English Language Program
Georgia Southern University



Welcome to ELP at Georgia Southern

The English Language Program at Georgia Southern University offers an active, student-centered approach to learning. Our academically intensive program supports the idea that whole language practice in all four skills areas (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) should be active rather than passive.

Students of the ELP at Georgia Southern will experience life as a traditional student through engaging academic curriculum and activities. All instruction uses the latest technologies in their classrooms for innovative learning experiences.

Our goal is not only to facilitate language learning, but also to encourage critical and reflective thinking.


About Us

The ELP offers curriculum opportunities in English as a second language and exposure to the cultures of the United States through dynamic courses at various levels. We also offer mentorships from cross-cultural faculty and staff, real-life learning activities taken outside of the classroom, and conditional admission to Georgia Southern University.

We serve students and the community at-large to increase their cultural-awareness and enrichment of learning the English language for a variety of academic, professional, or personal reasons. Not only does the program focus on gaining fluency in English, but also celebrates diversity and transcultural experiences.

On average, Georgia Southern hosts students from 90 different countries from all around the world. Including countries such as:

  • Saudi Arabia
  • Venezuela
  • India
  • Burkina Faso
  • Vietnam
  • China
  • Brazil
  • Morocco
  • Nigeria
  • Iran
  • Libya
  • South Korea
  • Columbia
  • Malaysia
  • Ghana

The ELP is housed within the Division of Continuing Education at Georgia Southern University. Continuing Education at Georgia Southern is one of the largest University providers of professional and personal development education south of Atlanta. The division works to provide extended learning to customers and clients that are located regionally, nationally and internationally. The Division offers a variety of courses through face-to-face, customized or online course options. As an ELP student at Georgia Southern University, you will have the ability to take advantage of the many courses offered through Continuing Education.


Why Choose ELP at Georgia Southern?

ELP at Georgia Southern offers….

  • Interactive and engaging curriculum that help expand your knowledge of the English language
  • Expertly-trained, caring and motivated faculty and staff to provide you with valued experiences
  • Low student-teacher ratio
  • Affordable tuition and living costs
  • A large scale, small feel university community with internationally recognized resources
  • Celebrate international cultures through various campus events, groups and organizations
  • Program location within the small, safe city of Statesboro, GA
  • Historic and popular destinations nearby:
    • Savannah, GA – 1 hour away
    • Hilton Head Island, SC – 2 hours away
    • Atlanta, GA – 3 hours away
    • Jacksonville, FL – 3 hours away
    • Orlando, FL (Disney World) – 6 hours away
  • An award-winning university to continue your undergraduate or graduate degree program
  • Opportunities for English proficiency for business and career development


Frequently Asked Questions



How many levels does the program have?

Our program has 3 levels.

090- Beginning

091- Intermediate

092- Advanced

How long are the semesters in the English Language Program (ELP)?

The ELP offers two 15-week semesters (Fall & Spring) and a short 7 week summer session each year.

How big are the classes?

We take pride in having a small personal program. To make sure you receive a quality learning experience, we try to keep our classes no larger than 15 students. Most classes have about 10-12 students.

How many hours of English class will I have each week?

During the Spring and Fall semesters, a full-time student will have classes Monday through Thursday. Classes start at 9:00 a.m. and usually finish around 4:00 p.m.  You will receive approximately 18-20 hours of English each week.

Are there grades?

Yes. Students receive a grade of A, B, C, D, or F in each class.

How long will it take me to complete the program?

That depends on your level of English proficiency when you start. Some students are in the program for one semester while others take 3 semesters.

How do I exit the program?

Students in the 092 level take a proficiency exam to determine if they are ready to leave the program. The exam has three parts; a writing section (essay), a listening section, and a grammar, vocabulary & reading comprehension section.

Do I need to take the TOEFL to get admitted into the university?

No. If you successfully exit our program, you do not need a TOEFL score to be admitted for undergraduate studies at the university.


Is Statesboro a nice place to live?

Yes, it is. Statesboro is a small and safe city with a total population of about 29,000. The city offers many community-centered activities that are hosted right on Georgia Southern’s campus. Learn more about the city by visiting the Visit Statesboro website.

Do I need a car?

Most people have cars in Statesboro, but it is not necessary. It is easy to get around campus on foot, and the university has shuttle buses that take students to campus from nearby apartment complexes.  Many students use bicycles, while others rent vehicles using Zipcar for Georgia Southern students.



Courses at ELP are structured to support the idea that involving our students in natural, meaningful conversation is essential for expanding their active knowledge base. Every course level also provides students the ability to engage in interactive dialogue to increase accuracy and fluency through continuous use of the English language.

