About The School
Answers to these questions can vary depending on the selected schools. The answers are generalized. For detailed informations about a specific school consult the school information page, the school brochure or contact us.
1. What should I expect on my first day of school?
On the first day of school, orientation will begin at 8:30am and end approximately 1:00pm. Orientation usually includes a presentation about the school and an official English Placement test. Students should bring a pen and a note pad.
2. Do I need to take an entry test before I book the school?
No, you will be tested at your school on arrival to make sure you’re in a class that’s just right for your level.
3. What is the average age of the students?
Our schools welcome students aged 18 and above. Most students are typically 20 to 30 years of age. If you are under 18 do not hesitate to contact us and an agent will assist you through the process.
4. Do students receive a diploma upon finishing their program?
Students who successfully complete their program with 80% or more attendance and with all fees paid will receive a Certificate of Completion. The Certificate of Completion reflects a student’s study dates and programs attended. Restriction applies, please review each program for additional informations.
5. What is the average price of public transportation to school?
Prices can vary greatly from City to City, but on average public transportation typically costs between $45-$100 USD per month.
6. Do the students obtain a student card? If yes, what are the advantages of having such a card?
Most schools issue their own student cards. Typically a student card has the student’s photo, student identification number, the school’s number and emergency numbers. The student card can sometimes be used for movie, museum and event discounts.
7. Does the school issue an I-20 for a program on a Standard Schedule?
Yes. Usually the school will issue an I-20 to students that sign up for a Standard Schedule for a minimum of 4 weeks
8. Do Schools offer student activities? How much do they cost?
Yes, most schools offers a wide variety of morning, afternoon and evening activities for all students. Each center has a staff member dedicated to organizing and researching fun local activities so you can explore the city with friends and make the most of your experience outside of the classroom. They also work with several local companies who offer students weekend trips to popular tourism destinations. Some schools try to offer students a few free activity per month. Your center staff will provide calendars with daily activities and other great events in your city.
9. Do I need travel and medical insurance?
Insurance is required for all international students and travelers because medical care is very expensive in the U.S. Most schools offer Travel and Health Insurance.
10. What does travel and medical insurance usually cover?
Insurance will reimburse the following expenses up to the limit of the policy coverage: · Medical care in case you get sick · Medical emergencies if you have to go to the emergency room · Emergency dental care · Stolen personal items such as wallet, luggage, etc.
11. What is the average cost of food and transportation?
The average cost of food and transportation varies by city and spending habits. However, students can generally expect to spend an average of $25- $30/day on food depending on where you live.
12. Can I take a vacation during my program at my school?
Personal breaks will depend on your visa regulations, and you must give the school at least one month to two weeks notice, depending on the school, if you want to take days off..
13. How much does it cost to study at abroad?
The cost of each program is determined by the length of your study and the schedule that you select. You may pay a lower weekly tuition rate if you enroll for more than 12 weeks. Just visit the each school information page and brochure to compare prices and make you final selection.
14. How can I pay for my program?
Once you have submitted your application you will be contacted directly by the school to pay for your tuition and remaining fees. Usually, before you arrive, you can pay by credit card (Visa or MasterCard) or by bank wire transfer. Or on your first day of school, you can pay in cash, by credit card, by check, or by travelers check. These options depend on the school, you will receive more detailed information once the school has contacted you.
15. When do I pay for my tuition?
All tuition and fees must be paid in full on or before the day of orientation.
16. When can I start my program?
Typically the school accepts new students every Monday for most programs. Some classes have monthly and bi-monthly start dates.
17. What time do classes start and finish?
Times can vary depending on the program selected. Generally classes are offered Monday through Friday in the morning and in the afternoon. New students will receive their schedule after they have arrived and taken the official English Placement Test.
18. What is the difference between General English and Business English?
Both General English and Business English courses teach you practical and academic English skills such as speaking, listening, writing, grammar, and pronunciation skills. The main difference between these two programs is that the Business English uses materials and scenarios from business settings so that you can practice your English, develop your business vocabulary and be prepared for the workplace. Business English is great for students who want to study English for their career. General English is a great class for students who are looking to learn English to use in their daily life. This class covers everything the average English learner wants to know such as how to talk about the weather, read a newspaper, give directions, and communicate easily and confidently in English.
19. Can you tell me more about Professional Certificate courses?
Professional Certificates Program classes are university-style lecture classes. This program will offer you a challenging and rigorous learning experience where you will learn business concepts and apply your advanced English skills to team projects and business case studies. You will learn from experienced teachers and also have the opportunity to work in a group project.
20. How many English levels do schools offer?
Generally schools offer classes in ten different levels of English. Each level is designed to increase your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. On your first day you will take a placement test to determine your English level so that we can place you in a class with other students of the same level. You will take regular exams to measure your progress allowing you to advance to the next level as your skills improve.
21. How do I find out what my English level is?
On your first day, all students are required to take a placement test to determine their skill level.
22. Can I change my class?
Yes, typically if you want to change your program you just need to speak with the Academic Supervisor. Additional fees may apply. NOTE: Each school has different requirements visit the school information page or contact us for detailed information,
23. Can I take private lessons?
Yes, some schools offer private instruction for an extra fee. Usually private lessons can be combined with any Intrax program and schedule. Your school staff can help you arrange your private lessons.
24. What teaching method do schools use?
Each school and program is different but generally students learn through the communicative method of teaching. This means that classroom time is spent on using real-life, practical situations to focus on the four key language skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. Classroom activities reflect real situations, and are structured so students communicate as much as possible.
25. If I have questions about anything, who can I ask?
Each school has a Director of Studies, an Academic Manager and a team of teachers. You will also have a teacher or tutor assigned to your course and class to answer questions throughout your studies.
26. How much can I expect to learn after a 4-week, 8-week or 12-week course?
Every student learns at different speeds, however, on average, a student needs 10 weeks to move from one level to the next.
27. Will Schools prepare me to take any official exams?
Many schools offer exam preparation courses such as IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge exams (FCE, CAE and CPE).
28. Will I have a chance to practice my speaking?
Yes of course! Teachers encourage you to speak in all classes. The schools have an English-only policy, and outside the school you will speak English with your new friends, and around town.
29. Can I choose my start date?
Yes, most courses are offered year-round, though there are some with a limited number of start dates. Check the school’s information page and brochures for course availability on your desired date.
30. How far in advance should I book my program?
In order to have the widest choice of course and accommodation, we recommend you book as far in advance as possible. For the USA we recommend that you book at least 2 months in advance to allow enough time for visa processing.