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Intensive English Program

Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. How do I apply?
    Degree-seeking students can apply online or download an application and mail it in.
  2. Can I apply online?
    Yes. See question 1.

  3. Do I have to mail my application or can I fax it? Where do I send my application?
    If you fill out a paper application, mail the application to:
    USI Admissions Office
    8600 University Blvd.
    Evansville, IN 47712

  4. What should I include when I apply?
    Along with a completed application, you should include:
    • a copy of a passport for you and your dependents if you bring any
    • original, official transcripts from all secondary schools and English translations
    • a certified bank statement
    • a completed Statement of Finances form

  5. Do I have to get a visa?
    Yes. Generally, a citizen of a foreign country who wishes to enter the United States must first obtain a visa, either a nonimmigrant visa for temporary stay, or an immigrant visa for permanent residence.

    You must have a student visa to study in the United States. Your course of study and the type of school you plan to attend determine whether you need an F-1 visa or an M-1 visa.

    See Immigration Regulations for more details.

  6. How do I apply for a visa? Will someone help me get a visa?
    After you receive an I-20 form from the University of Southern Indiana, follow the U.S. Embassy/Consulate’s instructions to schedule an interview for your F-1 student visa. It is important to apply for your student visa as far in advance as possible. Many consulates recommend that appointments be made no more than 90 days from the intended date of travel, but some can make earlier arrangements for interviews.

    You can find more information on the U.S. Department of State's Student Visa page.

  7. How long does it take to get a visa?
    Wait times for interview appointments vary by location, season, and visa category, so you should apply for your visa early.

  8. Do I need to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score to be admitted?
    A TOEFL or IELTS score are not required to be admitted to the Intensive English Program. TOEFL preparation classes are offered beginning in Level 5 and 6. To be admitted directly to the university you would need an ibtTOEFL score of 71 and IELTS score of 6. If you are a graduate student, please check the requirements for your major of interest.


  1. What is the cost?
    See the IEP Cost page.

  2. Is financial aid available for tuition?

  3. How do I set up a bank account?
    There are several banks in Evansville where you can set your bank account. During orientation we have a representative from Fifth Third Bank on campus helping students set up accounts. Once you come here we will help you with this process. Fifth Third, Old National, and Evansville Teachers Federal Credit Union all offer ATMs on campus.

  4. When should I pay for classes?
    Payments for room and meal plan are placed on your overall University bill and are due when tuition and other charges are due, usually the third week of classes.

    Housing and meal plan charges will be listed separately on your bill. Housing pre-payments of $200 are due at the time you sign your housing contract, or the contract will be inactive.

    Most students establish a checking account and access their money with a debit card or check. The only credit card accepted for any USI payment is MasterCard, but you also may wire transfer your payments through the quick and easy online system at Peer Transfer System, pay online with an e-check, or submit an actual check to the Bursar’s Office. If you pay your bill with a credit or debit card, you will be charged a 2.70 percent convenience fee to cover the cost of processing the transaction.


  1. Is housing available?
    Yes. Fill out an application.

    An important part of the college experience revolves around living on campus. USI’s modern student housing is comfortable, convenient, and loaded with benefits and amenities. By living on campus, you are always close to academic buildings, Rice Library, the Recreation, Fitness, and Wellness Center, campus activities and events, campus dining options, and the USI shuttle bus.

    USI Housing and Residence Life features:
    • Fully furnished suite-style residence halls for freshman students only
    • Fully furnished apartment-style housing available to students of all grade levels
    • Living-learning communities
    • Live-in, on-call staff
    • Laundry facilities

    Private Bedrooms
    Private bedrooms are available to students at a higher cost. These rooms are for one person and include one twin bed, a private bathroom, and additional amenities. These rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Payments for room and meal plan are placed on your overall University bill and are due when tuition and other charges are due. Housing and meal plan charges will be listed separately on your bill. Housing pre-payments of $200 are due at the time you sign your housing contract, or the contract will be inactive.

  2. What should I bring with me for housing?

  3. Do I need to reserve housing before I arrive there?


  1. When should I arrive?
    Please see the Before You Arrive page for more information.

  2. Will someone meet me at the airport when I arrive?
    Yes, someone can meet you at the airport, but you should complete the Arrival Information Form with the details of your arrival date and time.

  3. Is there public transportation?
    Yes. See the transportation schedule.

  4. Can I drive?
    All residents are allowed to have cars on campus. You will need international or American driving license. Find more information on the Transportation page.


  1. What are the courses offered in IEP?
    Courses offered at IEP include Reading, Writing Composition, Listening & Speaking, Intensive Skills, and TOEFL Preparation and English for Specific Purposes (ESP) courses at the higher levels.

  2. How long are the classes?
    All levels meet between 19-22 hours each week.

  3. How large are the classes?
    Classes are generally small, between 10 and 15 students, depending on the level.

  4. What is the average age of students in IEP?
    You need to be at least 18 years or above and/or hold a high school diploma. Special situations can be addressed.

  5. Where do students come from?
    Students in IEP come from all over the world: Brazil, Columbia, Ecuador, China, Japan, Indonesia, Ukraine, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan, and more.

  6. Do I need to take a placement test?
    Yes. A placement test will be administered to every new student to determine the appropriate level of instruction. We are using the CaMLA placement test.

  7. Do I need to pass a TOEFL exam to pass IEP?
    Only students who desire to pursue their Masters after finishing IEP are required to pass a TOEFL exam. Students interested in pursuing an undergraduate degree need to successfully complete the Intensive English Program.

  8. How long will I be in IEP?
    That depends on the placement test. Each session is 8 weeks. It takes approximately 12 to 15 months to complete the IEP from Level 1 to Level 6.

  9. Can I take university courses while attending IEP?
    Special situations can be discussed with the Director of IEP.

  10. Can I attend part time?
    Only if you have an F2 visa status. F1 and J1 Visas require that students must attend a full course of study during the academic year.

  11. Who are the teachers?
    The Intensive English Program consists of a full-time director and two full-time faculty with a minimum of master-level degrees and years of experience working with international students. Part-time faculty also has a minimum of master-level degrees and years of teaching experience in intensive English programs. Find out more about each of us on the Staff page.

General Questions

  1. What is the weather like in your community?
    Southwestern Indiana has four distinct seasons. Students should plan a wardrobe for changing seasons. The climate is humid with cool winters and warm summers.

  2. What is your city like?
    The City of Evansville, Indiana, was founded in 1812 on a scenic bend in the Ohio River. With a population of nearly 121,000 people in the city limits, and more than 300,000 people in the metropolitan area, Evansville is the third-largest city in Indiana. Evansville is the social and economic hub for our region, which includes Southwest Indiana, Southeast Illinois and Northwest Kentucky.

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