Mission Statement


Our Mission:

We foster excellence in all areas of teaching and learning English as a Second Language and serve as a leader among intensive English programs worldwide.


The Mission of the Intensive English Program:

We provide the highest quality English language instruction to international students so that they can succeed at Florida State University or any institute of higher learning in the United States.


The Mission of the TEFL Certificate Program:

We provide instruction on the basic teaching skills, methods, and intercultural competence necessary for teaching English successfully abroad, thus contributing to the internationalization of the FSU community and enhancing the reputation of Florida State University on a global level.


The Mission of the English for Academic Purposes Program:

We provide English language instruction and support to all current international students, teaching assistants, postdoctoral scholars, and faculty at Florida State University.


Legacy Sort
Legacy Priority
Mario André
Mario André, Brazil

IEP Alumnus
“I went to CIES to just learn English; however I left CIES having also learned how culturally diverse the world is. Today I know how it feels to step out of my comfort zone and embrace other cultures as my own and I owe it all to the unforgettable experience of having been part of CIES.”

Jessica, United States

TEFL Certificate Alumna
"Getting my TEFL certificate at CIES was a wonderful experience! I spent a year in Madrid teaching English afterwards and felt much more prepared and confident in the classroom due to the TEFL course. I highly recommend studying here if you're looking to teach English abroad!”

Lidong, China

EAP Program Alumnus
“The FSU EAP Program provides comprehensive skill sets training for efficient communication in the US academic environment. These enhanced communication skills greatly benefit my teaching and research through active interaction with students and other researchers.”