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Admission Requirements

The English Language Institute Part-Time English programs are for students and professionals who:

  • Are 18 years of age and older
  • Who have completed high school or the equivalent in their country.
  • Who are not able to study in a full-time program.

Registration Procedures

Students should apply to the English Language Institute office at least one month before the program starts (see Calendar). International students should read the Border Commuter Visa, I-20 section for further information.

The following need to be brought in or mailed to register in the ELI:

  • Completed Program Application for Admission
  • Full tuition is required with the Application
  • Checks or money orders must be drawn on a U.S. bank. Do not mail cash.
  • Make checks or money orders payable to: The University of Texas-Pan American

Late Registration

A late fee of $50 (US) will be required for applications received after the deadline.

Border Commuter Visa F-3, I-20 Form

The Immigration and Naturalization Service announced an interim rule to allow Mexican and Canadian commuter students to study on a part-time basis at schools located within 75 miles of the United States border. International students who wish to study at the ELI must apply for this visa. The English Language Institute is authorized to issue the Certificate of Eligibility-I-20 Form needed to obtain an F-3 visa for English study. The I-20 form will only be issued after an application for admission has been received and the ELI has verified that all requirements have been fulfilled.

Border commuter students must meet the following criteria to be eligible to obtain a Form I-20 for authorization to continue in part-time study:

  • A national of Canada or Mexico who maintains an actual residence, and a place of abode in the foreign national’s country of nationality
  • Attending a school located within 75 miles of the border
  • Registered as a border commuter student
  • Enrolling in a full course of study on a part-time basis.

Students may pick up the I-20 form in the ELI office or request that it be sent by registered mail. Students must take the Certificate of Eligibility, I-20 Form, two photos, the bank statement and a valid passport to the corresponding American Embassy or Consulate.  F-3 visas can only be issued at the American Consulate in Matamoros, Tamaulipas. The American Consulate in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon will not issue F-3 visas.  We recommend that the student call their American Consulate to ask if they need further documentation.

English Placement Test

Students accepted into the English Language Institute will take an English placement test.  Specially trained instructors will determine students' level of proficiency and place them into the appropriate level. Students are placed in a class with other students of the same ability. Eleven levels of English are available, ranging from Basic to High Advanced.

Refund Policy

Refunds will be given only before the starting date of the program. The $50 application processing fee and any late charges are non-refundable. Refunds require 4-6 weeks to process. Only applicants who cannot be placed in existing levels will be given a full refund.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial Aid and Scholarships are not available to ELI students.

Proof of Meningitis Vaccination

In accordance with Texas law, the University of Texas Pan American and the English Language Institute requires all first-time students, including transfer and returning students under the age of 22 to submit evidence that the student has been vaccinated against bacterial meningitis 10 days prior to the first class day of the semester or to provide other documentation establishing why such a vaccination is not required. Students will not be allowed to enroll without providing proof of the vaccination or exemption.

All first-time students, including transfer and returning students, must provide one of the following documents to the English Language Institute:

- A Bacterial Meningitis Immunization Record" signed by a health practitioner evidencing that the student has been vaccinated against bacterial meningitis or any other official state or local immunization record. Confirmation of the MCV4 (Menactra) vaccine will satisfy as the requirement. The MPSV4 (Menomune) vaccination may not be accepted unless administered or boosted within the past 5 years. Vaccinations must be administered no fewer than 10 days prior to the first day of the semester for which the student is enrolling.

- A "Refusal of Immunization for Medical Reasons" signed by a physician who is licensed and registered to practice medicine in the United States which states the physician's opinion that the required vaccination would be injurious to the health and well-being of the student.

- A "Texas Department of State Health Services Conscientious Exemption" signed by the student stating that the student has declined the vaccination for reasons of conscience, including religious belief.