Center for English Language Learning @ San Antonio College (CELL @ SAC)

Program Type: College/University Affiliated
1819 N. Main Avenue
San Antonio, TX  78212 4299

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Host Institution: San Antonio College

Host City Size: Over 500,000

Year Established: 1975

Accreditations: Commission on English Language Program Accreditation, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Toll Free #: n/a

Phone #: (210) 486-0965

Phone #2: (210) 486-1720



Application Contact Info: International Student Services 210-486-0116;; complete College application:
Course Schedule:
LevelClass hrs/wkLab hrs/wkCAI hrs/wkOther* hrs/wk

* Other Course Type: College-level courses for students who qualify (based on TSI College placement exam)

Additional Course Info: BR=After students finish the English for Academic Purposes (ENGA) courses, they qualify for college-level courses ( except math) at San Antonio College or at any of the other Alamo Colleges.

English for Specific Purpose:
Specific Purposehrs
University Preparation0

ESP Additional Info: Bridge program for transition to college level classes

Term Duration in WeeksStart Month

Terms Additional Info: Students take 1-4 courses in each 8-week term; F-1 visa students take 4 courses (12 credit hours) in 16 (8 + 8) weeks; may take up to 4 additional courses in 16 weeks (8 +8)= 8 courses in 16 ( 8 +8) weeks,

Program Size: 240

Program Size, Summer: 40

Average Class Size: 17

Minimum Class Size: 15

Maximum Class Size: 25

Middle East/North Africa28.00

Full-time Instructors: 6

Part-time Instructors: 11

Average Full-time Hours per Week: 15

Advanced Degree in TESOL or related field Full-time: 6

Advanced Degree in TESOL or related field Part-time: 11

Full-time Admin: 2

Part-time Admin: 0

Part-time study option: yes

Part-time Eligibility: B1, B-2, J-2 (adults), F-2 (adults); students with an F-1 visa= take 12 credit hours (4 courses) in ESLA or ENGA in both the fall & spring; then they may take credit OR non-credit ESL part-time in the summer ( ESL--> lower cost of tuition)

Tests used by the IEP for admission and proficiency: Other

Admissions: All Applicants

Admission Conditions: Credit students (ESLA and ENGA): high school transcripts with evaluation, meningitis vaccination (age < 22), F-1 visa and proof of $ in bank (for international students), and Michigan English Placement Test (MEPT); non-credit (ESL)--profile and MEP

Visa Forms Issued: I-20

Pre-academic work completed in IEP eligible for college/university credit: no

Maximum Credits Eligible: 0

Courses that can be Replaced: English for Academic Purposes (ENGA) courses replace the College's developmental integrated reading/writing courses <-- NOT college-level or for an academic degree.

Conditions:; MEPT score or completion of ESLA to qualify for ENGA

IEP students can take academic courses at college/university: yes

Maximum Credits Avail.: 0

Degree Levels: After students complete the English for Academic Purposes (ENGA) courses, they qualify to register for college-level classes (math not included).

I-20 Includes Academic Admission: yes

Academic Admissions Conditions: Completion of (1) the College application, (2) the College placement exam (TSI), (3) Meningitis vaccination, and (4) the English for Academics (ENGA) courses.

TOEFL Required for Undergraduate Admission: no

If TOEFL is not Required, Test Used: Completion of English for Academics (ENGA) courses;

TOEFL Required for Graduate Admission: no

If TOEFL is not Required, Test Used: MEPT for ESLA, ENGA and ESL placement, Texas Success Initiative (TSI).

Articulation Agreement(s): yes

Articulation Agreement Details: After students complete the English for Academics (ENGA) courses, they qualify for college-level classes (not math) at any of the 5 Alamo Colleges.

2608 weeks per course for non-credit students
543616 ( 8 + 8) F-1 visa students--4 courses
569616 ( 8 + 8) F-1 visa students--5 courses
595616 ( 8 + 8) F-1 visa students--6 courses
647616 ( 8 + 8) F-1 visa students--8 courses

Fees: $62

Insurance Cost: $0

Insurance Details: (students purchase own insurance)

Other Costs: N/A

Financial Aid Available: Review financial aid information:

Campus Housing Availability: Available

Campus Housing Assistance Available: no

Housing Costs: $575

Housing Cost Type: Room

Additional Housing Info: Housing=Tobin Lofts, 1426 N. Main; free parking in garage ( cost varies based on number of beds)

Off-Campus Housing Availability: Readily available, moderately priced

Off-Campus housing Assistance Available: no

Homestay Assistance Available: no

Board Plan Additional Info: none

Services Available: Academic Counseling, Academic Placement, Campus Orientation, Conversation Partners, Crosscultural Activities, Field Trips, International Student Advisor, Personal/Cultural Counseling, Recreational Activities

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