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  • Be 18 years of age by program start date
  • Have a basic foundation of English
  • Completion of secondary education (US high school equivalent) 

NEW Student Application Process   

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Step 1: Prepare Documents
  1. Online Application Form
  2. Financial Statement
  3. Proof of Funds Bank Letter 
    • Request a letter directly from your bank that:

      • verifies the bank account contains sufficient funds to cover the cost of the program plus 15%

      • has the bank's name (letterhead) on it

      • clearly states the account holder's name

    • Keep the original copy. It must be kept in your file.
  4. Letter of Financial Responsibility
    • If the bank letter is in the student's name, continue to the next step (#5).
    • If the bank letter is not in the student's name, the sponsor must write a letter of financial responsibility. You may ask for a sample letter if you need one.
  5. Copy of Passport (photo page only)
  6. Pay $100 Application Fee
    • Must be made by credit card 
    • Must be received in order to process your application
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English as a Second Language
UNCW Office of International Programs
601 South College Road
Wilmington, North Carolina 28403-5965 USA


Ms. Maike Walbrecht, Director of ESL




Step 2: Obtain Immigration Approval

Allow two to three (2-3) weeks to process application documents.

After all items have been received and processed, a Form I-20 will be issued and sent to you via Federal Express.

To continue enrollment in the program:

  1. Pay the SEVIS fee.
  2. Present the I-20 to the US Consulate in your country to obtain your student visa.
  3. Keep all original documents.
    • These must be in your file.
    • The originals may be sent by secure carrier after you fax or email your documents, or you may present them upon arrival.

Allow at least two months for the entire process.

Step 3: Purchase Health Insurance

All international students must have health insurance.

Health Insurance Coverage Requirements
Area of Coverage Minimum Amount
Medical benefits per person per accident or illness

$50,000 USD

Repatriation Coverage

$7,500 USD

Medical Evacuation Coverage

$10,000 USD

Health Insurance Options
Purchase in Your Home Country Purchase from UNCW

Conditions must be printed in English

Printed copy must be presented to UNCW ESL Program

Meets all coverage requirements

Enroll and pay when you arrive

$87.60 per month (must be paid in full)

Transfer Students

To join UNCW, please complete the Request for Transfer to UNCW form.

To leave UNCW, please complete the Request for Transfer from UNCW form.

Tuition Payment Policy

After the first day of classes, all program fees are non-refundable.

Any changes to program selections (for example: length of program, housing, meals, etc.) must be made no later than two weeks before the program start date.