Frequently Asked Questions

Can I transfer to the PIE from another intensive English program? 

Yes! Complete the online application. We will send you an admission letter and a transfer form. Give these to an advisor at your current school, and they will transfer your SEVIS record to the PIE. We will make a new I-20 for you.

How much does it cost to apply?

The application fee is $100.

How can I pay the application fee?

You can pay your application fee by credit card, or you can send a money order by mail if you live in the U.S.  

How do I get an I-20?

Government-sponsored students must provide a financial guarantee with the name and address of the PIE and the dates you will study. Saudi students: the "For Admission Purposes Only" letter is NOT a financial guarantee.

Self-paying students must show financial resources of $5,846.00 for each session. You do not actually have to pay this much. You just have to show the U.S. government that you have plenty of money to pay your tuition and all your possible expenses while you are studying at the PIE.

How can I show my financial resources?

You must ask your bank for a letter. The letter should state the name of the account holder and the total amount in the account. The letter should be recent (from the last few months.) The letter can be in your native language. Please DO NOT send a monthly or quarterly bank statement that shows where you shopped for food and clothes and what you paid for Uber and ITunes!

How long will it take to get my I-20?

It takes a short time to get your I-20 (less than 10 days). After you submit your application, we will request your I-20. Your I-20 will be ready in one or two days. We will send your I-20 by FedEx and give you the tracking number.

Does PIE offer conditional admission to IUPUI?

PIE offers English classes to achieve English proficiency for IUPUI. You can get conditional admission to IUPUI by applying to IUPUI. (See the next question.)

Can I apply to both the PIE and IUPUI?

Yes! The applications are separate. Apply to the PIE here. For information about applying to IUPUI as an international student, click here. For information about applying to IUPUI as a domestic student (asylee or U.S. permanent resident or citizen), click here.

Do I need to send transcripts or test scores with my application?

No, PIE does not require any transcripts or test scores. 

How can I know my level at the PIE?

New students take a placement test on the first day of orientation. With the results of the placement test, we will place you in the best level for improving your English skills. You will find out your level and your schedule on the second day of orientation.

Can I take the placement test before I apply or start?

You cannot take the placement test before you apply. If you live in the area and you are accepted to the PIE, you can take the placement test after you apply but before you start. You can take it at the beginning or end of an earlier session. Otherwise, all new students take the placement test on the first day of orientation.

When do PIE classes meet?

PIE classes meet Monday through Friday during the day. There are no PIE classes in the evening or on weekends. Full-time students have classes every day. The exact time varies depending on the session and your level. Part-time students could have classes 2, 3, 4, or 5 days a week, depending on the schedule for their level and what class(es) they take.

How much does the PIE cost?

Tuition for full-time students is $2,550 per session. Part-time tuition depends on which classes you take (see below). All students with an F-1 visa are charged a fee to the Office of International Affairs ($48 per session). F-1 students with a government sponsorship are charged a sponsored student fee ($175 per session). F-1 students who do not have a government sponsorship also are required to have Indiana University health insurance (approximately $43 per week).

When do I have to pay?

New students pay tuition for the first session on the second day of orientation. It is not possible to pay early, before orientation. After the first session, continuing students pay tuition by the second day of classes for each session. 

How can I pay?

There are many ways to pay your tuition, including credit card, Echeck, money order, cash, and Flywire. International students usually find it convenient to open a bank account at an American bank as soon as they arrive in Indianapolis.

Can I study part-time?

Anyone except students with an F-1 visa can study part-time. If you have an F-2 visa, you may only study part-time. (Students with an F-1 visa are required to study full-time.)

What does it cost to study part-time?

Here is the tuition for part-time students for one session:

   Grammar Class only = $555.00

   Listening/Speaking only = $1035.00

   Reading/Writing only = $1035.00

   Listening/Speaking + Grammar = $1590.00

   Reading/Writing + Grammar = $1590.00

   Listening/Speaking + Reading/Writing = $2070.00

Is PIE tuition the same for all students?

Yes, PIE tuition is the same for all students and for all levels. 

Does the PIE offer scholarships?

PIE offers one full-tuition scholarship each session.

I’m a permanent resident. Can I apply for financial aid?

Unfortunately, no. Because PIE classes are non-credit and PIE students are non-degree students, no university or US government aid is available. 

Can I take university classes while I study at the PIE?

No, PIE classes are meant to come before university study. PIE classes prepare you to succeed in university classes.

Where can I live?

PIE students have many housing options:

  • Campus housing (Note: campus housing is not required and is not a guaranteed option.)
  • Live with friends or relatives
  • Homestay (live with an American family)
  • Rent an apartment or house

Where is the best place to live?

The best place is different for each person. It depends on how you like to live. After you are admitted to the PIE, you will receive information about how to apply for all the different types of housing. We can give you information and some advice about housing, but it is your responsibility to find and arrange a place to live.

Is parking free?

No, unfortunately parking is not free for students or teachers! A student parking permit costs about $35 per month.

Does the PIE provide textbooks?

Students need to purchase their own textbooks. You can buy textbooks in the IUPUI Bookstore or through Textbooks cost between $10 and $40 per class.