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While FLS is pleased to open its programs to a variety of participants, we do ask that advisors respect these age restrictions: English Language Programs: Students must be at least 15 years of age to participate in these programs. There is no upper age limitation. For summer programs we accept students as young as 13 at select campuses. FLS can accommodate some younger students under special circumstances; please contact us if you have questions. Specialty Tours and Study Tours in the USA: Students must be at least 14 years of age at most campuses, unless an exception is granted by FLS. In addition, students from 14-17 years of age must be accompanied by responsible, adult chaperones at a ratio of at least one chaperone for each 15 students. Junior Camp at CSU Northridge is open to students age 12 and older. Outdoor Adventure Camp at Tennessee Tech University is open to students age 10 and older. Please contact a representative of FLS if you have a special request for a student under 14.
Airport pick-up service includes being met at the airport by an FLS International representative, and transportation from the airport to the student's accommodation. FLS requires your flight information at least 14 days before your arrival in the United States. The Airport pick-up fee will not be refunded if a transfer is missed due to information received after this deadline, or due to a failure to inform FLS of changes in your itinerary. Please note that an airport drop-off service at the completion of the program is not included in the price and must be purchased separately at an additional cost, if required.
Unaccompanied Minor Service: Upon request, FLS will provide the name and contact information of a specific designated driver to the agent and airline for pick-up and provide chaperone service to airport security for airport drop-off. Any students requesting Unaccompanied Minor Service from the airline must also select the FLS Unaccompanied Minor Service. Cost is $100.00 round-trip.
Students may arrive at their housing after 2 PM on the Sunday before their program starts. Students are expected to leave their housing by noon on the Saturday after the end of their last week of classes.
Core class textbooks are included in the package price. If a student wishes to purchase their elective class book, then FLS will quote a price for purchase.
Cancellation Prior to the Start of Class: If an applicant accepted by FLS cancels prior to the start of scheduled classes, the institution will refund all monies paid, less any actual housing costs incurred by the institution and a maximum total of $500.00 identified non-refundable charges including any application/registration fee, courier fees, and travel cancellation insurance.
Cancellation Prior to the Start of Class or No Show: If an applicant accepted by FLS enters the United States on an I-20 obtained through the institution and subsequently cancels prior to the start of scheduled classes or never attends class (no show), FLS will retain:
* For a program of less than 12 weeks, all the tuition charges for up to four weeks of the first term, actual housing costs incurred by FLS, and a maximum total of $500.00 for non-refundable charges including any application/registration fees, courier fees, and travel cancellation insurance.
* For a program of 12 weeks or more, all the tuition charges for up to six weeks of the first term, any actual housing costs incurred by FLS and, a maximum total of $500.00 for non-refundable charges, including any application/registration fee, courier fees, and travel cancellation insurance.
Withdrawal: FLS shall refund 100 percent of the amount paid for tuition, less an application fee of $150, if notice of cancellation is made through attendance at the first class session, or the seventh class day after enrollment, whichever is later.
For students who withdraw before completing 60% of their program, FLS will retain a prorated amount of tuition based on the published price for the period studied.
For students who withdraw after completing 60% of their program, FLS will retain all charges for the program.
In regard to program extensions: For students who withdraw before completing 60% of any additional program of study (extension), FLS will retain a prorated amount of tuition. For students who withdraw after completing 60% of any additional program, FLS will retain all of the charges for the program.
Students who are terminated due to violation of FLS' written disciplinary and/or attendance policies, or local, state, or federal law are not eligible for a refund.
Health insurance fees can only be refunded for complete 4-week terms that are not completed. Health insurance fee refunds are not prorated on a weekly basis. FLS will refund all fees within 45 days from the student's last date of attendance or date of determination. All refund requests must be made in writing.
Homestay Refund: No refunds will be given for the first four weeks of accommodation. If 25% or less of the program has been completed 50% of the unused accommodation portion will be refunded. If more than 25% and less than 50% has been completed, 25% of the unused accommodation portion will be refunded. If more than 50% of the program has been completed, no accommodation refund will be made.
Homestay Transfers: If you are living with a homestay family and want to transfer to another homestay family after the first week trial period, you must notify your original homestay family 15 days in advance. There is a $150.00 housing transfer fee that must be paid to FLS International prior to transfer.
Dormitory & Apartment Refund and Cancellation Policy: Students who are placed in FLS-arranged apartments or dormitories for a fixed period of time are bound to stay for the duration of that contracted period. Early move-out will result in a forfeiture of all remaining unused rent fee. Note that this includes if a student moves out during a vacation break. Early move-out students can avoid rent forfeiture if another student can be found to move-in for the remainder of the contracted housing term. Students will be solely responsible for finding another student to take their place. The FLS Housing Coordinator and/or apartment manager must approve the new student before he/she is allowed to move in.
An administrative fee of $200 to process the student's FLS accommodation. This fee is non-refundable.
When students change their housing option from a lesser fee amount to a greater fee amount (for example, when a student changes from twin room to single room or from no housing to dormitory), students must:
A. Pay the $150.00 Housing Change Fee.
B. Pay the basic housing charge for twin room (if moving from no housing to ahousing option).
C. Pay any supplemental fees (or the difference between supplemental fees) as noted on the current FLS price sheet. (For example, a student changing from Twin Room to Single Room would pay a supplement of $100.00 per week).
For students that have purchased dormitory housing or a meal plan through the Host College or University, please note that the school cafeteria will be closed or have limited service during University vacation periods. FLS will provide an alternative meal plan during these times.
