What is an International Student?
International students are students who have been issued an F visa to study full-time in the United States.
What will I study as an International Student at BEI?
Students with an F1 visa will study in the 20 hour/week Intensive English Program (IEP). The IEP focuses on all areas of the English language: grammar, reading, writing, listening, speaking, vocabulary/idioms, and American customs and culture.
How do BEI’s levels compare to international English standards?
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How many students are in each class?
Class size is 6-16 students.
What are the qualifications of the instructors?
All of our instructors are Native-English Speakers. In addition, all instructors must be experienced at teaching the English language. Minimum education requirements are a Bachelor’s Degree, although most of our teachers also have Masters Degrees, and/or English teaching certification, such as CELTA and TESOL.
Can I travel while I study at your school?
For vacation in the USA, students must first complete 28 weeks (4 levels) of instruction.
For extenuating circumstances, students may take a temporary leave of absence outside the USA if needed.
Where will I live while I study at BEI?
There are many options available for housing in Houston. BEI is located in the exciting Galleria district. Most students choose to live in nearby apartments with family or friends. However, if you would like to live with a local Houston family, Homestays are a great option. www.homestayhouston.com
Do you offer International Student health insurance?
No. We allow our students to choose which plan best suits their needs. Many plans are as low as $50/month. Health insurance is mandatory for all F1 students.
Does BEI offer Conditional Admission?
No. I-20s can only be issued when a student has met all obligations for admissions. BEI does work very closely with several universities that will waive TOEFL or IELTS scores in lieu of completing BEIs highest level to demonstrate English proficiency.
My family wants to come visit me in the USA while I study. Is that okay?
Yes. However, keep in mind that you are still required to maintain your status. Therefore, it is better to plan family visits during your approved vacation time after you have completed 4 levels.
After I finish my studies, can I travel in the USA?
Level 8 graduates who complete the program are granted a 60 day grace period from the date of graduation before leaving the USA.
How do I request an I-20?
In-person: Schedule a visit to meet our International Student Advisor, Monday through Friday, 8:00-5:00 pm.
E-mail: Send an e-mail request to our International Student Advisor, firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the deadline to apply for acceptance?
BEI offers open-enrollment. There are no deadlines, as there are 14 start dates per year.
My passport will expire soon. Is that okay?
Your passport must have 6 months validity left before expiration when applying for an F1 visa.
What financial support do I need to apply for an I-20?
In order to apply for an I-20, applicants must submit the last 3 months history of bank statements. If using a sponsor, the sponsor must write a Support Letter. For bank accounts in the USA, the sponsor will also need to complete Form I-134.
How much do I need for my financial support?
For one applicant, the funding amount for the total program (16 months) must be at minimum $26,000 USD. If there are any dependents associated with the I-20, then the funding amount increases.
After I turn in all of my documents, when will I receive my I-20 package?
Our team will check to make sure you have submitted all documents. If everything is accurate, you can expect the I-20 to be ready for pick-up within 2-3 business days.
How will BEI send my I-20 to me?
You may request a friend/family member to pick-up your I-20 from our office, or you may request BEI to mail the package to you for a $120 fee. BEI uses DHL.