Intensive English Program- IEP

Improve and develop your Academic English in order to succeed at an American university.

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Teaching English as a Foreign Language- TEFL

Earn your TEFL certification through one of the best programs in the country. Begin your journey teaching and living abroad here. 

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English for Academic Purposes- EAP

Take advantage of credit-bearing courses and other resources for FSU international students, teaching assistants, faculty, and post-docs.

Center for Intensive English Studies

Over 35 Years of Excellence in English Language Instruction

CIES: Where the World Comes to Learn English

CIES is an English language school for serious students who want to succeed at an American university. Our highly qualified instructors all have Master’s degrees in the field of Teaching English as a Second Language. In addition, we limit our enrollment to 150 students per session so that we can give you personalized instruction in a safe, friendly environment. CIES is part of the FSU Graduate School and all of our offices and classrooms are in one location on the campus of Florida State University. We hope that CIES can serve as the start of your higher education experience in the United States.

Florida State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Center for Intensive English Studies is included in that accreditation.  CIES is a proud member of UCIEP (University and College Intensive English Programs) and English USA.


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What are students saying about CIES?

Bader, Kuwait

"I'm truly thankful that I had the chance to study at CIES. I could not ask for a better experience. Thanks to all the staff, now I can speak English fluently.”

Mengying, China

“CIES is an amazing place and really helped me when I got conditional admission from the FSU Communication School. The multicultural environment there was the perfect place for me to improve my English skills and adapt to the American academic culture."



CIES hosts Open House for International Education Week

On November 15th the Center for Intensive English Studies hosted an Open House in honor of International Education Week 2018. CIES faculty, staff, students, and alumni presented about the cultures they represent and how CIES supports the academic mission and strategic plan of FSU. Click the video link below to see some highlights from the event!

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FSU presented national award for campus internationalization

Florida State University’s President John Thrasher accepted the 2017 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization, which is given annually by NAFSA: Association of International Educators, at a reception to celebrate International Education Week Tuesday in Washington, D.C. In April, FSU was one of only four institutions to be selected for the 2017 Simon Award, which recognizes excellence in integrating international education throughout all facets of the university. 

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CIES Launches NEW Online Classes

In the Fall II session, CIES launched Integrated Skills for Academic Purposes, its premiere online English course, designed specifically for international students at the intermediate level. Registration is now open for the Spring I online classes, which will begin on January 9th.  

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New FSU partnership to provide homestay programs for international students

Have you ever had the desire to connect with new friends around the world and experience a new culture, while staying in the comfort of your own home? The Center for Intensive English Studies can help make that happen. The Center recently partnered with the American Homestay Network, an organization that provides homestay programs for international students in the United States.

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