English Courses at Florida International University

ENGLISH LANGUAGE COURSES AT FIU IN THE CITY OF MIAMI

Study English at the English Language Institute of Florida International University in 2021 or 2022. Contact a representative to get a quote, receive more information and a pdf brochure

English Language classes on FIU campus in Miami

STUDY ENGLISH AT FIU ELI

Study in the English Language Institute of Florida International University, which has offered ESL courses for foreign students since 1978, amounting to a long and proven experience in English teaching.

students from ESL program at FIU walking on main campus

ENGLISH LANGUAGE INSTITUTE AT FIU

The Intensive English Program at the English Language Institute of Florida International University is an academic English course with 8 different levels of instruction, to fit all students.

Group of international students from the English courses of FIU in Miami

LEARN ENGLISH IN A MARVELOUS AND FANTASTIC CITY SUCH AS MIAMI

While studying at the English Language Institute (ELI) of the Florida International University (FIU), you’ll be living in Miami, a wonderful location in Florida, where you can visit some of the best tourist attractions in the USA and try fun activities inside and outside the school campus.

TOP 10 REASONS TO STUDY ENGLISH AT FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY

This program is one of the most popular destination for international students
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AN EXCELLING ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROGRAM WITH A LONG TRADITION

The Intensive English Program at Florida International University is an excelling program at a great English institute that has offered English instruction since 1978.

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A FACULTY EXPERIENCED IN TEACHING INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AT FIU

The teachers from the English Language Institute at FIU are qualified and experienced in ESL instruction for foreign students, and therefore, are ready to help them achieve their goals.

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PERSONALIZED TEACHING AT THE INTENSIVE ENGLISH PROGRAM

Classes at the Intensive English Program from FIU have between 6 to 15 students, so they get all the possible attention from their instructors, which allows a personalized learning experience abroad.

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FULL-TIME ENGLISH LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION AT FIU

You'll be studying a full-time English program at Florida International University, which means over 20 hours of English instruction per week, on top of homework and on-campus activities.

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A DIVERSE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AT FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY

Students from the Intensive English Program come from all kinds of backgrounds and areas of specialization, so enrolling on this course is a great chance for networking with fellow professionals.

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OPEN ACCESS TO TOP QUALITY MODERN FACILITIES FOR ESL STUDENTS

Students of the English program can use Florida International University campus facilities, such as Gyms, libraries, computer labs, etc.

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AWESOME EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AT FIU

Students can participate in several extra-curricular activities, which is fantastic to keep practicing their English outside of the classroom

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A REAL COLLEGE ATMOSPHERE AT FIU CAMPUS

You have the opportunity to study in the beautiful Florida International University campus and live a real college atmosphere by interacting with other international and national students.

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FIELD TRIPS IN MIAMI

You can join regular field trips to local attractions, which also includes fascinating cultural and historical activities.

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AN AWESOME LOCATION IN MIAMI, FLORIDA

You get to live in an awesome city such as Miami, which is full of tourist attractions, beaches, and has an outstanding weather almost all year round.

ENGLISH PROGRAMS AT FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY

THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE INSTITUTE OF FIU

INTENSIVE ENGLISH PROGRAM AT FIU

The Intensive English Program at Florida International University is a full-time English course with an academic focus, and therefore, it provides students with all the tools and skills they need to excel in a college environment in the US, in terms of cultural and linguistic knowledge. Moreover, by studying four different courses -Communicative Grammar, Writing, Reading & Vocabulary, and Communication-, you’ll be improving in a comprehensive way that involves all of your language abilities.

Main Features

  • Full-Time Program
  • Classes are on main FIU campus
  • 20-25 hours per week (Monday-Friday)
  • 8 different proficiency levels
  • You can take several sessions until you achieve your English language goals
  • 14-week full sessions. Each full session is one level of proficiency
  • Placement test upon arrival
  • 6 to 15 students per class
  • Open access to campus facilities
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • Certificate of completion and transcript upon finishing the program
  • Eligible for F-1 Student Visa

Requirements

  • Students need to be at least 16 years old the first day of classes and have finished high school. No maximum age.
  • International and US residents are welcome to apply

More information about the English Language program at FIU

Program Summary

The Intensive English Program (English as a Second Language, ESL courses) at Florida International University in Miami is one of the best English language programs in Miami and the United States. This Intensive English Program in Miami is a full-time program for students who wish to learn English in a nice environment.

