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English Language Institute
PO Box 117051
315 Norman Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-7051
Phone: (352) 392-2070
Fax: (352) 392-3744
studyenglish@eli.ufl.edu


UCIEP, University and College Intensive English ProgramsThe ELI is a proud member of UCIEP, a consortium of University and College Intensive English Programs

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Application


  How much is the application fee?
  How do I apply?
 What do I need to do if transferring to the ELI from another school?
 What is required to apply?
 Do I need to have my diploma/transcripts translated or evaluated?
 How long does it take to get an I-20?
 How do I get a visa?
 Do you offer scholarships?
 Can I use a credit card or cash to pay for tuition?

Housing


  How do I get to the ELI from the Airport?
 What if I arrive and the ELI office is closed? Where can I stay?
 How can I find housing?
 How do I pay rent?

Academic and Cultural Orientation


 What will I do during orientation?
 Does the ELI provide health insurance?
 Is smoking allowed on UF campus?
 Do I have to buy a computer?

ELI Classes


 In which months does the program begin?
 How does the ELI decide my level??
 What classes will I take?
 Are TOEFL and GRE preparation courses available?

Activities


  What activities do you offer?
  Are the afternoon and weekend activities included in the program fee?

Admission to University of Florida


 Can I attend UF after the ELI?
  Does UF offer conditional admission?
  What are the required SAT, ACT, TOEFL, or GRE scores for admission to UF?
  Does UF offer scholarships or financial aid for international students?

Application

 How much is the application fee?

The non-refundable fee is $100 USD. The fee can be paid by money order, check or online with a credit card.  The non-refundable application fee for the spouse, sibling, parent, or child of a current UF student is $50.

 How do I apply?

The fastest, easiest way is to apply on-line at: https://www.eli.ufl.edu/apply/index.asp

 What do I need to do if transferring to the ELI from another school?

Go to your current international student advisor and request to transfer. Your advisor will obtain the correct form from our office. You must submit the required documents (see What is required to apply?). The ELI will contact your advisor to confirm the transfer date. We will mail an acceptance letter and acceptance packet to the address you provide. You may pick up your new I-20 at the ELI office when you arrive for the new semester.

 What is required to apply?

Please see: http://www.eli.ufl.edu/applicants/application.htm

1. $100 USD non-refundable application fee.
2. A completed application.
3. Copies of secondary school diploma or transcript.
4. Reaching age 17 before the first day of class. (If under 18, a parent or guardian must sign Waiver of Liability and Immunization Form).
5. Proof of financial responsibility for F-1 Visa holders.
6. Proof of immunization against measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR), and a negative tuberculosis skin test (PPD).

 Do I need to have my diploma/transcripts translated or evaluated?

You do not need to have your diploma or transcripts translated or evaluated for admission to UF ELI. However, you must have this done for the University of Florida, Santa Fe College, or any other college or university in the United States.

 How long does it take to get an I-20?

As soon as we receive all the required documents we will FedEx or DHL the I-20 to you. Depending on your location and FedEx or DHL services, the package should get to you in less than a week.

 How do I get a visa?

Make an appointment with the US Embassy or Consulate nearest you. Make sure you take a copy of every document you have sent us regarding your admissions. If you are applying for an F-1 visa be sure to have a receipt for payment of the SEVIS fee. Go to: www.fmjfee.com . Look at the website: http://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/students for complete details on embassies, requirements, interviews, and fees. You can also visit your closest educationUSA office for information on applying to or studying at a university in the USA. http://www.educationusa.state.gov

 Do you offer scholarships?

The ELI does not offer scholarships or financial aid for incoming students. We do offer two merit-based scholarships for students already attending. Please see: http://www.eli.ufl.edu/scholarships.htm for the description of the Jayne C. Harder Memorial Scholarship and the JC Casagrande Peace Scholarship.

 Can I use a credit card or cash to pay for tuition?

We accept a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express) online or in person.  We also accept traveler’s checks and money orders. We do not accept cash or personal checks.

Housing


 How do I get to Gainesville/ELI from the Airport?

The ELI does not provide airport transportation. Please check with your hotel for free shuttle service from the Gainesville airport. A bus is available from the Gainesville airport to UF campus (McCarty Hall) via downtown Gainesville on Monday through Friday at 7:25 to 10:25am and 3:25 to 6:25pm, and costs $1.50 USD to ride. (Bus #25, http://www.go-rts.com/). Google "Taxis Gainesville FL" to get a list of available companies.

 What if I arrive and the ELI office is closed? Where can I stay?

If you arrive early, especially during a holiday, the office will be closed and Gainesville will be very quiet! You must find your own hotel, and be sure to mention the University of Florida rate. If you know when you will be arriving, please call our office. We can help you find a good hotel. Here is a list of several nearby Gainesville hotels: http://www.eli.ufl.edu/applicants/listofhotels.htm .

 How can I find housing?

During the check-in week (WISE Week) we provide information about apartments and even take you to view student apartments and understand leases and utilities. During WISE Week! we also provide help with grocery shopping and bus transportation in Gainesville. You should expect to pay between $500-$700 USD per month for housing and utilities. Most student apartments have a private bedroom and bathroom, and a common living area and kitchen. You need to buy utensils, cookware and bedding. Private apartments for families are available. On-campus dormitories are not available. Find more information about housing here.

 How do I pay rent?

