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Frequently Asked Questions

What does ECULA cost?
ECULA costs $5,900 per semester. The Fall and Spring semesters run 16 weeks, and the Summer semester runs 11 weeks. Students are in class a minimum of 20 hours per week. 

The amount above includes everything: tuition, books, health and accident insurance, student activity fees, laboratory fees, bus transportation fees, and campus recreation fees.

Housing and food are separate, additional expenses. In order to obtain the I-20 Certificate of Eligibility, students are required to prove they have available finances for housing and food. See the Confidential Financial Information Form for more information. 

How long is the program?
That depends on how good your English is when you enter, and how successful you are in classes. 

ECULA is a program of five levels:

  • Beginner
  • Elementary
  • Lower Intermediate
  • Upper Intermediate
  • Advanced

Each level takes one semester. When you enter the program, you are placed in the appropriate level according to your English proficiency. If you enter the program at the Advanced level, and pass the final exam, the program only takes one semester. 

Many students enter our program at a level lower than Advanced. Also, many students do not pass a certain level the first time they take it. 

Other schools look much cheaper. Why?
The ECULA fee is a total amount for all expenses for one 11- or 16-week semester, approximately 23 hours per week. These expenses include tuition, books, health and accident insurance, student activity fees, laboratory fees, bus transportation fees, and campus recreation fees. 

To compare ECULA costs to those of other schools, please take into account the total costs, the total amount of time in class, and the total amount of weeks.

Are there scholarships available?
Unfortunately, no scholarships are available to attend ECULA. Students are encouraged to research scholarship opportunities in their home countries. 

Can I work while I go to school?
Practically speaking, no. ECULA students attend classes full-time, offering very little time for students to work. Also, ECULA students are not eligible to participate in the U.S. government work-study program. 

Once a student completes ECULA and enters an ECU degree program, becoming an ECU student, he is eligible to participate in the U.S. government work-study program and work on the ECU campus. While the amount he may earn can help with living expenses, it is not enough to pay for full-time tuition. 

For more information, see the F-1 Employment Overview

Does ECULA offer an I-20?
Yes. After you complete the ECULA application, and submit all the required paperwork to study in the U.S., including the Confidential Financial Information Form, ECULA sends you the I-20 Certificate of Eligibility form by overnight mail. 

The U.S. government requires you to have an I-20 in order to apply for an F-1 student visa.

How do I get a visa?
F-1 student visas are issued by the U.S. government, not the school a student plans to attend. 

To get a visa to study in ECULA, you first need to apply, and submit all required paperwork to study in the U.S. When you have done that, ECULA sends you an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility form. Once you have this form, you can apply at your nearest U.S. Consulate for an F-1 visa.

Where can I live while studying at ECULA?
Students in ECULA are allowed to live wherever they want. Most students choose to live off campus, in one of the many apartment complexes near the ECU campus. However, students can also live on campus in an ECU residence hall. 

To search for apartments off campus, visit the Off Campus Housing site

To learn more about housing on campus, visit the ECU Campus Living site

I took English classes in another language program. Can you accept those in place of some or all ECULA classes?
It’s great that you studied English already. However, you should understand that each language program evaluates its own students in its own way. Additionally, each university has its own language requirements for admission to a degree program. 

ECULA cannot accept proof of study at another institution in place of attending ECULA classes.

However, if you studied at another institution, the English that you learned there can help you in ECULA classes, and can shorter the time it takes to go through the ECULA program.

What is the placement test for?
The placement test is used to determine which level you will be placed in when you enter ECULA. 

In addition to the placement test that students take as part of their application, ECULA also gives students another placement test when they arrive on campus. Students are further evaluated for proper placement during the first week of classes.