Computer Systems Institute

Introduction

Why CSI?

Program Variety

Most schools only offer ESL. We aren’t like most schools. In addition to having three levels of ESL, we offer Skill Building and Academic ESL programs. These programs are excellent for students who are looking gain a higher level of education.

Helpful International Admissions Staff

We know how difficult it is to apply to become an international student. Our admissions staff is highly trained in the F-1 process to help you from start to finish, from filling out paperwork, and scheduling classes.

Opportunity for Professional Experience

A fundamental component of our Skill Building Programs is for students to supplement classroom learning with externships. To do this, international students are issued work authorization through CPT (Curricular Practical Training).

Affordable Tuition

There’s enough stress learning how to fit into a new culture. Finances shouldn’t add to it. To make life easier for our students, we try and keep our tuition affordable. ESL programs start at only $3,600 tuition for 33 weeks.

Multiple Locations – Chicago and Boston

We have campuses in two of the United States’ greatest cities. This offers students the ability to learn about American culture in ways that can’t be taught in the classroom.

Quality Facilities

Classroom environment is an important part of the learning process. We provide rooms large enough to comfortably accommodate our class sizes and equip them with up-to-date technology.

Commuter friendly

The Chicago, Charlestown, and Skokie campuses are accessible through public transit. Lombard and Worcester have student parking available. All campuses are within driving distance from the respective downtowns of Chicago and Boston.

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  • English

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Academic ESL Programs

Campus Full time 11 - 33 weeks Open Enrollment USA Chicago Lombard Charlestown Skokie + 3 more

Computer Systems Institute’s Academic ESL Programs are designed for students who are highly proficient or approaching fluency in English. These courses include vocabulary building through reading and classroom discussion in addition to the development of academic writing skills and communication skills. [+]

Academic ESL Programs Computer Systems Institute’s Academic ESL Programs are designed for students who are highly proficient or approaching fluency in English. These courses include vocabulary building through reading and classroom discussion in addition to the development of academic writing skills and communication skills necessary for participation in U.S. college classrooms; Academic ESL prepares students to study in a mainstream classroom with native speakers by building their abilities to give critical opinions in academic discussion, to read attentively, and to write effectively. These courses aid students in developing the skills needed for the language-based exams required for admission to a university program. CSI offers three different English programs: 1. General Writing 2. Literature 3. Communication Each program is three academic quarters (30 academic weeks) in length. These programs are not eligible for Title IV funding (financial aid). General Writing Program – 1 Year/33 weeks Tuition – $4,200 per year or $1,400 per quarter Book Fee and Supply Fee – $90 per quarter The General Writing Program includes three courses which explore different types of composition: Different Writing Styles, Writing for Work, and Writing a Student Newspaper. The program will help students develop the critical thinking skills and writing strategies needed to design professional documents, to write clearly, and to develop persuasive arguments. Classes will focus on rhetoric and sentence structure through writing and revising academic essays, articles, and business documents. Upon successful completion of the program, students will gain a variety of appropriate writing and editing skills for a diverse range of professions. Different Writing Styles Course Length: 1 Quarter or 11 weeks Writing for Work Course Length: 1 Quarter or 11 weeks Writing a Student Newspaper Course Length: 1 Quarter or 11 weeks Literature Program – 1 Year/33 weeks Tuition – $4,200 per year or $1,400 per quarter Book Fee and Supply Fee – $90 per quarter The Literature Program consists of three academic courses that introduce cultural and historical aspects of the U.S. through literature: Discovering Fiction, Discovering Short Stories, and America through Academic Readings. These courses teach students reading comprehension techniques, introduce them to different types of reading material, and give them the strategies they need to prepare for college-level reading, writing, and discussion. Additionally, students continue to build their academic vocabulary and study advanced grammar topics relevant to effective reading and writing. By using academic vocabulary and critical thinking skills in a discussion forum, students communicate their ideas about American literature both orally and in writing. Discovering Fiction Course Length: 1 Quarter or 11 weeks Discovering Short Stories Course Length: 1 Quarter or 11 weeks America through Academic Readings Course Length: 1 Quarter or 11 weeks Communication Program – 1 Year/33 weeks/3 quarters Tuition – $4,200 per year or $1,400 per quarter Book Fee and Supply Fee – $90 per quarter The Communication Program consists of three courses that develop academic communication skills: The Art of Storytelling, Small Group Communication, and Interpersonal Communication. The program emphasizes student participation in interviews, speeches, class presentations, debates, and group discussions to supplement the learning of organizational problem solving, decision making, and leadership skills. These courses also emphasize the importance of verbal and non-verbal social cues and signals in different cultures, international communication, and formal speaking. Upon successful completion of the program, students learn how to speak easily in front of the class, in small groups, and one-on-one with other students. The Art of Storytelling Course Length: 1 Quarter or 11 weeks Small Group Communication Course Length: 1 Quarter or 11 weeks Interpersonal Communication Course Length: 1 Quarter or 11 weeks These programs are offered in Charlestown/Boston, Chicago, Skokie, and Lombard/DuPage. [-]