This English Program at FIU in Miami, Florida is ideal for Students, Professionals and Businesspeople who want to improve their English for career advancement or for cultural purposes.

These well-established English courses in Miami are designed for students who want to improve their English language skills, prepare for further study in the United States, learn about American culture, business, and other areas of study.

There is a total of eight levels of study. The first day, all students must take a placement test, which will determine the level of the student in the program. In addition, students in intermediate and advance levels can take a TOEFL preparation class.

On each level of instruction, students receive grades for written tests, oral presentations, class participation, and special work out of classes. After completing Level six, most of the students are ready to pass the TOEFL and enter American universities or professional schools in the United States.

Additionally, students of this Intensive English Program at FIU in Miami have access to the University campus facilities, such as gym, library, restaurants, etc, so they can live and experience the amazing University atmosphere that offers the FIU campus and the city of Miami by practicing and improving the English Language outside of classes.

World Scholarship Award for international students:

The English Language Institute of FIU offers a one-term scholarship to a deserving student from each of the following regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America & the Caribbean, the Middle East, and North America. Eligible students will apply the scholarship to levels 5 or 6. The scholarship will be offered in the Summer term to be used during the Fall term and in the Fall term to be used during the Winter term.

Requirements for the Scholarship:

  • Be enrolled in the ELI’s Intensive English Program, (levels 5 or 6) for one 12/14-week period prior to applying for the scholarship.
  • Maintain an “A” average in all ELI class.
  • Show proof of academic excellence (3.5 GPA) from previous schools, colleges and/or universities.
  • Apply to one of FIU’s undergraduate or graduate degree or certificate programs.

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PRICES & DATES

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PRICES AND DATES ENGLISH PROGRAMS 2021 - 2022

How much does it cost to study English at Florida International University?

Table with costs and dates of the FIU English Program 2021 - 2022

SessionDatesDurationProgram Fee
Fall 2020September 8 - December 11, 2020
(Placement Test: August 31)
14 weeks$5,499
Spring 2021January 19 - April 23, 2021
(Placement Test: January 11)
14 weeks$5,499
Summer 2021May 10 - July 30, 2021
(Placement Test: May 3)
12 weeks$5,499
Fall 2021September 7 - Dicember 10, 2021
(Placement Test: August 30)
12 weeks$5.499
*Students must arrive one week before the first day of classes for the English placement test, orientation and other activities.

*Students who don't have time for the full-term program, can enroll in a half-term of 7 weeks. The starting date for the half-term program is at the beginning or in the middle of a full term program. The price for a half-term is $3,075.

International Students also need the student visa F-1 for this program. Housing on campus is not available for half-term programs.
You can study one, two, or more consecutive sessions, and you can start the English program at any season of the year.

For example if you want to study for approximately 7 months, you can take Spring and Summer sessions. You will not repeat the same course, because each session will be in a different level.

Other Costs to consider

There are additional costs that students should consider, on top of the tuition fee. Some of these are:

  • Application fee: a USD$150 non-refundable fee paid upon your application, which covers the delivery to your home country of the Form I-20 via certified post mail, which is needed to apply for the student visa.
  • Express mail fee: a US$65 optional fee you can pay if you need your admission documents to be send via express mail.
  • Visa costs: international students who enroll on a full-time program such as these need an F-1 student visa. Costs related to the F-1 visa include the SEVIS Fee (US$350 aprox.) to register on the Student Exchange Visitor Information System and a Visa fee (US$160 aprox.). These are costs set by the U.S. government.
  • Accommodation in Miami: while studying abroad you should consider certain housing costs. Down below you can read some of the options FIU recommends for foreign students.
  • Health insurance: all those with a student visa in the US must have a mandatory health insurance, which is offered by FIU, and costs approximately USD$1200, but it could vary. You can have your own insurance, but it must comply with state standards for international student insurance. More information in the welcome package
  • Books and supplies: these materials are not included within your tuition fees and you should consider around US$400 in books and supplies.
  • Flight Tickets from your country to Miami, USA
  • Food: as part of your budget, you must consider food costs, since you'll spend either in groceries to cook at home, or you'll eat at a restaurant.
  • Payment of $20 (housing processing fee). *Only if you apply for housing on campus
Dates and costs are subject to change. All prices are in US dollars. Contact us for more details.

