FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Financial aid

  • Do you offer financial aid?

No. None of the state university English programs offer financial aid.

All financial aid for English courses are given to the community colleges

 

  • Why is that?

There are two reasons:

1) The English courses are noncredit and

2) English courses are considered “remedial”; therefore, universities do not receive money from the government to offer them; community colleges do.

 

I-20’s/Visas

  • What courses offer I-20s to obtain student visas?

The Intensive English Program

All other courses do not offer sufficient hours to meet SEVIS requirements.

 

  • What do I need to do to get an I-20 to get a student visa?
  1. Download the application form and send the completed application via mail with a passport sized picture.
  2. Send a certified bank letter indicating a balance in U.S. dollars.
    (It is a requirement that the balance be at least $11,000 per student).
  3. Send a nonrefundable $150 Registration Fee. Note: Tuition is due upon arrival.
  4. Send $65 for express mailing of your documents.
  5. Send a copy of your passport information page.

 

For more specific information about visas, changing status, and others you need to contact our Registration Office.

 

Payments/costs

  • Do you accept partial payments?

No. All payments must be made in full at registration time. However, you may pay by credit card.

 

  • Why so expensive?

You are paying for:

-Quality, not quantity

-Small number of students in class

-Excellent, first-class facilities at a world-class university

-Very qualified instructors with Master’s Degree in ESOL and/or Linguistics

-Program membership in AAIEP, UCIEP, and FIEC

-University is accredited by SACS

 

Affiliation

  • Are you part of the University?

Yes. The ELI is a unit within the College of Arts and Sciences and in the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).

 

Programs/curriculum

  • What program should I take?

It all depends on your needs. We have a wide range of programs to choose from.

 

  • Do these programs prepare me for the TOEFL?

If you finish level 6 in our IEP,  you are prepared to take the TOEFL. However, be aware that no course or program can guarantee that you will pass the test. This is all up to you.

 

TOEFL

  • What is the TOEFL?

The TOEFL (the Test of English as a Foreign Language) is the test that all foreign students must take before entering the university?

 

  • What is the difference between the Institutional TOEFL and the Internet-based TOEFL?
  Institutional TOEFL
Internet-based TOEFL
Type Paper and pencil Computer
Parts Listening, Grammar, Reading/vocabulary Listening, Grammar, Reading/Vocabulary. and Writing
Validity Valid only for the institution you take it in, although there are exceptions. Good for all universities and institutions
Length of Validity 2 years 2 years
Prices $109 $ 185
  • What score does FIU require?

Currently, FIU is asking for the following:

-Institutional TOEFL:

Undergraduate: 550

Graduate: 550

 

-Internet-based TOEFL

Undergraduate: 80

Graduate: 80

 

  • Where do I register for the institutional or computer-based test?

For the Institutional TOEFL, visit our registration website by clicking on the following link:

https://elipay.fiu.edu/home.php

 

For the Internet-based test

Call 1-800-GO-TOEFL or go to http://www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/about

 

  • For more information for international students visit:

https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov