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How to Apply

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

Students Applying from Outside the United States

Step 1.  You Complete and Submit the Following Components of the Application Packet:

  • A completed ELP Application Form- you can type on the screen (see the Apply Now link) and then print your application for mailing.
  • USD $150 Application Processing Fee (non-refundable)
  • USD $800 Tuition Deposit (conditionally 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 L.A. 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 $24,000.  The statement must not be more than 6 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 2 original 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 Form
  • 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.
  • We will prepare a Major Letter that you can take to your visa interview appointment to apply for an F-1 Student Visa if you request the Major Letter on your ELP Application Form.
  • The process often takes us about 2 weeks from the time we have all the necessary documents, so 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.  You 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:
    • The 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.  You 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 on Registration Day – this is required 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.  You Complete and Submit the Following Components of the Application Packet:

  • A completed ELP Application Form
  • USD $150 Application Processing Fee (non-refundable)
  • Tuition Deposit is NOT required
  • 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 $458.  Payment of the Student Health Center Fee ($55) is also required.

Step 2.  You Prepare to Come to the ELP Office on Registration Day

  • 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 Registration Day.
  • Prepare to bring with the following with you to Registration Day: 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.  You Complete and Submit the Following Components of the Application Packet:

  • A completed ELP Application Form
  • USD $150 Application Processing Fee (non-refundable)
  • Tuition Deposit is Not required
  • A personal Bank Statement, or your sponsor’s Bank Statement showing minimum funds on hand of USD $24,000.  The statement must not be more than 6 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 – 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
  • 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.  You 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 advisor to fax the ELP Transfer-In Form back to us when it has been filled out completely

Step 3.  You 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) testing are current; bring the completed Medical Form with you to Registration Day
  • Prepare to bring the following with you to Registration Day: 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,see Housing and Transportation

The English Language Program
College of Extended Studies and International Programs
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive, GE 220
Los Angeles, California  90032-8619   USA

Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 08:00 to 17:00
Pacific Time,
GMT-7 (November 8 – March 13, GMT-8)

Telephone: +1 323 343 4840
Fax: +1 323 343 4843

 

 

Regular Office Hours:

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Telephone
+ 1 323 343 4840

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