How To Apply

Student  entering  the US through USA English Language Center

1. Eligibility

We have a year-round open registration that encourages potential students to begin their education without extended delays. Student may begin class on any Monday. The minimum age for international students is 16.

2. Application

Forms needed to apply:

  • Application Form
  • Copy of Passport
  • Bank Statement (must show US$1,500 in account)
  • Sponsor Form (if bank statement is not under a student’s name)
  • $75 Application Fee (non-refundable)
    $175 Administrative Fee (non-refundable)
    $125 Documents Preparation Fee (refundable upon cancellation)Fees above are non-refundable
  • Copy of High school or highest degree: Diploma or transcripts

*Forms can be mailed, faxed or e-mailed to USA English Language Center. Fax: (619)542-1999

3. Admission

Once all forms are received, the I-20 will be mailed to students with the Admission Letter and receipt for payment. This process takes approximately 10 ~ 20 days. Please apply as early as possible.

4. Consulate Appointment

Pay $200 SEVIS Fee once you receive your I-20 from USA English Language Center: Go to the website below. Pay the fee, and print your receipt BEFORE you go to the visa appointment at the U.S. embassy. Take your receipt with you to the embassy appointment. Make your appointment with the US Consulate near you:

5. Interview  with Consulate

Please take the I-20 and the Admission Letter issued by USA English Language Center to the consulate on the date of your interview.

6. Enter the US

Enter the US with a student visa. Please let us know in advance if you need a help with housing or airport pickup.

7. Placement Test & Orientation

A test will be administrated on the Monday you begin class for appropriate program placement.

* The application and abroad booking fee is non refundable but will remain valid for one year in the case a student would like to reapply.

 F-1 Transfer Students

Transfer. The electronic transfer of a student’s SEVIS record from one SEVP-certified school t0 another.

  • Application Form
  • $75 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Bank Statement (must show minimum of US$1,500 in account) Sponsor form (if bank statement is not in your name)
  • USA English Language Center Transfer form Photocopy of passport


A student with and  F-1 visa  wants to transfer to another school and asks, “What  do I need to do?”

The student must report to your school by the program start date listed on his or her Form I-20. Reporting does not have to be in person, it may be via e-mail, telephone, and/or fax.

Shouldn’t  students  be required to complete a course of study at the school listed on their visa? The current regulations do not require F-1 students  to complete a course of study at the school listed on his or her visa. Transfers and changes in programs of study for F-1 students  do not have to be adjusted. A student might transfer to any SEVP-certified school with F-1 program that will accept the student.


Classes are 18 hours per week. Level classes take twelve weeks to complete.

Beginning Level I & II:

The beginner class focuses on basic grammar and simple comprehension of spoken and written English. No prior English study is necessary for this level.

Course Objective:   This class is an interdisciplinary course in beginning English with emphasis on grammar, listening, reading and conversational skills. By the end of this course, students should be able to read and understand basic articles in English and be able to communicate orally in a partially-fluent manner. Students will expand their knowledge of basic grammar and vocabulary and prepare themselves for an intermediate-level understanding and usage of English. Students will be exposed to basic sentence structure and will be provided the necessary grammatical tools with which to add more details and complexities to their spoken and written language skills. Students should be able to speak and write complete, though perhaps simple, sentences without error.

Intermediate Level I & II:

This level focuses on reading comprehension, building vocabulary, grammar, and conversation skills. Most students at this level have a good understanding of English and are often ready for standardized testing.

Course Objective:  This class is an interdisciplinary course in intermediate English with emphasis on grammar, listening, reading, writing and conversational skills. By the end of this course, students should be able to write complete, semi-complex sentences and be able to organize a paragraph. In addition, students should be able to understand most informal questions, statements, and conversation at normal speed. Through guided discussion activities, students will have learned to participate effectively in social and academic conversations. By having focused on more complex grammatical constructions, students should have the ability to use progressive forms of present, past, and future tenses.