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HOW TO APPLY FOR AN INTENSIVE ENGLISH PROGRAM AT FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY

All the application process is online. Follow the instructions below

Steps to apply for a program

  • 1. Application Process
  • 2. Acceptance Process
  • 3. Visa Processing
  • 4. Payment
  • 5. Classes start!

1. Application Process

Documents must be sent to

Documents needed to apply


1. Application Form

Download and complete the application form. Do not forget to sign the form.

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2. Passport Copy

Clear Copy of the identification page of your passport. The passport must be valid for 6 months after the first day of classes.


3. Financial Verification

Bank letter or bank statement that shows that you or your sponsor have at least the "Estimated Total Expense" of the program. Amounts can be in US dollars or your local currency.

The estimated total expense is an estimate made by the university that includes tuition fees, and an estimate of what you might spend in medical insurance, housing, meals, books and supplies. Flight tickets are not included in this estimation.

The bank document must show at least the following amount per program:

  • Full session of 12 or 14 weeks: USD$13,000

4. Application Fee

Non-refundable application fee of $150 dollars paid to the The English Language Institute. After receiving confirmation from one of our representatives, you must pay the application fee online, following the instructions provided. There's also an optional US$65 express mail fee, in case you want for the school to send your Form I-20 via express mail.


Send your application documents

A representative needs to review all your documents are correct.

Your application documents must be sent to

*If you are a US resident or a transfer student from another US school, please contact us for more details. The application process is different.

2. Acceptance Process

After we have received all your application documents and you have paid the application fee, you will be contacted by the admission office within 2 weeks.

If you are applying for a full-time program, you will need an F-1 student visa. After you have been accepted in the program, the admission office will send you the acceptance documents plus the form I-20, needed to apply for the F-1 student visa.

3. Visa Processing

Please check with us what type of visa you need, depending on the program you are interested in.
  • If the program you are applying for is a full-time program (18hrs/week or more), you will need the F-1 student visa. With an F-1 visa you can extend your stay in the United States as long as you continue studying.
  • If your program is less than 18 hours a week, you will have to travel to the U.S. as a tourist with a B1/B2 tourist visa or visa waiver ESTA. As a tourist, you can only stay in the U.S. the time period your tourist visa allows, since your main purpose in the U.S. should be tourism.

Please check the website of the U.S. embassy of your country to see the steps you need to apply for a visa.

Generally, for a F-1 student visa, students must do the following:

  • Complete the DS-160 form
  • Schedule an appointment at the U.S. embassy
  • Pay for the F-1 student visa (approx. US$160, depending on country)
  • Pay for the SEVIS Fee (approx. US$350): https://www.fmjfee.com/i901fee/index.html
  • Go to the embassy on the scheduled day

You must confirm these steps on the website of the U.S. embassy in your country. You can look for your nearest U.S. embassy here: http://www.usembassy.gov/

4. Payment

The payment must be made at registration, once you arrive at FIU. This can be done via cashier's check, money order or credit card. Cash or personal checks are not accepted.

5. Arrival to School

You should arrive before the program start date, to take the placement test and attend the orientation, in which they receive their schedule and a welcoming package with different information about the program. On your admission letter you can find more information about the orientation and the initial placement test. On the first day at school you should bring your passport, F-1 student visa, I-20 and proof of immunization for MMR (measles, mumps and rubella). Proof of Hepatitis B and Meningococcal Meningitis vaccines are also required.

Important: We suggest you to apply at least 2 months in advance.

ACTIVITIES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

You will be able to participate in several activities during the program

SOCIAL, CULTURAL AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES IN MIAMI AND ACTIVITIES AT FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY

Most of the activities are free!

ONE OF THE BEST WAYS TO KEEP IMPROVING YOUR ENGLISH OUTSIDE OF CLASSROOM IS BY PARTICIPATING IN SOCIAL, CULTURAL, SPORT AND OTHER ACTIVITIES OFFERED BY FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY.

International students can participate in activities as:

  • Joining student organizations
  • Community service events
  • Trips to local tourist spots
  • Using sport on-campus facilities
  • On-campus cultural activities

Students from the Intensive English Program can join different student organizations, in which they can meet people with similar interests; participate in community service events to interact with the native speakers; use the top-quality sport facilities inside the FIU campus; join on-campus cultural activities organized by the school; or go on trips to local tourist attraction with their classmates. All of these are wonderful opportunities to practice your English outside the classroom and continue improving even when you're not actively studying.

