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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:

Our Fall and Spring 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 summer program offers two hour classes at 3:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. (Mondays & Wednesdays or Tuesdays & Thursdays).

Our next session is Summer 2017 , which will be offered from June 12th to August 3rd, 2017. For more information about the courses we will offer, please see our: Course Descriptions and Schedule. After summer session, we will have the Fall I 2017 ​session, which will be offered from August 21th to October 13th.

2. Apply and Pay:

How to apply:

  1. 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)
  2. Bring proof that you have received two Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccines, if you were born after 1956.
  3. 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.

Application Deadline:

  • The deadline to apply for the Summer 2017 session is Friday, June 9th at 5:00 pm (Arizona time) in CESL office 101 or online.


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 Friday, May 5th  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, June 9th.
  • 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 Summer 2017 session on June, Wednesday 7th or Thursday 8th 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 June, Monday 12th or Tuesday 13th at 3:00 or 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.


Francisco Javier Fuentes
Evening Program Coordinator
Phone: +1 (520) 626-3588

Other information

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"If you want to study English in short time put CESL as your primary choice."