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F1 Intensive ESL

English as a Second Language

English has become a vital tool for staying competitive in the modern, globalized world. UCEDA INTERNATIONAL offers a wide array of courses in English as a Second Language to students at all levels, including Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, and our own college-preparation levels that we refer to as Advanced Plus.

The day you arrive at UCEDA you will be given a placement test which will identify your exact level of English proficiency. Following placement testing, you will meet with an Academic Advisor who will help you to create a personalized course schedule based on your level of English, your individual goals and availability. Placement testing is free, so don’t wait any longer – a new life is on the horizon!

Intensive English Programs

UCEDA INTERNATIONAL courses are offered as Intensive English Programs in order to help students obtain a firm mastery of the language in a time frame that may be condensed according to individual needs. Intensive English Programs (IEP) consist of 18 instructional hours per week. Premium and Compressed IEP options are also available, which can include up to 20 hours per week.

For your convenience, each instructional site offers multiple schedules in the mornings and evenings. Most classes meet 5 days per week (MON-FRI), although some locations may also offer 4-day classes. Workshop classes, lasting only one hour each, are also held 3 days per week by an instructor who tailors the material to the individual needs of students in attendance.

The following are some typical examples of schedules offered:

5-Day Early Morning IEP 4-Day Morning IEP
MON-FRI 8:00AM to 11:00AM MON-THU 8:00AM to 12:30PM
CONV 3x/wk 11:00AM to 12:00PM
5-Day Late Morning IEP 4 Day Evening IEP*
MON-FRI 9:30AM to 12:30PM MON-FRI 5:30PM to 10:00PM
CONV 3x/wk 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
5-Day Early Evening IEP 5-Day Premium IEP*
MON-FRI 5:30PM to 8:30PM MON-FRI 9:30AM to 1:30PM
CONV 3x/wk 8:30PM to 9:30PM
5-Day Late Evening IEP 3-Day Compressed IEP*
MON-FRI 7:00PM to 10:00PM MON-WED 8:00AM to 2:30PM
CONV 3x/wk 6:00PM to 7:00PM *Available at select locations. Premium and
Compressed IEP carry an additional cost.

UCEDA INTERNATIONAL students begin classes on the first Monday of each month. Each course is 12-16 weeks in duration, depending on the level. The entire program duration may range between 3 months for a single course, or up to 12 months or longer for multi-course programs. It is important to note that the rate of language development may vary according to the learner’s educational background, first language, learning style, cognitive style, and other factors. Therefore, students and financial sponsors should understand that UCEDA INTERNATIONAL does not set strict time limits on the length of English studies.In addition to the schedules listed above, FREE TUTORING sessions are also available to all students who wish to participate. Before or after class, feel free to meet with a specialized tutor for help catching up on homework or maybe just to practice conversation. What you practice is up to you!

Calendar

Classes are held year-round with few exceptions. The school will be closed for the following holidays:

Memorial Day: Last Monday in May
Independence Day: July 4
Thanksgiving Day: Fourth Thursday in November
Winter Break: Final two weeks of each year, covering December 25 through January 1 (exact dates announced yearly with minimum 60 days notice)

Admission Policy

UCEDA International offers intensive and semi-intensive English language training for foreign-born adults. To be admitted, students must meet the following minimum criteria:
1. Be at least 18 years of age (or at least 16 years of age having terminated high school and obtained parental consent)
2. Have current or former permanent residence in a country or region where English is not the predominant language
3. Have a basic understanding of the English or Latin alphabet.
4. Demonstrate a communicative deficiency in English speaking, reading, writing, or listening skills relative to one’s stated goals
5. Be willing and able to attend either full-time classroom instruction (18 hours per week minimum, required for F1 visa students) or part-time classroom instruction (3 to 6 hours per week minimum)
6. Possess or demonstrate eligibility for a nonimmigrant visa category which requires or allows either full-time or part-time language study.
7. Satisfy eligibility requirements for issuance of Form I-20 (required for F-1 visa students only)

UCEDA International does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or genetic information.

To apply to be admitted to UCEDA International, please complete the online Application Form. An international advisor will review your information to pre-qualify you for enrollment. There is no charge for this initial review and consultation.

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