ESL Program Admissions


The English as a Second Language Program (ESL) helps improve students English to prepare them for taking college or university courses in the United States. ESL focuses on three main subject areas: vocabulary and conversation, writing and grammar, and reading strategies. Students will participate in classroom as well as computer-based learning. The program is 3 academic quarters (33 weeks) in length. Program start dates occur throughout the year (see below).

The ESL Program is divided into three levels: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. A student’s language level is determined by a placement test (ACCUPLACER ESL) at the beginning of the program before enrollment. Students at any English speaking level are welcome to enroll in the program.

Students of all speaking levels will improve their language skills quickly in the immersion English environment at one of our American ESL schools in Charlestown/Boston, Allston/Boston, Worcester, Chicago, Skokie, Gurnee or Lombard. Studying in an immersion-style environment ensures that students are speaking English both in and out of the classroom. Using English in their daily lives gives students the opportunity to learn faster with more authentic pronunciation.

The ESL Program allows students to apply for an F-1 Student Visa. While enrolled in the program, students will be able to meet the 18 hours of study per week required by the F-1 visa. Learn more about the F-1 visa and applying from abroad below.

For more information about the ESL Program, see the program page or fill out the form to the right.

ACCUPLACER Test for Program Placement

Before students register for courses in the ESL Program at Computer Systems Institute, they must take an English Evaluation test. The ACCUPLACER ESL is a set of computer-adaptive, untimed tests that enables to test students quickly and efficiently across a wide range of abilities.

Placement Scores

  • 20-60: Beginner ESL
  • 61-80: Intermediate ESL
  • 81-100: Advanced ESL

Additional Requirements:

Transferring In

Applying from Abroad

Change of Status to F-1 Student Visa

ESL Program Start Dates

Enrollment in the ESL Program occurs on a rolling basis with start dates throughout the year. For exact dates, see the CSI Student Calendar.

  • Fall Start - September
  • Winter Start - January
  • Spring Start - April