Improve your English fluency

Welcome to the English Language Institute! Our program is uniquely designed to prepare students for the academic environment at Charleston Southern University. After completion of the highest level, students will be ready to pursue a university degree at CSU or elsewhere, or jump right into the career of their choice in an English speaking country. Students interested in pursuing degree programs at Charleston Southern University may apply to our undergraduate and graduate programs without English language proficiency. Please see Conditional Acceptance for more information.

CSU’s IEP includes 18 hours of instruction per week with additional optional courses. We serve students from around the world and are ready to help you with the U.S. student visa process!

For more information, contact the Center for Global Education at 843-863-7382 or


Applicants must be at least 18 years old.

TOEFL, SAT, ACT, GRE test scores are not required for admission into the IEP.

Students who are interested in pursuing degrees at Charleston Southern University and who meet all admission requirements for the degree program, with the exception of English language proficiency requirements, may be granted conditional acceptance pending the successful completion of the English Language Institute. Students can apply for conditional acceptance for undergraduate or graduate programs.

International online undergraduate and graduate applications can be found here. If the student is offered – and accepts – conditional admission, the student is able to live in on-campus in CSU residence halls.

The Director of International Student Services will assist with the documentation needed for admission and an F1 student visa (if applicable). Learn more about applying for an F1 student visa.

Intensive 4-Day Program Schedule

Students who have scored a 60 or higher on the TOEFL may take one CSU course per semester for academic credit at the 100-200 level. This course may either be online or on campus as long as the course does not conflict with the ELI instructional times.

8:30 – 10 a.m.GrammarGrammarGrammarGrammar
10:10 – 11:10 a.m.Reading & VocabularyReading & VocabularyReading & VocabularyReading & Vocabulary
11:10 – NoonBreak/LunchBreak/LunchBreak/LunchBreak/Lunch
Noon – 1 p.m.WritingWritingWritingWriting
1 – 2 p.m.Listening & SpeakingListening & SpeakingListening & SpeakingListening & Speaking


2024-2025 Semester Costs (15-week semester)*Per Semester
Tuition (18 hours per week)$5,200
On-Campus Room & Meals (optional)**$5,200
International Student Insurance$610
Semester Total$11,210

*Summer insurance and housing fees will vary.
**Conditionally accepted students may live on campus. This is not required. (Conditionally accepted means that one is accepted into a degree program at CSU once English language requirements are met.)