Intensive ESL Program

  • Intensive ESL Application and Registration Process

    We welcome your interest in applying to the Intensive English Language Institute’s Intensive ESL Program at Worcester State University. The first step you need to take in our application process is to make sure you meet each of the following criteria:

    • You must be at least 16 years old (some exceptions made with permission of the director).
    • You must be a high school graduate.
    • You must be able to prove that you have or your sponsor has the funds to pay for your tuition, fees, and living arrangements while you are studying in the IELI program.
  • How to Apply for Student Visa (F1) Applicants
    1. Complete the application form. You can also request an application by contacting us.
    2. Complete your Affidavit of Financial Support Form. You must send a scanned copy or the original.

      It will help you to have 2 sets of originals of your Affidavit of Financial Support Form and your bank statements. One set goes with your application to Worcester State University. The other set of documents you keep and take with you to your appointment with the U.S. Consulate for your visa.

      Part I and II: Completed by you or your sponsor (Part II: Check box for IELI)
      Part III: Completed by your sponsor (or you if you are paying for yourself)
      Part IV: Completed by your sponsor's bank or financial institution with the institution's official seal or stamp. A letter from the bank indicating availability of the necessary funds is also sufficient.
    3. Provide your educational credentials (copy of your high school diploma or transcript or college/university diploma or transcript) along with an English translation.
    4. Pay the application fee. Worcester State University requires a non-refundable application and tuition deposit of $150 USD. If you are accepted into IELI, $100 USD of your fee will be applied toward your tuition payment. Payments can be made by check, money order, traveler's check (payable to Worcester State University), or credit card (MasterCard, VISA, American Express, or Discover).
    5. You must provide a copy of the photo page of your passport.
    6. Complete the Worcester State University Health and Immunization Form in your country. Before you come to the U.S, scan it and email it to before you come to the United States.
    7. If you are a transfer applicant, you must send a copy of your I-20 along with your application.
    8. Submit your completed documents.

      Mail all of your documents to:

      Intensive English Language Institute
      Worcester State University
      486 Chandler Street
      Worcester, MA, 01602-2597

      Or scan and email your documents to No photos of forms will be accepted.

    Note: the Intensive ESL Program registration form differs from the Community ESL Class registration form.

    After You Apply for Student Visa (F1) Applicants
    1. When your documents and application fee are received, they will be reviewed to make sure all necessary information and supporting documents are included.
      • If your information is incomplete, your application will be put on hold and you will be notified of the missing information.
      • If your application is complete, you will be accepted into the program within 48 hours. Your documents will be sent to the Worcester State University International Programs Office.
    2. There are several ways you can choose to receive your acceptance letter and I-20. Please note your choice on the application (page one, Part IV). Choose the way you want to receive your documents:
      • Sent internationally or in the United States by express mail. You will need to include the fee.
      • Picked up by your local contact. On the application, you will need to complete Section 3, “Waiver of Confidential Information,” and in Section 4, “Visa Information,” you will need to check the box that says “My proxy will pick up my I-20.”
    3. You will need to report to both Worcester State University’s International Programs Office (Student Center, Office 320) and IELI within 30 days of your arrival in the United States. Not reporting to your school after your arrival can result in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement canceling your visa status. Be prepared to present your passport, I-20, proof of health insurance, Worcester State University Medical Form, and the balance of your tuition upon arrival. (See Medical Requirements for more information.)
    How to Register for Non-F1 Visa Students and Returning Students

    If you are a returning IELI student or a prospective non-F1 visa student and want to sign up for our Intensive ESL classes, you can register for classes held 1 to 5 days per week. All you need to do is complete the Registration Form and submit it with payment information using one of these options:

    • Scan and email it to
    • Mail it to Sandra Medina-Vázquez at Worcester State University, 486 Chandler Street Worcester, MA 01602.
    • Fax it to 508-929-8100.
    • Come into our office in the Shaughnessy Administration Building, 4th floor, on the Worcester State campus.

    Note: the Intensive ESL Program registration form differs from the Community ESL Class registration form.