English as a Second Language
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have a question you may very well find the answer here.
English as a Second Language and My Language Ability
What are the ESL classes like?
English as a Second Language features communicative style classes where students are encouraged to communicate in English. Because students live in an English speaking university setting, they are able to constantly practice what they have learned. The focus of our program is English for Academic purposes.
Who are the teachers?
The teachers are well trained, experienced professionals who provide expert instruction and individual attention.
Outside of class what does ESL offer?
ESL has a modern multimedia lab and a language resource room where students can learn what they want when they want. It also provides conversation opportunities where American and the ESL students interact to develop speaking, listening and communication skills.
How long do I have to take ESL classes before entering the university?
The answer to the question is different for each person. Some students are eligible for the Bridge program, which allows them to take regular academic classes and ESL classes at the same time.
When is the English proficiency test given?
The English proficiency test is given at the beginning and end of every semester. New students should arrive at Troy University two days before official registration in order to take the test.
How high do I have to score on the TOEFL test?
Troy University requires non-native English speaking students to score at least a 500 on the paper based TOEFL or a 173 on the computer based exam or over 60 on the IBT based exam. Prospective graduate students must get at least a 523 on the paper based test or a 197 on the computer based or 70 on the IBT TOEFL test.
Life as a Student at Troy University
Where will I live?
Troy University offers a wide range of housing opportunities both on and off campus. The International Center, a newly renovated on-campus facility, provides suite-style apartments with complete kitchen facilities. Those students who wish to live with a US American student or an international student from another country will be given first priority.
What if I don't want to live on-campus?
Off campus housing is available. Students can choose from a wide range of single, double and even larger apartment. The prices range from about $300 - $700 a month. Most apartments are within easy walking distance from campus. Some apartments require you to pay 4 months of rent when you sign the lease.
If I live in the International Center, can I live with my friend?
This is strongly discouraged. The purpose of this Center is to allow students to improve their English while learning about U.S. culture.
What extra activities are available?
Students at Troy University can use any of the recreational or study facilities.
Can I work on campus?
Yes. The United States government permits international students to work up to 20 hours a week during the semester. Many international students do find jobs, normally in such areas as food service, plant and building maintenance, computer assistance and assisting the faculty in certain areas. Normally these jobs pay $5.15 per hour. However, there are more international students seeking jobs on campus than there are actually jobs, so you cannot count on being able to get a job when you arrive.
Can you give me a student visa?
We can give you the I-20 form, which you take to the U.S. Embassy or consulate nearest to you to apply for a visa. You can learn more about student visas at http://www.travel.state.gov. An additional resource regarding the visa process, please visit http://www.uscis.gov.
How do I apply?
You can either apply by filling out an application for admission and sending it along with the $30 application fee. Or you can apply online.
Is there any financial aid available?
International Student Scholarships are available on a limited basis for exceptional students. Scholarships will only cover a portion of tuition. Any student interested in applying for one of these scholarships should request an International Student Application Form from the Center for International Programs.
When is the deadline for applying?
Troy University operates on a rolling deadline rather than a fixed deadline. We try to rapidly process all applications. Still, documents should be submitted as early as possible to avoid any last minute rush or frustration.
How will I get to the Troy, AL campus from the airport?
The Center for International Programs will provide free airport transportation for new students. If you wish to take advantage of this service please contact the International Student Advisor at email@example.com.
Where is the Troy, AL campus located?
Troy, Alabama is located less than one hour's drive south of Montgomery at the junction of U.S. Highway 231. Troy is within a three-hour drive from Atlanta, Georgia. Many of our students like to point out that Troy University is about a 2-hour drive from Panama City Beach, Florida.