Advanced Level I & II:

Professional/college level conversation abilities and knowledge of the subtleties of English are necessary to succeed in this level. Advanced conversation, pronunciation, and reading comprehension are the main focuses of this level to enhance the students’ grasp of English fluency.

Course Objective: By the end of the this course, students should feel comfortable writing essays with good control of organization, extract key information from academic material, and speak fluently with only occasional misuse of idioms. Additionally, students will have complemented their understanding of colloquial language and will be able to correctly and effectively use grammar, punctuation, and spelling in all forms of writing. Students at this level are well on their way to fluency and should have the ability to thrive in social, professional, and academic settings.

TOEFL Preparation:     Intermediate or Advanced level of English

Course Objective: This class is for the English language learner who plans to take the iBT or paper based TOEFL test, a standardized test for non-native speakers wishing to transfer to a two- or four-year college in the U.S. The course focuses on the four elements of the TOEFL test: reading comprehension, writing, listening, and speaking. Integrated skills are now emphasized on the TOEFL test, which demand that students be able to read a passage, listen to a passage, and write an essay on the information. Several students in our TOEFL Program move up to the SDUIS University level of courses for a Bachelors, Masters, Ph.D. or Certificate.

Business English:    Intermediate or Advanced level of English

Course Objective: The Business English course offered at USA English Language Center allows students to gain a better understanding of English through the knowledge of practical, applied business practices. Students will learn a large variety of business information such as: administration, corporate strategy, marketing, sales, business etiquette, media, law, and creating a resume for job interviews. Students can write about multiple topics of interests and apply them to interviews, reviews, advice/opinion columns, and current events.

Conversation & Fluency:     Intermediate or Advanced level of English

Course Objective: Students will learn English for Conversation utilizing advanced pronunciation and recognition techniques, metaphor, symbolism, and imagery. Course will emphasize the importance of vocabulary, prepositions, and phrasal verbs. Class will also reinforce basic-advanced grammar as it is altered and modified for fluency.

TESOL certification Course:     Advanced level of English

Course Objective: This is a 120 hour Certification program for the purpose of learning and understanding Teaching English as a Second Language. Course includes general teaching principles and techniques, philosophies, psychologies, troubleshooting, class preparation, focused learning, time management skills, and “hands-on” training credits obtained through a designated practice class. Students will learn how to find and apply for ESL employment in the United Stated and Abroad, as well as tips on the most successful ways to acquire job offers. A TESOL certificate is obtained upon successful completion of the course.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the average age and home country  of the ESL students  at SDUIS?

Answer: Our students vary in age from 16 years old to 60 years + . We have a number of students in their 20’s and 30’s. SDUIS has students from over 50 different countries including: China, Turkey, South Korea, Germany, Italy, Brazil, Thailand, Mongolia, Russia, Spain, Argentina, and Chile just to name a few!

Are your Instructors Native American  Speakers?

Answer: The University is renowned for its outstanding faculty. Every member of the Intensive English Language Program is English as a Second Language professional and a native speaker of English. Most of ESL instructors have master’s degrees in applied linguistics, the teaching of English to speakers of other languages, or a closely related field. All our Instructors are careful selected for their academic ability, their communicative skills and their rapport with students and English as a second language experience in the United States.

How many students  are in a classroom?

Answer: The average is 10 students per classroom.

How long does it take to move to the next level of English at USA English Language Center?

Answer: This depends on the student and the level they began. The average is 1 to 3 months. Students may test to move to the next level on any Monday.

If the F-1 Visa on my passport has expired can I still study?

Answer: Yes, as long as your I-20 is valid and you are maintaining your student status you may remain in the US even if the Visa on your passport has expired.

What’s the Sevis fee?

SEVIS, the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System, is the U.S. government’s tracking system that allows various U.S. agencies to see up-to-date information about international students. Each SEVIS fee payment of $200 for F-1 applicants, must be acompanied by a completed Form I-901, which is available on the SEVIS fee payment web site.