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California State University, Bakersfield

Intensive English Language Center
Bakersfield, California United States



School Introduction

California State University, Bakersfield opened in September 1970 as the 19th member of the 23-campus California State University system. The university is a comprehensive regional university and is committed to excellence in its four schools: Humanities and Social Sciences, Business and Public Administration, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and Education. The university is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, with six programs also accredited by national accrediting organizations.

CSUB is located on a 375-acre site in metropolitan Bakersfield. Some 7, 800 undergraduate and graduate students attend CSUB. More than 90% of CSUB's tenured/tenure-track faculty have doctoral degrees in their fields of study.

ESL Program Introduction

The Intensive English Language Center, located on the campus of California State University, Bakersfield, offers an intensive English language program designed to prepare students for successful academic study in the United States. Four 11-week sessions are offered throughout the year, with beginning dates in January, March, June, and September. The non-credit program meets 23 hours per week and offers courses to improve the reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills of students for academic and everyday living purposes.

Background Data

Schedule & Fees


Spring 2009 (11 weeks)
30 March - 12 June
Summer 2009 (11 weeks)
22 June - 4 September
Fall 2009 (11 weeks)
14 September - 25 November
Winter 2010 (11 weeks)
4 January - 19 March
Spring 2010 (11 weeks)
29 March - 11 June
Summer 2010 (11 weeks)
21 June - 3 September

Tuition Fees: $2, 700.00 (11 weeks)
Application Fee: $100.00
Express Mail Fee: $75.00
Mandatory Medical Insurance: $237.00 per session
Homestay with American Family: $25.00 per day

Special Courses & Features

Housing/Accommodation Info

The IELC Homestay program allows the language center students the opportunity to live with an American family, providing a great chance for students to learn about American traditions and customs. We believe students who live with an American family benefit considerably in their development and understanding of English. Many aspects of language can be taught in the classroom, but personal contact with American culture in the context of common everyday situations is an invaluable experience for the student and the host family. Dormitory housing is available to IELC students on a limited basis. Living on campus provides students with opportunities to develop a variety of social relationships and to have the convenience of university facilities. Resident students have the unique opportunity of experiencing a small collegiate community where social interaction with other students and faulty members is encouraged. More information on university housing can be found at Many IELC students enjoy apartment living while attending school in Bakersfield. The university is surrounded by many moderately priced apartments, which are within walking distance of the campus and shopping.

Contact Info

Intensive English Language Center
California State University, Bakersfield
9001 Stockdale Highway 46 MEC
Bakersfield, CA 93311-1022