Tennessee Tech's Center for English as a Second Language

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Basic Information

Address: 1 William L Jones Drive room 135 PO BOX 5093 COOKEVILLE Tennessee 38505 USA
Phone Number(s): 9313723634
Fax Number(s): 9313723674
Director: Charlie Wilkerson

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Tennessee Tech's Center for English as a Second Language
Tennessee Tech's Center for English as a Second Language
Tennessee Tech's Center for English as a Second Language
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Additional Information

Ages: 16 to 75

Intensive ESL 18 hours per week 4 days
Intensive 2 ESL 25 hours per week 5 days
Intensive G ESL 18 hours per week 4 days for Graduate Students
CESL + Pathway for Undergraduate students

School Setting:

Tennessee Tech is located in the Upper Cumberland in the Highland Rim region. we have 4 seasons, and TTU is surrounded by 4 State Parks and over 100 beautiful waterfalls. The region is very hospitable and the students find it a great place to make lifelong friends and very welcoming homestays.

Tennessee Tech will be able to issue documents non-resident alien students which gives them permissions to study in the United States.

The CESL program will have

•2 start dates per term
•2 seven week terms
•Special work shops when requested by groups
•Current Tennessee Tech non-native speakers can take specific disciplines ad hoc if needed or requested.
•Listening & Speaking; Grammar & Writing; Reading and Discussion and Vocabulary Development

School Schedule (Hours in a Day): 5 hours per day


School Size: University, 10,000 ESL less than 20
Classroom Size: 1 to 20
Student/Teacher Ratio: 1 to 20

$2400 each 7 week session $4800 full semester $3430 for 10 weeks summer Or $1715 for 5 weeks

Financial Aid:

Scholarships available, no full scholarships

Languages used as a Medium of Teaching: English only
Credit Available: Pathway program classes will bear credit ESL classes bear no credit.
Course Levels: Pre-College for ESL; Pathway Freshmen year college courses
Experience Required:

An ESL program, generally referred to as an Intensive English Program (IEP) in the U.S., is a language program that does not allow students to take credit-bearing university courses.
18 hours of contact time is the minimum requirement by the USCIS/ SEVP.
The CESL program at Tennessee Tech University, will be 18 hours per week, each session will be 7-weeks

Percentage of Graduating Class: 79
Parking Space/Availability:


Support Services:

TTU's Center for ESL will provide, tutoring; listening labs, activities, guest speakers, and assistance in applying to Tennessee Tech.

Computer Capabilities:

Students will have access to all Computer Labs, terminals, and students will be assigned a Tennessee Tech email address.


Students have the option, while attending Tennessee Tech University's Center for ESL program, to live in on-campus housing arranged by the school. Students living on-campus will be close to their classes, able to participate in many campus activities, and make friend and interact with the other students - both American and international. It's important to apply early for on-campus housing. It is the student's responsibility to make their own individual housing arrangements.

Residential hall rooms at Tech range from $2,880 to $4270 per semester for a double room. Prices: https://www.tntech.edu/reslife/housing/reshallrates.php
Options: https://www.tntech.edu/reslife/housing/reshalls.php
Students who live on campus are required to purchase a meal plan. If a student has a special diet, we recommend you to live off-campus so you can prepare your own meals (vegan, halal, kosher) .
Meal plan options can be found here: https://www.tntech.edu/aux/dining/meal-plans.php

Admissions Requirements:

For ESL, the student must show they have the funds to apply for the F-1 visa, which will be  $17,000
To Matriculate to Tennessee Tech
1. the students will either finish CESL level 4 or 5 or provide a DUOLINGO score of 85; TOEFL score of 61 or IELTS score of 5.5
2. All years of high school
3. copy of passport, visas, I-20
4. Bank document of $38600 
5.  health records

Admissions Deadline:

For Undergraduates the deadline is rolling
Graduate students have a fixed deadline which can be found on the Graduate Studies website

Mission Statement:

Tennessee Tech University’s Center for ESL started with the goal to help our students excel at English. The program has found that many of our international students needed more support in their language learning, including improving their vocabulary and writing skills. The Center for ESL was created to do this with the 4 main subjects:
Reading and Discussion; Grammar and Writing; Vocabulary Development; and Listening and Speaking.
An international student is classified for educational purposes as a person who is a citizen or permanent resident of a country other than the United States.
Tennessee Tech is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant students.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

Tennessee's technological university creates, advances, and applies knowledge to expand opportunity and economic competitiveness. As a STEM-infused, comprehensive institution, Tennessee Tech delivers enduring education, impactful research, and collaborative service.

School History:

TTU originated as the University of Dixie in 1909, The school was incorporated in 1909 with the State of Tennessee by leaders of the Church of Christ in Cookeville, Tennessee. The school was popularly called "Dixie College." The road Dixie Avenue takes its name from the school as it was the road "you took from town out to Dixie College."
The official name from 1915 until 1965 was Tennessee Polytechnic University. The TPI seal is displayed on the Derryberry clock tower.In 1965, the university's name changed to Tennessee Technological University. Supporters call the university "Tech" for short.


