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About Computer Systems Institute - Illinois

Computer Systems Institute (CSI) is a private college founded in 1989 to serve students who were preparing themselves for the demands of an ever-changing computer industry.

In 2005, CSI saw the demand to study in the USA from a growing number of international students, and launched the ESL Programs to provide affordable and effective English as a Second Language programs. Since then, hundreds of international students from over 90 countries have studied at Computer Systems Institute.

Students who study ESL at CSI will find that there are a number of campuses to choose from in Illinois, including the Chicago campus, Skokie campus and Lombard campus.

CSI seeks to provide superior and affordable training by offering:

  • Highly-trained and professional instructors who exceed standards in education, teaching experience, and certification.
  • Quality and practical education in a stimulating learning environment.
  • Support services to aid students with cultural adaptation and to maximize learning.
  • A student-focused learning environment that encourages strong channels of communication between students, staff, and faculty.


  • Accredited by the North Central Association (NCA CASI).
  • Authorized under Federal Law to enroll non immigrant F-1 and M-1 students.
  • Licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).
  • Approved by the Department of Education to provide Title IV funding to eligible students.
  • Approved training provider by the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana.
  • Approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs to accept GI Bill.
  • A recipient of the Department of Labor $3MM H-1B Grant.

Overview of CSI Programs

Computer Systems Institute offers a number of different programs. Each program focuses on a different aspect of the English language. Whether you have no English at all, want to be able to take classes taught in English, or wish to learn for business purposes, the ESL Academy has a program that suits your needs.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Programs

The ESL programs offer both classroom and computer-based English as a second language courses. These classes are designed to prepare students for US college and university courses. The curriculum is divided into three subject areas:

  • vocabulary and conversation
  • writing and grammar
  • reading strategies

Developing skills in these areas of language will help students become comfortable communicating in a number of different ways. Students are grouped into one of three ESL levels: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced, determined by a placement test taken before enrolling in a program. Each level of ESL is three academic quarters, or one academic year.

Academic ESL Program

The Academic ESL Programs are specialized English language training programs for academic purposes. AEP courses are intended for students with advanced English skills who are planning to advance their education at American colleges and universities. The programs include General Writing, Literature, and General Communication. In addition to focused study in one of these areas, students are introduced to the expectations they will face in a US college, such as regular class participation, original thought, and independent learning. Each program is three academic quarters, or one academic year, and taught during the Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters.

Skill Building Programs

Skill Building programs allow students with advanced-level skills in the English language a way to develop the professional language skills needed in order to communicate in a business environment. Programs include the Customer Service Specialist, Hospitality Industry Professional, Administrative Assistant Professional, Small Business Administrator, and Sales & Marketing Professional programs. These programs allow students to have externship while learning professional skills. Each program is four academic quarters in length.

Chicago Campus

At the Illinois campus, students study in the third largest city in the United States, Chicago.

Students will be immersed in American culture and American business – and have access to famous attractions including the Cadillac Palace Theatre, the Willis Tower (which has a Skydeck that overlooks Chicago), the Art Institute of Chicago, Buckingham Fountain (one of the largest fountains in the world), and the extensive Grant Park.

Students will have a wealth of American culture at their feet as well with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Joffrey Ballet, the Chicago Cultural Center, and the central branch of the public library, the Harold Washington Library.

The Chicago campus offers:

  • English as a Second Language
  • Academic ESL
  • Skill Building
  • Computer Science

Skokie Campus

The Skokie, Illinois campus is located in Cook County in a suburb of Chicago, just 16 miles north/northwest of downtown Chicago. Students will find that they can live outside the city, with ease to travel to and from the city - plus, there is plenty to see in Skokie. Events take place throughout the summer; every May, a two-day Festival of Cultures is held in Oakton Park, featuring different activities, food, and entertainment from countries around the world. To learn even more about their new home, students can visit the Skokie Heritage Museum and find out about the area’s history and what life was like in the 19th century.

Programs offered at the Skokie campus include:

  • English as a Second Language
  • Academic ESL
  • Skill Building
  • Computer Science

Programs and Tuition Cost

  • English as a Second Language: $3600 Per Year

    English as a Second Language (ESL) Programs: CSI's ESL programs offer focused classroom and computer-based English as a Second Language training. Programs are divided into three subject areas: 1) Vocabulary and conversation; 2) Writing and grammar; 3) Reading strategies. By improving writing, listening, and reading comprehension skills, all ESL programs are designed to help prepare students for participation in U.S. college and university courses. CSI offers instructor-led lectures, instructor-led labs, computer-based materials, and project-based learning sessions. This method allows students to learn English and reach their goals more efficiently.

  • Academic ESL: $4200 Per Year

    Computer Systems Institute's Academic ESL Programs are designed for students who are highly proficient or approaching fluency in English. These courses include vocabulary building through reading and classroom discussion in addition to the development of academic writing skills and communication skills necessary for participation in U.S. college classrooms; Academic ESL prepares students to study in a mainstream classroom with native speakers by building their abilities to give critical opinions in academic discussion, to read attentively, and to write effectively. These courses aid students in developing the skills needed for the language-based exams required for admission to a university program.

  • Skill Building: $4700 Per Year

    Computer Systems Institute's Skill Building programs offer a way for students to gain professional skills needed in the business world. Each program is a specialized, fast-paced, flexible, and academically rigorous course of study. Students supplement classroom lecture with externships in various industry positions. Each program is four academic quarters (44 academic weeks) in length, and includes externships as an integral part of learning.

  • Computer Science: $6000 Per Year

    Computer Systems Institute's Computer Science (CS) Programs provide students with the strong academic background and industry-based certifications that help prepare them for success in computer science related professions. By combining practical training with theoretical knowledge, the Computer Science Programs give students the skills they need to succeed in this rapidly growing industry.

Lombard Campus

CSI's Lombard campus is located in DuPage County, easily reachable from many Chicago western and northwestern suburbs. The campus is easily accessible from many parts of the Chicagoland area.

The Lombard campus offers:

  • English as a Second Language
  • Academic ESL
  • Skill Building



Total Students


Student Ratio
Female 69%
Male 31%


Total Faculty


Student/Faculty Ratio
20 : 1


Estimated Cost



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