• 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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Important Announcement:

ALL Classes are being taught in-person with an option for students who still want to learn remotely.  We look forward to having you in our classes, in person! 

Please contact Dr. Patrick Kennell at or Josh Valentine at if you have any questions or would like additional information.

WhatsApp +001 850 347 1618

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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 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.


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."



Dr. Maria Beatriz Mendoza wins University Teaching Award

CIES' Dr. Maria Beatriz Mendoza has received the 2018-2019 University Graduate Teaching Award. This is a well-deserved recognition of excellence in teaching among all the faculty at Florida State University. Congratulations, Dr. Mendoza!

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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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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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