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. What is the difference between the Intensive English Institute and the PAR program?
  14. 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. Ages range from 18 years of age to older students. 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?
    Intensive English Track:

         Full-time: 23 hours per week
         Part-time: 15 hours per week
    Continuing Education: Varies from 2 to 6 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?

    Intensive English Track: Five levels of English: Beginning, High Beginning, Low Intermediate, High-Intermediate, Advanced. Students with varying abilities might be given a "split" placement, meaning that they might have one level for some courses and another level for other courses.
    Conditional Admission Track: Two levels of English: Level 4 and a modified Level 5 in our IEI program. Students may enter at Level 4 or Level 5 depending on English ability.  Continuing Education: Five levels of English: Beginning, High Beginning, Low Intermediate, High-Intermediate, Advanced.
  10. How will you determine my level?

    On the day of orientation, extensive testing is done. You will have an oral interview and your reading, writing, grammar and listening will also be tested.

  11. What is the average class size?

     Class size is 15 to 20.

  12. Will I do any activities outside of class?

    Intensive English Track and Conditional Admission Track 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. What is the difference between the Intensive English Track and the Conditional Admission Track?

    The Intensive English Track is for students of all levels (beginning to advanced) who wish to learn academic and professional English in a university environment for personal, business, and/or academic purposes.
    The Conditional Admission Track is for students who wish to have Conditional Admission to FAU. These students simultaneously submit an application to CAT and an application to FAU. They must meet all university admission requirements for enrollment except the requirement of English ability before entering the program. Qualified students gain admission to FAU once they successfully complete the CAT program and have the additional opportunity to take a three-credit FAU course which will count toward their degree when they are in Level 5..

    Students who begin on the Intensive English Track can apply to join the CAT program when their level of English is appropriate for the program.
  14. Who can I contact with more questions?

    Intensive English Track and Continuing Education Track: Email: IEI@fau.edu Phone 561-297-2598  Conditional Admission
    Track: email parinfo@fau.edu  Phone 561-297-3282 .

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