J-1 Visas

Kennesaw State University does not issue DS-2019s for J-1 visas for its Intensive English Program. However, if you are currently a J-1 visa holder maintaining your status in the U.S. and wish to take English language training classes for your program requirement or for recreational purposes, you may do so. 

If you are applying to study while you are in the U.S. on your J-1 visa, please submit the following: 

Click Here To Apply Now To The IEP

Application Processing Time

Once all the documents have been received, we will process your application and send you the Intensive English Program Welcome Packet within 1-2 business days. ("Business days" in the U.S. are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.) 

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 
  • Foundations 
    Class Hours: 12 to 15 per week 
  • Intermediate to High Advanced 
    Class Hours: 3 to 15 per week 
  • Books 
    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.
  • Students who place into the Foundations division must be registered for and attend classes between 12-18 hours per week. Students who take 12 hours should plan to be in classes Monday through Thursday from 8:30am-11:45am.
  • 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. 

Au Pair Language Requirements 

Program Details

The Intensive English Program has helped many J-1 Au Pairs meet their program's language requirements. Au Pairs may choose to attend either the core-curriculum courses or the optional Friday courses.

  • Please note that if an au pair places into a Foundations level they will be required to attend at least 12 hours of class a week, from 8:15am-11:30am on Monday-Thursday.
  • Please also note that in Intermediate to High Advanced, each course is 6 hours per week. Each course meet four times per week, either once a day (1.5 hours) for four days per week or twice per day (3.0 hours) for two days per week. 

Certification of Completion of Classroom Hours 

At the end of a session of study, the Intensive English Program can provide a certificate of completion detailing the number of class hours the student attended. Most au pairs are able to use this certificate in lieu of required credits. Kennesaw State University does not provide course credit for Intensive English Program classes. 

Change of Status 

  • Please note the following before applying for a change of status to F-1 (Student):

    • The normal processing time for a change of status is 5-12 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 qualify to change from J-1 to F-1 if you: 

    • Are NOT subject to the two-year home residency requirement or you have a requirement waiver 
    • Have been in status during your stay in the U.S. 
    • Are a bona fide non-immigrant, namely one who has no intention of remaining in the United States, but will return to your home country after completing your degree requirements

    Please reference the Application Process for Change of Status form to locate step-by-step instructions to complete this process. 

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