeks before classes to make arrangements for off-campus housing.
- Off-campus housing information is available at the Student Life office and at CISP.
Please let us know what your plans are for housing on your application. We recommend that students use on-campus housing for the first semester. Fall contracts are for 2 semesters. Students must arrange on-campus housing ahead of time. www.csuohio.edu/reslife
A Great City By A Great Lake
Cleveland, Ohio is a wonderful place to continue your education. The city is your campus. It has world-class cultural institutions, internationally acclaimed education and health-care institutions, major-league sports teams, state-of-the-art attractions, unique ethnic neighborhoods, great shopping and dining, exciting nightlife, and a national park for outdoor recreation
- Cleveland is located in the Eastern standard time zone 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.
Greater metropolitan area: 2.9 million
The city of Cleveland: 500,000
Clothing & Weather
Summers can be hot and humid. Students wear t-shirts, jeans and shorts to class. You will need warm, winter clothing and shoes for November through February. The average annual snowfall is 40 inches (101.6 cm) during the winter. Students may also purchase winter clothing after arriving in Ohio.
Average High Temperatures
January: 33ºf / 1ºc
July: 81ºf / 27ºc
September: 72ºf / 22ºc
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English Language (ESL), English for Academic Purposes, Intensive English as a Second Language
Type of School
University/Intensive English Program
Student Body GenderCo-ed
Religious AffiliationNo Affiliation
Scholarships for International StudentsNo
Conditional Admission AvailableNo
Accreditation and CertificationCEA
Type of HousingResidence Hall, Apartment