Serene Tai from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, (from Methodist College in KL)
"I definitely enjoyed the General Psychology and Music Appreciate class that I took. During my second year, I made a decision to start a research project with my Chemistry professor and my academic career took another course since. Even as an international student I was offered various opportunities to enhance my education. I was able to work with the top scientists/researchers in my field as well as participate and present my research work in various state and national Chemistry conferences. I was very delighted and thankful when I was chosen as the recipient of the Award for Excellence in Liberal Arts 2014-2015, the highest award in the College of Arts and Sciences."
Duan Liangbo from Anshan, China (from Beijing Communications University in Beijing, CN). Since I chose the concentration of international business, I had the chance to participate in a course called International Experience. This course gave me the opportunity to go abroad again. I visited Brazil with an entire group of Americans. We visited local famous Brazilian companies, and we had opportunities to talk with managers at each company. This course allows students to gain experience in a real international business environment. I learned a lot from theory to practice. Overall, TTU's MBA is an excellent program to participate especially for Chinese students. One to two years of study and living not only allow me to study business content, but also provide me many opportunities to know the real American culture embedded in the world's business environment.
International Students From Tennessee Tech University
Thiago: TTU International Student, Thiago from Brazil
Rebecca: TTU International student, Rebecca from El Salvador
Ryan Brown: TTU International Student, Ryan from Thailand
Rosa: TTU International Student, Rosa from Peru
Alvaro: TTU International Student, Alvaro from Spain
Shanrya: TTU International Student, Shanrya from the Bahamas
Mubin: TTU International Student, Mubin from Thailand

Program Highlights:

Tennessee Tech, or TTU as it is known in the South, is a nationally ranked university, and accredited by SACSCOS, offering over 125 majors-concentrations within 7 colleges (the Colleges of Business, College of Engineering, College of Education, College of Arts & Sciences, College of Agriculture & Human Ecology, College of Fine Arts and College of Interdisciplinary Studies). Additionally, we have a School of Nursing and Pre-Medical Professional program.

Tennessee Tech list of majors can be found here: https://www.tntech.edu/academics/colleges-schools.php

Tennessee Tech University's rank in the 2022 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, Tech ranked #140 in Top Public Schools. Number 277 over all National Universities in the USA. Ranked #162 for Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs, and TTU's Nursing, Business, Chemistry, Accounting and Computer Science programs are also nationally ranked.

Our Engineering program is ABET accredited, and our Business program is AACSB accredited. Tennessee Tech University is considered one of the best values for the money in the United States when it comes to University. With a variety of options and courses.

The College of Engineering's objectives are to educate engineers, computer scientist and technologists at Tech which includes the mastery of mathematical, scientific, mechanical, and professional knowledge specific to the student's major concentration. It is also the acquisition of experience in decision making through the analysis and resolution of problems.

Students are taught to hone an awareness of societal, ecological, and economical needs of their disciplines, as well as adhere to high ethical standards. Senior-level classes concentrate on collaboration in teams to design, construct, and test innovations. This prepares students to enter the work force well prepared. Popular majors are: Vehicular Engineering; Biomolecular Engineering; Electrical Engineering; Cybersecurity; Computer engineering; Super Computing; Mechatronics Engineering among many others

Tennessee Tech College of Business has so much to offer students. The College prides itself in being a leader in technology-focused business education. It is the destination of choice for those seeking rich and diverse learning experiences that inspire innovation, leadership, and value creation. The majors in the College of Business are diverse in offerings like Business Analytics, Business Information Technology, Finance, Economics, Production Management and Business Management.

Highlights -

  1. Many international students say Tennessee Tech University is like the "REAL" image of an American university, its very much like what you see in the movies, and experiencing life in a safe environment, teaming with friendly students who are genuinely interested in learning about you and your culture.
  1. Tennessee Tech University has over 125 majors and concentrations and students have found finding internships, Coops, and post-graduation jobs to not be a problem. Students find the hands-on experiences in the classroom to prepare them for the real world and many employers visit Tech during the job fairs looking to hire our students.
  1. Tennessee Tech University has many scholarship opportunities for international students, ranging from academic scholarships to athletic scholarships to the international specific scholarships.
Additional School Information:

Intensive ESL Program
Students attending on a student visa (F-1) generally take 18 to 24 hours each week. 
The classes are non-credit, and each semester we have 2 session
start dates.
The Center for ESL has 5 levels, from level 1-Novice to Level 2- intermediate, to Level 3- advanced to Level 4-pathway to Level 5-college ready.
Once a student reaches level 4 or 5, students can begin to take academic courses at Tennessee Tech University, as a Pathway student or by matriculating into Tennessee Tech University’s Academic programs. 
The Summer term is a much longer of 10 weeks, with 1 session 5 weeks and the other 5 weeks.  18 to 24 hours of contact time is the minimum requirement by the USCIS/ SEVP.
Can I enroll Part-time? YES!
Some students may want to take only 1 of the 4 subjects offered at the Center for ESL. 
we do have options for part-time students. 
Ala carte options (student may opt to take only one of the 4 parts of the curriculum at a separate cost).
Grammar and Writing $750 for 4 hours per week for 7-weeks
Listening and Speaking   $750 for 4 hours per week for 7-weeks
Reading and Discussion $750 for 4 hours per week for 7-weeks
Vocabulary Development $750 for 4 hours per week for 7-weeks
CLASS SIZE: 2 to 15 Students
COURSE LENGTH:  Fall and Spring 2 sessions 7 weeks each; Summer 10 weeks or 5 weeks each.
MINIMUM AGE:17 Years Old
VISA INFORMATION: I-20 Issued Upon Admission
HOUSING: Residence Halls