Frequently Asked Questions



  1. How can I get an I-20 from outside the United States?
  2. How can I get an I-20 for transfer if I am already in the United States studying?
  3. Can I fax my application?
  4. Can I bring my family?
  5. Who will the other students be?
  6. How many hours a week will I attend class?
  7. What about immunizations, health care and insurance?
  8. Where can I see a map to the campus and of the campus?
  9. How many LEVELS do you have?
  10. How do you determine my level?
  11. What is the average class size?
  12. Will I do any activities outside of class?
  13. Who can I contact with more questions?

  1. How can I get an I-20 from outside the United States?

    If you are coming from outside the United States, you need to fill out our online application and then wait for instructions to send required documents such as the Application Supplement, the application fee, copy of the biographic page from your passport, and proof of finances (bank letter). After we receive the materials, please allow at least five to ten working days to process the application and prepare the I-20.

    The I-20 can be mailed to someone inside the United States or picked up in person. If you wish us to send the package overseas, you will have to option to choose E-ship Global (instructions included in your communication with the admissions group) and pay for delivery.

  2. How can I get an I-20 for transfer if I am already in the United States studying?

    Fill out the online application form and indicate that you already have an F-1 visa and are currently studying in the US. You will be given specific directions to follow after that.

    If you will travel OUTSIDE the United States before arriving at the IEI, please let us know.

  3. Can I fax my application?

    No. The initial application is done online.
  4. Can I bring my family?

    Students who will be attending with F-1 status can bring their spouse (husband or wife) and their children as long as there is enough financial support for them. They would apply for F-2 status.

  5. Who will the other students be?

    Our students come from all over the world with over 50 countries being represented. Many are preparing for entrance into a U.S. university degree program or are taking time off from studies or work in their home country to improve their English.

  6. How many hours a week will I attend class?
    English for Academic Purposes Track:

         Full-time: 20 hours per week
    Continuing Education: Varies from 2 to 14.5 hours a week
  7. What about immunizations, health care and insurance?

    Anyone born after 1956 must provide proof of immunization to measles and rubella (German measles). If documentation is not available, after you are here, you may have your blood drawn by Student Health Services for a fee to test for immunity.

    Non-emergency health issues such as treatment for colds and flu may be handled at a local walk-in clinic. In case of life threatening emergencies or accidents, there are nearby hospitals.

    All non-immigrant students must be covered by health insurance. You can purchase coverage through the University. If you wish to have your own private insurance, the Alternate Insurance Compliance form must be completed by your insurance company to see if its coverage is as good as or better than the minimum requirements on the Compliance form. Please inform us when you apply so we can send that form to you.

  8. Where can I see a map to the campus and of the campus?

    Go to http://www.fau.edu/explore/campuses.php and click on the Boca Raton campus (map to the campus and of the campus buildings).

  9. How many LEVELS do you have?

    English for Academic Purposes Track: Six levels of English: Beginning*, High Beginning, Low Intermediate, High-Intermediate, Advanced, and High-Advanced. *Please note that Beginning on the English for Academic Purposes Track means that the student has at least "travel English" knowledge. 
    Continuing Education: Five levels of English: Beginning, High Beginning, Low Intermediate, High-Intermediate, Advanced.
  10. How will you determine my level?

    At the beginning of each program, students have an oral interview and are tested on the skills of writing, reading, vocabulary, and grammar.

  11. What is the average class size?

    There are 10-15 students per class.

  12. Will I do any activities outside of class?

    English for Academic Purposes students participate in cultural events highlighting typical holidays in the U.S. such as Thanksgiving, field trips to local places of interest, and sporting events. These activities are designed to give our students the opportunity to use their new language in a more natural setting and to give them the chance to interact with students from many different cultures. 

  13. Who can I contact if I have more questions?

    English for Academic Purposes Track and Continuing Education Track: Email: IEI@fau.edu Phone 561-297-2598 

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