FAQ - Registration, fees, Money and others
Our courses are 12-weeks long and are based on a rolling admission. Therefore, you can start on any Monday. However, we recommend that you do not start one week before our official starting dates each month. (This is because that week is used for examinations and report cards.)
It depends on what program you wish to take. Please take a look at our fee schedule.
The earlier you register, the earlier your place is confirmed in the school. We want to accept all students, but if all classes are full, we might not be able to accept you.
Here are the application steps:
Please see the GEOS USA Withdrawal Policy.
Besides your classes, you will probably need a minimum of $1000 per month for accommodation and spending money.
Students can switch between courses if it is recommended by their teachers. In order to maintain your full-time student status, students must be registered in the full-time program (20 hours/week). Normally students study according to the terms of the contract that they sign.
Please fill out our registration form and send it to the school. We will reply to you within 1 business day.
No, you do not need a TOEFL score to enter the school. However, for those students who do want to study for the TOEFL test, we do have a TOEFL iBT preparation course.
If you register for a full-time or part-time course, that course is guaranteed to be running when you are here at the school.
On your first morning, you will be given a placement test and an orientation. Your placement test measures speaking, listening, reading, and writing. We will know your level after giving you this test.
On your first day of school, your schedule is:
Morning Welcome and Placement Test
Yes. GEOS gives a certificate to all of our students who attend at least 80% of their classes.
All students are given textbooks for our classes. We charge 40$/textbook. For any enrolment of 1 to 3 weeks, students will be able either to keep the textbooks at the end of their stay or to give back the books (in good condition). When returning the textbooks, we will refund your deposit minus the rental fees of $5/book/week.
14. I am trying to register online but I don't think it is working. Do I need to change something in my computer?
Please contact the school if you are having problems registering. We can send you an application form by email.
Students can take up to 4-weeks vacation per year. If you are studying for less than 16 weeks, there is no vacation available, unless this is discussed with the school at the time of your enrolment.
There are no transfer fees to move from one GEOS school to another in North America. However, if you are moving to a school with higher fees, then you are responsible for the difference in tuition.
This depends on how long you plan to study.
You may study in the USA part-time (up to 17 hours/week) with a visitor's visa. If you would like to study for more hours in a week, you will need to apply for a F-1 visa. Please fill out a transfer form and we will guide you through the application process.
18. I am studying or visiting Canada right now. Can I use the same visa I used to enter Canada to come to the United States?
No. Canada and the USA have different immigration systems. People from these countries can enter the USA with just a passport, so these people may easily enter the United States from Canada for a visit or for part-time studies. For other students, a non-immigrant visa will be required.
Yes, but only people from these countries can enter Canada with just a passport. Other people will need to apply for a Canadian tourist visa. If you are studying using a F-1 Visa, you will need the following to re-enter the United States:
* As of January 12, 2009, all students from Visa Waiver Program countries in the United States will need to be authorized in ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization). ESTA is an application system that authorizes people to travel to, or pass through, the U.S.A. Therefore, to re-enter the United States from Canada, all students will have to be registered in this system or they will be denied re-entry.
Yes, GEOS will be happy to help you extend your I-20.
No. Students with a visitor visa are not allowed to work. Students with a student visa who study at a language school like GEOS are not permitted to work.
The GEOS school is nice! I learned English with people from other countries. I like how I'm learning many interesting items I will know. The teachers are very friendly. The classroom is comfortable. I liked meeting with our teachers and young people from other countries. Break-coffee is very good because we speak and listen. And California is very scenic. It is very sunny and there are friendly people I will be back soon to GEOS because I want to speak English.