Spring International has two schools - one in Colorado in the Denver area, and one
at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
✦ Is Spring International Language Center accredited?
Yes. Spring International is fully accredited by CEA (the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation). Spring International is also a proud member of EnglishUSA: The American Association of Intensive English Programs, which promotes professional standards and high-quality English programs.
✦ What do you teach at Spring International?
English is the only language we teach at Spring International. Our program focuses on English language training and cross-cultural education. The curriculum is rigorous and designed to prepare students for academic study, but people seeking structured language classes for professional and personal reasons will fit well into the program.
The Intensive English Program is a 23-hour a week program offered in 9-week sessions throughout the year. With six levels of language ability, students study core courses in grammar, reading, writing, listening and speaking. In the advanced level, students also study research writing. In addition to their core curriculum, students have a choice to study an additional topic pertinent to their interests such as: Conversation, Idioms, Business English, Pronunciation and others.
Spring International also offers some test preparation opportunities. We have IELTS and TOEFL Prep courses offered as electives and an 18-hour a week Graduate Exam Training program focused on preparing for the GRE.
How many levels are there at Spring International?
Spring International has levels 1 to 6, from beginner to advanced, plus a pre-1 Basic level when needed. How long does it take to graduate? Starting at level 1, it takes students 14 months to graduate. The average time that our students take to graduate from Spring International is seven months.
How long does it take to graduate?
Starting at level 1, it takes students about 14 months to graduate. The average time that our students take to graduate from Spring International is seven months.
Where are your students from?
In recent years, Spring International has welcomed students from many different countries, including Saudi Arabia, Libya, South Korea, Taiwan, Colombia, Japan, Germany, Argentina, China, Peru, Qatar, Indonesia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Chile, Mauritania, Iraq, U.A.E., Thailand, Vietnam, Switzerland, Spain, Kyrgyzstan, Guatemala, Italy, Turkey, Kuwait, Mexico, Iran, Congo, Israel, Venezuela, Angola, Ecuador, Mongolia, and other countries too.
What are the costs of the program?
The tuition costs and other expected expenses are outlined on our COSTS page.
Please contact us if you have specific questions about costs.
Can I bring my family with me to the U.S.?
Yes. If you are married and/or have children, students can be given dependent I-20s in order to bring their family members with them to the United States.
What credentials do your teachers have?
Spring International instructors are trained, highly qualified professionals holding master's degrees in English as a Second Language, Applied Linguistics, English, or other appropriate fields, or a combination of degree plus TESL Certificate from an approved TESL certificate program (e.g., CELTA, DELTA, SIT-TESL, etc.). Several of our instructors have published academic English textbooks, and most have lived and taught overseas. All full-time instructors have extensive training and experience teaching English to students from around the world. The personal and academic qualities of the instructors make each uniquely qualified to offer meaningful language-learning opportunities and to care deeply about meeting their students' needs.
I want to go to a university in the USA. Can Spring International help me?
Yes! Spring International has partner colleges and universities that will issue letters of conditional admission to their institutions prior to your arrival if requested. Our university advisers can explain in detail what you need to do to get a letter of conditional admission. Our partner institutions also will admit students who have completed our program's level 6 without requiring an IELTS or TOEFL score. Completion of level 6 along with required grade point averages is accepted as evidence of language proficiency. Our university advisers will help students with choosing a school, online university applications, mailing paperwork, and communicating directly with the university.
How can we arrange a special program?
We would be happy to arrange a special program for an individual or for a school, company, or government group. Please contact the Director of the school you would like to attend.
Students attend class from 9am until 3pm Monday - Thursday and 9am - 12noon on Fridays. There is a one-hour lunch break each day and 10 minute breaks between classes. Students take the following classes: Grammar, Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking, and a 'module' class. Classes are 50 instructional minutes.
How long is each term?
Each term is nine weeks. There are five 9-week terms per year.
What are classes like?
Classes average 10-12 students. Every effort is made to keep classes at an ideal size for learning. Men and women learn in the same classrooms. Instructors teach in many ways: lecture, discussion, small group and pair-work. Usually there is a trip outside of class once each term to visit local American schools, nursing homes or other places where students can practice using English.
What is the difference between the 5-week half term and the 9-week program?
