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International students who are non-native English speakers are typically required to provide evidence of their English abilities before they are admitted into a US college or university. «IELTS» provides a fair, accurate and reliable measure of language skills, and is trusted by organizations worldwide as a proof of English proficiency.

About Southern Illinois University Carbondale


At Southern Illinois University Carbondale we welcome students from all around the world and we pride ourselves on inclusivity. Our beautiful campus offers major opportunities in a number of fields embracing a tradition of excellence, innovation in research and creativity. As a nationally-ranked public research university, we help build and exchange knowledge to create future leaders, and transform lives.

Being a Saluki is more than just going to class, hanging out on campus, and attending athletic events. Being a Saluki means dedicating yourself fully to your passion. At SIU you will begin a lifelong destination on the path of success.

There is truly something for everyone at SIU.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

School Overview

Carbondale, Illinois
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Financial Assistance

Southern Illinois University Carbondale has a variety of financial assistance options for international students including:

  • The Augusta & Jimmy Auerbach Endowed Memorial Scholarship
  • Inga Sollberger Grant
  • Mary Wakeland Scholarship
  • Tuition Awards
  • Short-Term Emergency Loans
  • Undergraduate Student-to-Student (STS) Grants

Additionally, SIU knows that every dollar saved can help. Because of this they also have a number of tuition rate reductions like their High Achievers Alternate Tuition Rate, Legacy Tuition Rate, Partner Universities Rate, Student Work Referrals, and special assistance from various colleges and departments.

Make Friends and Make a Difference:

SIU Carbondale has more than 300 organizations for students to get involved in! Whether you like politics, aerospace, learning new languages, Greek life or sports- students like you can find something to join and start meeting other students. Not only do their hundreds of on-campus groups let you make like-minded friends and improve your resume, it also gives you the chance to make a difference on campus. Here are just a few examples of what you can be involved in:

  • SIU Meeting Professionals Internationals
  • SIU Club Baseball
  • Southern Illinois Culinary Club
  • Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Climbing Club
  • Promoting Respect through Inclusiveness and Diversity Excellence
  • Pre-Law Association

There are also a variety of cultural-specific clubs like the following:

  • Sri Lankan Student Association Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  • Persian/Iranian Students Association
  • Saudi Student Association
  • Malaysian Student Association
  • Nepalese Student Society
  • Korean Student Association

Plus, if you love coffee then you’re in luck- each week there’s an international coffee hour where international students can meet and mingle with American students!

Help at Arrival

If you (or your parents) are worried about your arrival and getting settled into your new home in the US, USI is a great place to experience this transition! SIU Carbondale helps you during your first few days in the US through their orientation. Just a few things you can look forward to during orientation include bank and housing trips, student recreation center and library tour, shopping at local businesses, help setting up your immunization appointment and some yummy treats throughout it all!

English as a Second Language

For over 50 years the Center for English Language (CESL) at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is the third oldest certified intensive English program in the United States.

  • Affordable tuition.
  • Small classes & individual attention.
  • Experienced teachers.
  • Our academic focus prepares people for academic success in degree programs at SIU or anywhere.
  • Reasonable and convenient housing.
  • 80% of CESL graduates go on to degree programs at SIU.

Our Success Stories

“I went from not being able to say a word in English to entertaining conversation in just one semester at CESL." - Habiboulahi Keita

“I attended a course that lasted almost two months at CESL and it helped me a lot because I could improve the language and learn much more about the American culture.” – Menucci Tatiana.



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