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Frequently asked Questions

How is Hilo, is it good place to live and study?

The Island of Hawai段 is beautiful, lush, and green. Hilo is a safe and quiet town which is great for studying. Enjoy the friendly and relaxing town of Hilo, Hawai段! 

Where can I find more information about the Island of Hawai段?

Check the Hawaii Tourism Authority to learn more about Hawai段. http://www.gohawaii.com/big-island

My English level is really low. Can I enroll in the IEP?

Of course you can. The IEP has 4 levels (depending on total enrollment) and we will find the right class for you.

What is the difference between a full time student and a part time student?

When you come to the IEP as a full time student, on an F1 (Student) visa, you are required to study fulltime, that means at least 18 hours a week.

The IEP has 3 core classes, Writing & Grammar, Reading & Vocabulary, and, Listening & Speaking. You must take all 3 of these classes to maintain your F1 visa.

Part-time students are people who take only 1 or 2 of our classes. You can be a part-time student if you are a permanent resident (Green Card holder) or a US Citizen.

People on a tourist visa (B2) may also take classes at the IEP on a part-time basis.

What is an I-20?

I-20 is a document issued by a college, university or a language school. The I-20 is a very important document showing that you have permission to stay in the US to study as a full time student. You will need this I-20 to apply for your student visa.

How do I get my student visa?

Once you have submitted the application documents to the IEP and have been accepted, you will receive your acceptance packet and I-20 in the mail. The acceptance packet gives you full instructions on how to apply for your visa. Contact the US Embassy/Consulate nearest you in your home country to make an appointment for your visa interview.

For more information about the visa application process visit:

http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1268.html.

What do I need to go to Hawai段 Community College?
You need at least 61 iBT (500 paper-based) TOEFL score to apply to Hawai段 Community College. If you finish the IEP, you do not need a TOEFL score to go to Hawai段 Community College.

What is a TOEFL Test?

The TOEFL, Test of English as a Foreign Language, is a test that many colleges and universities in English speaking countries require for admission for the international students. For more information about the TOEFL, click here.

When should I start my studies at the IEP if I want to go to Hawai段 Community College?

It depends on your English level but the average is about 3 sessions to 6 months to finish the IEP.Semesters at Hawai段 Community College start in January and August. So you may want to come at least 6 months before the semester begins at the college. Please click here to see the progression.

When do I pay the tuition?

You will pay for the tuition a week before the class starts during orientation. You can pay by cash, travelers checks, or credit card. IEP staff will help you pay for your tuition.


Can I work while I am in the US?

IEP students are not allowed to work on or off campus because the IEP is a non-credit program.

If you enter Hawaii Community College as a credit student, you are allowed to work on campus for up to 20 hours per week.

 


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