Information about the city of Miami, Florida

Miami is located on the Atlantic coast in southeastern Florida and is one of the most popular cities in the world, partly thanks to its many tourist attractions and wonderful beaches.

The weather in Miami is warm all year around and usually very hot and humid during the summer months. Outdoor sports and swimming are practiced during all seasons, so be sure to take your swimming suit and plenty of cool clothing with you.

There are numerous activities to do in this amazing city, so it's a great opportunity for students to learn about American culture, practice English, and network outside the classroom, by interacting with other students and with the local community.

Miami city is also a major center and a leader in finance, commerce, culture, media, entertainment, the arts, and international trade, so regardless of your area of specialization, you'll be able to meet other professionals and make new friends and partners.

Some of the tourist attractions you can visit in the Greater Miami area are:

  • The Art Deco Historic District in Miami Beach
  • South Beach
  • Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
  • Everglades National Park
  • Bayside Marketplace
  • Little Havana and Calle Ochoa
  • Zoo Miami
  • Key Biscayne
The city of Miami is an excellent option for studyng English as a second language

Information about Florida International University

Florida International University(FIU) is a public university located in Greater Miami, Florida.

FIU is the largest university in South Florida, and the 7th-largest in the United States. FIU has more than 50,000 students each year, including 14,000 graduate students, and 3,000 full-time faculty with over 180,000 alumni around the world.

As Miami's first and only public research university, offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral Degree Programs, FIU is worlds ahead in its service to the academic and local community.

Designated as a top-tier research institution, FIU emphasizes research as a major component in it's mission.

Some facts about FIU are:

  • Founded in 1972
  • 2 campuses and 4 different locations in total
  • 11 different schools and colleges
  • A diverse student body composed of people from all over the world
  • Located near numerous tourist attractions around Miami
Main campus of FIU is located in Miami in El Doral area

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HOUSING IN MIAMI

Most common housing options for FIU international students in Miami

STUDENTS FROM THE INTENSIVE ENGLISH PROGRAM AT FIU HAVE 2 MAIN HOUSING OPTIONS:

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  • Dormitories on Campus
  • Apartments off campus

Dormitories On Campus

Living on campus is ideal for those who want to share with others, meet other students from the U.S. and all over the world and live the University atmosphere of Florida International University.

Students of this English Program will be living in an FIU dormitory building, sharing a room with other students from all over the world and American students taking regular University Classes. Housing is subject to space availability so it is suggested that students apply for housing on campus as soon as possible. In order to place a request for on-campus housing, please fill out the ELI application form and complete the Housing Request section. Students requesting housing will need to pay the $20 ELI Housing Processing Fee.

Real University Experience living on FIU campus

  • Private room in a 3 or 4 bedroom apartment
  • A 5-minute walk to classes
  • Full kitchen
  • Shared bathroom
  • All Utilities included
  • Air-conditioning
  • Front desk 24/7
  • Wi-Fi and cable TV
  • Lounges for studying, socializing, and playing games
  • Laundry rooms accepting cash and credit cards
  • *meals are not included
example of room available for international students in FIU - English Course
12 weeks

SUMMER 2020

$2,940per semester
  • Private Beedroom (4-bedroom apartment)
  • Building: University Towers
14 weeks

FALL 2021

$3,850per semester
  • Private Beedroom (3-bedroom apartment)
  • Building: Everglades Hall
14 weeks

SPRING 2021

$3,850per semester
  • Private Beedroom (3-bedroom apartment)
  • Building: Everglades Hall
Attention! Apartments on campus are only available for students applying to a full-term program (14 or 12 weeks). Students must be at least 18 years old. FIU Housing is available on a first-come, first-served basis to all ELI students.

Apartments Off Campus

Students can look for their own place to live.

The following site can help you find housing off campus:

FINDING A PLACE TO LIVE, DEPENDS EXCLUSIVELY ON THE STUDENT.

There are many options available near the campus of the University. If the housing option is off campus, students must contact the housing provider directly.

FAQS

Do you have any question about studying English at FIU?

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT STUDYING ENGLISH IN FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY

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What is the English Language Institute at Florida International University?

