The English Island (also referred to as TEI) Group Registration
In order to enroll in our 18-hour per week international student program, 12-hour per week program, and 3/6 hour per week specialty classes a student must be age 18 or older, preferably with a high school diploma for his/her country. Students must be semi-literate in their own languages and have the financial capability to undertake our program. Students who do not meet some of these qualifications (particularly the literacy qualifications) and live in-country may be enrolled in private lessons in order to work up to the level where he/she may apply for entrance to our group-class program. Corporate lessons are offered to in-country students only. Private lesson packages are available to in-country students and in some cases, to out-of-country students in the US on a tourist visa. F1-Visa students who enroll with TEI agree to study a minimum of three (3), 6-week courses before discontinuing their studies with TEI for any reason; this includes transfers to other schools.
The English Island Tuition and Fees
There is a $175.00 application fee which is required to attend any F1 course and a $50.00 registration fee for all other courses. Students returning to The English Island after more than a 12-month absence must pay the application/registration fee again. Special-case students, including but not limited to students with pending visas, are required to pay the $175 Application fee plus a deposit of $350, for a total payment of $525. All fees are non-refundable, and students are responsible for stating which visa situation they are in when applying.
All F-1 visa students must submit full payment at least 2 weeks prior to beginning their course. These students must keep a credit card on file for all other session payments. The English Island will charge the full tuition amount approximately two weeks prior to the beginning of the new term or on another payment schedule agreed to by both the student and The English Island, with the Director's approval. If The English Island cannot process a student’s payment, we will contact the student immediately to resolve the problem. If an F-1 visa student does not resolve the payment issue within one week of our contacting them, the English Island has the right to terminate his/her visa.
All students must make the first tuition payment and register for classes 2 weeks before the first day of class. Students cannot enter or continue attending class until they have paid 100% of tuition. We only accept check, debit card, credit card, automatic draft, or wire transfer.
The English Island reserves the right to change tuition and fees for students without notice. Please ask school administrative staff about current prices and session program dates.
Checks that are returned to the school for any reason will result in a $50.00 returned-check fee. Students will additionally be charged any applicable late fees that may apply as a result of the returned check.
Students placed on any kind of leave, academic, medical, or otherwise, must remain in good and current standing with the school and maintain the status of their visas until their ultimate return. These students are required to continue to pay for their English courses as if they are still attending classes and will be required to make up lost class hours at a later date or upon their return. These students that fail to pay for their courses or make up missed work may have their visas terminated.
Vacation must be requested 1 term in advance of the desired vacation date with a maximum allowed vacation period of 2, 6-week terms.
Students must be in good financial status with TEI to request a transfer while on vacation and sign a Transfer Out Form 1 term in advance of transferring. Students must pay a deposit of $500 before vacation is approved to hold a spot in the program. This payment is due 2 weeks before starting vacation.
Students must have been in a SEVP approved school for a total of 7.5 months or 5 terms, 3 terms must have been at TEI, and students must be in good academic standing before requesting vacation and must maintain visa status with 80% attendance and 77% GPA until beginning vacation. Failing to follow proper vacation procedures may lead to visa termination or suspension.
Students must officially inform TEI of intent to transfer 6 weeks prior to the desired transfer-out date by filling out and submitting the TEI Transfer Out Form. Students must also complete the following steps/criteria:
Students must be in good academic and financial status with TEI to transfer schools. Students must provide TEI with both an acceptance letter and a completed transfer form from a SEVIS-approved school they intend to transfer to. Students must fill out the TEI transfer form officially notifying TEI of intent to transfer. Once these steps have been completed, TEI requires up to 6 weeks to process and approve student transfers, at which time the transfer-out date will be set. Students MUST continue attending classes and remain in good academic and financial standing with TEI for the duration of the process until the student is approved for transfer and the approved transfer-out date arrives.
Transfer process begins only when the Transfer-in form and Acceptance Letter form from the new school are received by TEI.
In general, The English Island does NOT offer refunds of any kind. A refund MAY be considered for out-of-country international F1 Visa students if, and only if, the student is required (due to circumstances beyond his/her control) to return home before 30 percent of the lesson package has been completed, and it is not possible for the student to return at a later date to complete his/her course. The student MAY receive a partial refund for the percentage of the class that has not been completed. No refunds of any kind will be considered for VIP courses, such as the Dentistry English courses, or for multiple courses paid in advance. Refunds for books and application registration, or other fees are not possible for any reason. In the event that an F1 Visa student is unable to pursue our program and cancels 1 week in advance of the program start date, that student may receive a 75 percent refund. Private course hours may be held for sickness or travel. Unused private course hours will be held for up to 30 days only and will be cancelled if students do not resume using them within the 30-day window.
Student Placement and Transfer
Before entering class, you will take the BEST Plus speaking test to determine your level. This speaking exam places you in one of the designated NRS Levels—Beginning Literacy, Low Beginning, High Beginning, Low Intermediate, High Intermediate, or Advanced. You are eligible for general courses and electives based on your placement scores. In some cases, you may take a written placement exam as well to ensure proper placement.
If you think you are in the wrong level, you should speak to your teacher. If the teacher does not feel you should move, you can enter a request with the School Director to retake the entrance exam for an opportunity to move up.
Moving levels in the middle of the term is generally not possible except in special cases.
Private-lesson students also take the BEST Plus speaking exam to determine the most appropriate level for the coursework. We create a syllabus based on the student’s level and individual needs.
To remain in good standing, you must maintain a C+ grade point average. You will get a grade report every 3 weeks. If you don’t have a C+ average or better, you will receive a warning. If your grades do not improve within the next 6-week period, you will be on academic probation and will repeat any courses that you have failed. If lack of progress continues, you may be dismissed.
