Student Services

 

 

Immigration
Information

American English College is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students. The following is a guide to support you in the F-1 student visa process for entry into the United States.

Please contact us if you have any other questions regarding your status.

F-1 Students

STEP 1: Apply to American English College

Complete and submit your application online to American English College. The non-refundable application fee is $160.

STEP 2: Form I-20

You will receive your Form I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant [F-1] Student Status) by mail.

Please verify that the following information is correct, and sign the Form I-20.

If you find a mistake, mark it and notify us immediately as you will need the error corrected. We will correct the mistake and send the corrected I-20 to you.

STEP 3: I-901 (SEVIS) Fee

Pay the I-901 (SEVIS) fee of $200 here. Failure to pay this will result in delays in your F-1 visa.

  • You will need your SEVIS number from your Form I-20.
  • Print the I-901 Fee Confirmation (receipt) and bring it with you to the visa interview.

American English College can also process your I-901 Fee on your behalf.

  • Please send payment of $220.00 to American English College; included is the charge of $20.00 for processing.
  • AEC will send the I-901 Fee Confirmation (receipt) to you along with your Form I-20.

STEP 4: F-1 Visa Application

Complete, and print a confirmation of the Form DS-160: NonImmigrant Visa Application.

Pay the visa application fee, and print the payment receipt for your records.

STEP 5: Visa Interview

Schedule your visa interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your country of permanent residence and follow their instructions to schedule an interview for your F-1 visa.

A list of U.S. Consulates and Embassies can be found at http://usembassy.state.gov

On the day of your visa interview, please bring the following:

  • Passport (must be valid for at least six months from your arrival date in the US)
  • One 2x2 inch passport photograph
  • Form I-20, provided by American English College and signed by student
  • Confirmation of Form DS-160: NonImmigrant Visa Application, and receipt of payment
  • Receipt of I-901 payment
  • Financial evidence that shows you have sufficient funds to cover all expenses (>$18,000.00)
    1. Any ONE of the following is acceptable:
      • Current personal bank statement
      • Affidavit of Support (Form I-134), and bank statement from the sponsor showing sufficient ability to cover the student’s expenses
      • Scholarship letter from your government
  • Transcripts and diplomas from previous institutions

You will need to declare your intent to study in the United States, show you will have proper housing, and is financially capable to support your educational costs.

STEP 6: Arrival in the United States

After you receive the F-1 visa, you can enter the U.S. up to 30 days before the starting date on your I-20, but no later than that date.

Please contact us immediately if you need to defer the starting date.

You have 7 days to report to American English College after arriving in the United States. During registration, be prepared to pay for tuition, medical insurance, and any other course materials.

Transfer Students

Are you currently studying in the US, and thinking about transferring to another English school, like American English College? Here is some information to make the transfer a little easier!

F-1 visa students currently studying at an English school in the United States are eligible to transfer schools if they choose. However, you must follow specific procedures to maintain your F1 status and successfully transfer your SEVIS record.

STEP 1: Apply to American English College

Complete and submit your application online to American English College. The application fee is $160.

Provide the following required documents to prepare your transfer:

  • Copy of your passport
  • Current Form I-20
  • Copy of U.S. F-1 visa
  • Completed AEC Transfer-in Form
  • Financial evidence that shows you have sufficient funds to cover all expenses (>$18,000.00)
    1. Any ONE of the following is acceptable:
      • Current personal bank statement
      • Affidavit of Support (Form I-134), and bank statement from the sponsor showing sufficient ability to cover the student’s expenses
      • Scholarship letter from your government
  • Transcripts and diplomas from previous institutions
  • Contact information from your current school

STEP 2: Tell Your Current School You Would Like to Transfer

Notify your current school's Designated School Official about your transfer request. Please also provide them the following:

  • Your AEC Acceptance Letter
  • AEC Transfer-In Form

Please Note! It's important to ask your current school about their transfer out process. We will also contact your current school to successfully transfer your I-20 record. Once your SEVIS record has been transferred to American English College, you must report to school and register for class prior to your start date.

STEP 3: New Form I-20

Once you have enrolled for class, you can pickup your new Form I-20 at the main office.

