English Language Program


The English Language Program (ELP) is designed for international students, professionals or those seeking an intensive English experience focusing on reading, writing and listening/speaking, as well as an introduction to American culture. The program focuses on providing the academic English language skills needed to meet the requirements for admission into the university’s undergraduate or graduate programs.

About the Program

  • 10 weeks of instruction per level
  • Six levels of instruction
  • 4-5 hours per day, 5 days per week (4 days per week in summer)
  • Admission requirements: at least 18 years of age and high school graduate or approval of International Extension Program staff.

Benefits

  • Small class sizes (average of 15-20 students)
  • Personal attention to your learning needs
  • Opportunity to take university courses at no additional cost
  • Premier student services to enhance your experience and adjustment in the U.S.
  • Pathway to degree programs at CSUSB
  • Completing the ELP fulfills the English language admission requirements
    • Successful completion of level 5 will waive the TOEFL requirement for most undergraduate degrees
    • Successful completion of level 6 will waive the TOEFL requirement for most graduate degrees
  • A wide variety of on-campus activities and group excursions

We offer classes for all levels

ELP prepares students for academic work at California State University, San Bernardino, and for professional activities in business and other fields. The curriculum consists of six levels, beginner through advanced, as well as a graduate studies level.

expand Level 1 Beginner

  • Students will study basic grammar concepts, develop writing skills, and become familiar with new vocabulary and spelling through reading, listening and speaking exercises.

expand Level 2 Pre-Intermediate

  • Students will continue to develop their use of English structures through grammar, reading, writing and speaking exercises. In addition, they will develop essay writing and conversational skills.

expand Level 3 Intermediate

  • Students will transition into the use of free expression to continue to acquire English skills used in intermediate writing assignments, conversation and reading.

expand Level 4 Upper-Intermediate

  • Students will understand and accurately use basic and complex English structures and build on the writing process as they continue to develop their analysis, critically think and summarizing skills.

expand Level 5 Advanced

  • Through the improvement of their critical thinking skills as applied to written and oral academic research and argument, as well as the use of more complex vocabulary, students will attain the language needed for university study. Successful completion will waive the TOEFL requirement for undergraduate admission into CSUSB.

expand Level 6 Graduate Program Preparation

  • With a graduate program preparation focus, this level is designed to increase English proficiency through advanced research and essay writing, test intensive reading and oral presentations. Successful completion will waive the TOEFL requirement for admission to most graduate programs at CSUSB.

All students are required to take a three-part placement test upon entrance. The placement test consists of an oral interview, written composition and a standardized multiple choice exam. Students are placed in a level of instruction based on the test results.

Tuition

  • $3,150/term (10 weeks)

Additional/Optional Fees

The following fees may be incurred, depending on the student's choice of housing options and airport pick-up services. Book costs will vary depending on the level of study.

Fees Academic Year 2016 - 2017
Application Fee (non-refundable, one-time only)1 $120
Health Insurance1 2 ±$330
University Student Fees1 2 ±$401.50
Homestay Placement Fee (one-time) $120
Homestay Housing Fees (per month) $780
Airport Pick-up Service (one-time)
Los Angeles Airport
Ontario Airport

$95
$50
Books2 ±$250
Late Registration Fee3 $100/$2501
Late Placement Testing Fee3 $75

3 Late fees are contingent upon testing dates.

2 Health Insurance, University Student Fees and cost of books are subject to change. Students should plan expenses for travel, entertainment and emergencies.

1 Required Fees

Important Fee Information: The College of Extended Learning makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased to meet the operating costs of delivering these courses and programs. Therefore, the College of Extended Learning reserves the right to increase or modify fees, without notice. All College of Extended Learning fees are subject to change.

Important Dates

Important Dates Fall
2016

Winter
2017

Spring
2017
Summer
2017
Program Dates Sept. 27 -
Dec. 2
Jan. 10 -
Mar. 17
Apr. 4 -
Jun. 9
Jun. 27 -
Aug. 31
Enrollment Jun. 27 -
Aug. 4
Oct. 31 -
Dec. 2
Feb. 13 -
Mar. 10
May 1 -
May 26
Late Enrollment ($100) Aug. 5 -
Sept. 1
Dec. 3 -
Dec. 31
Mar. 11 -
24
May 27 -
Jun. 9
Late Enrollment for New Students ($250) Sept. 2 -
Sept. 29
Jan. 1 -
Jan. 19
Mar. 25 -
Apr. 6
Jun. 10 -
28
Late Enrollment for Returning students ($250) Sept. 2 -
Sept. 23
Jan. 1 -
Jan. 13
Mar. 25 -
Mar. 30
Jun. 10 -
Jun. 22
Student Orientation Sept. 20
& 21
Jan. 3
& 4
Mar. 28
& 29
Jan. 20
& 21
Dormitory Move-In Sept. 18 Jan. 8 Apr. 2 Jun. 18

Download the Schedule of Events for Fall 2016.

