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About Computer Systems Institute - Massachusetts

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

English Language programs at CSI seek to provide non-native English speakers with the language skills and academic strategies necessary to achieve their personal and professional goals. Computer Systems Institute offers highly-trained and professional instructors who exceed standard in education, teaching experience, and certification, as well as a student-focused learning environment that encourages strong channels of communication between students, staff, and faculty.

Massachusetts Campuses

The state of Massachusetts itself is a wonderful place for international students to study. With its unique place in American history and culture, Massachusetts continues to play a primary contributing role to American high culture and fine arts. Massachusetts is home to countless world-class museums and national historical sites, and has produced some of Americans most famously creative academics, artists, writers, and musicians.

For students looking to live and learn in Massachusetts, CSI is proud to offer two campuses in Massachusetts for international students: Charlestown and Worcester.

CSI seeks to provide superior and affordable training by offering:

  • 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.
  • Authorized with on-site Pro-metric, Certiport, Pearson VUE, and NHA testing centers.
  • A Microsoft IT academy member.

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.

Charlestown Campus

CSI's Charlestown campus is located in Charlestown on the second floor of the legendary Schrafft Center on Boston’s Sullivan Square. The campus is minutes away from a variety of major recreational and food establishments. Boston offers all of the cultural richness, diversity, and stimuli of a big city like New York, but on a slightly smaller, more welcoming scale. That being said, the Boston metropolitan area is still considered a major U.S. city with a population well in excess of 6 million people, approximately 2 million of which live in Boston city proper.

The Charlestown campus offers:

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

Worcester Campus

The new Worcester campus is located at the intersection of Main Street and Mechanic Street, within walking distance of many attractions, including Worcester Common and Worcester Public Library.

The Worcester campus offers:

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

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.

International Student Festival

International students from Computer Systems Institute get together to celebrate all the different cultures of the world at the annual International Student Festival.

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