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J-1 scholars who do not have a qualifying TOEFL score, or who have not earned a degree from an institution that teaches in English, must have an English proficiency video interview with UGA’s College of Education. Scholars who receive a score of A1 or A2 on the video interview are required to take one or more English classes after they arrive. According to UGA’s policy,
- The scholar will be required to enroll in English language classes through UGA’s Intensive English Program. This enrollment must begin as soon as is practical given the scholar’s dates of travel and must continue either for the duration of the scholar’s academic program or until the scholar has successfully completed the Level 3 class in the Intensive English Program.
This policy applies to scholars located on the main UGA campus in Athens as well as those located on other campuses like Griffin or Tifton. So that we can serve scholars on all campuses, the UGA Intensive English program offers two options, online courses and individual tutoring, that scholars can take to meet the English proficiency requirement.
Option 1: Online Course for Visiting Scholars
When and how does the class meet?
The class meets twice weekly online at a time that is convenient for most students though it may not be possible to find a time that is convenient for everyone! After you register for the course, the instructor will contact you to tell you how to access the online class. You will receive an invoice to pay for your course in the first week of class.
How much does the course cost?
The course costs $200 plus a $40 registration fee for 16 hours of class over 8 weeks. Students in the course will complete half a level in 8 weeks (half a semester).
How many courses do I have to take?
The number of courses you take depends on the class in which you are placed. To complete a whole level, scholars must take two 8-week courses. After scholars successfully complete a whole level (16 weeks of study), they can apply to be re-tested if they wish (and pay the required testing fee), or they can continue to take the course until they successfully complete level 3 as outlined by UGA’s policy.
How do I apply to take a course?
Click on the link below to fill out the registration form. After you have completed the form, you will be registered in the course. We will send you an invoice so that you can visit our website to pay for your course in the first week of class.
Option 2: Tutoring for Visiting Scholars
In addition to the online course, scholars can choose an individual tutoring option. Scholars can meet online with an IEP instructor for individual tutoring. 12 hours of tutoring will be considered equivalent to one 16-hour class. The cost for individual tutoring is $40 per hour, and scholars will need to pay for 12 sessions before beginning the tutoring. After completing 24 hours of tutoring (equivalent to a whole level of classes), scholars can apply to be re-tested if they wish (and pay the required testing fee), or they can continue to take the course until they successfully complete level 3 as outlined by UGA’s policy.
Other Courses for Visiting Scholars
Scholars often find that it is helpful to take English courses while they are staying in the United States, so many scholars whose English test places them above the A1 or A2 level choose to take classes in the Intensive English Program. Most of these classes meet face-to-face on the Athens campus. We usually offer the following courses at various levels:
- Reading and Writing (8 hours a week)
- Grammar (4 hours a week)
- Listening and Speaking (4 hours a week)
- Idiomatic Expressions (2 hours a week)
- Pronunciation (2 hours a week)
- Test Preparation (2 hours a week online)
If you would like to take one (or more) of these higher-level course, please complete the application below.
Thank you for your interest in the Intensive English Program. Please feel free to email us at email@example.com if you have any questions.