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Benefits

  • Small class sizes (average of 15-20 students)
  • Personal attention to your learning needs
  • Opportunity to take university courses at no additional cost
  • Premier student services to enhance your experience and adjustment in the U.S.
  • Pathway to degree programs at CSUSB
  • Completing the ELP fulfills the English language admission requirements
    • Successful completion of level 5 will waive the TOEFL requirement for most undergraduate degrees
    • Successful completion of level 6 will waive the TOEFL requirement for most graduate degrees
  • A wide variety of on-campus activities and group excursions

We offer classes for all levels

ELP prepares students for academic work at California State University, San Bernardino, and for professional activities in business and other fields. The curriculum consists of six levels, beginner through advanced, as well as a graduate studies level.

expand Level 1 Beginner

  • Students will study basic grammar concepts, develop writing skills, and become familiar with new vocabulary and spelling through reading, listening and speaking exercises.

expand Level 2 Pre-Intermediate

  • Students will continue to develop their use of English structures through grammar, reading, writing and speaking exercises. In addition, they will develop essay writing and conversational skills.

expand Level 3 Intermediate

  • Students will transition into the use of free expression to continue to acquire English skills used in intermediate writing assignments, conversation and reading.

expand Level 4 Upper-Intermediate

  • Students will understand and accurately use basic and complex English structures and build on the writing process as they continue to develop their analysis, critically think and summarizing skills.

expand Level 5 Advanced

  • Through the improvement of their critical thinking skills as applied to written and oral academic research and argument, as well as the use of more complex vocabulary, students will attain the language needed for university study. Successful completion will waive the TOEFL requirement for undergraduate admission into CSUSB.

expand Level 6 Graduate Program Preparation

  • With a graduate program preparation focus, this level is designed to increase English proficiency through advanced research and essay writing, test intensive reading and oral presentations. Successful completion will waive the TOEFL requirement for admission to most graduate programs at CSUSB.

All students are required to take a three-part placement test upon entrance. The placement test consists of an oral interview, written composition and a standardized multiple choice exam. Students are placed in a level of instruction based on the test results.

Important Dates

Important Dates Fall
2016

Winter
2017

Spring
2017
Summer
2017
Program Dates Sept. 27 -
Dec. 2
Jan. 10 -
Mar. 17
Apr. 4 -
Jun. 9
Jun. 27 -
Aug. 31
Enrollment Jun. 27 -
Aug. 4
Oct. 31 -
Dec. 2
Feb. 13 -
Mar. 10
May 1 -
May 26
Late Enrollment ($100) Aug. 5 -
Sept. 1
Dec. 3 -
Dec. 31
Mar. 11 -
24
May 27 -
Jun. 9
Late Enrollment for New Students ($250) Sept. 2 -
Sept. 29
Jan. 1 -
Jan. 19
Mar. 25 -
Apr. 6
Jun. 10 -
28
Late Enrollment for Returning students ($250) Sept. 2 -
Sept. 23
Jan. 1 -
Jan. 13
Mar. 25 -
Mar. 30
Jun. 10 -
Jun. 22
Student Orientation Sept. 20
& 21
Jan. 3
& 4
Mar. 28
& 29
Jan. 20
& 21
Dormitory Move-In Sept. 18 Jan. 8 Apr. 2 Jun. 18

Download the Schedule of Events for Fall 2016.

Tuition

  • $3,150/term (10 weeks)

Additional/Optional Fees

The following fees may be incurred, depending on the student's choice of housing options and airport pick-up services. Book costs will vary depending on the level of study.

Fees Academic Year 2016 - 2017
Application Fee (non-refundable, one-time only)1 $120
Health Insurance1 2 ±$330
University Student Fees1 2 ±$401.50
Homestay Placement Fee (one-time) $120
Homestay Housing Fees (per month) $780
Airport Pick-up Service (one-time)
Los Angeles Airport
Ontario Airport

$95
$50
Books2 ±$250
Late Registration Fee3 $100/$2501
Late Placement Testing Fee3 $75

3 Late fees are contingent upon testing dates.

2 Health Insurance, University Student Fees and cost of books are subject to change. Students should plan expenses for travel, entertainment and emergencies.

