Frequently Asked Questions
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- Housing Information
- University Information
Tuition is due at registration.
No. We estimate living expenses for most students to be $1,000 per month.
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.
Registration is generally 3 to 5 days before the first day of class.
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.
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.
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
TIEP’s intensive English classes meet approximately four hours per day, five days a week, Monday through Friday. Exact class times may vary.
TIEP at Lamar classes are held in the Montagne Center on the campus of Lamar University.
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.
The average class size is 12 students, with a maximum of 16 students per class.
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).
Not at this time.
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
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.
Yes. Students must apply to Lamar University to receive a letter of conditional admission.
TIEP at Lamar offers Institutional TOEFL exams five times per year.
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
Dormitories, apartments, and cooperatives are available. Generally students make their own arrangements for housing.
TIEP offers social and cultural activities including International Food Tasting, school picnic, Ice Cream Social, and holiday-related activities.
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.
General Information about TIEP
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.
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.
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.
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
TIEP is open 8:00 – 17:00, Monday – Friday.
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.