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Commonly Asked Questions


How many levels does the program have?

       Our program has 3 levels.

             090- High Beginning

             091- Intermediate

             092- Advanced

How long are the semesters in the English Language Program (ELP)?
The ELP offers two 16-week semesters (Fall & Spring) and a short 8 week summer session each year.
How big are the classes?
We take pride in having a small personal program. To make sure you receive a quality learning experience, we try to keep our classes no larger than 15 students. Most classes have about 10-12 students.
How many hours of English class will I have each week?
During the Spring and Fall semesters, a full-time student will have classes Monday through Thursday. Classes typically start at 9 a.m. and usually finish around 3 p.m.  You will receive approximately 20 hours of English each week.
Are there grades?
Yes. Students receive a grade of A, B, C, D, or F in each class.
How long will it take me to complete the program?
That depends on your level of English proficiency when you start. Some students are in the program for one semester while others take 3 semesters.
How do I exit the program?
Students in the 092 level take a proficiency exam to determine if they are ready to leave the program. The exam has three parts; a writing section (essay), a listening section, and a grammar, vocabulary & reading comprehension section.
Do I need to take the TOEFL to get admitted into the university?
No. If you successfully exit our program, you do not need a TOEFL score to be admitted for undergraduate studies at the university.

Applying to the English Language Program

How do I apply for an I-20/DS 2019?
The Georgia Southern University Office of International Programs and Services provides a detailed guide in “How to Apply for an I-20/DS 2019.
Do I need the Financial Document?
This is only required for students who are seeking an F-1 (student) visa to come and study in the United States. Legal permanent residents do not need this.
What does the Financial Document do?
This document must demonstrate that you or your guarantor have enough money to pay all of your educational and living expenses for at least one academic year. The amount must be more than $25,232.
If you are bringing dependents (children and/or spouse), an additional $3,586 USD per dependent must be documented.
My bank cannot provide a letter in English. What do I do?
If your bank cannot provide a letter in English, the original letter must be submitted along with an official translation.
Where do I send the documents?

You may email the documents to or send via mail to:

First Class Air Mail

English Language Program
Department of Writing and Linguistics                                                                    P.O. Box 8026
Statesboro, GA 30460     U.S.A.

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English Language Program                                                                                    Department of Writing and Linguistics                                                                    622 C.O.B.A. Drive                                                                                                        Statesboro, GA 30458              U.S.A.

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Is Statesboro a nice place to live?
Statesboro City HallYes, it is. Statesboro is a small and safe city with a total population of about 29,000. The city offers many community-centered activities that are hosted right on Georgia Southern’s campus. Learn more about the city by visiting the Visit Statesboro website.
Do I need a car?
Most people have cars in Statesboro, but it is not necessary. It is easy to get around campus on foot, and the university has shuttle buses that take students to campus from nearby apartment complexes. Many students use bicycles.

Last updated: 8/16/2021