IELP • Intensive English Language Program

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Purposes and Goals of IELP
IELP Schedule, Dates, Costs
What our students say about the IELP!
IELP Instructors 

IELP Application Form   Application fees are not required until we return to campus.
Express Mailing Instructions    

Application Fee payment

Mail in the Intensive English Language Program non-refundable application fee ($40) with credit card information, a check or money order (drawn from a US bank in US dollars) made payable to Cleveland State University or pay online.  

  Summer 2020 Welcome letter   
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Resources for ESL Students


Welcome to IELP!

The Intensive English Language Program (IELP) at Cleveland State University can help you improve your English skills whether your goals are for educational, business or personal reasons. By living "in the language," you will learn English more efficiently. Cleveland is a welcoming, multicultural city in the mid-western United States with four distinct seasons. You can explore US culture and customs by visiting the many museums and cultural events in Cleveland and the state of Ohio. Students who apply to study at the Intensive English Language Program must be 18 years of age by the first day of classes. The IELP at Cleveland State University meets the professional standards in the field of ESL, and holds institutional memberships in the American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP) and the Association of International Educators (NAFSA).

Why Cleveland State's IELP is your best choice:
• IELP has full-time study. F-1 visa students receive 20 hours of intensive English study in the classroom per week from experienced ESL teachers.
• IELP has part-time study available for residents or citizens for whom English is their second language.
• IELP is part of a 4-year university. If you want to earn a degree from a US university, you will have the opportunity to experience campus life. Students at the IELP can use the library, gym, computer labs, etc. on the Cleveland State University campus and will have a university ID.
• IELP students have access to on-campus housing, airport pick-up, orientation activities.
• IELP has four levels of instruction (High Elementary through Advanced; There is no true beginner's level).
• IELP offers courses in Reading, Writing, Listening/Speaking, Grammar and Vocabulary.
• IELP’s smaller classes give students more individual attention.
• IELP’s experienced and qualified instructors have advanced degrees in ESL or a related field.
• IELP can design special programs for groups during the regular semesters or the summer.


Summer 2020 (May 18- August 7, 2020) Application Deadline March 15, 2020
Transfer -in deadline in the US is May 8, 2020.

Fall 2020 (August  24- December 12, 2020) Application Deadline is May 15, 2020                                                                              Transfer in deadline from another school in the US is August 15, 2020

Conversation Partners
We connect ESL students with native English speakers who are faculty, staff, alumni and undergraduate and graduate students here at Cleveland State University. Partners should commit to an hour of conversation per week. If you are interested in partnering with one of our students, please fill out this application or apply in person at the offices of the Intensive English Language Program located in Mather Mansion, Room 205.

For more information, contact:
Michele Bowman, Ph.D.
Director, ESL Program/Intensive English Language Program
2605 Euclid Avenue, MM 205
Cleveland State University
Cleveland, OH 44115

Campus Address:
ESL Program - Teacher Education Department
2605 Euclid Avenue, Mather Mansion 205
Cleveland, OH 44115

The Intensive English Language Program, Cleveland State University is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation. For further information about this accreditation, please see

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