Lauren Schuberth, Director

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TLC - Charleston

On the campus of Eastern Illinois University
Mailing Address:
c/o Office of International Students & Scholars
600 Lincoln Avenue
1170 Blair Hall
Charleston, IL 61920-3099 USA

Physical Address:

2120 7th Street
Charleston, IL 61920 USA

2120 7th Street
Charleston, IL 61920

Tel: (217) 345-4020
Fax: (217) 345-4026

Ms. Lauren Schuberth

Director of Admissions:
Ms. Kendra Schubert


Charleston, IL

Welcome to TLC-Charleston, Eastern Illinois University's on-campus intensive English program!


Welcome to TLC-Charleston! Charleston is a small, safe and friendly town in central Illinois.  With a population of just over 21,000, Charleston has much to offer TLC students.  Attend numerous local cultural events, visit President Abraham Lincoln sites including original log cabins, and enjoy the recreational areas and farms of the Midwest. Journey to the nearby cities of Chicago, Indianapolis, Saint Louis and Springfield for major league sporting events, world class shopping and theatre.  There are year-round activities to enjoy!

TLC-Charleston is approved by the Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools of the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

Area Information 

The town of Charleston, Illinois has a population of approximately 20,000 people.   Charleston is a college town centered around Eastern Illinois University and its population varies with the student population during the school year.  Fox Ridge State Park, east of Charleston, provides beautiful hiking trails, biking, sporting opportunities, and cooking out in season. Travel back to the nineteenth century at the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site and visit the home of Thomas and Sarah Bush Lincoln, father and step-mother of Abraham Lincoln.  Charleston is within driving distance of three major metropolitan cities, Chicago, Illinois; St. Louis, Missouri; and Indianapolis, Indiana. These cities provide many opportunities for sightseeing, museums, and events.


TLC-Charleston is located in Thomas Hall, a residence hall on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. Thomas Hall is conveniently located within five minutes walking distance of the student recreation center, food court, the university book store, banking, and restaurants.


Charleston Transportation

The Panther Shuttle is free for TLC students providing shuttle service to points of interest around Charleston including Walmart, County Market Grocery store, the downtown square, and several drop off and pickup points around Eastern Illinois University including a drop off to TLC.


Amtrak service is available 10 minutes west of Charestlon in Mattoon, Illinois. Passengers are encouraged to check the Amtrak website at for schedules, rates, and ticket availability.

GreyHound Bus

Greyhound bus service is available 10 minutes west of Charestlon in Mattoon, Illinois. Passengers are encouraged to check the Greyhound bus website at for schedules, rates, and ticket availability.

Air Travel

International airports that service Charleston area are located in the major cities of Chicago, Illinois; Indianapolis, Indiana; and St. Louis, Missouri. Special arrangements may be made with TLC-Charleston for pick ups and/or drop offs for a fee.







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Programs Offered:

  • Intensive English Program
  • Intensive English Part Time
  • General English
  • Business English
  • Foundations of English
  • Special Programs

Age Requirements

The minimum age requirement for the Intensive English Program offered by TLC-Charleston is 16 years old.

Host University: Eastern Illinois University

About Eastern Illinois University

  • Type: 4 year, Public
  • Student Population: Approximately 9,000 undergraduate
  • Student Faculty Ratio: 14:1
  • Estimated Annual Cost for Undergraduate: $21,905
  • Program Types Offered: Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate

Eastern Illinois University, TLC-Charleston’s host campus offers a small, safe in a tight-night and friendly community.  Established in 1895, Eastern offers students over 50 undergraduate degree programs and 36 graduate degree programs.

Host Institution Admission and English Requirements for undergraduate application

  • Application Fee: $30.00
  • GPA: minimum of 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

Test of English Language:

  • Internet-Based TOEFL: 61 points
  • IELTS: 6.0 on the Academic Module
  • Successful completion of Level 9 at a The Language Company Center

EIU offers scholarships based on a grade point average of 2.75 or higher. Scholarships range from $1,700-$4,700 annually. Please contact for more information. 


Students admitted to TLC-Charleston may be offered a conditional letter of acceptance to Eastern Illinois University upon completing the TLC English program. Please visit for a list of undergraduate requirements and for the list of graduate requirements.