Computer Science Programs

Campus Full time 1 - 1 year September 2016 USA Chicago Skokie + 1 more

Passionate about computers? Is being on the cutting edge of technology something that excites you? If so, you might be perfect for one of our Computer Science (CS) programs. [+]

Computer Science (CS) Foundation Program Computer Systems Institute’s Computer Science (CS) Foundation Program provides students with the strong academic background and industry-based certifications that help prepare them for success in computer science related professions. By combining practical training with theoretical knowledge, the CS Foundation Program gives students the skills they need to succeed in this rapidly growing industry. The objectives of this program are (1) to give students a foundation in computer science that they can utilize in pursuit of further study; (2) to prepare students for entry-level employment; and (3) to prepare students for the ISTQB certification. Graduates of the CS Foundation Program will have a working knowledge of computer systems, program design, electric and electronic circuits, manual testing, and test automation that can be applied in business, IT, and healthcare. These programs are not eligible for Title IV funding (financial aid). The CS Foundation program introduces students to concepts in computer science. Students will study specialized subjects such as IT quality assurance and certifications, components of computer systems, mathematical foundations of computing, manual testing and test automation. Students will gain a foundation in computer science that they can utilize in pursuit of further study in a variety of fields including business, IT and healthcare. Courses include: Program Design Introduction to Java Programming Electric and Electronic Circuits Manual Testing Test Automation IT Quality Assurance and Certifications User Interface Design and Programming Components of Computer Systems Mathematical Foundations of Computing Programming Practicum Externship or field experience is an integral part of this program. CSI’s Career Development Department maintains a current list of employer contacts and job openings to help students identify opportunities for off-campus employment that relate to their areas of study. Program Length: 1 year Quarter Credit Hours: 36 Computer Science (CS) Essential Program The CS Essential program introduces students to a working knowledge of programming basics, problem solving, algorithm development, debugging strategies and a modern programming environment. Students will also acquire skills that can be applied to problem solving using programs and the practice of computer science. Students will study specialized subjects such as machine organization, computer design, data structures, and programming language. The CS Essential program is especially beneficial for those wishing to acquire a solid groundwork in Java and Mobile Application Development. Courses include: Computer Design Machine Organization Data Structures Object-Oriented Programming Languages and Automata Programming Languages (Java, C, C++) Java Programming Mobile Application Development I Mobile Application Development II Internet and IT Legal Issues Operating Systems Concepts and Design Java Programming Practicum Externship or field experience is an integral part of this program, although it is not required. CSI’s Career Development Department maintains a current list of employer contacts and job openings to help students identify opportunities for off-campus employment that relate to their areas of study. Program Length: 1 year/40 academic weeks Quarter Credit Hours: 36 [-]

English as a Second Language (ESL) Programs

Campus Full time 11 - 33 weeks Open Enrollment USA Lombard Charlestown Skokie Chicago Worcester + 4 more

CSI’s ESL programs offer focused classroom and computer-based English as a Second Language training. Programs are divided into three subject areas: 1.Vocabulary and conversation, 2.Writing and grammar, 3.Reading strategies. [+]

