American English Language School



General Information

Coming to the United States for the first time to study English can seem like a frightening experience for students. However, the process is not as difficult or complicated as it seems. With AELS, you can find everything you need to know about studying English in the US, from getting the necessary documents, to visa interviews and acquisitions, to entry to the US and ongoing support for living in the US. So, please contact us via, refer to the general procedure below, or check the AELS offical blog for more details.

Submit the application form and a few supporting documents (such as a copy of your passport and bank statement in English) to the institute where you will be studying. The school will confirm the application form and required documents and send the I-20 Form to the student by international mail once everything is cleared. This is a very important document for your arrival and stay in the United States.

You must register online and pay the SEVIS fee. SEVIS is the identity management program for international students. The SEVIS fee receipt is required for visa issuance and entry into the United States, so keep it secure. After paying the SEVIS fees, you must complete and submit the online DS-160 Form, a US nonimmigrant visa application. DS-160 Submission Confirmation is required for visa interview.

After paying the visa fee, apply for a visa interview online at the visa interview application site by specifying the date that you can attend an interview. Provide your identification documents, financial documentation, and other required documents, including the DS-160 Form. After checking the material for the visa interview and preparing for it, you will attend the visa interview at the US Embassy in your home country.

If you are successful, you will be required to enter the language school and prepare for your stay in the United States (you must enter the US within 30 days of the start date of your I-20 Form). You should contact the language school to discuss the start date, lodging/homestay, insurance, airport pickup, etc., and purchase your flight ticket. As soon as you arrive in the United States, you will immediately visit the language school and discuss your needs for language education and student support services.

Transfer Student Discount

We are now offering discounts for transfer students! Students that transfer from another school receive $500 off of their tuition. Additionally, they will receive $100 off for each friend that they refer to us. When a student is referred by an existing student, the new student will also receive $500 off of their tuition.

Tuition and Fees

ESL/TOEIC/TOEFL Class Tuition (20 hours / week) Discount
Student/Teacher Ratio 3 months 6 months 9 months 12 months
8 : 1 $1,500 $2,800 $4,000 $5,000

• To receive our tuition discount above, you will need to pay the full tuition amount 4 weeks before the start date of the class. Otherwise, you can pay $1,500 for every 3-month class. For example, if you decide to study for 9 months, you can pay $1,500 for 3 months at the start of each 3-month class and end up paying $4,500 after 9 months ($1,500 x 3 = $4,500), or you can pay the full amount for 9 months 4 weeks before the first day of class and only pay $4,000 ($4,500 - $4,000 = $500 saved).
•• Maximum 8 students in each class

Other Fees
Application Fee* $100
I-901 SEVIS Fee** $350
Tuition Deposit*** $100
Textbooks (Quarterly) $60
Private Lesson $40 / hour
Placement Test (waived if enrolled) $100
Homestay Placement $100
International Express Mail (if needed) $50

* The application fee is non-refundable. The fee for each F-2 dependent is $50.
** I-901 SEVIS fee goes directly to the government and is non-refundable. AELS will gladly file your I-901 to save you time. AELS provides this service free of charge.
*** Tuition deposit will be credited towards your tuition.
**** Prices are subject to change without notice.

I-20 Form F-1 Visa

Easy and Simple

Overseas Students

Please contact us by e-mail at if you have any questions. Please send admission documents to In order to be admitted to American English Language School, you must be over the age of 18 and have a high school diploma (or the equivalent).

It is easy to do the entire visa application process on your own. You just have to follow the steps below:

Submit the following documents to

  1. Application form => Download
  2. Copy of your current passport
  3. High School Diploma or College Transcripts (Proof of Highest Level of Education Completed)
  4. Certificate of bank balance of you or your sponsor. Balance must be in English and must be USD $26,400 or more.

After you send all four documents (an AELS application form, a passport, a bank statement, and a high school diploma or equivalent), you will receive the acceptance email and bank information. You need to pay the processing fees: $500 (SEVIS I-901 Fee $350, AELS Application $100, Express Mailing $50)

AELS will send an I-20 Form, I-901 (receipt of SEVIS payment), and the Acceptance Letter by international mail once the application form and required documents are received and the eligibility requirements are confirmed.

