Important Announcement:

CIES and Florida State University will be closed from December 20, 2021 to January 2, 2022.  We will re-open on January 3, 2022.

Please contact Dr. Patrick Kennell at if you have any questions or need help.

Main CIES Phone Number   +001 850-644-4794

WhatsApp +001 850 347 1618

WeChat ID   patrickkennell2

About CIES

Director's Message

Read a short welcome message from CIES Director Dr. Patrick Kennell.


Learn a little about the Center for Intensive English Studies (CIES) at Florida State University.

Mission Statement

Read our official Mission Statement.

Teaching Philosophy

Learn more about our English teaching philosophy.


See what CIES is doing in the world of international recruiting.

Legacy Sort
Legacy Priority

Gualter, Angola

“I came to the United States from Angola straight to CIES. Immediately CIES became my home and family. CIES was a place of challenge, encouragement, and rest for me during my year of learning English there. I was constantly encouraged to do and be the best that I could be and to never lose hope and sight of what I came to the United States to accomplish.”

Ileana, Colombia

"Studying at CIES was my best life experience. I improved my English skills with very well prepared teachers, and a smart method of teaching English. The kindness and human warmth in administrative staff was unbeatable. I spent good times with nice new people from many countries around the world. That was my second family in the US and will be in my heart forever."