English as a Second Language (ESL) Programs CSI’s ESL programs offer focused classroom and computer-based English as a Second Language training. Programs are divided into three subject areas: 1. Vocabulary and conversation 2. Writing and grammar 3. Reading strategies By improving writing, listening, and reading comprehension skills, all ESL programs are designed to help prepare students for participation in U.S. college and university courses. CSI Offers instructor-led lectures, instructor-led labs, computer-based materials, and project-based learning sessions. This method allows students to learn English and reach their goals more efficiently. Learning Levels ESL programs consist of three progressive level programs: Beginner ESL Intermediate ESL Advanced ESL Each level is three academic quarters (33 academic weeks) in length. These programs are not eligible for Title IV funding (financial aid). Beginner ESL – 1 Year/33 weeks/3 quarters Tuition – $3,600 per year or $1,200 per quarter Book Fee and Supply Fee – $90 per quarter In Beginner ESL, students learn the basics of communicating in English. Students are guided by instructors while practicing fundamental language skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. In lecture and lab classes, students are taught how to use new grammar and vocabulary to describe simple, “everyday” topics and to become comfortable interacting with classmates, teachers, and native English speakers. Students with placement exam scores of 0-50 are placed in Beginner ESL. Beginner Vocabulary and Conversation Course Length: 1 Quarter or 11 academic weeks Beginner Writing and Grammar Course Length: 1 Quarter or 11 academic weeks Beginner Reading Strategies Course Length: 1 Quarter or 11 academic weeks Intermediate ESL – 1 Year/33 weeks/3 quarters Tuition – $3,600 per year or $1,200 per quarter Book Fee and Supply Fee – $90 per quarter English learners at the Intermediate level build on their existing language skills in reading and listening, and focus on more accurately expressing themselves in writing and conversation. In lecture and lab classes, students gain knowledge that will help them become more confident interacting in a variety of situations at a proficient level. After successfully completing Intermediate ESL, students have further program options, such as the Academic and Skill Building Programs. Students with placement exam scores of 51-76 are placed in Intermediate ESL. Intermediate Vocabulary and Conversation Course Length: 1 Quarter or 11 academic weeks Intermediate Writing and Grammar Course Length: 1 Quarter or 11 academic weeks Intermediate Reading Strategies Course Length: 1 Quarter or 11 academic weeks Advanced ESL – 1 Year/33 weeks/3 quarters Tuition – $3,600 per year or $1,200 per quarter Book Fee and Supply Fee – $90 per quarter Advanced-level students are taught how to use higher level vocabulary in writing and conversation and are able to discuss complex topics. Advanced ESL students use critical thinking skills to engage in in-depth discussions on a wide range of subjects; they also learn conversational and idiomatic language that allows them to interact more naturally with native speakers. Upon completing this class, students are prepared to enter a variety of courses. Students with placement exam scores of 77-90 are placed in Advanced ESL. Advanced Vocabulary and Conversation Course Length: 1 Quarter or 11 academic weeks Advanced Writing and Grammar Course Length: 1 Quarter or 11 academic weeks Advanced Reading Strategies Course Length: 1 Quarter or 11 academic weeks Computer Systems Institute offers ESL programs in Charlestown/Boston, Worcester, Lombard/Dupage, Skokie, and Chicago. [-]

Skill Building Programs

Campus Full time 11 - 44 weeks Open Enrollment USA Skokie Chicago Worcester Lombard Charlestown + 4 more

Computer Systems Institute’s Skill Building programs offer a way for students to gain professional skills needed in the business world. Each program is a specialized, fast-paced, flexible, and academically rigorous course of study. [+]

