• Online English Classes

    Now is the time to take your English to a new level! Explore our online class offerings.

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  • Graduate Courses/EAP Courses

    Academic language support for our international students, teaching assistants, faculty, and post-docs

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  • Intensive English Program

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

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

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Now is the time to take your English to a new level! Explore our online class offerings. 

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

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Learn the skills needed to be an effective TEFL teacher while gaining real experience through tutoring and exchange opportunities.

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Attention FSU Faculty and Post Docs: Develop your skills and proficiency in English and intercultural communication with us.

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Take a look inside CIES, where students feel at home while improving their English.

Celebrating Over 40 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.

CIES' Intensive English Program is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) for the period December 2018 through December 2023 and agrees to uphold the CEA Standards for English Language Programs and Institutions. CIES is also accredited under Florida State University by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and 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."



Kevin Loic Balma- Now partnering with CIES

We are pleased to announce a partnership with Mr. Kevin Loic Balma, our official recruiter from Burkina Faso.  Kevin is a proud CIES alumnus who successfully navigated the academic pathway in the United States. After receiving his MBA, Kevin spent two years working for Capitol Preferred Insurance Company here in Tallahassee before returning home.  He then began working for a small, but growing mining company supplier called International Equipment Suppliers.  He loves working for this company, but as an entrepreneur, is looking to expand his business opportunities.  Through the program he initiated called INTERNATIONAL STUDENT PATHWAYS (IS-PATHWAYS), he now wants to help others achieve their dreams and be just as successful in their quest for a degree from an American university.   See his video: 

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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Partnership with Tallahassee Community College

No TOEFL? No Problem!

CIES and Tallahassee Community College (TCC) have partnered together to create an Academic Pathway for international students who want to pursue a Bachelor’s degree at Florida State University.   If you complete the 6th Level at CIES (High Intermediate), this meets the English language requirement for TCC. Complete two years at TCC and receive an Associate of Arts degree, then transfer to FSU for the final two years to get your Bachelor’s degree.  Please see CIES - Tallahassee Community College ( for more information.

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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