A.C.E. Frequently Asked Questions
- What is Associates in Cultural Exchange (A.C.E.)?
"Making the World Your Community"
- Associates in Cultural Exchange (A.C.E.) was founded as American Cultural Exchange in 1973.
- We are a non-profit educational organization.
- We teach English to international students at our Language Institutes at universities and colleges.
- We have many short summer and winter programs.
- We teach other languages to American students and international students.
- We do special training in many countries.
- We work to bring different kinds of people together to improve the world.
For more information about our organization, please visit:
- Why should I study English at an A.C.E. Language Institute?
- We can help you reach your academic and career goals!
- You can apply to our undergraduate partner colleges and universities directly with NO TOEFL!
- As a non-profit organization, our number one goal is to provide you with the best programs and the best education.
- At A.C.E. you will get more attention, more help, more individual guidance and find more friendly teachers and staff than at other English language schools.
- Our classes are often smaller than other English programs: An average of 12 students per class.
- Each of our Language Institutes is different! There is one that is right for you.
- Our teachers have great experience in teaching English.
- Our teachers and staff respect and understand different cultures and religions.
- Most of our teachers have lived in other countries and speak other languages.
- Our classes have students from many different countries.
- We see our students as friends, not just clients.
- We offer great activities and excursions.
- We will help you with any questions or problems with your visa or I-20.
- If you have cultural problems or become homesick, we will help you; if you want to go somewhere or learn something special, we will advise you.
- How much does it cost to attend A.C.E.?
Visit our Cost and Schedule section for current rates at each institute.
- Why do you charge the tuition you do?
- We pay our teachers better than many other English Institutes, so you will have the best teachers.
- We reinvest all the profit we make back into the Institutes, adding computer rooms, new activities, and new programs.
- Our tuition is cheaper than most other English schools.
- We think we have the best English programs!
- Who do you accept into your Language Institutes?
We accept all students 17 and older who fill out an application and send us the correct documents and fees. All you have to do is:
- Fill out and send us a completed application
- Send us the application fee payment
- Send us a copy of your passport
- Send us a bank statement or financial guarantee if you need an I-20
We will then send you a Welcome Packet to prepare you for your A.C.E. studies. This packet will include your requested I-20 so that you can apply for your visa.
- Can A.C.E. help me go to a college/university in the USA?
Yes! Many of our students go on to a college or university with our help.
- We will help you find and apply to an institute, college, or university you choose.
- Colleges and universities in the USA are very different. We will teach you about them.
- Every A.C.E. Institute has an Academic Advisor who is there to help you.
- We will give you the right documents you need to transfer to a college or university and we will be happy to help you with the application process.
- Our programs include 'university preparation' courses to teach you what you need to know so you will do well.
- Our graduates are very successful in US colleges and universities.
- Our Level 6 students take college classes as part of the regular A.C.E. program.
- Most Language Institutes have special TOEFL and English test prep classes for you.
- Our Language Institutes are located on university campuses.
- A.C.E graduates can apply for undergraduate admission directly to our partner universities without a TOEFL score!
- Can I apply right now?
Yes! Click here for instructions on how to apply.
- Can I get more info if I have other questions?
Write to us directly with your questions. We will be happy to answer them!
Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- What is Conditional Admission?
You can receive Conditional Admission to a U.S. university if you meet the academic qualifications but need additional training in English for academic purposes. Your Conditional Admission Letter would state the requirements that you must complete before fully entering the university, such as completing A.C.E. Level 6 as proof of English proficiency.
Completion of A.C.E. Level 6 is sufficient for proof of English proficiency without needing to take the TOEFL test for any of A.C.E.'s host university sites. Additionally, the following partner universities have also agreed to accept A.C.E. in lieu of TOEFL for English proficiency. Click here for partners.
- Will I need to take the TOEFL to attend a University after studying at A.C.E.?
You can complete your English language training with A.C.E. and transfer into one of our partner universities or colleges without taking the TOEFL. If you wish to attend an institution that is not one of our partners, we offer TOEFL prep courses to help you prepare.
- Does A.C.E. work with agents?
Yes. A.C.E. works with agents and pays commission. To learn more about how we work with agents, click here.
- How can I transfer to A.C.E?
1) In order to transfer from one A.C.E. Language Institute to another, please contact email@example.com
2) In order to transfer to A.C.E. from another ESL program, please:
a) Complete an online application
b) List your transfer school on the application
c) Submit a $100 application payment
d) Provide a copy of your passport, bank statement, and I-20
We will then send you an acceptance letter and a transfer form. Your advisor needs to complete this form and send it back to us.
3) In order to transfer to URI, please follow the "Conditional Admission" directions on the URI International Admission website, indicating that you are a Transfer applicant.
- Does A.C.E. offer scholarships to its students?
No, A.C.E. does not offer scholarships at this time.
- What visa do I need to study at A.C.E.?
- If you come to the USA to study English (or any other subject), you must enter the USA with an F-1 or 'Student Visa.'
- When you apply to A.C.E. or the host institution, you will be sent a paper called an I-20.
- Present this I-20 at the US consulate or embassy when you apply for your visa.
- The visa allows you to enter the USA to study. The I-20 tells the government where you will study.
- Can I study in the USA with a visitor's/'tourist' visa (B-2)?
International students have been sent home when trying to enter the USA on a visitor's visa to study. However, international visitors who have already entered the USA as tourists are allowed to study for several sessions at A.C.E. Language Institutes. Students with a visitor's visa are only allowed to study 15 hours per week.
Students with a B-2 visa must change to an F-1 visa if they wish to study full time.
- What if I have a problem?
In the USA:
Each A.C.E. Language Center has a Student Advisor who can help you. If you have any questions about your visa or I-20, they will answer them. If you have any problems with your visa or I-20, they do their best to help you.
Before you come to the USA:
The US Government decides who gets a visa and who doesn't. A.C.E. has no control over the visa process in other countries. We can, however, give you advice!
Write us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- How do I get a student Visa (step-by-step)?
To enter the USA to study, you will need an F-1 Visa. These are the steps we recommend:
- Check with the US consulate or embassy in your area on exactly what documents they need to process a visa for you. Be polite and clear in all your communications.
- Submit your application to A.C.E. Apply online here.
- Once we have received your completed application materials, we will send you a welcome packet that includes your I-20 document and instructions on how to submit your I-901 form. If you applied for conditional admission to one of our host institutions, the I-20 will be issued by the university.
- To obtain an F-1 student visa, you will need to submit the I-901 form and a payment online at SEVIS (www.fmjfee.com), and then take the receipt along with your I-20 to the nearest US Embassy.