University Partners

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CSI is excited to announce a new partnership with Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU).

This unique partnership, only for CSI Students, provides opportunities such as credit transfer, low-cost tuition, and comprehensive support services in achieving your Bachelors’s or Master’s degree.

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. 

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 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 the 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. 

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. 

For more information on each program or to enroll, please email our admissions representative at to assist you in enrolling. 

CSI and IWU Partnership webinar below:

Articulation Agreements

CSI and Walden articulation agreement

Computer Systems Institute (CSI) is proud to announce a brand-new partnership with Walden University (WU) with a goal to facilitate a seamless transfer between institutional credits for specific programs, broaden career-focused educational opportunities, and achieve a greater impact on the professional outlook of our student communities.

With over 30 years of educational experience, CSI is proud to continue serving their student community with a diverse range of programs, including in the Business, Information Technology, and Healthcare fields. The partnership between CSI and WU will give students in their respective institutions an opportunity to complete their educational goals at a higher value, lower cost, and more accessible training programs to become trained professionals in their field.

In this collaboration, CSI students can learn alongside the Walden University student communities in over 116 countries around the world, allowing even more opportunities for academic growth and career-oriented networking opportunities.

This CSI and WU partnership outlines the specific program-to-program transfer pathways for the Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Nursing, and Bachelor of Business Administration degrees. Benefits to these programs through this new partnership between CSI and Walden University include:

Seamless Credit Transfers: Reduce cost by receiving credit for previous coursework and potentially speeding up your degree completion.

Flexibility: Set your own pace, rearrange your course order, and choose your own deadlines to save time and money by completing your degree in the Tempo Learning® format.

10% tuition reduction* for students, alumni, and employees of CSI on Walden’s bachelor’s degree programs

$3,000 tuition grant for the following course-based programs:

· RN-BS in Nursing

· BS in Elementary Education

· Bachelor of Business Administration

*Note: Eligibility is only for new students, alumni, or employees of CSI who enroll and start class between January 1, 2022, and June 30, 2022. No tuition reduction or tuition grant will be made retroactively.

If you would like to connect with an Enrollment Specialist, fill out the form and we’ll contact you to answer any questions you may have about our programs and this exciting new partnership.

Computer Systems Institute (CSI) is a proprietary institution headquartered in Skokie, Illinois with six campuses: 3 in Illinois (Skokie, Chicago, and Lombard) and 3 in Boston, Massachusetts (Allston, Charlestown, and Worcester). CSI was founded in 1989 and has been serving its diverse student community from over 125 different countries all over the world. CSI offers career-focused, 1-year certificate programs and builds new partnerships with local colleges, employers, and organizations to create stimulating learning environments and deliver effective career development services for the Business, Healthcare, and Information Technology industries.

Walden University (WU) More than 50 years ago, Walden University was founded to support adult learners in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and communities. Students from across the U.S. and more than 115 countries are pursuing a certificate, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree online at Walden. The university offers more than 100 online degree and certificate programs. Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, For more information, please visit

International Technological University is accredited by WASC.

International Technological University has accepted and will continue to accept credits unconditionally from CSI students.

Northwestern College is regionally accredited by (Higher Learning Commission). It is located at 7725 S. Harlem Avenue Bridgeview, Illinois

Northwestern College Obligation:

  • Accept the credits completed at towards a like certificate or degree program, to the extent possible. However, the transferring student must be in good academic and Financial standing with Computer Systems Institute and meet any specific admission and enrollment standards and requirements for the program at Northwestern College. All transcripts will be reviewed on an individual basis.

  • Waive application fees and simplify the application process from each student.

  • Offer the courses required for students to complete their program of study.

  • Northwestern College will offer Computer Systems Institute Active Transfering students

    a 15% discount per credit hour on tuition for the courses required for completion of the program. Students that fail courses should be notified that they will be charged the prevailing rate to retake courses, if applicable.

  • To obtain all required accrediting, state, other approvals to accept the transfer of students, where applicable.

University will provide to each of Institute’s Students (“Student’s)”) who, subsequent to the Effective Date , is admitted to and enrolled in the University, including degree programs, certificate programs, and individual courses (all together, “University Services”), a grant in an amount equal to fifteen percent (15%) of the charges for tuition in effect as of the date of enrollment (“Tuition Grant”) and no application fee. Students who were admitted and enrolled in any University Services prior to the Effective Date will begin receiving the Tuition Grant at the start of the Student’s next academic term; the Tuition Grant will not be applied retroactively or to the current term; such Student will not receive any credit, refund or proration for the Tuition Grant for any academia term prior to or in progress as of the Effective Date, The Tuition Grant can be applied only to tuition, University may change its tuition rates at any time in its sole discretion and the Tuition Grant will be calculated based upon the current tuition in effect at the applicable campus at the commencement of the applicable program or course.

 CSI and ESL Academy wish to establish an arrangement to provide educational opportunities to CSI graduates, leading to the unconditional transfer of credits;

Through the establishment of this Articulation Agreement, CSI students will have the potential to transfer twelve (12) credit hours earned in the General Writing or Communication programs to ESL Academy’s Academic English Program. ESL Academy students will also have the potential to transfer twelve (12) credit hours earned in the Academic English program to CSI’s General Writing or Communication programs.  

Graduates from CSI who successfully complete any of the programs listed below; with a course grade of C or higher, can transfer twelve (12) credit hours earned within 3 years of program completion, will be eligible to receive a total of 12 credits. These credits will be applicable towards the Academic English Program at ESL Academy.


The initial term of this Articulation Agreement shall be one (1) year commencing as of the date hereof. Thereafter, the term of this Agreement shall automatically renew for successive one (1) year terms unless one party provides written notice to the other party at least 90 days in advance of the end of the then existing term that it does wish to renew the term of this Agreement.  


Danville Area Community College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.
Danville Area Community College has accepted and will continue to accept credits unconditionally from CSI students.

Immigration Partners

Gardini Law

We are excited to announce CSI and Gardini Law partnership. Gardini Law will assist CSI students and provide legal advice on immigration law and procedures. We will have live internet webinars, group question-and-answer forums via Zoom, and one-on-one consultations. We are dedicated to helping students gain the skills and support they need to reach their goals. To enroll and take advantage of this unique partnership, contact admissions at If you are a current CSI student, check the campus events calendars in your student portal.

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