Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Applying

Students must be at least 17 years old on the first day of their program. Some programs require that students be older than 17. If the student must be older than 17, it will be stated under "Requirements" for that specific program.

Yes, once you are in the United States we can assist you in extending your I-20 so that you may lengthen your study period.

No, full-time students must attend our programs on a student visa (unless the student is a US citizen, permanent resident, or has another similar situation).  

Please visit our Visa Information page.

Please visit our Apply page, and explore the useful resources on that page, including the Application Checklist. 

No, we do not offer conditional admission to Penn. If you are interested in studying in the US for your undergraduate or graduate degree, please check out our University Connection program.

Because you will need to include your $400 deposit by check or international postal money order, you will need to mail your application.

You can send your application to:

English Language Programs
110 Fisher Bennett Hall
3340 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
USA

Housing

There are many housing options for ELP students. Please check our housing page to learn about the different options.

Students are not required to stay in one of the housing options listed. Students can make other housing arrangements according to their preferences.

Paying and Money

Yes, it is University policy that all full-time students on F-1 or J-1 student visas must purchase the insurance through the ELP.

Students not on an F-1 or J-1 visa will need to provide proof of medical insurance.

During the Intensive Program, University Connection Program, and Global Citizen Study Abroad Program orientations, representatives from local banks will be available to help you set up a bank account.

Unfortunately, the ELP does not offer scholarships or financial aid. 

We recommend visiting EducationUSA to learn more about scholarships available for study in the United States.

You will need to submit a $90 enrollment fee and a $310 deposit along with your application. This amount will be credited toward your final bill. The remainder of the tution and fees will be due at the start of your program.

You will need to pay the initial $400 by check or international postal money order. The remainder of the tuition can be paid by wire transfer, check, money order, or cash.

Unfortunately, we do not accept credit cards.

 

Arrival

You will want to arrive in Philadelphia the day before your session begins.  

When you arrive in Philadelphia, you can go directly to your housing provider. Visit here for information about transportation from the Philadelphia International Airport.

The first day of the session, you will go to the ELP. Click here to view the ELP address and a map. 

On the first day, you only need to bring your passport and a pen or pencil. You will receive an orientation folder when you arrive that will provide you with information, a map, etc.

 

In the Intensive Program, University Connection program, and Global Citizen Study Abroad Program, you will have orientation for the first three days of your program. On the third day of orientation, you will receive your class schedule. 

For all other programs, you will receive your class schedule the first day of your program. 

Academics and Classroom

Classes typically have 8-14 students, with a maximum of 17 students.

We offer TOEFL preparation courses each session in the Intensive Program/University Connection Program. Students wishing to take the TOEFL test can register online to take the test at the Philadelphia Testing Center.

We have 8 levels ranging from 100 (minimal communicator) to 800 (advanced communicator) at the ELP.  Each of our levels corresponds to a range of proficiency levels within the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).  
 
CEFR equivalents are loosely equated with a range of TOEFL and IELTS scores.
 
 
 

We provide certificates of attendance to students who do not violate the attendance policy, as stated in the student handbook.

All students can request a transcript of their grades if they would also like record of the courses they took and the grades they received.

For the Intensive Program and University Connection Program, you will take a placement test in the morning on the first day of orientation. In the afternoon, you will learn which level you will be in, and you will choose classes.

Student Life

Yes, Penn students are involved in over 650 clubs and organizations, such as the Tai Kwon Do Club, Thai Students Association, and Penn Cycling Club. As an ELP student, you will be able to join many of these clubs.

ELP staff can help you learn more about how to get involved in student organizations on campus.

ELP students can always go to lectures that are open to the Penn community. Students who wish to go to closed lectures can email the professor to request permission to sit-in on a class.

As a Penn student, you will receive a Penn student ID card. The Penn Card will allow you to access Penn's many libraries, museums (Museum of Archeology and AnthropologyArthur Ross Gallery, Institute of Contemporary Art), computer labs, arboretum, and transit services. Students may also access Penn's recreation centers with an additional fee.

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Other

In order to get a driver's license, you must have an I-20 that extends at least 6 months into the future.

If your I-20 is for the appropriate length of time, you can go to the ELP Main Office to request a letter that you will need to take to the Social Security Card Center. With the letter from the ELP, you will be able to get a Social Security Number denial letter. You will need to take the Social Security Number denial letter, along with 2 forms of proof of residency, your immigration documents, and a medical exam DL-54A form, to the Driver's License Center. Once at the Driver's License Center, you will need to take three tests (vision, knowledge, and driving) to obtain a driver's license.

Please visit the ELP Main Office for more details.

Students on an F-1 visa may work part-time (up to 20 hours) on campus. However, ELP students need to compete with Penn university students for on-campus jobs. It therefore can be quite difficult for students to find on-campus jobs during their studies at ELP.

Watch the video below or learn more at ITA Testing and Training.