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Florida State University
Center for Intensive English Studies

634 West Call Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32306-1127
Phone: 850.644.4797
Fax: 850.644.7417

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  • Setting: City
  • Type: Public
  • School Size: Large
  • Type of School: University/Intensive English Program
  • Type of Housing: Apartment
  • Cost of Attendance: $1,950.00

Top Programs:

  1. Intensive English Language Instruction

Welcome to the Capital City of Florida, Home of:

  • The Center for Intensive English Studies (CIES)
  • The Legislature and government offices for the State of Florida
  • Florida State University, a major public university in the USA
  • Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
  • Tallahassee Community College

Where is CIES?

  • Located in the historic Hecht House on the Florida State University campus.
  • In a modern, safe community of 200,000 people.
  • In northwest Florida, near the Gulf of Mexico's finest beaches.
  • One hour from Atlanta, Miami, Tampa and Orlando by air.
  • In a semi-tropical climate that experiences four lovely seasons.

Why is CIES the Language School For You?

  • CIES is "Where the world comes to learn English."
  • Small enrollment of sixty students per term to provide you with personal attention.
  • Small class size; an average of 10 - 15 students per class.
  • All teachers hold the Master's degree or Ph.D. in Teaching English as a Second Language.
  • The new CIES location features a spacious Student Lounge with kitchen amenities, a state-of-the-art language laboratory with 20 work stations, six designated enhanced multimedia classrooms, and an outdoor patio area with tables.
  • CIES is designed for adults (ages 18+) with serious academic, business and personal interests in learning English well…and fast.
  • CIES has a diverse student population from all regions of the world. Students from more than 100 countries have attended.
  • A member of the University Consortium of Intensive English Programs.
  • Almost 40 years of continuous service to international learners.
  • CIES is a not-for-profit service program of Florida State University.
  • Housing is available within walking distance of CIES.

CIES' Excellent Program and Schedule is Designed to Meet YOUR Needs!

  • Classes held twelve months a year, 24 full hours weekly.
  • Instruction at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels of English.
  • Six new terms and six beginning dates each year.
  • TOEFL iBT® review sessions, plus cultural and academic orientation.
  • Social events and field trips twice a week.
  • A great "Conversation Partners" program, providing each CIES student with an American partner.
  • Access to university recreational, health, computer and library facilities.
  • A modern English curriculum, based on research in English language learning and teaching.
  • 95% of students completing the 'advanced' level earn a TOEFL score of 550 (paper test) 230 (computer-based test), or 80 (IB TOEFL).
  • Every student has computer/internet access and private e-mail.
  • International dinners and parties.
  • Professional assistance with visa problems and applications to U.S. universities and schools.

Where Do CIES' Students Come From?

Over the past ten years, CIES has enrolled students from all regions of the world. 55% of students are female; 45% are male. The age range of students is 18 to 44; the average age is 22.

From Asia: Korea (15%), Japan (15%), Thailand and other nations (15%)
From Central and South America: 25%
From Middle Eastern nations: 15%
From Europe: 10%
From Africa: 5%

CIES' Schedule Is Right For You!

  • Classes begin early January, late February, late April, late June, mid-August, and mid-October. Please visit the website for the latest schedules.
  • You must apply at least six weeks in advance of the session you wish to begin.
  • Application information and fees are found at the CIES website.


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