The Center for English as a Second Language (CESL) at the University of Arizona offers English courses to the Tucson community.
CESL's Evening Program is effective because it provides quality instruction through highly trained instructors in small classes which promotes close teaching-learning relationships between students and their teachers. Ours is the Arizona's only part-time evening program fully accredited by CEA, the Commission on English Language Accreditation. Our continued commitment to high-quality ESL instruction sets us apart from other part-time language programs.
Steps for enrollment:
1. Analyze course offerings and session dates:
Evening classes are offered for two hours (6:00 to 8:00 pm), two nights per week (Mondays & Wednesdays or Tuesdays & Thursdays) for a total of 30 hours of instruction. Regular sessions start in January, March, August, and October of each year.
Our next session is Spring II 2017 , which will be offered from March 20th to May 9th, 2017. For more information about the courses we will offer, please see our: Course Descriptions and Schedule. After summer break, we will have the Fall I 2017 session, which will be offered from August 14th to October 13th.
2. Apply and Pay:
How to apply:
- You can apply online or fill out and print the Part-Time Application. Bring it to CESL Admissions Office, room 101, Monday through Friday between 8:00 and 5:00. (Map)
- Bring proof that you have received two Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccines, if you were born after 1956.
- Pay $320 for tuition and fees, unless you qualify for discounts. (See below.)
Students must be:
- At least 18 years old or have completed high school;
- Literate in their first language.
- If you don't have proof of MMR, print the Immunization Record Form and get at least one vaccine before you apply to the Evening Program. For more information about where to obtain the vaccines, please visit the Pima County Health Department website at PCHD Immunization Clinics, or go to your local drugstore.
- I-20s are not usually provided for this program. The only exception is for students who live in the border region between the U.S. and Mexico. These students need to obtain a commuter visa and must apply for an I-20 in order to obtain the student visa in order to commute regularly between the U.S. and Mexico for the purpose of studying. There are additional costs associated with these immigration documents and you need to apply at least five weeks before the beginning of the program.
- Course offerings are contingent upon minimum enrollment.
- A Certificate of Participation from the University of Arizona's Center for English as A Second Language is awarded for each course successfully completed upon request and payment.
- The deadline to apply for the Spring II 2017 session is Friday, March 17th at 5:00 pm (Arizona time) in CESL office 101.
The payment can be made with cash, credit card, debit card, or check issued to "The University of Arizona". Total payment is $320 and includes:
- $ 270.00 for a 30-hour course
- $ 30.00 application fee
- $ 20.00 technology fee
- Early Bird Special: 10% off tuition (total of $ 293) if you apply and pay in full by Monday, February 13th at 5:00 pm (Arizona time).
- UA Affiliate: University of Arizona students, scholars, members of the staff and faculty, as well as their direct relatives, receive 10% off tuition upon presentation of their CatCard if they apply by the deadline of Friday, March 17th.
- Discounts apply to tuition only and may not be combined.
3. Take placement test:
All new students, as well as students returning to the Evening Program after more than a year, need to take a Placement Exam before they start classes. Students can take the Placement Exam for the Spring II 2017 session on March, Wednesday 15th or Thursday 16th at 5:00 pm in the CESL lab located in room 210. (Map)
4. Get your score and level:
Shortly after you take the placement test, we will tell you your score and discuss which class is best for you.
5. Begin classes:
Classes will begin on March, Monday 20th or Tuesday 21th at 6:00 pm depending on which class you are taking.
6. Buy books if necessary:
The average cost is $55. However, some textbooks are used for more than one session and some classes don't require a textbook.
- Map: Click here
- Video: Click here
- Catalog of Courses Click here
- Evening Program Student Handbook: Click here