Frequently Asked Questions
APPLYING AND DOCUMENTS
ANDREWS AND AREA INFO
Call the CIEP office or visit to make an appointment. Office hours are Monday-Thursday 8am to 5pm, Friday 8am to 12pm.
The 2013 Action America Session will take place July 1 to July 26. We recommend that participants arrive on Friday, June 28 and expect to stay through July 26 or, at the latest, July 28.. Visit the Action American info page for more details.
The length of time it takes to complete the program depends on the level of language proficiency. The program provides three levels: beginning/basic, intermediate, and advanced. Each session includes a minimum of 16 hours of instruction per week for 15 weeks.
There are many tests for academic English language proficiency. The tests that you may take before coming to campus that are accepted by the Andrews University Admissions office include the following: the internet-based TOEFL (iBT), the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB), and the academic version of the IELTS.
The iBT and MELAB are available on campus through the Center for Counseling and Testing. The paper-based Institutional TOEFL (ITP) is offered by the Center for Intensive English Programs (CIEP). The ITP is offered at the beginning and conclusion of each semester.
A paper-based language placement test is offered by CIEP and an internet COMPASS test is offered by Counseling and Testing. These tests are not given to demonstrate an ability to matriculate, but they do indicate the appropriate level for language study: basic, intermediate, or advanced. Contact CIEP directly to ask about options for placement.
Contact us at CIEP or contact the Counseling and Testing Center directly to ask about options for the TOEFL or COMPASS tests.
It is best to have them sent to Undergraduate Admissions. If you are planning to matriculate into the university after your ESL courses, we strongly recommend that you fill out an online Andrews application and have your transcripts sent before leaving your home country, as in some cases schools will not send transcripts if you are not physically present at the school to request them. This would mean that you would have to travel back to your country after your ESL courses to request the documents. What a hassle!
Students attending Andrews University are allowed to apply for employment on campus. International students are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week when school is in session and 40 hours when on vacation. It is the student’s responsibility to apply for work, search for employment opportunities, and contact the Social Security office with the documents validating that there is a job available and that the study load is at least 8 hours per week for graduate students and 12 for undergraduate.
Applicants 22 years old or younger are asked to live in the on campus residence halls. Applicants 23 and older and families may live on campus in University Housing (email@example.com) or in the community. If you are planning to live on campus, either in one of the residence halls or in a university apartment, registration and a deposit is required.
Andrews University campus houses an elementary school, Ruth Murdoch Elementary, and a secondary/high school, Andrews Adventist Academy. The community also includes several elementary schools and a high school. Busing is available.