International Student Application Process

In order to join the program, an international student must have an F1 student visa.  

The first step before applying for the visa is requesting an I-20 form from our office.

To request the I-20, the student should complete/submit the following:

  1. Complete the Registration Form and include a JPG picture
  2. Submit a bank letter stating the student or the sponsor have a minimum of $13,000USD
  3. Submit a letter of sponsorship if the bank account is not in the student’s name
  4. Submit a copy of the valid passport
  5. Pay the $150 Application Fee
  6. Pay the $65 Express Mail Fee to send documents by private courier (Optional)

All the requirements can be submitted/completed on this page: https://elipay.fiu.edu.  

Once the application file is complete we will issue the I-20 in one to two weeks.

International Student Application Process – Transfer In From Another U.S. School

In order to join the program, an international student currently attending a SEVIS authorized school, must transfer in.

Note: If you need to “Restart” your status, please follow the requirements in Option 1 and notify the ELI Registration Office.

If you are transferring in, but you must apply for a “Reinstatement”, please complete this section and notify the ELI Registration Office.

In order to transfer in, you must request a Letter of Acceptance and a Transfer Form.

To request both documents, the student should follow these steps:

  1. Complete the Registration Form and include a JPG picture
  2. Submit a copy of the valid passport
  3. Pay the $150 Application Fee
  4. E-mail the ELI Registration Office at eli.reg@fiu.edu and confirm your intention to transfer.

The requirements can be submitted/completed on this page: https://elipay.fiu.edu.  

  1. The ELI Registration Office will issue you a Letter of Acceptance and a Transfer Form.
  2. Complete Part 1 of the Transfer Form and submit both documents to your current school.
  3. Your current school should complete Part 2 of the Transfer Form and release your I-20 to FIU – ELI in SEVIS.

Once your I-20 is released to FIU – ELI, you must submit the following before your I-20 may be issued to you.

Note: You may submit Requirements 8 and 9 when you complete the Registration Form.

  1. Submit a bank letter stating the student or the sponsor have a minimum of $13,000USD
  2. Submit a letter of sponsorship if the bank account is not in the student’s name

Once the above is completed, your I-20 will be created for you.

You may obtain it, by requesting one of the following:

  1. Pick-Up in person
  2. Sent by Regular Mail
  3. Sent by Express Mail ($65 International or $30 Domestic)
Domestic Student Application Process

In order to join the program as an eligible domestic student, complete/submit the following:

  1. Complete the Registration Form and include a JPG picture
  2. Pay the $150 Application Fee

All the requirements can be submitted/completed on this page: https://elipay.fiu.edu.  

NOTES:

  • International students require an F1 visa to attend an intensive English program. Please apply for an I-20 Form from FIU – ELI first in order to request your F1 visa and enter the U.S. Please see above to apply.
  • Students are not required to pay their tuition in full before coming to the ELI. Their full payment is expected when they register in person when they arrive.
  • All fees must be paid by cashier’s check, money order, Visa, American Express, MasterCard or Discover. No cash nor personal checks are accepted in the ELI Office.  All payments must be payable to Florida International University.
  • Once all documents and payments are submitted it will take one to two weeks (or sooner) for the I-20 and acceptance letter to be issued.  Please consult the Registration Office if you need further assistance.
  • If you need to mail any documents, please mail them to: Florida International University English Language Institute 11200 S.W. 8th Street, Labor Center (LC) 101 Miami, Florida 33199
  • If you have any questions, you may contact us by phone or e-mail: Telephone: +1-305-348-2222 E-Mail: eli.reg@fiu.edu or eliinfo@fiu.edu 

Thank you for choosing the ELI at FIU for your language training.