Visit to fill out the online nonimmigrant visa application. You will need your passport, I-20 Form, and information about the dates of your last five visits to the United States (if applicable).

You may also be asked for your previous work or education experience and your travel itinerary if you have already made travel arrangements. All answers on the DS-160 must be in English. Following your application, you will need to make an appointment for your visa interview with the U.S. embassy or consulate.

First, print your DS-160 form. It has an application number on it that you will need. You will also need your SEVIS ID #, which you can find on your I-20 form. Please go to to set up your visa interview.

Second, you will pay your interview fee online. Each country has its own way to pay.

Third, once you have paid your interview fee, you will be able to make your appointment online through your country’s special link.

When you go to your visa interview appointment, make sure you bring all of the necessary documents:
  1. Interview appointment letter from the National Visa Center (NVC)
  2. Valid passport
  3. Two color passport photographs (measuring 2 inches by 2 inches with a white background)
  4. I-20 Form
  5. I-901 receipt
  6. Bank statements
  7. Confirmation of completed visa application
  8. School admission letter

"I was really worried about speaking wrong sentences, but my teachers always encourage me."

Jiyoon C.

Transfer Students

Transferring to AELS from another language school is quick and simple. The process takes only a few days and 3 easy steps:

Submit the following documents to

  1. Transfer application form => Download
  2. Copy of your current passport and F-1 visa
  3. Copy of your current I-20 form
  4. Certificate of bank balance of you or your sponsor. Balance must be in English and must be USD $26,400 or more.
  5. High School Diploma or College Transcripts (Proof of Highest Level of Education Completed)

Processing Fees: $100 (Application $100)

Once we have confirmed your payment, AELS will send you an Acceptance Letter and a SEVIS I-20 Transfer Form via e-mail. The student will complete the SEVIS I-20 Transfer Form and submit the Acceptance Letter and the SEVIS I-20 Transfer Form to the student's current school. The student will be transferred through SEVIS based on the Acceptance Letter and the SEVIS I-20 Transfer Form. The student will then receive an I-20 Form issued by AELS.

Do You Have F-2 Children?

We can accommodate you AND your F-2 children! When you sign up with your F-2 children, you will get a discount on your children’s tuition! Click here ( for more info.

Change of Status

If you wish to change your status by replacing your current visa with a student visa, please contact an AELS representative after preparing the following information. AELS lawyers are the best fit for students who really want to study here in the U.S. but need to change or reinstate their immigration status. Unlike other immigration lawyers, who often use scare tactics to make a profit and have no incentive to work hard for the student because they get paid in advance, we focus on truly taking care of each student’s case instead of making a profit. We know that doing so adds to the reputation we have built for ourselves here at AELS: our students’ ability to succeed in their English education is our main priority and always will be.

1. Application for admission => Download
2. Copy of your current passport
3. Copy of your current visa
4. Certificate of bank balance of you or your sponsor. Balance must be in English and must be USD 26,400 or more.
5. High School Diploma or College Transcripts (Proof of Highest Level of Education Completed)

Processing Fees: $450 (SEVIS I-901 Fee $350, AELS Application $100)

After payment is confirmed, you will be contacted by AELS representatives for procedures and any necessary correspondence related to admission and F-1 visa issuance.

Local Students

We know that even if you’ve lived here for a few years or are a long-time resident, everyday tasks can still be quite difficult if you don’t have good English skills. Now, AELS offers lessons that cover these everyday tasks, such as shopping, going to the post office, reading and filling out government forms (ex. social security), attending school conferences, and even studying for citizenship.

Application/Tuition Deadlines

The deadline to apply is about 4 weeks prior to the start of the quarter for which you are applying. Deadlines are set to allow students enough time to complete the visa process and pay for tuition on time.

Intended Starting Quarter 1st Quarter
(starting January)
2nd Quarter
(starting April)
3rd Quarter
(starting July)
4th Quarter
(starting October)
Application/Tuition Deadline December