FLS will not place a student in a home with another student with the same native language, unless specifically requested to do so. FLS will not place students of opposite genders in the same family.
FLS offers various price ranges for different homestay situations. A 'single room' placement refers to a home with two or more students, but where each student has their own room. A 'twin room' placement refers to homes in which two students share the same room.
I. FLS places each student into his or her homestay upon arrival to the U.S. FLS students that have requested our Airport Pickup Service receive a friendly greeting at the airport upon their arrival in the United States and are taken to their homestay accommodation directly via a comfortable FLS Shuttle Bus.
II. Each student goes through the placement process.
Homestay placements are administered as follows:
A. Family members receive the student's application in advance of the student's arrival and students receive the homestay family's information in advance of their departure from their home country.
B. Upon arrival an FLS Homestay representative presents the student to the family and conducts a homestay orientation.
C. The homestay family and student thoroughly read an agreement outlining the conditions of the homestay including use of the laundry room, kitchen facilities, meals, telephone, and other details of day-to-day homestay life. Families and students also receive a 24-hour FLS contact number for any urgent situation requiring special assistance.
D. The first seven days of the homestay are a probationary period. Students can change homestay families during this period if they are unhappy or uncomfortable with any aspect of their experience without an additional charge.
E. Upon completion of the homestay assignment, students complete an evaluation form grading the homestay on a variety of categories, including friendliness, meal quality, family interaction, house conditions, etc. These evaluations are used for future student placements.
A. FLS operates full 'in-house' homestay services.
This means that we do not use outside homestay agencies in our careful selection process or in our homestay administration. FLS maintains a full-time, 'in-house' homestay coordinator at each center to insure direct and prompt attention to the concerns of homestay students and families. The pool of FLS families is contained in a homestay computer database that assists in matching a student's desired homestay conditions (e.g. pets or no pets, children or no children, smoking or no smoking, etc.).
B. Each new family must go through a strict selection process.
The family selection process is as follows:
A. We obtain family applicants through referrals from existing FLS families, area churches, and community service organizations (e.g. Elks Clubs, Lions Club, PTA, etc.).
B. Families must complete a detailed application including reference information from relatives, friends and employers. We contact these references to insure the family's solid community reputation as well as for student security and satisfaction.
C. The FLS Homestay Coordinator visits the homestay applicant for an interview and home inspection. The homestay must be thoroughly clean, comfortable and secure and the student's room furnished appropriately with a bed, dresser and desk. In addition, the homestay must be within 30 minutes to the student's school by bus, with a maximum of one bus transfer.
FLS International offices will be closed on the following days for 2015:
January 1, February 16, May 25, July 3, September 7, November 26, November 27, and December 25.
All international students must hold medical insurance during their stay in the United States. If an applicant cannot provide written proof of insurance before arrival, that student must purchase medical insurance for the duration of his or her stay.
Please make all fees payable to FLS International and mail them to: 301 North Lake Avenue, Suite 310, Pasadena, CA, USA, 91101. Wire transfers should be sent to: FLS International Account # 716045067 Transit # 121100782 Swift Code# BWSTUS66 Bank of the West, 100 S. Garfield, Alhambra, CA 91801 TEL: 626-289-5141.
Please indicate the student's name, the date, the amount of the transfer, and the invoice number on the wire.
We also accept VISA, MasterCard, and American Express credit cards as a form of payment.
Payments not received seven days prior to the student's start date will be charged a late fee.
FLS welcomes your ideas about potentially lucrative advertising options and academic programs. Please do not hesitate to contact us by fax at 626-795-5564 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org should you encounter any worthy magazine or newspaper displays, well-attended student fairs, or ideas for innovative new programs. We look forward to rewarding your efforts.
In order to be activated and registered in SEVIS, F-1 students must report to their FLS International campus in person, and enroll and register in classes. The enrollment process includes paying tuition and completing the student contract.
FLS realizes that it can be difficult for students to adjust to new environments. Our advisors are experienced in dealing with these issues and will make every effort to help students cope with stressful circumstances.
However, FLS International reserves the right to expel students from any of its programs for reasons of extreme disregard of school regulations or behavior policies, illegal activities or inappropriate or illegal use of drugs or alcohol, as defined by FLS International and the Center Director or Program Coordinator at the site.
In the rare occasion that such a situation occurs, a student will first be placed on probation (given a verbal and/or written warning) and the agent will be notified. A second instance of unacceptable behavior may result in suspension (removal from the program for several days) or expulsion (complete removal from the program and a request that the student immediately return to his/her home country at their own expense).
The decision of FLS International in such matters will be final and no refunds will be issued in such cases.
Students aged 15 and older should expect to use public transportation to travel to and from school. On occasion, FLS may accept a student under the age of 15 for our programs. In this case, FLS strongly recommends the students not use public transportation alone. FLS will arrange alternate, supervised, transportation for these students at an additional cost of $50.00 per week.
"Visa Denial" occurs when a potential student, who has made payment to FLS, is denied an F-1 Student Visa by the U.S. consulate in his or her home country. In this case, FLS will retain payment for application, accommodation placement, express mail and other applicable fees for services rendered (excluding tuition) not to exceed US $500.00.
For minor students (under the age of 18) who intend to arrange a visit with relatives during their FLS program, the student's parent or guardian must complete and sign a Family Visit Authorization form. This form may be obtained upon request from any FLS staff member or agent.Prices and schedules are subject to change throughout the year.