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, in Lightsey Chapel, mezzanine floor, room 204 or email Cheryl Gimple at cgimple@csuniv.edu.


Application

The Intensive English Program requires a convenient online application for acceptance. The Director of International Student Services will facilitate additional documentation for enrollment and a U.S. visa for interested students. Cheryl Gimple, cgimple@csuniv.edu 843-863-7068.


Admissions

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). If applying for an F1 student visa, click this link to learn more.


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.

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursday
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

Pricing

2020-2021 Semester Costs (15-week semester)*Per Semester
Tuition (18 hours per week)$4,600
On-Campus Room & Meals (optional)**$5,200
International Student Insurance$610
Books$200
Semester Total$10,610

*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.)