Our terms are 9 weeks in length. For a person who can only come for a limited short term of study, we offer them a 5-week option. A student can enter at the start of a 9-week term and study the first 5 weeks, or they can enter at the midterm point (the start of week 5) and complete the last 5 weeks of the term. The 5-week option is limited to new students. If a student enters at half-term point and wishes to continue, he or she must enroll for the next full 9-week term.
How can I apply to study English at Spring International?
Please visit our APPLY page for more information.
How early should I apply? Is there a deadline for applications?
The sooner you begin the process, the better. We recommend that you begin to apply at least 2-3 months before the expected start date of your program. We do not have deadlines, but if you need to apply for an F-1 student visa, you should allow at least 3 months for the entire process. If you wait until the last minute to apply, you may find that you are too late - so start early, and we will help you.
Can I apply online?
Yes, of course you can apply online. Please visit our
APPLY page and follow the link for the school you choose.
How long does it take to get accepted?
The acceptance process is quick - only a few days - if the student has provided Spring International with all of the required documents.
What kind of visa do I need?
Full time students apply for an F-1 visa at a U.S. EMBASSY using their I-20 document.
Can you help me to get my visa?
Students obtain the F-1 student visa in their home country at a U.S. embassy or consulate office. While Spring International staff cannot be overseas to help, students may ask questions before their visa appointment. You will receive an admission packet with your form I-20 and this contains information on how you apply for your visa, pay the required SEVIS I-901 fee and information on the visa interview. The U.S. Embassy webpage will have information in your language about applying for a non-immigrant F-1 student visa.
What is an I-20 form ("Certificate of Eligibility") and how do I get it?
The I-20 form is an important identification document that will help you obtain your student visa to study full time in the U.S. When you are accepted into Spring International, you will receive an I-20 form in the mail with your letter of acceptance.
Can I get a letter of conditional admission to a university when I apply?
Undergraduate students who want to have a letter of conditional admission to one of our partner colleges or universities at the same time they receive their I-20 from Spring International will need to work with our office staff to request the letter. You will need to send a copy of your high school transcripts (some schools will accept a copy for the conditional letter), and allow time for the letter to be issued. Students who need a letter of conditional admission should allow 3-4 weeks processing time because they will need to complete the application process to the partner school. We will help you with the process at the time you apply to our program.
I want to transfer to Spring International from another English school in the U.S. What should I do?
You should attend the school listed on your I-20 for at least one term. While you are attending, apply to Spring International online. Once accepted and once you complete the transfer form, your I-20 will be transferred to Spring International. At that time you will be issued a new I-20.
Can I transfer immediately from another English school to Spring International?
Yes, you can, but we advise students to attend the school that issued the original I-20 for at least one term. Please talk with our admissions officer to explain your situation so that she can advise you on what may work best for you.
How can I meet Americans when I come to Spring International?
There are many opportunities to meet native-English speakers at Spring International. Students can live with an American host family, participate in social activities, and speak with American conversation partners who are integrated into classes such as listening/speaking and the conversation elective. Special lunchtime or after-school conversation opportunities with native speakers are also provided at each center.
Are there social activities for students?
Yes, there are many student activities. Some are free, while others require a small fee. Recent activities have included things like river rafting, bowling, picnics, museum visits, theater, professional sports games, shopping trips, hiking, skiing and snowboarding, ballet, playing soccer, movies, and many more. Please see our ACTIVITIES page for more information and photos.
Can I learn more about Spring International on social media?
Yes. You can visit each of our school sites on Facebook, view our photos on Instagram, watch school videos on our YouTube channel, and also enjoy years of student magazines on our website.
Please visit our home page for links to Facebook, Instagram, our YouTube channel, and our Spring Views magazine page on the Spring WebRoom.
I'm accepted to Spring International. What do I need to do to get ready?
You will soon receive a Pre-Arrival packet from Spring International in the mail with lots of information to help you get ready for living and studying in the U.S. For more helpful handouts, please visit our DOWNLOADS page.
What should I bring?
Bring a positive attitude! Language learning is a challenge. Students who learn a new language quickly are willing to make mistakes and try again. In addition to your class time during the day, prepare to study at least two hours each night while attending our school.
You should also bring clothing for all four seasons. (You can buy winter clothes here.) Of course, don't forget to bring all of your legal documents, identification and bank cards. It's also fun to bring clothing and souvenirs from your country, so you can show them to students from other cultures and display them at our international events.