St. Cloud State University

Fast Facts

  • School Size


  • Cost of Attendance

    $1,000—$5,000 Semester

  • Affiliation


  • Type of School

    University/Intensive English Program

  • Student Body Gender


  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation

  • Scholarships for International Students


  • Conditional Admission Available


  • Top Programs

    Business, Engineering, English Language (ESL)

  • Setting

    Small/College town

  • Accreditation and Certification

    EnglishUSA Member

  • Type of Housing

    Residence Hall, Apartment, Dormitory

  • Social Media


  • 21-23 hours of instruction per week
  • very small classes
  • individualized attention
  • cultural program
  • access to all university facilities
  • guest lectures by university professors
  • safe and friendly campus
  • on-campus dormitories available
  • inexpensive cost of living
  • WiFi available across campus

Admissions Requirements:

  • Equivalent of a US high school diploma

About our Program:

The Intensive English Center (IEC) at St. Cloud State University (SCSU) was established in 1997. It offers quality English language instruction for international students wishing to improve their English language skills for academic purposes while learning about American culture and customs. The IEC has 6 levels of English language instruction from beginner to advanced. Students receive 21-23 hours of English language instruction per week. The IEC emphasizes the development of basic language skills fundamental to academic success or professional advancement, such as reading, writing, listening, speaking, and grammar. Additionally, the IEC offers classes in literature, conversation, pronunciation, oral presentation, computer technology, and American culture. Classes are taught by instructors professionally trained in TESL.

Cultural programs, social activities, and guest lectures by SCSU professors and staff enable students to gain a greater understanding of US history, culture, and academic life. Class sizes range from 6 to 15 students and every effort is made to provide students with individualized attention. Qualified IEC graduates may apply to undergraduate or graduate programs at SCSU. Successful completion of the IEC program may used to in place of TOEFL, IELTS, or PET proficiency requirements. Conditional admission is also possible.

St. Cloud State University Campus

Institute and Location:

Established in 1869, Saint Cloud State University offers more than 150 degree programs at affordable tuition rates to more than 16,000 students.

A book entitled How to Get an Ivy League Education at a State University credits SCSU for offering small classes that are taught by faculty, not graduate students. Faculty members represent diverse backgrounds and more than a third have international teaching experience.

St. Cloud, SCSU's host city, is situated along the banks of the legendary Mississippi River. A small city in the state of 10,000 lakes, its climate and terrain are ideal for outdoor activities, such as skiing, skating, and ice fishing in the winter and boating and hunting during the summer. Nearby Minneapolis-St.Paul offers a wealth of cultural opportunities.


Summer Semester:
May to August

Fall Semester:
August to December

Spring Semester:
January to May

Estimated Expense for One Term:

Estimated Expense for Fall or Spring term (per semester):

Application fee $30 (+$70 for DHL Express Shipping); tuition (includes books, cultural activities, student fees) $4,700; room and board (student residence) $4,000; health insurance $1,356/year (mandatory); other expenses $1,000.

Estimated Expense for Summer Term:

Application fee $30 (+$70 for DHL Express Shipping); tuition (includes books, cultural activities, student fees) $4,500; room and board (student residence) cost varies; health insurance $400 (mandatory); other expenses $800.


Early Payment: $200 USD off the full-time price if paid in full by August 1 for fall enrollment, by Dec. 1 for spring enrollment and by April 1 for summer enrollment.

Continuing Student: $200 USD scholarships for all students returning to the IEC after their first semester of enrollment.



St. Cloud State University

Building 51 Room 107
720 4th Ave. S
St. Cloud MN 56301-4498
P: 320.308.3062
EnglishUSA Member
For more information: St. Cloud State University