FAQs for New Students
How do I apply?
To be accepted to the English Language Center program, you should submit a completed application form, a copy of your passport photo page, and a bank statement, scholarship letter, or other financial guarantee. New students will also pay a $150 deposit that covers a $100 tuition deposit and $50 for us to send your I-20 and acceptance packet to you by DHL or FedEx. Students transferring from another school in the United States or students that do not need immigration documents issued for them can pay just the $100 tuition deposit.
Payment can be made with MasterCard, Visa, bank transfer, or cashier’s check; you may pay application fees online here.
What is the application deadline?
If you need documents to apply for a F-1 or J-1 visa, we recommend that you apply at least 60 days in advance to allow you enough time to obtain the visa and prepare for your trip abroad.
If you are transferring from another school in the U.S. or do not need immigration documents, we will accept applications within the 60 day advance period if there space available.
Can I get admission to the university?
The University of Texas at Austin is unable to offer conditional admission to degree programs upon completing studies at the English Language Center.
English Language Center students do have access to seminars and presentations about applying to universities in the United States, and our staff members will often review personal statements or essays for students who are applying to degree programs.
If you are interested in applying to The University of Texas at Austin and know the program you would like to join, being in Austin also allows you the opportunity to introduce yourself in person to professors and staff to discuss your plans for future study.
Will you arrange housing for me?
We provide information on popular housing options for new students, but students are responsible for finding housing on their own. There are a number of private dormitories, apartments, and other types of housing within walking distance of the UT campus.
How do I apply for the visa?
We will mail you an acceptance packet that contains a Form I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for an F-1 student visa). You then contact the local embassy to begin applying for your student visa. Here are the steps to apply for the visa once you have received your I-20:
- Pay the SEVIS fee to obtain a Form I-901 (SEVIS fee receipt)
- Complete the DS-160 application
- Schedule your appointment through the appointment center and pay the application fee
- Attend the visa interview
- Pick up your passport and visa
Many students are nervous about the visa interview. The most important things are to demonstrate strong ties to your home country, and how enrolling in our program will benefit your long term plans. Watch the How to Apply for your F-1 Student Visa video to help you understand the visa application process and get tips for success from our students.
Do you work with agents?
We work with agents who have been carefully vetted and adhere to principals of good practice. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information.
How do I pay?
Payments can be made with Visa, MasterCard, cashier’s check, money order, or wire transfer. We do not accept cash.
Do you offer scholarships?
We do not have scholarships for new students. However, each semester we award scholarships to three outstanding students to continue their studies with us.
What about insurance? Is it required or can I waive it?
Insurance is required for all students who enroll with an F-1/F-2 or J-1/J-2 visa. English Language Center students are enrolled in the UT student health insurance, which is offered through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas.
UT student health insurance can be waived by completing and submitting a waiver form by your registration date. You must show proof of a private insurance policy that meets or exceed the UT requirements. See the waiver form for full details.
Where do my classmates come from?
Students enroll in the English Language Center at UT from all over the world. Our 2019 spring session had students from thirty countries enroll with us, with the largest groups coming from Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and Japan. We feel classes benefit from having a variety of language backgrounds, so we work to ensure than no more than one-third of our student population speak the same language.
What if I have a complaint?
English Language Center is committed to help you learn the English that you need to achieve your goals. We have established policies, created curriculum, hired instructors, and arranged for classrooms to support your English studies. We hope that you will enjoy your studies with us. However, if you have a complaint about policies, faculty/staff members, or anything else, please visit our office to speak with a member of our administrative team and fill out a student complaint form. The Associate Director and Director will review all complaints, will contact you about your concerns, and will take corrective action if appropriate. We value your opinion.
We hope that we are able to resolve your complaint within our office. However, students who feel that we are not upholding program standards also have the right to file a formal complaint with our external accrediting agency, CEA. Click here for more information about filing a complaint with CEA.