Situated on 85 acres in the heart of Cleveland, Ohio, Cleveland State University (CSU) is home to nearly 18,000 students, including more than 1,400 who hail from abroad. With 200 fields of study, several NCAA Division I athletic teams, and 200 student organizations, CSU is a hub of cultural and academic life in this Midwestern state. Located just a mile from the scenic shores of Lake Erie, CSU is just a short trip away from other major cities such as Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Toronto. A virtual view of the campus can be seen here.
Michele S. Bowman, Ph.D.
ESL Program Director
International students interested in pursuing academic programs in the US will be pleased with the ESL offerings at the CSU, which range from the Intensive English Language Program (IELP) to regular undergraduate or graduate credit courses in ESL for support.
The ESL program is CEA-accredited, and all instructors have advanced ESL teaching degrees. The Intensive English Language Program focuses on preparing international students for academic studies in the US, whether a student wishes to apply for a degree program at CSU or elsewhere.
ESL Program Director Dr. Michele S. Bowman elaborated, “We are part of Cleveland State University and completion of the Intensive English Language Program fulfills the language requirement for admission to Cleveland State University. The program is focused on English for academic purposes.” Classes are kept small to ensure students receive a high level of individualized attention.
In addition to traditional semester-long programs and the intensive 12-week summer session, private groups may request customized, short-term programs focusing on topics such as business, STEM, American culture, or a specific area.
ESL programs at CSU incorporate online assignments with the in-person coursework, as well as cultural activities and excursions in the area. International students may request an American conversation partner to become more comfortable with speaking English beyond the classroom, and international students are integrated into CSU student life as much as possible. Students will experience American university life through access to the gym, library, computer labs, and on-campus housing.
Added Dr. Bowman, “Part of our mission is to help students become acclimated to the Cleveland area and Cleveland State University, so we include cultural activities and teach them to use the university computer systems. Language instruction is important, but so are being comfortable in the environment and learning how to find your grades, your bill, or make appointments with an adviser online.”
“Teachers are very kind. They like to help students from many aspects. I can feel that we are equal. Courses are very flexible. It’s very free. What you want to do depends on your own mind. Nobody wants to force you. And you can be very independent. In America, what you want to study is just your own business. So we can do study plans for ourselves.” Advice to students who are considering a US education: “Go forward. Don’t hesitate!”