California State University, Bakersfield
Intensive English Language Center

Fast Facts

  • School Size


  • Cost of Attendance

    $1,000—$5,000 Quarter

  • Affiliation


  • Type of School

    Intensive English Program

  • Student Body Gender


  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation

  • Scholarships for International Students


  • Conditional Admission Available


  • Top Programs

    English Language (ESL)

  • Setting


  • Accreditation and Certification

    EnglishUSA Member

  • Type of Housing

    Homestay, Apartment, Dormitory

  • Social Media

Surrounded by rich agriculture and mountains, Bakersfield is a fast-growing metropolitan area recently voted an All-America City. The city has a rich history of Country and Western music, white water rafting, and mountain sports. CSUB, a safe and friendly campus of 7,900, has new campus dormitories, student recreation center, updated library and small classes. The Intensive English Language Center (IELC) prepares the student with the skills needed for study in American universities.

Intensive English Language Center Program

The Intensive English Language Center (IELC), located on the campus of California State University, Bakersfield, is an intensive American English language program designed to prepare undergraduate and graduate students for successful academic study in the United States. The non-credit program offers courses in reading, writing, listening, and speaking, including pronunciation. In addition, classes are also offered in grammar, American Culture, vocabulary, academic study skills, including TOEFL preparation. I-20's are issued for study in the program. IELC, also, welcomes persons who want to improve their English for professional or personal reasons.

High school graduates with two years of English language study are eligible to apply for the program. Four sessions are offered throughout the year with 23 hours of instruction per week.

In addition, specialized programs can be designed for business and special interest groups according to their language needs and schedule. These courses are most beneficial to businesses, especially oil and agriculture.

The faculty of IELC are experienced teachers with special training in English as a Second Language. All teachers are supportive and understanding of the needs and cultural differences of the students.


Students may participate in the center's homestay program. Living with an American host family allows the students to practice and improve their English skills quickly while learning about American lifestyles and culture. A limited number of rooms are available in the new campus dormitories and off-campus apartments are available within walking distance of the campus. Bakersfield offers quality housing at affordable prices.


California State University, Bakersfield is one of 23 campuses in the California State University system, the largest university system in the world. With a student population of 7,900, CSUB offers small classes, providing quality instruction and individual attention to student interests and needs. The faculty of CSUB is recognized as one of the best in the nation. The small and friendly campus is one of the safest campuses in California.

The university offers over 30 Baccalaureate degrees, including business administration, accounting, child development, nursing, and a strong pre-engineering program. Twenty-three Master's degree programs are also offered. Undergraduate and graduate programs in business administration are fully accredited by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business.


Located in central California, Bakersfield is a family-oriented community with a population over 350,000. Surrounded by some of the richest agriculture in the world, Bakersfield is one of the fastest growing communities in the state. Distinguished as an All-America City, Bakersfield is recognized worldwide. Its lifestyle promotes programs and opportunities for the well-being and safety of its citizens.

The community offers a comfortable lifestyle in an ideal climate--mild winters and warm summers. Bakersfield is conveniently located 2.5 hours (driving) from Los Angeles and major Southern California attractions--Disneyland, Universal Studios, and world renowned art exhibits. Beaches and major snow skiing resorts are also 2 to 3 hours from the city. Major transportation provides easy access to other noteworthy cities (San Francisco, Monterey, and Las Vegas) in and out of the state.

California State University, Bakersfield 
Intensive English Language Center

Costs Per Session

Tuition $2,200.00 (six 8-week terms throughout the year)
Housing/Homestay $1,980.00 (per 8 weeks)
Housing/Dormitory $2,224.00 (per 8 weeks)
Student Service Fee (books, activities, health center)   $300.00
Health Insurance $310.00
Total (Tuition and Student Services) $2500.00

All fees are subject to change without notice.
Fees are to be paid in full on the first day of classes.

Application Procedures

To apply for admission to the Intensive English Language program the following is needed:

  • Signature of sponsor and proof of financial support.
  • A certified copy of all secondary or university transcripts translated in English.
  • A copy of current picture passport page, showing applicant's name, birth date, country of birth, and passport expiration date.
  • Application fee of $125.00 U.S. dollars in the form of a bank draft or international money order payable to the Intensive English Language Center. The one-time fee is non-refundable.
  • Obtain application by contacting:
    • Intensive English Language Center
      California State University, Bakersfield
      9001 Stockdale Highway 30 BDC
      Bakersfield, CA 93311-1022 USA
      Tel: +1.661.654.2014
      Fax: 661-654-2447

When all necessary materials are received and approved, an acceptance package and I-20 will be sent. New students should arrive in the United States at least 2-3 days before classes start for registration and orientation.

Admission to the Intensive English Language Center does not guarantee regular admission to the University or its courses and programs.

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Intensive English Language Center

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California State University, Bakersfield
Intensive English Language Center

Extended University Division
9001 Stockdale Highway 46 MEC
Bakersfield CA 93311-1022
P: 661.654.2014