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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) 

Application Process   

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Step 1: Prepare documents
Step 2: Obtain immigration approval
Step 3: Purchase health insurance

Step 1: Prepare Documents

    1. Online Application Form
    2. Financial Statement
      • Print, sign, and email or fax to Maike Walbrecht, Director of ESL
      • Keep a printed copy
    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
      • Email or fax to Maike Walbrecht, Director or ESL
      • Keep the original copy. It must be kept in your file.
      • Email Maike Walbrecht with any questions you have, or to find out the exact amount of money that must be on your bank letter.
    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.
      • Email or fax to Maike Walbrecht, Director or ESL
    5. Copy of Passport
      • Only the page which has the photo, birthdate, and passport number
    6. Payment of $100 Application Fee 

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Maike Walbrecht, Director of ESL
Email: walbrechtm@uncw.edu
Fax: 910-962-4053

English as a Second Language
UNCW Office of International Programs
601 South College Road
Wilmington, North Carolina 28403-5965 USA

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 it 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)


Get a $1000 tuition scholarship!

Visit ESL Scholarships for more information.

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.

Transfer Students

Transfer TO UNCW

Complete the Request to Transfer to UNCW form

Transfer OUT of UNCW

Complete the Request to Transfer from UNCW form