Most apartment complexes require full payment of rent by check or money order on or before the due date. Late payments usually incur late fees. Some complexes will take credit cards.The ELI will assist you in understanding all your lease requirements

Academic and Cultural Information

 What will I do during WISE Week!?

WISE Week is a busy time. WISE means Welcome & Information Seminars Extravaganza! You will attend a Check-in session to sign enrollment documents and Cultural and Academic Seminars. At these Seminars, you will receive information about the UF campus and life in Gainesville, insurance and health issues, transportation, shopping and entertainment. You will also take a placement exam, receive your class schedule, and meet your teachers and classmates!

 Does the ELI provide health insurance?

No. As an international student you are required to carry health insurance from your country or purchase it in the US. Your insurance must meet UF requirements. We will send an Insurance Verification Form, to be completed by an insurance representative, with your I-20 package. Several local Gainesville companies work with our students and understand their needs. Please see United Healthcare for more information.

 Is smoking allowed on UF campus?

No. UF is a tobacco-free campus, so if you smoke, you must leave campus to do so. UF has resources to help students quit smoking. You can find more information about those resources here.

 Do I have to buy a computer?

You do not have to purchase a computer. If you do get a laptop, UF has free wireless internet all over campus. As an ELI student you will have access to all UF computer labs and libraries. Downtown Gainesville also offers free wireless internet, and several restaurants and coffee shops, and public libraries in Gainesville provide wireless service.

ELI Classes

 In which months does the program begin?

You may start in January (Spring C), March (Spring B), May (Summer C), July (Summer B), August (Fall C) or October (Fall B). 

Spring C (January – April) and Fall C (August – December) are 14-week semesters.  Summer C (May – August) is 12 weeks. 

Spring B (March – April), Summer B (July – August) and Fall B (October – December) are 7 week-semesters. 

Please see: http://www.eli.ufl.edu/firsttime/calendar.htm for a calendar with starting and ending dates, tuition and other fees.

 How does the ELI decide my level?

During WISE Week you will take a placement exam. You will be tested on listening, grammar, and writing. You will be placed in the appropriate level for each skill.

 What classes will I take?

Full-time students must take 23 hours of class at the ELI. You will take Grammar (5 hours a week), Listening/Speaking (8 hours a week), Reading/Writing (10 hours a week). You may also take additional elective classes like Pronunciation, Business English, Grammar for Writing, TOEFL and IELTS depending on your level and when enrollment allows.

 Are there TOEFL, IELTS, and GRE preparation courses available?

Yes. These courses are electives offered each semester when enrollment allows. The GRE, IELTS and TOELF iBT courses are usually offered from 7:30 to 8:30am or from 5:00 to 7:00pm.

Activities

 What activities do you offer?

Afternoon and weekend activities are provided by the Cultural Immersion Program (CIP). Typical afternoon activities are sports, conversation over coffee, and movies. Weekend trips include kayaking, canoeing and swimming, in Florida’s beautiful springs, picnics and barbeques, paintball, Walt Disney World, Busch Gardens, Universal Studios, and trips to beautiful beaches! Another popular activity is Volunteer Day. ELI students can participate in volunteering activities in the Gainesville community. The CIP also arranges for students to have one-on-one conversation partners

 Are the afternoon and weekend activities included in the program fee?

Yes, all activities are covered in your tuition. However, park entrance fees (Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, etc.), some transportation fees, food, and souvenirs are not included.

Admission to University of Florida

 Can I attend UF after the ELI?

You may attend UF after the ELI.  However, admission to the ELI is NOT the same as admission to UF. You will not receive credit for the courses at the ELI. Please see UF Admissions for all admission requirements to the University of Florida. 

Santa Fe College will waive the TOEFL requirement for students who reach the advanced levels at the ELI. Graduating with an A.S. or A.A. degree from Santa Fe College or other Florida community colleges guarantees admission to a public university in Florida. Please see SFC Admissions for more information about admission requirements to Santa Fe College.

 Does UF offer conditional admission?

Typically for undergraduate courses, UF does not accept international students conditionally. Conditional admission is available on a departmental basis to the UF Graduate School. Students who exit the ELI do not have to submit English test scores to the Graduate School. Please see UF Graduate School for a list of UF departments which offer graduate degrees.

 What are the required SAT, ACT, TOEFL, or GRE scores for admission to  UF?

For undergraduate students, UF requires a combined score of at least 950 on the critical reading and mathematical reasoning sections of the SAT with a minimum score of 440 on each. On the ACT with writing test, a composite score of 19 is required with a minimum of 17 on the English subsection, a minimum of 19 on the math subsection and a minimum of 18 on the reading subsection.  [Average scores for UF Freshman:  High School GPA 4.0 – 4.4 (on a 4.0 scale), SAT 1210-1400, and ACT 26-31.]
For more information:   http://www.admissions.ufl.edu/ugrad/frqualify.html  

For graduate students, a TOEFL score of 550 (computer-based), or 80 iBT.  For all other graduate test score requirements (GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, etc.) students must contact the department directly.  Successful completion of the ELI may be substituted for UF’s TOEFL requirement on a departmental basis.
For more information:  http://www.admissions.ufl.edu/grad/gradcontacts.html

 Does UF offer scholarships or financial aid for international students?

UF does not offer any financial assistance for international undergraduates. Graduate departments may offer fellowships or scholarships, but you must contact the department directly to get specific information.

   
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