To remain in good standing, you must attend all scheduled lessons and complete work as assigned. An assessment at the end of the term will demonstrate your progress. We require at least 48 hours notice to postpone private classes without losing hours. We only hold unused hours for up to 30 days.
Students may repeat levels in the case of obtaining a failing grade or due to absence. Levels may be repeated only once.
Homework is a required part of the ESL courses at The English Island. You should allow two to three hours outside of class each day for homework. You can do homework at home, in the library, or with other students. Students who study 2 to 3 hours each day will most likely earn good grades and advance quickly.
The terms at English Island are 6 weeks long. At the end of every 6 weeks, you will take a test. The score on this test combined with your other exams, your homework grade, and your attendance will determine if you move up to the next level. You must have an overall grade of 70 in a class to move up to the next level. You must have an overall average of 77 and attendance of 80 percent to remain in good standing with the school.
All ESL students must be in class every day on time. Attendance in all classes is required. Students must have a minimum of 80% attendance overall at all times to continue studying at the school and be in good standing with the school or to receive a certificate of any kind. There are no excused absences for any reason. Students who don’t maintain 80 percent attendance will be on attendance probation and may have their visas terminated if they do not resolve their attendance issues according to school policy explained to all new students during new student orientation and clearly stated in the student handbook given to all new students.
Private-lesson students must attend all scheduled lessons. If unable to attend, the student must give the teacher 48-hour notice so the teacher can reschedule the lesson. If notice is not given, the student will lose the lesson. We only hold unused hours for up to 30 days.
Behavior in Class
Students must show respect to teachers and classmates through words and actions, participate in all classroom activities in a friendly manner, speak English only in class, and do all homework assignments.
Poor behavior may result in suspension or dismissal.
Students must buy textbooks during the first week of class and bring them to class daily. Students who do not have their textbooks by the second week of class will not be allowed to attend classes.
You must wear appropriate clothing to school. You can wear t-shirts, but the shirts can’t have offensive messages or advocate unhealthy behavior. Shirts with alcohol, drugs, sex, or violence are not allowed.
Hem of shorts must be fist length when arms are resting at the sides. Skirts and dresses must be fingertip length. Tank top straps must be at least 1” in width to cover all under garments. You can’t wear swimwear to class.
You must wear shoes or sandals at all time. You cannot wear hats or head coverings unless it is for your religious beliefs. You can’t wear sunglasses in class.
If a student has a major problem with the school, instructions, or anything else pertaining to his/her experience, he/she may file a formal complaint with the school Director by completing a complaint form. The administration has 48 hours to notify the student that it has received his/her form and one week to respond to the specific complaint itself.
Cheating and Plagiarism
Students can work together on projects, homework, and in-class assignments. However, students may not work together on any exams. Students who cheat (copy from someone else’s paper) during an exam will fail the exam and will be on academic probation immediately.
Plagiarism is using someone else’s work and pretending that it is your original idea. If writing papers or doing presentations for class, students must cite any materials used. For these assignments, students must use MLA format on a Works Cited page or in the presentation or on the bottom of the page for anything copied from another text (ex. last slide of a PowerPoint). Your teacher will review citation procedures for you in class.
In the event that legal proceedings, including but not limited to lawsuits, are brought against The English Island for any reason, both jurisdiction and venue of said proceedings will take place in Cobb County, Georgia.
IMPORTANT—IF YOU ARE UNDER THE AGE OF 18, YOU MUST HAVE YOUR PARENT OR GUARDIAN READ THE SCHOOL POLICIES BELOW AND AGREE TO THEM FOR YOU.
PARENTAL/GUARDIAN CONSENT/COMPLIANCE. If you are under the age of 18, you must have your parent or guardian register for you. By agreeing to these terms, you attest that you are at least 18 years old (or, if you are not at least 18 years old, you have your parent’s or guardian’s permission to use the Services, and your parent or guardian has read and agreed to the school policies on your behalf).
I have read and understand this document or have had this document verbally explained in my native language. I further agree to adhere to the policies explained above. I understand that this contract is legal and binding. I attest that I am at least 18 years of age or have had my parent or guardian register on my behalf. I understand that I will pay the tuition and fee amount as designated in this contract for each subsequent session.
Furthermore, I hereby voluntarily and without compensation authorize pictures and/or voice recordings to be made of me by The English Island. I consent to the use of my name, my picture, and/or voice, for promotional, informational, or other purposes in any medium. I permit The English Island to use written statements or quotes by me that I may provide to them about The English Island and my experiences there. I further understand that no royalty, fee, or other compensation of any character shall become payable to me by The English Island for such use. I understand that consenting to the use of my picture, video, voice, and/or written statements is voluntary, that I may at any time exercise the right to cease being filmed, photographed, or recorded, and may rescind my consent for up to a reasonable time before the picture, video, voice recording or written statement is used. Said material is the sole property of The English Island and its assignees. I release The English Island, it’s owner, administrators, faculty members, and staff from liability for any claim or course of action resulting in any way to the use or publication of such photographs or statements.
- I declare that the information on this application is true and correct to the best of my knowledge.
- I hereby affirm that I have sufficient funds to pay for all course costs and living expenses while studying and living in the US.
- I understand that the school application/registration fee is non-refundable and that The English Island does NOT offer refunds of any kind with the possible exception of F1 Visa students that are denied entry into the country under no fault of their own or that must leave the country under no fault of their own.
- If accepted, I agree to follow all of the rules and regulations of the English Island.
- If accepted, I understand that payment for my first term will be due 2 weeks prior to my first day of class. Subsequent payments will be due 2 weeks prior to the start date of the next term. I understand that late payments will incur a penalty of 15% and payment problems can affect my visa.
The English Island reserves the right to update school policies at any time and without notice.