Skill Building Programs Computer Systems Institute’s Skill Building programs offer a way for students to gain professional skills needed in the business world. Each program is a specialized, fast-paced, flexible, and academically rigorous course of study. Students supplement classroom lecture with externships in various industry positions. Each program is four academic quarters (44 academic weeks) in length and includes externships as an integral part of learning. These programs are not eligible for Title IV funding (financial aid). Customer Service Specialist Program – 1 Year/44 weeks Tuition – $4,700 per year or $1,175 per quarter Book Fee and Supply Fee – $90 per quarter The Customer Service Specialist program offers advanced development and training in professional and business-related skills. Students learn core competencies of customer relationship management through techniques that teach them to assess, assist, and meet the needs of customers. All four courses of the program – Customer Relationship Management, Call Center, Personal and Home Care Aide, and Customer Service as a Career – will focus on customer service and professional business skills. Customer Relationship Management Course Length: 1 Quarter or 11 weeks Call Center Course Length: 1 Quarter or 11 weeks Case Studies in Customer Service Course Length: 1 Quarter or 11 weeks Customer Service as a Career Course Length: 1 Quarter or 11 weeks Hospitality Industry Professional Program – 1 Year/44 weeks Tuition – $4,700 per year or $1,175 per quarter Book Fee and Supply Fee – $90 per quarter The Hospitality Industry Professional program is designed to help students be successful in different positions within the hospitality industry. Students learn core competencies of hospitality service through techniques that teach them to assess and serve the needs of customers and clients in a multitude of different industries. This program will also introduce the concepts and principles of treating customers as guests and creating an extraordinary experience for them. Quality Service and Reception Course Length: 1 Quarter or 11 weeks Food Service Course Length: 1 Quarter or 11 weeks Case Studies in the Hospitality Industry Course Length: 1 Quarter or 11 weeks Business Etiquette Course Length: 1 Quarter or 11 weeks Small Business Administrator Program – 1 Year/44 weeks Tuition – $4,700 per year or $1,175 per quarter Book Fee and Supply Fee – $90 per quarter The Small Business Administrator (SBA) program is focused on teaching students the essential concepts and skills necessary to grow and manage a business successfully. The one-year program consists of five core courses: Introduction to Small Business Administration, Marketing Strategies for Small Businesses, Bookkeeping, Financial Services, and an externship course. The classes cover the major knowledge-areas of entrepreneurship and equip students with practical knowledge and skills needed to become successful in business enterprises. Introduction to Small Business Administration Course Length: 1 Quarter or 11 weeks Bookkeeping Course Length: 1 Quarter or 11 weeks Marketing Strategies for Small Business Course Length: 1 Quarter or 11 weeks Financial Services Course Length: 1 Quarter or 11 weeks Small Business Administrator Externship Minimum 84 hours of externship and 6 hours of seminars are required for program completion Administrative Assistant Professional Program – 1 Year/44 weeks Tuition – $4,700 per year or $1,175 per quarter Book Fee and Supply Fee – $90 per quarter The Administrative Assistant Professional (AAP) program aims to equip students with necessary administrative skills needed to succeed in an office environment. The program includes the following five courses: Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Office Procedures, Business Communications, and an externship course. The one-year program aims to provide students with imperative knowledge about proper professional behavior in an office environment, management of electronic files, and handling of correct office procedures. Microsoft Word Course Length: 1 Quarter or 11 weeks Microsoft Excel Course Length: 1 Quarter or 11 weeks Office Procedures Course Length: 1 Quarter or 11 weeks Business Communications Course Length: 1 Quarter or 11 weeks Administrative Assistant Professional Externship Minimum 84 hours of externship and 6 hours of seminars are required for program completion Sales and Marketing Professional Program – 1 Year/44 weeks Tuition – $4,700 per year or $1,175 per quarter Book Fee and Supply Fee – $90 per quarter The Sales and Marketing Professional (SMP) program is a one-year program that focuses on a wide array of business topics, theories, and practices. The SMP program consists of five courses: Introduction to Small Business Administration, Social Media Marketing, Communication for Sales, Consumer Psychology, and an externship course. The program assists students in honing the following skills: public speaking, interpersonal communication, sales operations, customer relations, and technical skills (such as digital marketing). Each course that composes the SMP program awards the student with a complete understanding of the sales and marketing world and prepares them to enter the field as a well-read professional. Introduction to Small Business Administration Course Length: 1 Quarter or 11 weeks Social Media Marketing Course Length: 1 Quarter or 11 weeks Communication for Sales Course Length: 1 Quarter or 11 weeks Consumer Psychology Course Length: 1 Quarter or 11 weeks Sales and Marketing Professional Externship Minimum 84 hours of externship and 6 hours of seminars are required for program completion [-]

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Chicago Campus
29 E Madison St

Chicago, Illinois, IL 60602 US
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Worcester Campus
10 Mechanic Street

Worcester, Massachusetts, MA 01608 US
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Lombard Campus
477 E Butterfield Rd

Lombard, Illinois, IL 60148 US
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Charlestown Campus
529 Main Street

Charlestown, Massachusetts, MA 02129 US
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Skokie Campus
8930 Gross Point Road

Skokie, Illinois, IL 60077 US