Expanding on the goal to serve our CSI student community in the best way possible and provide high-quality career-focused programs for our graduates, we’re excited to announce our new partnership with Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU).  

For over 30 years, CSI has been a leader in the educational sectors of Business, Healthcare, and Information Technology. Our partnership with IWU will be an ideal fit for students who wish to work in the US while studying for a new career utilizing Optional Practical Training (OPT) and Curricular Practical Training (CPT) within our program offerings.  

Intending to bridge the gap and supply shortage in IT professionals by providing training to students and connecting them with employers, CSI is expanding student services by creating more educational reach and professional opportunities for students than ever before. This CSI-IWU partnership is an outstanding opportunity for both institutions to add another step in education for our students. 

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The Importance of this Partnership for CSI, IWU, and Students 

Julia Lowder, CEO of Computer Systems Institute (CSI), shares how important this exciting partnership will be for both institutions. 

“Our institutions have been providing solutions to domestic and international students for decades. Together, we have connected forces to provide a one-of-a-kind solution to students that focuses on key areas of academic and career development. Together, through this partnership, we are developing innovative solutions to provide students, employers, and our communities [and] designed for the long-term success of our students and our institutions.” 

Additionally, students will be afforded the opportunity to gain access to undergraduate and graduate degree programs that are flexible while helping them become leaders and professionals across the globe. CSI students and alumni will be able to transfer credits earned from certificate level programs directly to Bachelor level programs at IWU.  

A spokesperson for IWU said that “this partnership is a unique opportunity to provide students with Certificate Program completion in their field of study coupled with a well-rounded ethical based bachelor level degree programs.” 

The highlight of the partnership is the international student journey and the availability of options ranging from one-year Certificate level programs at CSI to the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs at IWU. Additionally, CSI will assist in increasing the international student population at IWU and expanding diversity within their student body. 

Opportunities for International Students 

The partnership will allow F-1 international students to meet their educational goals at a higher value and a lower cost compared to other educational institutions and pathway programs. In addition, as a bridge between CSI-IWU, international students can become better acquainted with life in the US and the academic rigor of a college setting at CSI and before committing to a larger university such as IWU.  

Utilizing OPT for extracurricular, real-world training during and aftercompleting their program, F-1 students can use this as an extension of their education to help gain valuable career experience in their field and help find employment in the US.  

The CPT program works as a training benefit before graduation to support the main focus of the curriculum during their time of study. The CSI-IWU partnership will work in tandem to support and advance international student experiences across campuses by utilizing both international student programs. 

The advantages of credit transfer, low-cost tuition at both institutions, and the support from both institutions during and after each student’s success will give international students all over the world the opportunity to pursue their dreams and fulfill their goals for the future. Collaborative work has already begun between CSI and IWU students, as they can take advantage of this partnership as early as the beginning of 2022. 

Computer Systems Institute (CSI) is a proprietary institution headquartered in Skokie, Illinois with six campuses: three in Illinois (Skokie, Chicago, and Lombard) and three in  Massachusetts (Allston-Boston, Charlestown, and Worcester). CSI was founded in 1989 and has been serving 
F-1 international students for over 15 years from 125 different countries all over the world. CSI offers career-focused, one-year certificate programs in Business, Healthcare, and Information Technology with options for CPT and OPT for F-1 international students. 

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Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) is a Christian, non-profit, comprehensive university of the Wesleyan Church that’s committed to global liberal arts and professional education. The university system includes IWU-Marion, where about 3,000 students are enrolled in traditional programs on the main campus; IWU- National & Global, which includes more than 8,000 adult learners throughout the world who study online or onsite at 14 education centers around the Midwest; and Wesley Seminary, which offers a practical and student-centered approach for busy, working ministers.