Frequently Asked Questions

1. Conditional Admission Track, PAR, and IEI. What are these programs?

The Intensive English Institute (IEI) offers a variety of programs to satisfy the English-learning needs of students, scholars, and professionals. These programs include the  Conditional Admission Track, Intensive English Track, and Continuing Education ESL.

Conditional Admission Track: Students who are interested in attending FAU to work on an undergraduate or graduate degree but need English support are encouraged to apply to the Conditional Admission Track (formerly called Program for Academic Readiness or PAR). These students apply to and must be accepted by FAU for all academic requirements except for those related to English ability. English ability will be established by successful completion of the second level of this track.

Intensive English Track: Full-time English study, 23 hours a week, three 14-week terms each year. Students may or may not be interested in attending FAU for a degree program. Part-time and mini-sessions are available depending on immigration status.

Continuing Education ESL: Students who live in the US or are here for a short time may sign up for these courses to study English for 3-6 hours per week. In this program, the IEI offers five levels of general English, Accent Reduction, and Business English. Additional courses may be offered depending on demand.

2. How do I get admitted to the Conditional Admission Track? Undergraduate students apply to FAU and to the Conditional Admission Track concurrently. Click here for application instructions. To be accepted into the Conditional Admission Track program, students must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on the U.S. grading scale. The program is designed for students who have previous knowledge of the English language. Students who need beginner level training in English will be referred to the Intensive English Track.

Graduate students should contact the for Conditional Admission Track Coordinator for current admissions and application procedures.

3. What is the average class size? General subject classes will have between 14 and 20 students. Conditional Admission elective classes will have approximately 10-12 students.

4. How long do I have to be in the program before I can enroll in university-level courses? The Conditional Admission Track is designed to be completed in 5-9 months. Students are placed into the correct level of study (A or B) based on their English testing and placement results. In the last level of the program, students enroll in English courses and a for-credit university course concurrently.

5. Does admission to the Conditional Admission Track give me admission to FAU? Upon admission to this track, you have received conditional admission to FAU. This means that after you successfully complete the Conditional Admission Track, you may be fully admitted to the university.

6. Am I required to take the TOEFL or other standardized tests to be fully admitted to FAU? Undergraduate students who pass their Conditional Admission Track coursework with a B average or higher and a minimum 70% grade in each class are eligible for full admission to FAU regardless of the scores received on the standardized tests.

7. How do I apply for a U.S. visa? Upon acceptance to the Conditional Admission Track program, you will be asked to provide required documentation to obtain the F-1 visa eligibility document – called Form I-20. Form I-20 will be issued only after you are conditionally admitted to the university and after you provide proof that you have financial support for enrollment in the Conditional Admission program. The form is issued for a 12 month period. For recommended deadlines, click here .

8. What are my housing options, and where will I live? Most undergraduate students will live on campus in FAU Residence Halls and Apartments. Graduate students may live on campus, in an apartment off campus, or with friends or relatives in the area. You will receive details about your housing options when you receive notification that you have been accepted to the program. Most students will be placed in Parliament Hall, Heritage Park Towers, Innovation Village Apartments North or Innovation Village Apartments South. (Click for a virtual tour.)

9. Where can I find Internet access? All of the FAU campus has free, high speed Internet access. High-speed Internet access is provided in all Residence Halls and Apartments as part of the room rate. Students will need to have a wireless device or bring an Ethernet (NIC) card to access the Internet.

10. Student Life

The University’s division of student affairs provides programs and services to promote academic success and total student development, helping students become intellectually engaged and more informed about civic responsibility. Health services, campus recreation, career development, volunteer opportunities, counseling and academic assistance are available.

