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FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions

About Admission:

Do I have to submit a TOEFL score to be admitted to the IEP?
Is it possible for an international student to apply to both the IEP and Indiana University?
Is admission to the IEP the same as admission to IU?
How long does it take for the IEP to evaluate an application and issue an I-20?
Can I take classes at Indiana University while attending the IEP?
Can students attend the IEP part-time?

About Cost:

How much is tuition and what does it include?
Is financial aid available for IEP tuition?
When and how shall I pay for my tuition?
Must I purchase medical insurance before my arrival or will I be able to buy insurance
through the IEP?

About the Program:

Does the IEP prepare students for the TOEFL and the new iBTOEFL?
How big are your classes? What is the typical class size?
Is academic advising available?
How long will it take to learn English? How long does it take to finish the program?
When and where are the classes held?
Who teaches in the IEP?
Where do the students come from?
When does the program begin and end?

Other:

Do you provide housing? How can I find housing?
What do I do when I arrive at the Indianapolis Airport?
Where should I stay until I have found an apartment or room?
What must students remember to bring with them?


About Admission:

Do I have to submit a TOEFL score to be admitted to the IEP?
No. All students admitted to the IEP must be at least 18 years of age, must have earned a high school diploma, and must show that they or their sponsors are able to pay for the living expenses and tuition while in the United States. Students are also required to show proof of health insurance when they register.

Is it possible for an international student to apply to both the IEP and Indiana University?
Yes, they can, but these are two separate application processes and admission to one does not guarantee admission to the other. See the admission processes for the IEP Application and Indiana University, Office of Admissions.

Is admission to the IEP the same as admission to IU?
No, it is not. However, many students who complete English language studies in the IEP have gone on to purpose academic careers at Indiana University. There is a separate admissions process for becoming an undergraduate or graduate student at Indiana University. See Indiana University, Office of Admissions for more information on admission to Indiana University.

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How long does it take for the IEP to evaluate an application and issue an I-20?
From the time the IEP receives a complete application with the application fee, it takes between 5 and 7 business days to issue an I-20. The IEP always sends back the initial I-20 to the applicant by express mail.

Can I take classes at Indiana University while attending the IEP?
Yes. Students in the upper levels, with the IEP Director’s permission, can take Indiana University courses for credit or audit at an additional cost to the student.

Can students attend the IEP part-time?
No they may not. F-1 visa students must be enrolled as full-time students to retain their F-1 status. (Other visa holders may have options regarding part-time studies).

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About Cost:

How much is tuition and what does it include?
The IEP tuition rates can be found with Cost information. Tuition includes 20-24 hours of instruction each week, optional language enrichment programs such as English Table for conversation, Grammar Circle, Reading Circle, weekly Coffee Hours, Saturday Morning Conversation and Practice TOEFL Classes, and the use of extensive computing and library resources at Indiana University.

Is financial aid available for IEP tuition?
No, it is not.

When and how shall I pay for my tuition?
You will need to pay the full tuition for one session on registration day. You can find the schedule of sessions and registration days at Yearly Sessions.

Must I purchase medical insurance before my arrival or will I be able to buy insurance through the IEP?
You do not need medical insurance before your arrival in the United States. However, all students must have proof of approved medical insurance at the time of registration, or they must purchase it on registration day. The average cost of insurance coverage varies depending on the length of stay. See Cost information for current average rates if you must buy insurance, and information on whether your own medical insurance has sufficient coverage. See Waivers on the Insurance Requirements for current coverage requirements.

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About the Program:

Does the IEP prepare students for the TOEFL and the iBT TOEFL?
Everything a student does in and with English is preparation for performing well on the Paper-Based or iBT TOEFL. Teachers provide students with information on how particular classroom activities relate to TOEFL expectations. Level 6 and 7 students can choose a TOEFL preparation elective course. The IEP provides for all students to take the ITP Paper-based TOEFL test at the end of each session for practice, and for additional information in placing students in the most appropriate level of instruction. In addition, the IEP offers optional additional TOEFL practice tests and discussions on Saturday mornings at no additional cost.

How big are your classes? What is the typical class size?
A typical class in the IEP has between 10 and 15 students.

Is academic advising available?
Yes it is. In every seven-week session, we offer academic counseling and guidance on career choices to qualified students who want to apply either to Indiana University or to other colleges or universities in the United States. Students are invited for advising, and they can make additional appointments with the Director of the IEP.

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How long will it take to learn English? How long does it take to finish the program?
The IEP offers seven levels of English language instruction. Students can enter the program at any level depending on their English language proficiency, and they can move at any rate through these levels, or even skip levels, depending on their English proficiency develops. Serious and hard-working students who participate fully in class work and extracurricular language development options improve their English language proficiency quickly.

When and where are the classes held?
Classes are held in Indiana University classrooms around campus (Campus Map). Most of the classes are 50 minutes in length and are offered either from 8:00 a.m. until 12:20 p.m. or from 11:30 to 4:40 p.m. Special programs and electives may be offered at other times.

Who teaches in the IEP?
Teachers in the IEP are highly qualified to teach English as a second language. They hold or are working toward advanced degrees in TESOL and Applied Linguistics, and most have had experience teaching both inside and outside the United States. See Instructors & Staff.

Where do the students come from?
The IEP has an average of 200-250 students each session. Over four sessions, we have typically had students from up to 45 different countries. The countries with higher representation recently are East Asia (Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan, and others), The Middle East (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and other Gulf Arab States), Africa (Angola, Libya, Egypt and others), and South America (Brazil, Colombia, Peru, and others).

When does the program begin and end?
There are 6 seven-week sessions offered each academic year: two in the Fall, two in the Spring, and two in Summer. See the Yearly Sessions for the exact dates.

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Other:

Do you provide housing? How can I find housing?
The IEP does not arrange housing for students. However, housing is available through Indiana University Residential Programs and Services (RPS). A separate application is required for on-campus housing. Students may also choose to live off-campus. See Housing for more details.

What do I do when I arrive at the Indianapolis Airport?
In your acceptance letter, you will receive information on how to travel from the Indianapolis International Airport to Bloomington. There is an Airport Shuttle Bus and Limousine service.

Where should I stay until I have found an apartment or room?
In your acceptance letter, you will receive information on on-campus housing available for students in transition to living in Bloomington. Up to 48 hours of temporary housing is available.

What must students remember to bring with them?
Students should remember to bring their original I-20; their passport (with the I-94 card they will receive when they enter the U.S.); medical insurance information (including policy numbers and coverage) if they have purchased it before they come; and cash for incidental expenses while traveling.

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