Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

What are the dates and costs of the English classes at TIEP?

TIEP offers classes throughout the year. Costs vary by the length of the session.  Current tuition rates are available here.

What does the tuition payment include?

Tuition includes:

  • Classroom Instruction
  • Placement Testing
  • Computer Lab Access
  • Wireless Internet Access
  • Social Activities and Cultural Events
  • Orientation Program
  • Immigration Counseling
  • Housing Information
  • University Information

When is tuition due?

Tuition is due at registration.

What is the refund policy?

Information about the refund policy is available at:

Do the tuition and fees include housing and meals?

No. We estimate living expenses for most students to be $1,000 per month.

When is the application deadline?

There is no deadline, but we recommend that students apply at least one month before the start of classes if they need to apply for a student (F-1) visa.

When is registration?

Registration is generally 3 to 5 days before the first day of class.

What type of payment does TIEP accept?

TIEP accepts traveler’s checks, personal checks drawn on a U.S. bank, bank drafts, bank wires, VISA™, MasterCard™, Discover™, American Express™, and cash. We accept payment only in U.S. dollars.

Does TIEP offer scholarships?

TIEP is unable to offer scholarships. TIEP is a private, non-profit organization and it does not receive government funds. TIEP works to provide a very high quality program of instruction at a very reasonable cost.

Is it possible to arrange a payment plan?

It is possible for students to arrange for a tuition installment payment plan. An additional fee ($100 – $200) is charged depending on the number of approved payments.

Admission to TIEP

Is the TOEFL required for admission?

TOEFL is not required for admission.

Is there an age requirement?

TIEP students are 17 years of age or older (except for custom-designed programs for groups).

Program Information

When do classes meet?

TIEP’s intensive English classes meet approximately four hours per day, five days a week, Monday through Friday.  Exact class times may vary.

Where do classes meet? What are the physical specifications of the building?

TIEP at Lamar classes are held in the Montagne Center on the campus of Lamar University.

Is there a placement test?

New students are placed in classes on the basis of their performance on the TIEP Placement Exam. The exam is administered during registration. It takes approximately two hours. Students generally learn the results of the TIEP Placement Test on the first day of class when they receive their class schedule.

What is the class size?

The average class size is 12 students, with a maximum of 16 students per class.

What types of intensive English courses does TIEP offer?

TIEP offers beginning to low-intermediate English language instruction in one track (Foundations of English) and intermediate to advanced English language instruction in another track (English for Academic Purposes).

Does TIEP offer courses for children?

TIEP students must be at least 17 years old to enroll in regularly scheduled classes. It is possible to arrange a private tutorial for younger students with one of our highly qualified instructors.

Program Completion & University Placement

How long does it take to complete the program?

The amount of time a student spends studying at TIEP depends on many factors including the student’s proficiency in English at the time of enrollment, reason for learning English, effort and motivation, personality, and second language learning ability. Returning students are placed in new classes based on achievement of course Student Learning Outcomes. Attendance and effort are important factors in the learning process, but grades are based on achievement and meeting course requirements as stated on the course syllabus. Students may progress through the program in the following ways:

  • Students who make fair or good progress (those whose final grades are C or higher) generally advance one level.
  • Students whose final grades are below passing (Ds and Fs) generally repeat the level.
  • Returning students who have not attended classes at TIEP for more than 60 days take the TIEP Placement Exam before receiving their new class assignments and level placements.

How long does it take for a student to be ready for university admission? How long does it take to "pass" the TOEFL?

Generally, it takes beginning students three or four semesters of study, intermediate students two semesters of study, and advanced students one semester of study to be ready to begin academic study at a U.S. college or university. Most students who satisfactorily complete level 150 are ready for full-time studies in a college or university.

Does Lamar University offer conditional admission to TIEP at Lamar students?

Yes. Students must apply to Lamar University to receive a letter of conditional admission.

Does TIEP at Lamar give the TOEFL?

TIEP at Lamar offers Institutional TOEFL exams five times per year.

What kinds of certificates are awarded?

Certificates of Successful Completion are awarded at the end of each session to qualifying students. Students with 100% attendance receive a Certificate of Perfect Attendance. Students with no grade lower than ‘A’ receive a Certificate of Academic Excellence.

Program Completion & University Placement

What types of housing are available? How will I find a place to live?

Dormitories, apartments, and cooperatives are available. Generally students make their own arrangements for housing.

What kinds of out-of-class activities are available?

TIEP offers social and cultural activities including International Food Tasting, school picnic, Ice Cream Social, and holiday-related activities.

Does TIEP offer airport pickup?

No.  However, there is shuttle service available from Houston area airports to Beaumont available from Sun Travel.

Does TIEP offer health insurance?

Yes. TIEP offers health and accident insurance through LewerMark Student Medical Insurance. Students with nonimmigrant visa status must have health insurance during their study at TIEP. Students who have health insurance that will cover their medical expenses in the United States must submit proof of the insurance, in English, before they arrive for registration. Students who do not have proof of insurance will need to purchase the comprehensive, health and accident insurance offered by TIEP through LewerMark or a comparable insurance plan.

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General Information about TIEP

Is TIEP at Lamar accredited?

Yes. TIEP at Lamar is fully accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) and agrees to uphold the CEA Standards for English Language Programs.  CEA is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a reliable authority concerning the quality of education or training offered by the English language institutions and programs it accredits.

Where is TIEP at Lamar located? How close is TIEP at Lamar to the dormitories?

TIEP at Lamar is located on the southeast side of the Lamar University campus. Dormitories in Cardinal Village are within a five-minute to ten-minute walk to TIEP at Lamar.

Who are the teachers?

The TIEP faculty have native English speaking proficiency and master’s or doctoral degrees in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), foreign language education, or closely related fields. Current faculty have an average of more than ten years of experience teaching English to speakers of other languages. Most of the faculty have studied and/or taught overseas and have traveled extensively.

What countries do TIEP students come from?

Students from approximately 15 countries enroll at TIEP at Lamar each semester. The approximate percentages of students from different regions of the world for the past two years are given below:

  • 60% Asia
  • 25% Middle East
  • 10% South America, Central America and Mexico
  • 3% Europe
  • 2% Africa

What time is it in Beaumont, Texas?

Beaumont is in the Central Time Zone of the United States. For the current time in Beaumont, click here.

What are TIEP's office hours?

TIEP is open 8:00 – 17:00, Monday – Friday.

Is information about TIEP available in other languages?

Basic information about TIEP is available in the languages listed at the top of the page. To view the information, click on the name of the language.