At the ELP we offer 3 different levels:

  • Beginning (90)
  • Intermediate (91)
  • Advanced levels (92)
Each level has 3 core courses with electives:

  • Reading and Writing
  • In the Reading and Writing classes, students learn vocabulary, practice reading comprehension and improve their writing skills.
  • Listening and Speaking
    • In the Listening and Speaking classes, students practice their oral skills by talking to classmates, giving presentations and doing listening exercises.
  • Grammar
    • In the Grammar classes students learn English grammar by reviewing rules and doing many real-life activities.

We also have a number of elective classes which students can choose from.  These electives change every semester, so students who continue in the program have the opportunity to choose different classes each term.

Some electives we offer include:

  • Pronunciation
  • English through Film
  • Novels
  • Standardized Testing (TOEFL, IELTS)
  • Current Events and Vocabulary Building
Torres-Capeles_BelkisBelkis Torres-Capeles, Ph.D. 
Executive Director & Assistant Professor
Division of Continuing Education & Coastal Georgia Center
Office: Nessmith-Lane Center and Coastal Georgia Center
Phone: (912) 478-5118 – Statesboro
Phone: (912) 478-8884 – Savannah
Email: bcapeles@georgiasouthern.edu
Wright_AleshaAlesha Wright
Programming and Administrative Assistant
Office: Coastal Georgia Center, Room 132, Savannah, GA
Phone: (912) 478-8884
Email: awright@georgiasouthern.edu
Amy Perry
English Language Program Instructor
Division of Continuing Education
Office: Nessmith-Lane Center, Room 1907
Phone: (912) 478-5796
Email: aperry@georgiasouthern.edu

Future Students


Admission to the English Language Program

To apply, complete the following documents and send to the English Language Program Center:

  • Application
    • Complete the online application here.
  • Application Fee
    • You can pay the $100 fee and the $50 shipping fee online, check (drawn on a U.S bank), or a U.S. Postal money order that is made payable to Georgia Southern University-ELP.
  • Official Financial Document. 
    • This is only required for students who are seeking an F-1(student) visa to come and study in the United StatesLegal permanent residents do not need this.  This document must demonstrate that you or your guarantor have enough money to pay all of your educational and living expenses for at least one academic year.  The amount must be more than $24,860.  Print the Guarantor/Sponsor form here.
    • To be acceptable, the financial document must:
      • be printed on professional letterhead stationary or contain the bank’s official stamp or seal,
      • be signed in ink by a bank official,
      • state the type of currency,
      • state the specific amount that is currently in the account or specifically state the funds on deposit are “greater than $__________ U.S. dollars”
      • be an original document. Photocopies, faxes and downloaded or scanned documents cannot be accepted.  Note: You can also submit a notarized copy of a bank statement containing the above details
      • be less than six months old.
      • If you are bringing dependents (children and/or spouse), an additional $3,586 per dependent must be documented.
    • Additional Notes:
      • If your bank cannot provide a letter in English, the originalletter must be submitted along with an official translation
      • Look at the Sample Financial Document to see what it should look like.
      • Copy of your high school diploma
      • Copy of your passport ID page

First class and air mail:

Division of Continuing Education
English Language Program
P.O. Box 8124
Statesboro, GA, 30460

(UPS, DHL, FedEx, etc):

English Language Program
Division of Continuing Education
847 Plant Drive
Statesboro, GA, 30458

Conditional Admission

Students who have completed high school and want to apply for freshman undergraduate admission but need to improve their English first, can apply for conditional admission. To apply for conditional admission, do the following:


  • Complete the online undergraduate application athttp://admissions.georgiasouthern.edu/index.php?link=apply or download and print the paper application.
  • Complete the Conditional Admission Form here.
  • Submit the application feeat the end of the application process.
  • Mail your Academic Transcripts.Request copies of your official transcript, mark sheet, exam results, and certificates/diplomas for all secondary coursework in the original language from your secondary school. Academic records must have a seal or an original signature. Photocopies are acceptable if they are noted as “Certified True Copy” and signed by a school official. If your records are not in English, you must include a certified English translation of all documents.
  • Apply for an I-20 by sending an official financial document (described above) and the SEVIS Data Form.
  • Submit a copy of your passport ID page.

Send all documents to:  

First class and air mail:

English Language Program
Division of Continuing Education
P.O. Box 8124
Statesboro, GA, 30460

(UPS, DHL, FedEx, etc):

English Language Program
Division of Continuing Education
847 Plant Drive
Statesboro, GA, 30458

Visa Information

Obtaining a Non-immigrant U.S. Visa


A step-by-step outline of today’s U.S. visa application procedures


Today, as in the past, most travelers to the U.S. must obtain a visa.  The process still includes application forms and interviews as well as the collection and cross-checking of names in a highly sophisticated inter-agency database.  These name-checking and registration processes are necessary elements that protect our citizens and our visitors, so please allow for extra time in your travel planning.  While individual experience may differ, here are the basic steps you should follow and what you can expect throughout the process.


