American English Language School



New Resident Services

AELS helps students secure basic living services, such as a cell phone plan, a car, insurance, a bank account, etc. It can be difficult to navigate the setup of a new life here in America. Tasks such as finding a homestay family, purchasing a car and auto insurance, using public transportation, opening a bank account, or obtaining a cell phone can all seem overwhelming in a new place and using a new language. We can help you through all of these processes and help you get settled here easily and comfortably.

Open a Bank Account

There are many choices when setting up an American bank account. We can take you to bank near AELS and help you set up an account to help make your purchases easier while you are here in the U.S.

Get a Cell Phone

You will need to set up a cell phone account with a local cell phone service provider. We will accompany you to the service provider of your choice and help you get started.

Apply for a Driver's License

We will help you make an appointment to get a driver's license. We will also go with you to the DMV to help you navigate the process smoothly.

Tour of Local Shopping

Since you will be spending a lot of time at AELS, you will want to know what shopping and restaurant options your have nearby. We will take you on a tour to get you familiar with what is in the area, and then we will help you with your first grocery shopping trip.

Airport Pickup

On your application, you can mark if you would like us to pick you up at the airport when you arrive in the U.S. We will ask for your travel information and have somebody waiting for you when you arrive.


If you have not already made arrangements to stay with a friend or family member while you are studying in the U.S., you can mark on your application that you would like to sign up for the Homestay program. We will match you with an American family living close to AELS. You will be able to experience more of the American culture by living with them. Please read our blog.

Health Insurance

Although AELS does not require health insurance, it is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED that you maintain health insurance while in the U.S. It is recommended that you obtain health insurance from your home country because it will be cheaper. However, if you would like to sign up for a health insurance plan once you are here, we can help you with that process.

"I enjoyed experiencing American culture very much."

Yushi R.