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: 


Course Information

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 Description 
    Class Hours 
  • Intermediate to High Advanced 
    Class Hours: 3 to 15 per week 
  • Books for 1 class
    Average cost for 1 class  
  • Parking fee 
    Required for all those parking a car on campus (per session) 

Class Information 

  • 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 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 

  • 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. 

    Please contact the IEP for advisement if you are interested in applying for a change of status.

Please contact us (iep@kennesaw.edu or 470-578-2214) with any questions.