Frequently Asked Questions


Course Information
How much is it to apply?

For overseas students, you will need to pay the following processing fees: SEVIS I-901 Fee $350, AELS Application $150, I-20 Handling Fee $100, Tuition Deposit $200.
Students who do not require a visa will not have to pay the SEVIS or I-20 Handling Fee.

How do I apply?

Please visit our How To Apply for detailed information about the application process.

What time are the classes?

Our ESL classes are Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

When are the start dates?

Since American English Language School is on a quarter system, classes are 3 months long. The beginning of each quarter starts on the first Monday of January, April, July, October. Check out our daily and yearly schedule page for more information.

Is there a deadline to apply?

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. Read more about AELS’s application deadlines.

Is American English Language School accredited?

Yes, American English Language School is accredited by the CEA (Commission on English Language Accreditation). The CEA is one of only two English accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. government.

How do I know what level I will be in?

Before your course start date, you will be scheduled for a placement test that will determine what level of English proficiency you are. Based on your results, we will place you in the appropriate class level.

How long can I study at American English Language School?

Our program from start to finish (Basic, Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, Level 4, Level 5) is generally 18 months (6 quarters) long. However, a student’s length of study at AELS is dependent on what level of English they start at. For example, if a student starts off at Level 3, then that student’s time studying at American English Language School will be shorter compared to a student starting out at the Basic Level since the Level 3 student will only have to complete Levels 3 - 5.

What kind of teachers do you have at American English Language School?

All of our teachers are native English speakers who hold at least a bachelor’s degree in an English-related field and are TESOL certified. Along with their passion for teaching English, they use their knowledge as a native speaker to help our students master the language.

What is your college pathway Program?

Our college pathway program allows students who have completed Level 5 of our ESL program to be accepted to certain schools without taking the TOEFL test. You can find more information about our college pathway program and a list of schools here, College Pathway Program.

How do I apply for your TOEFL Program?

To apply to our TOEFL program, you will need to either complete Level 5 of our ESL program or prove sufficient English skills by taking our placement test and scoring at or above the score our Level 5 students are expected to achieve by the end of the program. If you would like to apply directly to our TOEFL program, please visit our How to Apply page for detailed information about how to apply.

What is your Guarantee Program?

Our Guarantee Program is extended to students who commit to 1 year of improving their English at American English Language School. Students who complete our ESL Level 5 class are guaranteed a TOEFL score of 70 or a TOEIC score of 700! If you don’t achieve these scores, you will be allowed to take a free class for 1 quarter! For more information, please visit our Guarantee Program page.

Can I study for less than 3 months?

Students must study for a minimum of 1 quarter (3 months). We are on a quarter system, meaning each level of our ESL program lasts for 3 months. It is important to us that students build up their skills through consistent use of the language in a comfortable environment. This requires students to get to know each other well and focus on their language education together, rather than having to constantly change classes. Read more about the reason behind this policy.

What are the requirements for the bank statement?

The amount needed on your bank statement depends on how many quarters you are applying for. The bank statement balance must be according to the chart on our How to Apply page. Additionally, bank statements need to be in English.

When do I have to pay?

Processing fees are due with your application, while tuition is due 2 weeks before your class start date. Tuition payments must be paid in the full amount each quarter (3 months).

How do I pay my fees?

Fees can be paid with a personal check, international or postal money order, traveler’s check, cashier’s check, direct wire transfer, or credit card. However, all wire transfers will be subject to a $30 processing fee, and card transactions are subject to a 4% processing fee.

Can I pay my tuition monthly?

Tuition needs to be paid in the full amount before classes begin.

Can I use a sponsor for my bank statement?

Yes, you can use a sponsor's bank statement. However, your application will require an additional form to be filled out by your sponsor.

How do I receive the tuition discount?

To receive the tuition discount, you will need to pay the full amount of your tuition 2 weeks before the start of your class. For example, when you enroll for 3 quarters, you can pay $2,400 each quarter and end up paying $7,200 for your tuition. However, our tuition discount allows you to pay for all 3 quarters when you enroll and only pay $6,500, saving you $700! Read more about our tuition discount.

What is your vacation policy?

Our vacation policy allows students to have a 1-week break in between each quarter. For students who enroll for 1 year, they are eligible to take a break for 1 quarter (3 months). Read more about our vacation policy.

Visa Application
How soon can I start the application process?

You can apply to our language school after you have collected the necessary documents to apply, and we can issue your I-20 Form. You can apply for an F-1 visa earlier than 120 days before the start date to allow for visa processing and security clearance delays. However, if you apply earlier than 120 days, the consulate still cannot actually issue the visa until 120 days before the program start date.

Do you issue I-20 forms?

Yes, we issue I-20 forms. To obtain an I-20 form, you must first fill out an application and pay the processing fees. See the steps to apply here, How to apply.

How long until I receive the I-20 form?

We will process your I-20 form right away. After being accepted to AELS, you will receive your I-20 form within one week.

Can I study at your school without an F-1 student visa?

If you are here for travel or business purposes, it is possible to study at American English Language School. However, you would be limited to studying for less than 18 hours per week until the time you are required to go back to your home country.

If I am in the United States on a tourist visa, can I change my status to an F-1 student to study at your school?

Yes, someone who wants to change their visa status may do so by obtaining an I-20 form from American English Language School. For more information on the “Change of Status” process, please visit our Change of Status page.

Is the money refunded in case of visa refusal at the embassy?

Your tuition deposit is refundable if your visa is denied. However, the other processing fees are not refundable.

What do I do if I have children that I want to bring with me to the United States while I study here?

If you are coming from overseas and you have dependents (spouse or children) with you, then they must also obtain an I-20 form from AELS and fill out a DS-160 application as a dependent.

How can I transfer to your school?

To transfer to American English Language School, please visit our Transfer Students: How to Apply page for detailed information.

I already have an I-20 Form from my current school. Can I continue to use this I-20, or do I need to get a new one?

No, you will need a new I-20 Form. When we have all the documents needed, we will be able to issue you a new I-20 Form.

What documents do I need to transfer?

We will need an application form, copies of your current passport, F-1 visa, current I-20 Form, certificate of bank balance of you or your sponsor, and proof of your highest level of education completed.

What fees do I need to pay to transfer to AELS?

If you are transferring from your current school to AELS, you will first need to pay the $150 application fee and $200 tuition deposit. After you are accepted to and start your classes at AELS, you will need to pay your tuition.

I just completed my program. Can I transfer to your school to study more?

Yes, if you are within your 60-day grace period. Please visit our Transfer Students page for more detailed information about transferring after completing a program.