1 Required Fees

Important Fee Information: The College of Extended Learning makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased to meet the operating costs of delivering these courses and programs. Therefore, the College of Extended Learning reserves the right to increase or modify fees, without notice. All College of Extended Learning fees are subject to change.

Conditional Admission

Conditional admission is available to international students who meet all university entrance requirements except for the minimum English scores.

CSUSB requires the following English scores for admission:

  • Undergraduates: TOEFL 500 (61 Internet-based) or IELTS 5.5;
  • Graduates: TOEFL 550 (79/80 Internet-based) or IELTS 6.0*

*MBA, MSA, MPA, English Composition and Communication Studies require IELTS of 6.5

Degrees which do not accept conditional acceptance:

  • Master of Arts in Communication Studies
  • Master of Arts in English Composition
  • Master of Arts in Education – Special Education Option
  • Master of Fine Arts – Creative Writing
  • Master of Science in Biology
  • Master of Science in Computer Science

General Admission Requirements

For international admission requirements visit the Center for International Studies & Programs website for more information on either undergraduate admissions or graduate admissions.

University Undergraduate Requirements

Freshman Lower Division Transfer Upper Division Transfer
Minimum High School GPA = 2.5 Minimum High School GPA = 2.5 Minimum College GPA = 2.0
Minimum College GPA = 2.0 Complete Golden Four with “C” or better
Good standing with last institution attended Good standing with last institution attended

Lower division transfer is Less than 60 semester/90 quarter transferrable units.
Upper division transfer is More than 60 semester/90 quarter transferrable units.

University Graduate Requirements

Second Bachelor’s Degree Master’s Degree
Minimum College GPA = 2.5*Minimun GPA General: Minimum College GPA = 3.0*Minimun GPA
Bachelor’s degree from accredited college/university Bachelor’s degree from accredited college/university

* Minimum GPA requirement may vary by degree.

TOEFL Waiver

CSUSB requires the following English scores for admission:

  • Undergraduates: TOEFL 500 (61 for Internet-based test) or IELTS 5.5
  • Graduates: TOEFL 550 (79/80 for Internet-based test) or IELTS 6.0
    • Some programs may have different English proficiency requirements. The following degrees do not accept the TOEFL waiver:
      • Master of Arts in Communication Studies
      • Master of Arts in English Composition
      • Master of Fine Arts – Creative Writing

The TOEFL requirement is waived if a student successfully completes Level 5 of the English Language Program (ELP) for undergraduate admission or Level 6 for graduate admission.

Other Institutions currently accepting the completion of level 5 or 6 in lieu of English proficiency test scores are:

  • LA Film School
  • University of Redlands, MBA Program
  • United States University, San Diego

Activities

Our programs allow you to improve your English language skills and broaden your understanding of American culture. In addition to classroom learning, you can participate in recreational activities on and around the campus such as holiday parties, talent shows, movie nights and more!

International Student Services

Services Include:


Housing

On-Campus

  • Residence halls and apartments
  • Meal plan available

Living on campus is one of the easiest ways to become involved at CSUSB.
The Villages offers on-campus housing for students in three residential environments: Serrano Village, Arrowhead Village and University Village. Living on campus is a significant part of the CSUSB experience for approximately 1,500 students.

Visit Housing and Residential Life for more information.

Off-Campus

Homestay for 120 hours tesol certificate

  • Improve English, learn American culture
  • Become a member of the family
  • Families provide three meals per day, transportation to and from campus, a bedroom and utilities (except phone)

International students can participate in the Homestay Program where they live with American families to improve their English and learn American culture firsthand. Host families are proud to explain American ways of life, Students can learn new things, taste new foods and see new places.

The IEP Homestay Program gives IEP students and members of the community an opportunity to learn more about other people and their cultures. By participating in the Homestay Program, you will be able to share your tradition and lifestyles while broadening your own cultural experiences.

Apartments

For apartments near campus, visit UniversityParent, guide to supporting your student's freshman year.

Homestay Program

The IEP Homestay Program gives IEP students and members of the community an opportunity to learn more about other people and their cultures. By participating in the Homestay program, you will be able to share your traditions and lifestyle while broadening your own cultural experiences.

