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Apply to the English Language Program

The application procedures outlined below are for international students, U.S. residents and transfer students:

  • Acceptance Packets containing Letters of Acceptance and the Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status – For Academic and Language Students (Form I-20) are issued by the ELP Office for international students applying for F-1 Student Visas. Form I-20 is issued for an initial period of 24 months for Second Language Learning and can be extended if the student cannot finish the training in that time period. Students may continue studying in our program for additional quarters beyond the initial enrollment session in order to transition successfully to Cal State LA programs after finishing the current language training. The ELP is also available to permanent U.S. residents, visiting scholars and any student on campus wishing to improve their English language skills in order to succeed in his or her major.

  • Since the ELP offers intensive English training to adult learners via daily classroom instruction, students must meet at least one of these criteria to apply and enroll:

          1. Be at least 18 years old

          Or

          2. Have already completed Secondary School AND become at least 17 years old during the first quarter

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Students Applying From Outside the United States

Step 1.  Complete and Submit Your ELP Application Packet:

  • Complete the ELP Application Form here 
  • Pay the USD $150 Application Processing Fee (non-refundable)
    • Applicants who do NOT obtain an F-1 Student Visa to attend California State University, Los Angeles AND return the Original Form I-20 along with a written request for a refund, will receive a Full Refund (100%) of the Tuition Deposit. Refund processing takes about 60 days.
    • Applicants who obtain an F-1 Student Visa to attend Cal State LA OR do NOT return the Original Form I-20 will receive NO Refund (0%).
  • A personal bank statement or your sponsor’s bank statement showing minimum funds on deposit of USD $25,550. The statement must not be more than six months old and must be an official, original document, signed and stamped by a bank officer. The funds must be in cash, certificates of deposit, or money market funds. Statements for stocks, bonds, mutual funds, or retirement accounts will NOT be accepted. You may wish the bank to certify two official bank statements for you since you will also need to take one to your visa interview appointment at the U.S. Consulate or Embassy (see below).
  • If the bank statement is in the name of your sponsor, the sponsor will need to sign the Sponsor Form in the ELP Application Forms packet.
  • Every ELP Application Form must contain the applicant’s (prospective student’s) complete Home Address, even if the Acceptance Packet will be sent to a relative, friend, or educational placement agent/advisor.
  • The ELP Application Form must be signed by the applicant. Faxes are accepted.

Step 2.  ELP Staff Members Prepare and Send your Acceptance Packet to You

  • We will contact you if there are any problems or missing information from your application packet. Make sure to include your email address on the ELP Application Form.
  • If you request a Major Letter on your ELP Application Form, we will prepare one that you can take to your visa interview appointment to apply for an F-1 Student Visa.
  • The process often takes us about two weeks from the time we have all the necessary documents. Please give us ample “lead” time before making an embassy appointment to apply for a visa.
  • There is no charge for mailing the Acceptance Packet by Express Mail International through USPS (see www.usps.com)

Step 3.  Obtain Your Student (F-1) Visa

  • Pay the $200 SEVIS fee online at www.fmjfee.com. This website allows you to pay the fee in order to include your name and information in the Student Exchange Visitor Information Service (SEVIS) database, maintained by the United States Department of Homeland Security. The SEVIS database allows tracking of the status of F-1 students and other educational visitors to the U.S. Print your SEVIS payment receipt to take with you to your Embassy appointment. For more information see SEVIS Fee Questions and Answers.
  • Make an Appointment with a U.S. Consulate or Embassy. An appointment with the embassy in your home country is required to apply for an F-1 Student Visa. You should take the following documents to your visa interview appointment:
    • Form I-20 from our school
    • An official, original bank statement showing funds you will use for support
    • Sponsor Form, if you will use a sponsor
    • Your passport
    • SEVIS fee receipt (see above)
    • English Language Program information

Step 4.  Prepare to Travel to Los Angeles
As soon as you have received your F-1 Student Visa, you can prepare to come to the United States for study in the quarter for which you have applied. Before coming to the U.S., you must do the following:

  • Buy health insurance online, print receipt and bring it with you during the Registration Period. Health insurance is required by California State University and must be purchased before you can study in our program.
  • Arrange for Housing and Transportation (See Housing and Transportation);
  • Go to your personal doctor and have him or her complete the Medical Form to show that you have current immunizations and tuberculosis (TB) testing.  Bring the completed form with you to Registration Day.
  • Prepare to bring the following with you to Registration Day: your passport; your original Form I-20; the Form I-94 (Arrival/Departure Record) that you will receive during your flight to the U.S. and that U.S. Customs and Border Protection will stamp on your arrival in the U.S., your payment receipt for the required Health Insurance, checks, money orders, or an activated VISA or MasterCard credit card to pay the ELP Tuition and Fees.

