Why us


  • Only English language institute in Arizona accredited by the Commission on English Language Accreditation (CEA)
  • 45+ years of experience
  • Non-profit institution, a professional university-governed program fully integrated in the University of Arizona
  • 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 regularly 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
  • Active classes which require intense student participation to improve individual language skills
  • With our personalized resources and focus, at CESL you will feel part of a family, the CESL family

At CESL, our mission is simple: Your success.

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Why the University of Arizona?

  • Simply the best university in Arizona with the best global rankings:
    • #67 (US News and World Report)
    • #68 in the world and #42 in the USA (Center for World University Rankings)
    • #90 (Shanghai Jiatong University Rankings)
  • The first university founded in Arizona (1885)
  • Top programs in business, science, engineering, optimal science, geology, law, environmental science, and more! See some below
  • 3 UA faculty members have won Nobel Prizes (The Nobel Foundation)
  • Top 200 colleges that pay you back (The Princeton Review)
  • Top 100: the UA ranks in the top 100 of all US four-year public institutions, based on 19 indicators of academic excellence, affordability, and diversity (The Business Journals)
  • Top 20: The Eller College is ranked in the top 20 online MBA programs nationally (US News and World Report)
  • Top 10 UA ranks in the nation's top 10 producers of Fulbright scholars (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
  • 112 The number of countries represented by international students attending the UA
  • #1 public university in Arizona and #58 in the USA (US News and World Report)
  • #1 largest optics program among US institutions (College of Optical Sciences)
  • #1 in funding for the physical sciences in 2014 among US public institutions
  • #1 the ranking of the College of Science among observational, theoretical, and space astronomy programs in the USA (National Science Foundation)
  • #1 Best college in Arizona (Forbes)
  • #1 undergraduate salary potential among Arizona public universities (Payscale)
  • #1 the UA is the only university in the continental US with not one, but two radio telescopes (Steward Observatory and the Department of Astronomy)
  • #1 the UA's Communications Doctorate Program is top-ranked (National Research Council)
  • #1 the UA's Library Science online degree is the best in the nation (graduateprograms.com)
  • #1 mineral collection in the world (Department of Geosciences)
  • #2 among US public undergraduate programs for management information systems (US News and World Report)
  • #3 the ranking of the School of Art MFA Photography program among US public institutions (US News and World Report)
  • #3 among US graduate geology programs (US News and World Report)
  • #3 the school of Anthropology is top-ranked according the National Research Council's databased assessment of research doctorate program (National Research Council)
  • #5 the ranking of the Eller College of Management's McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship among US public undergraduate programs (US News and World Report)
  • #7 the James E. Rogers College of Law is one of the best schools for practical training (National Jurist Magazine)
  • #10 the College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture ranked 10th in the USA for annual research generated (Association of American Universities)
  • #12 UA Master's of Science in Agricultural & Resource Economics is the top ranked agricultural program and ranks 12th among the nation's graduate econ programs (The Financial Engineer)
  • #12 The Eller College is ranked No 12 among US public institutions for its undergraduate business program (US News and World Report)
  • #20 in research and development expenditures among public universities with $606 million USD in total funding (National Science Foundation)
  • Top 20 the UA's Campus Recreation is ranked No 13 nationally for best college for outdoor adventures
  • Top 25 undergraduate architecture program (Design Intelligence)
  • Top 25 the UA ranks in the top 25 great, accesible institutions for aspiring STEM students
  • 1st design and planning program in Arizona, and the nation's leader in sustainable design and planning for arid regions (College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture)
  • 1st First and only accredited public health college in Arizona (Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health)
  • 1st law school (James E. Rogers College of Law) to accept GRE applicants (Bloomberg Law)
  • 1st law school (James E. Rogers College of Law) to offer a Bachelors of Law
  • 1st the Department of Hydrology and Water Resources became the first department in the USA dedicated solely to the science of water in 1966 (College of Science)
  • 1st the world's first laboratory dedicated to tree-ring research was established at the UA. It now houses more than 2 million wood specimens (College of Science)
  • 8 graduate programs in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences that were ranked in the top 25 in 2011 (National Research Council)
  • 12 UA graduate programs ranked in the top 10 nationally (US News and World Report)
  • 500+ student clubs and organizations (Associated Students of the University of Arizona)

At the University of Arizona and CESL, WE DO NOT ASPIRE to be the largest, but simply to offer the best educational options for you.

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Why Tucson, Arizona?

  • Home to the University of Arizona, the best and first university founded in Arizona in 1885
  • 350+ days of sunshine with clean skies year round!
  • Tucson is a safe city 
  • Friendly multicultural atmosphere with people from all over the world!
  • Easy, affordable, and reliable transportation system giving students a chance to save money and time going home and to the University of Arizona campus. You won't be stuck in traffic in Tucson!
  • Low cost of living! Housing, food, transportation, and education, Tucson gives you and your parents the best experience at the best value
  • Excellent geographic location close to popular destinations such as San Diego, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, and popular beaches and tourist destinations in Mexico such as Rocky Point, San Carlos, and more!
  • Amazing food from all over the world for all different tastes!
  • Traditional college town and environment that is ready to welcome you and make you feel part a friendly community, a second home
"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."