Homestay Benefits

  • American culture and language in a family environment.
  • Invaluable education to both students and host families.
  • Creating memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.

Homestay Includes

Host families are expected to provide students with:

  • A safe environment
  • A private room
  • Meals
  • Transportation to and from the California State University, San Bernardino campus.

Host families are encouraged to include students in family activities in the evenings and on weekends. These activities enrich the students' stay and give them a true picture of American culture.

Homestay Fees

Fees Academic Year
Homestay Placement Fee $120.00
Homestay Fees (per month) $780.00

Apply for Homestay

  1. Download Homestay application.
  2. Submit your application, photos and payment.
    • Mail: send your completed Homestay application form, photos and check by mail to:

      Homestay Coordinator
      International Extension Programs
      California State University, San Bernardino
      5500 University Parkway, Room SH-134
      San Bernardino, CA 92407-2397 USA

      Please make check payable to: "CSUSB"
    • E-mail: send your application to iep@csusb.edu, mail your check separately, e-mail or mail your photos.
    • Fax: send your application form by fax to (909) 537-5905 and mail your photos and check separately.

Visa Requirements

California State University, San Bernardino is authorized to issue I-20 forms (Certificates of Student Eligibility) for full-time intensive English study. Students may then enter the U.S. on an F-1 student visa obtained from the American Embassy or consulate.

F-1 visas are issued on the basis of full-time study. This means that you are expected to attend your scheduled classes every day that you are enrolled in ELP. After three quarters of full-time study, you are eligible for one quarter off.

If you are planning to study in the U.S., you must apply for an F-1 visa.

Download Application for I-20 (Student Visa) Form

Students applying for ELP's Intensive English Program should complete the financial statement located on the application form. Students accepted for study will receive the I-20 form so that they may obtain an F-1 student visa at the nearest U.S. consulate.

Health Insurance


International students must have health insurance coverage at all times while enrolled at CSUSB.

All students are required to purchase health insurance through the International Extension Programs. Health insurance fees are included in the total enrollment fee for each quarter.

The current health insurance plan is administered USI Affinity Travel Insurance Services. For more information, please visit Global Underwriters.

Refund Policy

If you need to leave ELP for any reason, you must get permission from the IEP Program Administrator and you should carefully read the following refund policy.

In order to receive a full refund of enrollment fees: You must cancel enrollment or drop all courses prior to the first day of classes.

In order to receive a fifty-percent refund of enrollment fees: You must cancel enrollment or drop all courses during the first week (five days) of classes.

No refunds will be given to students who cancel enrollment or drop after the first week (five days) of instruction.

Note: Application fees, late registration fees and health insurance fees are not refundable.

Important Notice: Please make sure that the College of Extended Learning has your correct mailing address. Refunds are typically processed within ten business days and may take up to four weeks to receive a check.

Testimonials

California State University, San Bernardino is home to one of the most diverse student populations. We here at the College of Extended Learning are proud to continue the CSU commitment to diversity and serve students from a variety of international backgrounds. We believe our educational programs prepare our students for future personal, academic, and professional success, and are proud to see that our students feel the same way.


Jeemin Jeon

“I enjoy coming to class. I am learning English and about so many cultures. I’ve made friends from around the world.”

Jeemin Jeon

South Korea


Hannah Yin

“Since participating in the ELP program, I have become more independent and self-reliant and this has expanded my overall view of the world and how I now see things.”

Hannah Yin

Beijing, China


Testimonial Group

Beatrix Imbab, Richard Menhue, Emma Aud

“I came to the United States to improve my English language and earn a degree. Since I’ve been here I have made many friendships that I believe will last a lifetime.”
Richard Menhue

“I wanted to experience life in the US so I could improve my English and eventually find a career here. Since I’ve been here, the program has been very helpful towards reaching my goals.”
Beatrix Imbab

“I came to America to improve my English level. Not only has the program been very helpful in doing so, but I’ve been able to meet people and make friends from other countries who are here to do the same.”
Emma Aud

Frequently Asked Questions

Student Eligibility

Required Scores

Test Undergraduate
TOEFL Internet Based (iBT) 61
TOEFL Paper Based (PBT) 500
IELTS 5.5
CSUSB ELP 1 Level 5

To be eligible for enrollment in the Graduate Preparation Program, students must:

  • Submit a test score dated within the last two years of the application date
  • Meet the minimum language requirement

1 Students who study and pass the CSUSB English Language Program are not required to submit other English language proficiency test scores to be accepted in Study Abroad in the USA Program.