How To Apply: International Students
Forum welcomes students from all over the world with different levels of English proficiency who are interested in learning English for academic preparation. Forum works with students ages 16 and up.
Forum does not have application deadlines, but requires students to properly time their arrival to Forum so they can take the placement exam and undergo mandatory orientation at least two days before the first class. Out of country F-1 applicants are recommended to give themselves about two months in advance of the session would like to attend in order to have adequate preparation time to receive for the visa and plan their trip.
If an applicant is under eighteen years of age, he/she must obtain the signature of their guardian for all of Forum’s application forms.
Please follow the instructions below and join the Forum family today! All application forms are included at the bottom of this page.
Out of Country F-1 Applicants
In order to be admitted to Forum please provide the following:
Completed International Student Application Form
Copy of passport
$100 non-refundable application fee
Recent bank statement (no more than 60 days old) of the student or his/her sponsor demonstrating a minimum of U.S. $15,000. Add an additional $1,500 for each dependent (spouse or child accompanying you)
Sponsor Affidavit if the bank statement mentioned above is not in your name
If accepted, Forum will provide you with an acceptance letter via email. After receiving the acceptance email from Forum, please make a tuition deposit of at least $550 in order for Forum to issue you a Form I-20. This deposit is refundable if you are denied a student visa. Forum will charge a $75 non-refundable expedited shipping fee in order to mail you your I-20 as well as a formal acceptance letter.
Pay the I-901 SEVIS fee ($200) and print the receipt. You can make the payment here: https://fmjfee.com/
Set up an appointment with the U.S. embassy or consulate in your country and get your visa (make sure you take your I-20 and the receipt with you to the embassy or consulate).
Report to Forum upon entering the U.S. to take the placement test, attend initial orientation and register for classes!
F-1 Transfers to Forum
In order to be admitted, provide Forum with the same documents mentioned in Step 1 for Out of Country F-1 applicants as well as the $100 non-refundable application fee. In addition provide the following documentation:
Completed Part 1 of the International Transfer Form
A copy of the I-94 stamp in your passport
A copy of your passport and your F1 visa or Change of Status approval
Previous Form I-20
If accepted, Forum will provide you with an acceptance letter via email or in-person if you are in the state. After receiving the acceptance letter, you will need to make a tuition deposit of at least $550. Notify the DSO at your current school of your desire to transfer and work with them to set an appropriate release date (the date that Forum takes responsibility for your SEVIS record). Provide the school you are currently studying at with the following documentation:
Acceptance letter from Forum
Completed Part 1 of the International Student Transfer Form
Ensure the DSO at your current school provides Forum’s DSO with the completed Part 2 of the International Student Transfer Form.
Report to Forum to take the placement test, undergo orientation and register for classes at Forum within 15 days of the transfer release date. * Remember to request your I-20 from Forum once your classes begin.
** Note: Transfer students who live in the state and are able to apply in-person may have the opportunity to take the placement test during Step 1 of this process.
Policies Related to Registration
**Forum Intensive English Center is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students. For a full list of policies relating to international students please see the student handbook.
Enrollment Policy for International Students
Forum does not have application deadlines, but requires international students to properly time their arrival to Forum so they can take the placement exam and undergo mandatory orientation one day before the first class. Out of country F-1 applicants are recommended to give themselves about two months in advance of the session would like to attend in order to have adequate preparation time to receive for the visa and plan their trip. Students must pay the non-refundable application fee and make a tuition deposit prior to their arrival at Forum and will register for classes and pay for books upon their arrival. If an applicant is under eighteen years of age, he/she must obtain the signature of their guardian for all of Forum’s application forms.
The required $100 application fee and $75 non-refundable shipping fee are non-refundable. Tuition deposits are also not refundable if a student does not notify the Administrator of their cancellation at least 30 days before the start of class.
Late Enrollment Policy for Intensive English Program
Applicants can be admitted after classes begin in the Intensive English Program. If a student joins an Intensive course within two weeks of the first class day, he/she is responsible for paying the full tuition. Students joining after two weeks are eligible for prorated course tuition. Students cannot join an existing Intensive semester after 12 weeks. Intensive late enrollees must maintain 85% attendance from their class start date until the end of the course. Students who do not maintain 85% attendance will be subject to attendance probation. Intensive late enrollees must make-up the coursework and assessments that they missed and complete extra assignments in order to ensure that they understand the material previously covered. These students can request additional tutoring from their instructors if they need additional help understanding the material they missed. Late enrollees must get a 70% (C) in order to advance to the next level.
Terms and Conditions
Forum Intensive English Center reserves the right to determine classes, levels and schedules for all students. Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice. The required $100 application fee and $75 non-refundable shipping fee are non-refundable. Tuition deposits are also not refundable if a student does not notify the Administrator of their cancellation at least 30 days before the start of class.