Many student activities are available to complement and enhance your overall educational experience. Your involvement can expose you to a variety of social, cultural, intellectual, spiritual, and recreational opportunities and challenges. Take advantage of your opportunities to interact with other students, faculty, and staff and learn outside the classroom while making lifelong friendships! There are over 300 student organizations on the Boca Raton Campus. You can get involved in a variety of co-curricular activities, including: Special Interest organizations, Fraternities and Sororities, Diversity Appreciation organizations, Professional associations, Spiritual and Religious groups, Recreational, Student Government Association, Student Media, Sports clubs, and more.

a. What are some of the challenges about student life at FAU? For some students the biggest challenge is balancing your academic load with all the fun attractions that South Florida has to offer. For other students, it’s being far from home.

b. What kind of academic support services do you provide? Conditional Admission students will have ample opportunities to meet one-on-one with the professors teaching their courses for additional academic support. Additionally, students will be provided opportunities during their time at the IEI to meet their future FAU advisors.

c. Does FAU have sports teams? The Owls athletic program features nearly 500 student-athletes competing in 18 Division I sports. A 29,419-seat football stadium opened on the Boca Raton campus in October 2011. Also, there are informal intramural leagues you might be able to join for friendly competition with other students.

11. Living in the U.S.

a. Do I need to open a U.S. bank account? It’s not a requirement but we strongly recommend that you do. The University has established a special banking relationship with BB&T and the OWL CARD also serves as BB&T's ATM card. A full service bank is located on the FAU Boca Raton campus. This branch is located in the Student Services Building West, across from the Breezeway Food Court. There are also 7 Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) on the Boca Raton campus. While there are other banks in the local area that students may use for their banking needs, you are encouraged to take advantage of the convenience that an on-campus bank offers. The campus bank offers free services to students and staff, such as free basic checking with no monthly fees, no minimum balances, and no ATM fees at any of the on-campus ATM's or any the bank's ATM's.

b. How do I get money from my country to the U.S. and from the U.S to my country?In general, the easiest way is to open a bank account in the U.S. Some countries have restrictions on moving money into and out of the country. You should check with a local bank in your country and ask them their procedure for making electronic bank transfers to and from the United States.

c. Do I need to bring or buy a computer? FAU has many desktop computers which are available in the library, the student union and various study centers and buildings around campus. Both PC’s and Macintosh computers may be used. While these are useful for checking email and Internet access, it is recommended that students have their own computers for more in depth schoolwork and use in the dorms.

d. Will my computer, iPod and other electronics work in the U.S.? If you come from a country where 220/240 volts is used, most of your electrical appliances, such as computers and iPods will work in the U.S. Many of them already have the ability to work with the U.S. electrical current (110/120 volts) and do not require a transformer.

e. Do I need a car? Students are permitted to have cars on campus, however they are not encouraged to do so. Students who live on campus typically find that bicycles are more convenient and offer transportation to the many nearby shops and restaurants.

f. Do I need a mobile phone? Depending on your current phone’s manufacturer you may be able to purchase an inexpensive SIM card that will enable your current phone to work in the U.S. Please contact the manufacturer and your local phone service. However, as phone service is generally very inexpensive in the U.S. you might find that it is far more economical for you to purchase a mobile phone and phone service in the States.

g. What will happen if I get sick? As an IEI student you will be required to have health insurance coverage. The health insurance fee is in addition to the program cost. You will have access to Student Health Services on the university campus. Board-certified physicians, advanced registered nurse practitioners, registered nurses, a board-certified dentist, dental hygienists and well-trained support staff work cooperatively to provide comprehensive quality health care. The FAU Pharmacy serves IEI students and is conveniently located on the Boca Raton campus. A wide selection of over-the-counter items and prescription medications are maintained or are typically available within 24 hours.

12. Expenses

a. How do I pay my application and program fees? Upon acceptance to the Conditional Admission Track, you will receive a link to pay these costs online via FAU’s payment gateway. Most major credit cards are accepted. Please verify that your credit card is authorized to process international transactions prior to paying any fees online.

b. What about costs for accommodation and eating? The cost for accommodation and food are included in your program fee if you choose to live on-campus. Students who do not stay in campus housing will pay only Conditional Admission Track tuition and will pay for accommodations and food on their own.

Students who live on-campus receive a meal plan which provides for 15 meals per week on campus at the Center Marketplace plus $100 flexbucks (extra money you use at dining retail locations) per semester.

c. Are there additional university fees? University fees are included in the Conditional Admission Track program fee.

d. When will I be able to take FAU courses? Students will take 3 credits in academic courses during Level B. The fees for these courses are in addition to the Conditional Admission Track program costs.

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