Frequently Asked Questions
1. How do I register for the ESL Institute at UNH?
2. How am I placed in ESL classes?
On your first day at the ESL Institute, you will be given an English proficiency assessment, which will determine the level of ESL course you will take.
3. Can I earn credits for my courses at the ESL Institute at UNH?
Yes. Up to 16 credits may be applied to a UNH degree program.
4. Can I register for more than one ESL session?
Yes. Students can register for one or more ESL session(s). While here, you may decide that you want to register for more than one session and we will work with you to extend your I-20, if necessary.
5. Do I need a visa to study at the ESL Institute at UNH?
Yes. International students who study at UNH must have a student visa. After we receive your registration paperwork and payment, UNH’s Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) will issue your I-20 and provide further information about how to apply for an F-1 student visa. As of September 1, 2004, the Department of Homeland Security charges a $200.00 SEVIS fee, which is part of our Application Fee. Once we pay the SEVIS fee, we will send you the receipt, along with your I-20.
6. I already have a U.S. visa. Can I study at the ESL Institute at UNH?
Yes. Currently, students with the following visas are permitted to study FULL-TIME: F-1, H-4, or J-2. Students with the following visas are permitted to study HALF-TIME: F-2 or H-1B.
7. How can I transfer my I-20 to the ESL Institute at UNH?
If you want to transfer to the ESL Institute at UNH, complete the International Student Transfer Form and fax it to
8. I would like to live on-campus. What is housing like at UNH?
If you are under 21, typically you will live in double occupancy rooms in undergraduate student housing. If you are 21 or older, you will typically live in single occupancy rooms in graduate student housing. To learn more about residence halls, please visit: http://www.unh.edu/housing/.
9. Do I have to bring my own linens?
No. For a one-time fee, housing will provide sheets, blankets, towels and pillows.
10. Does UNH have a laundry service?
No. You are responsible for taking care of your own laundry. Each residence hall has laundry machines that students can use for a fee.
11. When can I move into my on-campus housing?
You can usually move in the day before your ESL session begins. Prior to move-in, you will receive confirmation from the ESL Institute about your move-in date.
12. Is there dining at UNH?
Yes. If you live on-campus and are an undergraduate student, you must sign up for a meal plan. If you live on-campus in graduate student housing you have the option of cooking your meals in common kitchens and/or signing up for a meal plan.
For more information about the dining halls and menus offered, please visit: http://www.unh.edu/dining/.
13. Do you offer any special programs?
If you would like to send a group of students from your institution or area, we will work with you to make special arrangements to accommodate your group’s needs.
14. Who should I contact with any further questions?
Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call +1.603.862.0083.