B-1 & B-2 Visas
Individuals that have a B-1/B-2 Visa, or an ESTA waiver, can attend classes in the Intensive English Program as a part-time student for a short recreational course, not for credit toward a degree. Attendance should be incidental to the main purpose for presence in the United States.
Part-time students who place into Intermediate to High Advanced can take 3-15 hours of classes per week.
To apply to the Intensive English Program, please submit the following information:
- IEP application (Click HERE to apply)
- Click here for a list of upcoming start and end dates for the IEP courses
- Copy of passport
- Copy of visa or ESTA waiver
- Copy of visa stamp
- Copy of your I-94 (You can locate this information by clicking here)
- $60 non-refundable application fee
Once you are admitted into the Intensive English Program, you must take a placement test before we can place you in a level of study. The placement test is given at orientation the week before the program begins. All new students are required to attend this orientation!
Program Details for Part-Time Students
Fee DescriptionCostClass Hours
Intermediate to High Advanced$360-$1800Class Hours: 3 to 15 per week
Books for 1 class$40-$50Average cost for 1 class
Parking fee$46Required for all those parking a car on campus (per session)
- Each session (or level) is 8 weeks.
- Classes are held on Monday & Wednesday or Tuesday & Thursday at the following times: 8:30am-10:00am, 10:15am-11:45am, and 1:00pm-2:30pm.
- We also offer some Friday elective classes. (Click here to visit the Schedule for Friday Classes)
- We currently do not offer evening or weekend classes for F-1 visa students or students that place into the Advanced levels. For more information about our evening and weekend classes, please visit the Evening and Saturday Classes page.
Change of Status
Application Process for Change of Status from B-2 (Tourist) to F-1 (Student)
Please note the following before applying from a change of status from B-2 (Tourist) to F-1 (Student):
- If you have a B-2 visa, you are not allowed to begin studying until your change of status is approved.
- The normal processing time for a change of status is approximately12 months and cannot be expedited.
- If you travel outside the U.S. while your change of status application is pending, your application will be canceled.
- Changes of status do not provide the student with an F-1 visa, but only the status of a student. Therefore, should you receive change of status approval and then depart the U.S., you will need to apply for an F-1 visa at a U.S. embassy before you will be able to re-enter the U.S. to resume your studies.
- You must apply for the change of status before your I-94 expires; your desired date to start studying in the Intensive English Program should be no more than one month after your I-94 expires.
- You MUST maintain your B-1/B-2 status until your change of status is approved by USCIS. If your B-1/B-2 status is going to expire and you are still waiting for your change of status, you will need to submit an I-539 application to extend your B/1-B/2 status and pay the $370 fee.
- If you leave the U.S. and return to your home country to apply for the F-1 visa, this processing time is much faster. Please check here for Visa Appointments & Processing Wait Times.
Please contact the IEP for advisement if you are interested in applying for a change of status.
Please contact us (email@example.com or 470-578-2214) with any questions.