How to Apply
Students can apply by email after completing the ELC application and attaching supporting documentation.
With the application, the following must be sent:
- Application fee (a check or money order for US$50.00)
- ELC Financial Certificate or financial statement from the sponsor's bank with a specific amount of money on deposit to verify the sponsor's ability to pay expenses.
- A letter from the financial sponsor (parents, relatives, government, etc.) stating that the sponsor will guarantee payment of the student's living and education expenses during his or her stay in the United States. If the English Language Center's Financial Certificate form is completed, a separate letter and/or financial statement is not necessary.
- Courier service fee (a check or money order for US$35.00). Courier service is optional. International airmail will be used if the courier service fee is not paid.
If a student is transferring from another college or school within the U.S. he/she should send the Transfer-In Form for F-1 Visa Holders.
It is the applicant's responsibility to demonstrate that sufficient funding is available to meet all educational and living expenses for the duration of study. The English Language Center will issue an I-20 only after this form is completed, certified, and returned with the necessary supporting documents. You will also need copies of your financial documentation to prove to the U.S. consulate that you have sufficient funds, and should therefore make a copy of this form and all supporting documents. Download the Financial Certificate Form below.
The English Language Center must have an original financial certificate and supporting documents. Photocopies or faxes are not acceptable. If you have more than one sponsor, make a photocopy of this form for each sponsor before you have it completed.
Old Dominion University requires every F-1 student to purchase the ODU AETNA Student Health Insurance Policy. This insurance is mandatory. Medical costs in the U.S. are extremely high, and there are no government programs to cover expenses if an F-1 student needs to see a doctor or be hospitalized. Purchasing health insurance helps protect you against the high cost of health care and ensures that medical costs will not keep you from attending classes.
For more information on the ODU AETNA Student Health Insurance Policy, please click on the link below.
Students will need to purchase health insurance during the first week of classes.
Transferring from Another U.S. School to the ELC
If you plan to transfer from another U.S. school to the English Language Center,download and use the below form to notify your current school of your intent to transfer.
Upon receipt of your completed form, your current school will update your record in SEVIS as a "transfer out," indicating where you are going, and a transfer release date. You may not have any registration holds preventing your current school from processing your request.