United States Resident Applicants

Step 1.  Complete and Submit Your ELP Application Packet:

  • Complete the ELP Application Form for US Residents here 
  • Pay the USD $150 Application Processing Fee (non-refundable)
  • Determine the number and courses you wish to take. U.S. residents are not required to attend the ELP full-time and may choose to take one to six courses.  The cost per course is $585 (including materials). Payment of the Student Health Center Fee ($55) is also required.

Step 2.  Prepare to Come to the ELP Office during the Registration Period

  • Take the Medical Form that was included in your Acceptance Packet to your personal doctor to show that you have current immunizations and tuberculosis (TB) testing. Bring the completed form with you to the ELP Office during the Registration Period.
  • Prepare to bring with the following with you to the ELP Office during the Registration Period: your passport or birth certificate – if you are a U.S. citizen; your Permanent Resident Card if you are a United States resident.
  • Checks, money orders, or an activated VISA or MasterCard credit card to pay the ELP Tuition and Fees.

Transfer Student Applicants

If you are transferring to the English Language Program from another school within the United States:

Step 1.  Complete and Submit Your ELP Application Packet:

  • Complete the ELP Application Form for Transfer Students here 
  • Pay the USD $150 Application Processing Fee (non-refundable)
  • A personal bank statement, or your sponsor’s bank statement showing minimum funds on hand of USD $25,550. The statement must not be more than six months old and must be an official document. The funds must be in cash, certificates of deposit, or money market funds – no stocks, bonds, mutual funds, or retirement accounts. If the bank statement is in the name of your sponsor, the sponsor will need to complete and sign the Sponsor Form section of the ELP Application Form
  • A copy of the Form I-20 issued by your original school
  • A copy of your passport biographical pages, visa page, and I-94 card if you have it
  • Your current telephone number, U.S. address, and home country address
  • An e-mail address (or fax number) where we can send you our ELP Transfer-In Form

Step 2.  Wait to Receive Our Letter of Acceptance and Transfer-in Form

  • Take our ELP Transfer-In Form and Letter of Acceptance to the academic adviser at your current school to have it completed
  • Ask the advisor to fax the ELP Transfer-In Form back to us when it has been filled out completely

Step 3.  Prepare to come to the ELP Office on Registration Day

  • Take the Medical Form to your personal doctor to assure that your immunizations and tuberculosis (TB) tests are current; bring the completed Medical Form with you to the ELP Office during the Registration Period
  • Bring the following with you to the ELP Office during the Registration Period: your passport or birth certificate – if you are a U.S. citizen; your Permanent Resident Card if you are a United States resident
  • Checks, money orders, an activated debit card, or an activated credit card (VISA or MasterCard) to pay the ELP Fees and Tuition (see above)
  • If you will need housing, click here to review our Housing and Transportation page. 

Registration Day

For each academic term, registration begins thirty (30) days before the date on your Form I-20, in Section 3.  Come to the ELP Office, Room 220 of the Golden Eagle Building at Cal State LA at 9:00 a.m. to register and pay for your ELP classes. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) requires you to report to the school by the start date printed on your Form I-20. If you have an emergency that prevents you from reporting to the ELP Office on that day, please call us to let us know that you will be delayed.

International Students: You will need to bring the following with you to register:

  • Passport
  • F-1 Student Visa and I-94 Card (usually attached to the passport)
  • Original Form I-20
  • Medical Form completed and signed by your doctor
  • Health Insurance Receipt to show proof of purchase
  • Checks, money orders, an activated debit card, or an activated credit card (VISA or MasterCard) to pay the ELP Fees and Tuition
  • Your local address, phone number, and email in the U.S.

U.S. Resident Students: You will need to bring:

  1. U.S. Passport, Birth Certificate, or Permanent Resident Card
  2. Checks, money orders, an activated debit card, or an activated credit card (VISA or MasterCard) to pay the ELP Fees and Tuition
  3. Medical Form signed by your doctor – all Cal State LA students (citizens, residents, and internationals) must have these immunizations and tests, so please make sure to get these before you report to school.
  4. Your local address, phone number, and email address in the U.S.

Placement Testing

To ensure proper class placement, the ELP evaluates the language proficiency of all new students – usually during the Registration Period. This assessment includes a written test of listening comprehension, grammar and reading. The student’s combined scores are then evaluated in comparison to the scores of all incoming students and placement is made into one of the ELP proficiency levels.

Mailing Services for International Students 

For express delivery of your immigration documents to you in the U.S. or overseas, you can use the services of University Express Mail Services. This company is a go-between for students, universities and courier companies. To use this service, you must first create an account. When you need our office to send something to you via courier, you will go into your account and choose Cal State LA - English Language Program as the sender. The English Language Program office will receive an auto-generated pre-paid airway bill. This will allow us to send the package to you via courier. You will not need to ask a friend to come to the office and pick up the package for mailing. We believe this will provide more efficient service to you.