  1. Visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/study/exchange.html.

This Web site has important information about current visa policies and procedures.  There are many different types of visas, and this site can help you determine which kind you need and how to obtain it.  If you do not have access to the Internet, contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate nearest to you for further information.

  1. Make an appointment to visit the U.S. Embassy or Consulate.  Visa application procedures vary somewhat among Embassies and Consulates, depending on local needs.  In most countries, you will need to make an appointment.  This can be done by telephone, mail, over the Internet, or in person, depending on circumstances in your country.  Wait times for appointments may be longer than in the past.  Be sure to ask what fees are required and how they can be paid.  Application fees are non-refundable and must be paid before your appointment.
  2. Get all your documentation ready.  You will need:
  • Passport (cannot be expired!)
  • Applications. These can be obtained through an Embassy or Consulate or at ustraveldocs.com.
  • Documents to support your application
    • Acceptance letter
    • I-20 or DS-2019
    • Financial documents
      • The amount must be more than $24,860.Print the Guarantor/Sponsor form here.
    • Other supporting documents
  • Proof of payment of the SEVIS I-901 fee (SEVIS I-797 receipt) You may pay the fee here:http://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901/
  1. Submit your application, passport, and supporting documents to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate.  Your application will then be reviewed by the consular officer and, in many cases, by officials in Washington, D.C.  For most applicants, the visa is issued within a few weeks.  There is no guarantee of obtaining a visa.
  2. In some cases, additional reviews will be required.  Your information is submitted and checked in the world’s foremost security database, which includes comprehensive information drawn from both U.S. and foreign law enforcement agencies worldwide.  If your name or a close variation indicates security concerns, the process will be delayed.  Additional steps will vary from requests for additional interviews and information to official registration and fingerprinting.  This may add 4–6 weeks to the processing time.  Registration upon arrival in the United States is mandatory in many cases but registration can be required in any case regardless of country of origin.  See www.ustraveldocs.comfor the most current information about who is affected by this requirement.
  3. A visa allows you to travel from your country to a port of entry in the U.S. In many cases, that port of entry will be the airport where you land.  On the airplane you will be asked to complete a short arrival/departure form.  When you deplane, follow directions for non-citizen entry.  At the airport, a U.S. official will interview you and verify all of your paperwork.  Once admitted, you will receive animmigration stamp and proceed to baggage claim and U.S. Customs.

You may be informed by the consular office before leaving your country if you will be subject to special clearance procedures.  Some travelers may be directed to private workstations in the arrivals hall, where special registration, photos and electronic fingerprints will be taken.  Additional interviews and verification processes will also be conducted.

For years the United States of America has required that many people wishing to travel to the U.S. to study, visit or conduct business first obtain a visa.  Recently, the U.S., like many other countries, has updated visa policies to increase security for citizens and visitors.  It is true that some things have changed.  Recent events have required the U.S. to modify and intensify some of its visa policies to ensure safety and security.  As a nation, the U.S. is working harder than ever to identify and deny entry to those who mean harm to our country.

We hope you enjoy your visit to the U.S.  We look forward to having you here.

It is important to remember…
• Some consulates require that personal interviews and appointments be scheduled in advance.

  • Processing times can vary significantly depending on type of visa and circumstances and your country or region.  Therefore it is important that you contact the closest U.S. Embassy or Consulate as soon as you know you need to travel to the U.S.
  • Policies and regulations worldwide will continue to change as new security measures are put into place.  Visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/study/exchange.html for updates and changes that could affect your travel plans.

For a list of Web sites of U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide and for information about U.S. visa policies and procedures, please visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/study/exchange.html.


Information adapted from:  https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/study/exchange.html.

Transfer Students

Are you studying in an intensive English program at another school in the United States and want to transfer to our program?


Transferring is easy!

1-    Submit all of these application materials:

  • Application
  • Copy of passport ID page
  • Official High school transcript
  • Financial document
  • Guarantor statement


2-    Complete the top part of the SEVIS Transfer Form and ask your advisor at your current school to complete the bottom part.


Last updated: 4/16/2018

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English Language Program, An Extension of the Division of Continuing Education

PO Box 8124 Statesboro, GA 30460 • (912) 478-5555 • elp@georgiasouthern.edu