Applicants bringing Dependents

You will need to apply for an F-2 visa for any dependents who will stay in the U.S. with you.

As an F-2 spouse, you may not engage in full time study. If you wish to, you will also need to apply for an F-1 visa. An F-2 child may only engage in full time elementary or secondary school (kindergarten through twelfth grade) study.

When applying for an F-2 visa, the student will need to provide the following documents and payment for issuance of the F-2 Form I-20:

  • Completed F-2 Application Form. Non-Refundable F-2 Processing Fee of $160 per dependent.
  • Copy of Dependent’s Passport
  • Proof of the student’s relationship to his/her spouse and/or children
    (e.g. marriage and birth certificates.)
  • Financial evidence that shows you have sufficient funds to cover all expenses for yourself and your dependents

It is preferred that families apply for F-1 and F-2 visas at the same time. If the spouse and children must apply at a later time, they should bring a copy of the F-1 holder’s passport and visa, along with all other required documents with them to the visa interview.

Airport
Pickup

American English College provides airport pick-up and drop-off to the following destinations:

  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), or other local L.A. airports
  • American English College campuses
  • Your arranged accommodation

Requests can be made at the submittal of your application, or 5 business days prior to your arrival. To arrange for this service, please complete the form in the link below. The fee for airport pick-up and drop-off is $75 each way.

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Housing

American English College can provide and find you reliable and safe housing that’s tailored to your preferences through homestay and private housing.

 

Homestay: A unique opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the culture, and practice English outside of class through living with an American host family. All host families and rooms undergo a thorough inspection prior to approval, guaranteeing our students are comfortable and safe. We carefully match each student with a suitable family to provided a home away from home during their time at AEC.

  • Homestay Processing Fee
  • Placement Fee $200
  • Security Deposit (Refundable) $200
  • Homestay Options (choose one) Fee
  • Private Room Only $775 - $850
  • Private Room with Meals (Breakfast and Dinner) $950 - $1,300

Private Housing: We can provide housing assistance with finding and renting an apartment, or staying in a local hotel.

  • Private Housing Processing Fee
  • Assistance and Processing Fee $200
  • Private Housing Options (choose one) Fee
  • Local hotel Approx. $125 / day
  • Local apartment Approx. $1500 / month

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Health
Insurance

We recommend all students to purchase health insurance while studying in the United States. Having health coverage will help protect you from high, unexpected costs while ensuring quality and affordable medical assistance when necessary.

Upon registration, students can purchase health insurance at American English College. Students who do not wish to purchase health insurance are required to provide proof of medical evidence from a third party and sign a health insurance waiver.

Health insurance pricing will vary by age – starting at $95 per month. For exact pricing, please contact your Student Advisor.

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Academic
Advising

At American English College, we want our students to build a meaningful academic foundation during their time here. All students are empowered to take responsibility for their future, and during this journey we provide personalized attention and support to help them achieve their career and life goals.

Our student advisors have extensive knowledge about education programs in the United States, and have strong partnerships with leading U.S. colleges and universities. This provides our students with guidance and various educational options when seeking a program specific to their needs. It is our intention to shape extraordinary individuals by offering the academic excellence and personal growth necessary to become a global leader.

Explore our programs and see how you can begin your journey today.

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Private Lessons

Maximize your language training with one-on-one private lessons, for students across all levels of English, from beginner to advanced.

  • Flexible schedule
  • Receive undivided attention from your instructor
  • Tailor the course to improve skills you want, and at your own pace
  • Available at the Monterey Park and Rowland Heights Campus

Please contact us for more details.

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Contact

Main Campus

111 N. Atlantic Blvd., Suite 112 Monterey Park, CA 91754
Tel: (626) 457-2800 Fax: (626) 457-2808 Email: info@aec.edu
Campus Hours: Mon-Fri, 9AM-6PM
Sat: 9AM-1PM
Online Hours: 24/7
 

Branch Campus

18888 Labin Court, Suite B211 Rowland Heights, CA 91748
Tel: (626) 820-9138 Fax: (626) 820-9160 Email: info.rh@aec.edu
Campus Hours: Mon-Fri, 9AM-5:30PM Online Hours: 24/7
 
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