Improve your English at the University of Arizona's CESL, the only center-wide CEA-accredited institution in Arizona

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About Us

Welcome to the University of Arizona's Center for English as a Second Language (CESL)

Since the fall of 1970, when the University of Sonora in Hermosillo sent 22 engineers to the UA to perfect their English language skills before beginning their graduate degrees in the College of Engineering, CESL has trained thousands of undergraduate and graduate students from nearly 100 countries for academic study at the University of Arizona.


  • Only accredited English language institute in Arizona by the Commission on English Language Accreditation (CEA)
  • Superior English language instruction through a comprehensive curriculum
  • CESL prepares students for academic and professional success
  • 45+ years of experience
  • Non-profit institution
  • Located on campus at the University of Arizona, Arizona's Top 100 Global university (U.S. News and World Report)
  • Professional teachers with at least a masters degree and many with doctorate degrees
  • Conditional admission with the University of Arizona for all undergraduate degrees and many graduate degrees
  • State of the art computer labs and technology resources
  • CESL library equipped with the latest literature and test preparation resources
  • Fun activities or excursions scheduled every week to popular local or regional destinations such as the Grand Canyon!
  • Student success resources and additional training available: Program for Intentional Learning (PIL) and personalized tutoring
  • Our English language classes serve the linguistic and professional development needs of The University of Arizona and the greater global community
  • CESL promotes cultural and linguistic diversity and understanding through sensitivity, professionalism, and collaboration both on and off campus
  • Flexible curriculum, as we understand that students learn in different ways and offer a variety of instructional methodologies to meet student learning styles
  • Active classes which require intense student participation to improve individual language skills
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"CESL has seven different levels so students can study at their own level. Students have to study hard in their classes, but we are never bored."