The English Language Institute (ELI) at Florida International University was founded in 1978, and it has since offered English language programs for international students looking to immerse in American culture and improve their proficiency, with different purposes, including applying for higher-education institutions in the US and other English-speaking countries. Its Intensive full-time English program has an excelling faculty, who are experienced in ESL teaching, and a staff ready to help you and prepare exciting extracurricular activities for you to participate in, as a way to enhance your experience abroad and continue practicing your English skills outside the classroom.

Why should I study in Miami and enroll on the Intensive English Program at Florida International University?

Miami is a major economic and cultural center in Florida, and a place in which you can practice your English skills exploring a fascinating city, interacting with native speakers and networking with students and professionals from all over the world. Moreover, the Intensive English Program at Florida International University (FIU) is a prestigious English language course that has being training students since 1978.

I am not currently a student in my country. Can I still study English with an F-1 student visa at FIU?

Absolutely! You'll only need an F-1 student visa, which doesn't requiere for applicants to be students beforehand.

Does the English Language Institute (ELI) at Florida International University offer scholarships?

Yes. There is the World Scholarship Award, which covers tuition for a whole term, if you'll be progressing to levels 6 or 7. Other requirements include being in a full-time 14/12-week program prior to your application, maintaining an average GPA of 3.5 in your English program, showing proof of academic excellence (3.5 GPA) from previous schools, colleges and/or universities, and applying to one of FIU’s undergraduate or graduate degree or certificate programs.

Which are the different steps of the application process for the F-1 student visa to study English at FIU?

Please check with us what type of visa you need to take the program you are interested in.

  • All full-time programs in the U.S. require a F-1 student Visa. With an F-1 visa you can extend your stay in the United States as long as you continue studying.
  • Part-time programs (less than 18 hours a week) can be taken with a tourist visa or visa waiver ESTA. With a tourist visa, you can only stay in the U.S. the duration your tourist visa allows, since your main purpose in the U.S. should be tourism.

For a F-1 student visa, please apply as soon as you receive your acceptance documents (I-20 form). In some countries it can take several weeks to obtain a visa from the U.S. embassy after you have received admission from the Intensive English Program at Florida International University

You must confirm these steps on the website of the U.S. embassy in your country. You can look for your nearest U.S. embassy here: http://www.usembassy.gov/

Do the English language courses at FIU have any comments or reviews?

Every term, students from all over the world decide to learn English by enrolling on FIU's Intensive English Program, which gives them the opportunity to learn in a diverse college environment. On top of it, the English Language Institute at FIU has a great staff and a qualified faculty. This is why the Intensive English Program at FIU has great comments and reviews from their former students.

These English courses are taught in the campus of Florida International University?

Yes, classes are taught in Modesto Maidique Campus of Florida International University.

Are students given a certificate after completing these English courses at FIU?

Yes. Upon completion of the program, students are given a certificate and a transcript.

How is my English language proficiency assessed?

You'll take a placement test upon your arrival at FIU, and receive the results during orientation week, after which you're placed in a class with people of similar English language skills.

How many levels does the Intensive English program at FIU have?

There are eight different levels, from 0 to 7.

How many students are in each class?

The English courses at FIU have small class sizes, with around 6 to 15 students per class.

Do I have access to on-campus facilities and services at Florida International University?

Yes, you have open access to sport facilities, libraries, computer labs, etc. You can also join student organizations and participate in extracurricular activities.

What's the minimum age requirement for the English courses at FIU?

Students must be 16 years old or above at the beginning of the program. They must have also graduated from high school.

Do I need to submit English proficiency test scores or transcripts to enroll on the English courses at FIU?

No, there's no need for you to submit any exams or transcripts.

Can I use a tourist visa to learn English at Florida International University?

No, you can't. The Intensive English Program (IEP) at Fiu is a full-time program, so you'll need a student visa.

Is health insurance mandatory to study at FIU?

Yes, all students are required to have health insurance, which FIU can offer for an extra fee.

Are books included within the tuition fee?

No, students should consider around US$ 400 for books and supplies per session.

Do I have to pay an application fee to enroll on FIU's English courses?

Yes, you must pay a US$150 non-refundable application fee.

When is the program paid? Which payment methods can I use?

Remaining fees of the program are paid once you arrive at the FIU and payment methods include: cashier's check, money order or credit card. Cash or personal checks are not accepted.

Can I work and study English at the same time while I'm enrolled on the Intensive English Program at FIU?

You're allowed to work 20 hours per week inside the school campus. However, these positions are normally taken by undergraduate or graduate students from Florida International University, so jobs are limited.

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