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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ( FAQ's )
  1. How do I apply for the I-20?
  2. How do I get a student visa?
  3. Who studies at English Links?
  4. How are students placed in a level?
  5. When do I know which level I am in?
  6. I was a student in English Links. Do I need to take the placement test again?
  7. Do the programs in English Links provide certificates?
  8. Will we use computers to learn English?
  9. What kind of training do the English Links Instructors have?
  10. What is the teaching method?
  11. How long are the semesters at English Links?
  12. Can I register for only one portion of the semester?

 

  1. How do I apply for the I-20?
    • Complete the I-20 application and sign it.
    • Provide the school proof of financial support from your sponsor.
    • Pay the I-20 processing and tuition commitment fee for one semester ($735.00).
    • Send copies of your school grades if you intend to apply to college in the U.S.
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  2. How do I get a student visa?
    • Have a passport with an expiration date of more than 5 months into the future.
    • Apply for the I-20 form and register for the semester you want to attend.
    • Contact the American Embassy and request an appointment for the F-1.
    • Prepare for a possible interview with an embassy official about your visa request.
    • Show the embassy official proof that you can pay for your educational and living expenses in the U.S.

      If your F-1 application is approved, you will be permitted to travel to the U.S. on a student visa.
      PLEASE NOTE: Once you enter the U.S. you must go to the school that accepted your admission request and begin your course of study there. You cannot attend a different school without permission from Immigration. It is a very serious violation!

      If your F-1 visa is denied, you may need to wait a few months before you can apply again. Ask the embassy official to give you a copy of his/her written decision so that you can read and understand the reason (s) for the denial. Contact the IELP Student Advisor if you need any help or advice. You can email your questions to
      Mikala Sakai
      Program Director
      CUNY in the Heights
      (212) 567-7132 (T) (212)567-7138 (F)

      Sorangel Saldana
      Executive Assistant/ Program Coordinator
      CUNY in the Heights
      (212) 567-7132 (T) (212)567-7138 (F)

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  3. Who studies at English Links (IELP)?

    We accept students, age 17 and above, from all backgrounds. We have intensive English week-day and Saturday classes.
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  4. How are students placed in a level? Do I need to take the TOEFL to enter English Links?

    Students are given a placement test when they register and bursar for the program. Based on the results of the test, students are placed in an appropriate level. The TOEFL is not required for any classes in English Links.
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  5. When do I know which level I am in?

    On the first day of class you will come to the office and find your class level and room number on a list.
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  6. I was a student in one of the English Links courses in the past. Do I need to take the placement test again?

    Students who were in the program the previous semester do not need to take a test. They will be placed in the class that the teacher recommended. All others have to take a test to determine their new level.
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  7. Do the programs in English Links provide certificates?

    Students who show satisfactory progress and attend 80% of the course will receive a certificate of achievement.
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  8. Will we use computers to learn English?

    Most of our teachers use computers as a part of their classes. In the lab, you will also practice your listening, speaking, grammar and pronunciation skills.
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  9. What kind of training do the English Language Instructors have?

    All English Links teachers have a master's degree in TESOL, English or a related field and several years of teaching experience. Many of our teachers have also taught and worked in other countries.
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  10. What is the teaching method?

    English Links has a curriculum created specifically for the needs of the students in the program. Teachers use a communicative approach to language teaching and teach skill areas including writing, reading, listening, speaking, pronunciation and grammar. In addition, teachers use novels and newspapers, field trips, research projects and other interactive activities. Classes are student-centered. Students are encouraged to be active in their learning while working collaboratively and cooperatively in pairs and small groups.
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  11. How long are the semesters at English Links?

    We offer 3 semesters at English Links, Fall, Spring and Summer. Each session lasts 10 weeks. Classes meet weekly, Monday through Friday for 20 hours of instruction. In order to maintain your F-1 status you must be enrolled full time. We also offer a part time program on Saturdays.
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  12. Can I register for only a portion of the semester? For example, is it possible to take classes for only 4 weeks if I do not want to study for the entire semester/session?

    No. English Links programs are designed for specific periods of time. In order to benefit from each semester and make significant progress, students are expected to arrive on time and complete the full program.
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CUNY in the Heights/Hostos Community College Address: 108 Cooper Street, New York,
New York 10034 · Phone: (212) 567-7132 · E-mail: cunyintheheights@hostos.cuny.edu