Prospective students interested in studying English online at INTERLINK often have similar questions. We have answered some of the most commonly asked questions below. Click the questions to view the answers.
The Online Program
Who can attend online courses?
Anyone who wants to improve their English can take our online courses – most commonly, students who are preparing to attend university in an English speaking country. We also serve people who want to improve their English skills for their jobs, for travel to an English-speaking country, or for achieving other personal goals.
Can F1 visa holders transfer into INTERLINK’s online courses?
Yes, students already in the U.S. on a student (F1) visa can transfer into the online program.
How similar are online classes to in-person classes?
Our online classes are very similar to in-person classes because students study together at the same time through video conferences. Students have conversations with their classmates and teachers and do many activities just as they would in an in-person class. Students use a computer, or smartphone, with video turned on to interact during class.
When do classes meet?
Class times are based on U.S. Eastern Standard Time (EST). Reading & Writing classes are 10:30 am to 12:30 PM EST and Communication Skills classes are 1:30 to 3:30 PM EST.
On what days are classes held?
Classes meet Monday through Friday.
How many hours of instruction are there?
Full-time students attend 20 hours of class per week. Part-time students attend 10 hours of class per week.
How many levels are there?
The online English program offers six levels. Each level consists of two modules. These levels are aligned with our in-person levels so that academically bound students can smoothly transition from taking online classes to taking in-person classes.
How many courses should I take?
It depends on your need, time, and prior knowledge of English. If you want to make faster progress, we recommend you study full-time which includes two classes: Reading/Writing class and Communication Skills class.
Can I join at any time or is there a specific start date?
Students can only join at the beginning of a 5 week term. Please check Online Dates and Fees for specific dates and deadlines.
Will I receive a confirmation document or certificate if I complete a course?
Yes, each student will receive a certificate for each level they complete, as well as a certificate upon graduation.
Can I switch to in-person courses after I start my online course?
Yes. To save time and money, we encourage you to start your classes online in preparation for academic studies.
What qualifications do INTERLINK teachers have?
INTERLINK courses are taught by professionally trained teachers with Master’s degrees in Teaching English as a Second Language or Applied Linguistics. Most of them have studied other languages, traveled, lived and/or attended classes abroad and are very familiar with the challenges which students face in new cultural environments.
Do INTERLINK’s partner universities accept the online courses?
What additional documentation do I need to submit with my application?
Students are required to submit proof of identification. Acceptable forms of identification include a copy of your passport, drivers license, or government issued ID.
What is the application deadline for online courses?
Fall I 2021
Tuesday, August 3, 2021
Fall II 2021
Thursday, September 15, 2021
Fall III 2021
Friday, October 22, 2021
Who should I contact if I have questions about my application?
Please contact our Admissions Director, Ana Valdivia, for questions about your application. You can reach her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by completing the contact form below.
What is conditional admission?
University conditional admission is given to students who meet all other academic requirements except for English language proficiency. Completing INTERLINK’s English program successfully meets the language requirement.
How do I know what level I should take?
All new students take a placement test. This test helps us to know about your reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills, which allows us to place you into appropriate proficiency levels. You can be in different levels for reading/writing and speaking/listening.
When is placement testing?
We offer two placement tests prior to each term. One date is two weeks before the term and the other is one week before the term starts. Read more on the Online Dates and Deadlines here.
What happens if something comes up and I miss my placement test?
If you miss the first testing date, you can sign up for the second testing date. If you miss both, you’ll need to wait until we offer testing for the next 5 week term.
Cost and Payment
What are the program dates and cost?
We have new classes starting every five weeks. Check the Online Dates & Fees page for the most updated information. Tuition is $1,650 for full-time study (20 hours each week for five weeks) and $825 for part-time study (10 hours each week for five weeks).
How can I pay my application fee and/or tuition?
Bank wires and bank drafts drawn on U.S. banks or traveler’s checks are recommended. Credit cards are also accepted. An additional 2% will be charged for a credit card payment.
Checks can me mailed to: INTERLINK International Institutes 5610 Ward Rd, Suite #300 Arvada, CO 80002
When is tuition due?
Tuition is due several days before the start of classes. Tuition due dates for the upcoming sessions are:
Tuition Payment Deadline
Fall I 2021
Fall II 2021
Fall III 2021
How do online course costs compare to in-person course costs?
Tuition is the same for in-person and online courses. However, in-person courses have more associated costs, such as campus fees, housing, health insurance, and transportation.
What is INTERLINK’ refund policy for students leaving before the end of the program?
Students can receive a full tuition refund if it is requested before the start of classes. If requested during Week 1 of classes, students can receive a 50% refund. After Week 1, students are not able to receive a refund.