POLY Languages Institute admits students 18 years of age or older. For a student
under 18 years of age, the applicant must have completed high school. In all cases,
the applicant must have successfully completed at least one year of English as a
foreign/second language or its equivalent.
All applicants must complete the application form and submit it along with applicable
fees and a photo identification (ID) online, in person, or by mail to the applicable
POLY center. An acceptable form of ID is a passport, or any U.S. state issued driver’s
license or identification card.
For a student wishing to attend the school as an F-1 student, the Documentary Evidence
of Financial Support (DEFS) is required - showing ability to pay for education and
living expenses of the student and the living expenses of his/her spouse and children,
if any, traveling with F-2 visas (dependents of student). For each term, the estimated
Total Expense (TE) is $2000 (sum of tuition, books, and living expenses) for the
student and $1000 (living expenses) per dependent.
For an initial student, an initial student applying for change of status, or a transfer
student in need of reinstatement, the DEFS fund for the student must cover at least
6 terms of the estimated total expense for acceptance.
For a transfer student released in status, the DEFS fund for the student must cover
at least 2 terms of the estimated expense for acceptance. Additionally for the transfer
student, 2 or more bank statements showing regular deposits, along with a letter
from the student explaining the sources of the funds to the account, will suffice.
Acceptable forms of financial documentation to satisfy the DEFS requirement are
a personal bank statement;
an affidavit of financial support from a sponsor with a bank statement;
a letter guaranteeing financial support from the student's employer;
a scholarship letter from the student's government or other organizations.
In addition, applicants must follow one of the following procedures:
Applying for a Student Visa outside the U.S. (Initial)
Upon obtaining a Form I-20, the student must pay the SEVIS I-901 fee prior to applying
for an F-1 visa. Please visit https://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901
for details. The student must then have a visa interview with the local U.S. consulate
for an F-1 Visa. For the interview, the student must bring the Form I-20, evidence
of the SEVIS I-901 fee payment, a signed passport which must be valid for at least
six months, a completed Form DS-156, and other applicable documents.
Changing Status to F-1 in the U.S. (Initial - Change
Upon obtaining a Form I-20, the student must file a Form I-539with USCIS to change from the student’s current non-immigrant status to an F-1 status.
Please visit https://www.uscis.gov/i-539 for details. The payment of SEVIS I-901 fee is also required.
Transferring with an F-1 visa
If a student already has an F-1 visa, our administrative staff will fax the
of Intention to Transfer
to the school the student is exiting for release
of the student's record. However, it is the responsibility of the student to notify
the school about his/her intention to transfer for a proper release. Upon release
of the record, the new Form I-20 will be prepared.
Why You Should Choose POLY!
Generally, we have 8-15 students per class, as opposed to 20+ students per class,
which is often the case of ESL programs at community colleges or universities.
We offer courses that are more diverse. We have 7 levels (6 ESL levels and TOEFL)
and a variety of ESL courses to choose from. We are committed to opening a class
with even as few as 3 student registrations.
We have articulation agreements with many colleges. Upon completion of the POLY
ESL program, students are accepted to colleges and career schools in place of the
TOEFL or other standardized English proficiency tests.
We stand by our program and offer free courses if you are not satisfied. We guarantee
your English proficiency for your pursuit of higher education, colleges/universities.
Refer to the POLY Assurance Program for the details.
Great Teaching Faculty
We conduct teacher evaluations every term for quality control of our faculty. Teacher
performance is our priority!
Attentive Administration Staff
Our school specializes in catering to academically focused international students.
We have a low student to administrator ratio so that we can better cater to the
needs of our students.
Your classmates are very important in creating an environment conducive to your
learning. We strive to accept only academically oriented students by discouraging
applicants with other goals in mind.
Web-based Information System
MyPOLY is a web-based information system personalized for the convenience of students.
It has comprehensive information, such as transcripts (attendance and grades), airport
pick-up services, accommodation arrangements and more. The parents/guardians of
a student are able to access MyPOLY to review the student¡¯s performance.
Low Tuition but High Quality
Our tuition is very affordable for the quality of teaching and amenities you will
Honest and Fair
We keep our promises and are consistent with everything that is said in this catalog.
Students have a direct line of communication with the Director through MyPOLY. POLY
is the name you can trust.
POLY Assurance Program
After successful completion of the advanced courses, R/W 601 & 602 and L/S 601 &
602, all courses with a "C" letter grade or better, you will be accepted to most
community colleges and career schools.
We guarantee your English proficiency for higher education. If for any reason, you
are not accepted to the college of your choice because of language skills, or simply
feel that your English proficiency is not sufficient for college level studies,
you may repeat the advanced courses free of charge.
In order to repeat the courses free of charge, in addition to the minimum grade
requirement, you must have maintained 90% attendance for all the advanced courses,
and continue to maintain the requirements. The Assurance Program expires after 60
days from the last day of the completion of the advanced courses. You will be eligible
for a full refund for the courses registered under the program if you meet the requirements.
We are promising 160 hours of free education. When you choose POLY Languages Institute,
we are assuring you that you will receive a quality education.
Who Should Apply?
We believe that students' educational goals can be best achieved if the three parties
(the teachers, the student's classmates, and the student) all approach educational
objectives earnestly. The teachers must be dedicated, the classmates must be encouraging
and motivating, and the student must endeavor to do his/her best.
We have dedicated teachers and committed students who are serious about learning.
If you wish to apply to POLY, you have to be committed as well. Oftentimes, many
schools have students with different goals in the same class. We will not promise
you that we can satisfy and cater to all students the best way unless the three
parties all have the same goal in mind.
If you plan to study casually, this school is not the right choice for you. Our
curriculum is demanding and is designed for students who share our philosophy: focused
on improving language proficiency and serious about achieving their educational
goals. We want to be remembered by you as the best place to study for your success.