A sponsor is a government or educational agency, school, embassy, organization, or corporation which provide scholarships or funding to students. These sponsored students receive financial support that pays for their tuition, fees, and living expenses. Sponsors are billed directly for CESL student tuition and some fees. Sponsored students must consult their sponsoring advisor in the United States for specifics about their scholarship requirements. 

CESL works with the following sponsors:

  • Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission (SACM) SACM
  • Institute of International Educationg (IIE) IIE
  • Kuwait Cultural  Office/Embassy of Kuwait Kuwait Cultural Office
  • Embassy of Oman Embassy of Oman
  • Embassy of U.A.E. Embassy of UAE
  • West Africa Management Services (WAMS)
  • Scholarship Coordination Office of U.A.E. Scholarship Coordination Office
  • Libyan-North American Scholarship Program Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) CBIE
  • Embassy of Thailand

We continue to diversify the sponsoring agencies we work with.  Please contact us if you would like to collaborate.

Health Insurance

Sponsoring agencies often provide health insurance coverage for students, however you should check with your sponsoring advisor about this prior to beginning your studies at CESL.  Regardless of whether your sponsor provides health insurance, CESL enrolls all students in Campus Health coverage and bills the sponsor.

Travel and Immigration

If you wish to travel outside of the U.S., you must inform your sponsoring advisor and the CESL Assistant Director of Admissions, Immigration & Student Services (ADAISS) prior to departing.  The CESL ADAISS will assist you on important information regarding your immigration documents and will sign page 2 of your I-20, which allows you to reenter the U.S.  If your travel takes you to your home county, often the sponsoring agency will pay for your airline ticket. For more information immigration, see: Visas and Immigration


Contact Amber Tetreau-Segura, Assistant Director of Admissions, Immigration & Student Services at amts@email.arizona.edu Tel: (520) 621-2698


Sponsoring agencies provide a financial guarantee with your application to confirm that they will pay for your tuition, fees, and living expenses.  This document allows CESL to directly bill the sponsoring agency for your tuition and fees.  You should have a copy of the financial guarantee and read it carefully to understand what your sponsoring agency will pay for.  In general, most sponsoring agencies will only pay for tuition and fees for the full-time Intensive English Program.  In some cases, they will also pay for tuition, fees, and living expenses for dependents (spouses and children).  Most sponsoring agencies will not cover additional expenses for activities, tutoring, evening courses, etc. If you wish to enroll in additional courses or partake in activities, it is your responsibility to check with your sponsoring advisor on whether or not they will pay for you. 


At orientation you will be asked to complete a records release form which allows CESL to send grade reports to your sponsor at the end of every session.  These reports detail your academic progress, attendance, and overall attitude towards learning English.  Due to FERPA regulations, grades may not be distributed to third parties without the student's permission. For more infomation on FERPA, see: FERPA

"I have attended many different schools around the world to improve my English. However, after I attended CESL, I realized that none of these schools compare."