Teen English Program

Welcome to the Teen English Program (TEP)

Intensive English language instruction for teens from ages 13-17. Students will improve their English, develop new friendships, and find joy in learning a second language! Students learn and use English in classes taught by experienced, enthusiastic ESL teachers.

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Dates for Summer 2017 session (3 week program)

What When
Application deadline (5:00pm Arizona time) June 12, 2017
Discount deadline June 12, 2017
Housing deposit: pay $500 June 12, 2017
Arrival in Tucson and housing check in July 12, 2017
Registration and Testing July 13, 2017
Orientation July 14, 2017
Classes begin July 17, 2017
Classes end August 4, 2017
Departure and housing check out August 5, 2017

Age Requirements

We have set the age standard for the Teen English Program to better meet the needs and attention of our teen students. We encourage students ages 13-17 to enroll in the Teen English Program. Students must be at least 13 by July 12th to enroll in the program. Students 18 and older should apply to our Intensive English Program.

Classes Schedule

Monday - Friday

Students are placed into classes by proficiency level and receive 4 hours of language instruction per day, Monday-Friday, in University of Arizona classrooms where all language skills are emphasized. Lessons and materials are designed specifically for teen learners.


On Saturdays, the students attend recreation/cultural excursions in and around Tucson. On these excursions, the teens have a chance to speak and listen to English in real world settings.


Click on the options below the information on costs:

Financial Guarantee requirement

This is a requirement for students who will need to obtain a student visa (F1). Learn more about visa.

Total amount needed in financial guarantee: $2710 USD What is a financial guarantee?


Even though the meals are not provided by CESL and the cost for meals are extra, there are many restaurants and food options available for students at the University of Arizona and near campus. 


Housing will be arranged by CESL.


Documents for minors must be signed by parents. In the application portal we list the documents for minors that will be required. You can access these documents in the application section for this program.


Teens who are not US citizens or permanent residents must enter the USA with an F-1 student visa. See visa.

Late Arrivals

Students are expected to report and register at CESL on the I-20 report date. If you cannot arrive on the arrival date, please contact CESL admissions office for advice. Students who have this issue should consider choosing later dates. 

Late fees

At CESL 7/14: Late test $75
At CESL 7/17: Late test $75, late orientation $50, and late arrival 10% of tuition

Immunization and Health Insurance

All students must provide proof of immunizations. For more information on this requirement, please click here.

Health insurance is mandatory. For more information please click here.


For questions, please contact us at cesl@email.arizona.edu. 


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