December 20, 2018

INTERLINK at Indiana State University


Terre Haute, Indiana
Overlooking the rolling hills and farmlands of central Indiana, historic Terre Haute offers the friendliness and safety of a small town with the attractions of a midwestern city.

  • Population – 60,000
  • Scenic parks, theater, and a symphony orchestra
  • 10,000 seat university center offering off-Broadway productions and concerts
  • 1-4 hours driving distance from Indianapolis, Chicago, St. Louis and Cincinnati
  • 1 hour drive from the state capitol, Indianapolis, home of the famous “Indy 500” automobile race
  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology – consistently ranked as one of the best engineering schools in the United States (U.S. News and World Report)
  • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods – one of America’s oldest liberal arts colleges for women

For more information about Terre Haute and the surrounding area, see Information and Maps and Places to Visit.

On-Campus Intensive English Program

  • 6-level curriculum in preparation for university/college studies
  • Study of reading, writing, speaking, and listening
  • 18-23 hours of intensive English classes per week
  • Weekly social activities and trips
  • Internet and computer access
  • Access to university library, health center, gym, and other facilities
  • Host family, campus dorm, apartment, or hostel housing options

Academically qualified students enjoy the convenience of receiving conditional admission prior to starting their studies at INTERLINK.

Upon arrival, students receive a two-day orientation to the INTERLINK program, ISU campus, and city of Terre Haute. A representative from ISU Housing answers students’ questions about campus housing options and policies, a representative from the bank on campus assists students who desire to open a bank account, and ISU and INTERLINK students give a campus tour.

Meet our highly qualified instructors.

Dates and Fees


Summer, 2019May 28 - July 26
Fall I, 2019Aug 5 - Oct 3
Fall II, 2019Oct 14 - Dec 13
Spring I, 2020Jan 6 - Mar 6
Spring II, 2020Mar 16 - May 15
Summer, 2020May 26 - Jul 24
Fall I, 2020Aug 3 - Oct 2
Fall II, 2020Oct 12 - Dec 11

Fees (for 9-week term)

On Campus
Full Time Tuition*
Health Insurance
Housing Application
$1,902 (w/ meals)
$1,220 (w/ meals)


Recreation Center

Above fees do not include books (approximately $100/term), personal expenses, transportation, or expenses for dependents (about $500/month each). Please contact the institute if you have any questions.

Health Services

INTERLINK students have full access to the university health center. Students on student visas are required by ISU and the State of Indiana to have medical insurance. The cost of the INTERLINK plan is $290 per 9 week term. If students are covered by other plans, that coverage must be equal to or better than that of the INTERLINK plan, and the provider must have offices located in the United States. Students are required to show proof that their own insurance meets these requirements.

Housing Options

Homestay- Please review the homestay FAQ to help you make a decision about whether you are the kind of person for whom a homestay is most appropriate. If you determine that it is, please print out the Homestay Application Form and follow the instructions to mail it to the institute.

Homestay FAQ | Print Homestay Form (PDF) | Print Homestay Form (Word)

Other Housing – Dormitory rooms are available for both married and single INTERLINK students. ISU family housing is available at their University Apartments complex with shuttle bus service to campus and around town. (This complex is within walking distance to the local Farrington Grove elementary school.) Dormitories on campus offer single, double, and suite occupancy. University meal plans are available for the on campus dormitories, and the University Housing units include individual kitchens. There are also apartments and houses available for rent in the Terre Haute area. However, this housing would need to be arranged by the students before or after arrival here.

Airport Pickup – If requested, INTERLINK will arrange for commercial airport pickup at the Indianapolis International Airport, a one hour drive from Terre Haute. The cost for this service is $125 per vehicle required. The driver will provide transportation to campus and assist with check-in. The driver will also provide additional shopping assistance the following day to help purchase necessities such as sheets, bedding, cell phone, etc.

University Information

Indiana State University (ISU)
Indiana State University is a comprehensive state university with programs at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels. Popular degree programs include athletic training, business administration, criminology, communications, computer and electronics technology, gerontology, life sciences (ecology, microbiology, physiology), media technology, remote-sensing, robotics and technology management. Its 11,000 member student body includes approximately 600 students from some 81 countries. The community of Terre Haute offers the friendliness and safety of a small town with attractions of a Midwestern city.


Indiana State University Links and Applications:
Undergraduate Applications | Graduate Applications | International Admissions

Program Curriculum

INTERLINK offers a rigorous curriculum on the university campus that includes in- and out-of-class assignments, such as group discussion, interviews, library research, community involvement, writing projects, and presentations. Upon successful completion of the INTERLINK program, students are able to:

  • speak English more fluently
  • write effective essays
  • understand spoken and written English
  • understand different cultures
  • apply and improve their critical thinking skills
  • conduct research and report findings in English
  • engage in group work and in team activities
  • use the Internet, email, and computer technology

Example Class Schedule

8:00 - 10:00Reading & WritingMonday - Friday
10:00 - 12:00Communication SkillsMonday - Friday
1:30 - 3:00Guided Independent StudyTuesday & Thursday



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Information for Volunteers

Conversation Partner Program: Expand your world with international students!

Purpose. The program offers non-native English speaking students a chance to learn outside of the classroom with native English speaking peers. This is a casual experience to learn about a new culture. You have a lot to share about your upbringing and you have a lot to learn about someone else’s background! Share your current successes on campus and in the classroom. Note: this is not intended to be a homework help service.

Participation. Any ISU or INTERLINK student is welcome to join the program. There is a rolling application, but most participants are paired during the months of September and February. We ask that participants be willing to meet with their partner at least once a week for three months. There are no language requirements to participate. Come as you are; share what you have; learn what you can!

Process. Sign up by filling out this short form at You will receive an email from INTERLINK with further details. Each applicant is vetted through the INTERLINK office before being matched with a non-native English speaking student. This process may take a few weeks, so please be patient.

Policy. Participants are expected to be respectful, courteous, and positive role models. If at any time, your partner makes you uncomfortable or does not respect your wishes, contact the INTERLINK office. We will confront the issues and potentially switch your partner.

INTERLINK reserves the right to turn away applicants from the program if a match cannot be made. Applicants are welcome to join in on other student activities to make international friends on their own.

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