The Catholic University of America

Application and Admission

Applicants to IEP must have completed their high school education and be at least 17 years of age. They are expected to be genuinely interested in studying English mainly for academic purposes. All applicants to IEP must provide:

1.    a copy of the High School Diploma;

2.    a filled-out and signed Application Form; and

3.    an application fee of $30 USD (non-refundable).

Applicants requesting an I-20 for an F-1 visa must fill out the International Student Scholar Services (ISSS) I-20 request form accompanied by a letter of financial support or a bank statement, in addition to providing the items listed above.


Applications and additional documents for an I-20 must be received 10 weeks before the beginning of the semester.  The exact dates will be included in the I-20 form, which also serves as proof of admission.


Applicants provisionally admitted to another program or department at CU, who have an I-20 from that program, must only fill out the application form and pay the application fee at least one week before the beginning of the semester.


Applicants already matriculated in another program or department at CUA, who plan to take English classes on a part-time basis, must fill out the Applications Form and hand it in at registration time.


Transfers from another U.S. university or language school must download the transfer form and give it to the international student officials from the institution that issued the I-20. They, in turn, will fax it to the CUA’s International Student Scholar Services Office (202-319-6673), as instructed at the bottom of the form.


Admitted students below the age of 26 are required by the District of Columbia law to provide a complete immunization record. Details here


Placement Testing

All applicants to IEP must take the placement test before registration. Each semester the test is given on two consecutive days the week before the first day of classes. A $40 testing fee must be paid by all applicants before taking the test.


Students who arrive late or miss the testing dates cannot be assured of placement in the program.


We suggest that students plan to arrive in the Washington area at least one week before the beginning of the semester in which they want to register.


Tuition and Other Expenses

Estimated expenses for one year in intensive language training are on the I-20 request form.  This amount includes tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and mandatory health insurance.


Limited housing options may be available on campus in CU's residence halls. Please refer to the Housing Services website ( for more information regarding housing eligibility, housing policies, and room types and rates. Housing Services staff members are also available to assist students seeking off-campus housing options. Please contact Housing Services at if you have any questions.





For further information, write to:

Dr. Anca M. Nemoianu, Director

Intensive English Program, B-2 Gibbons Hall

The Catholic University of America

Washington, D.C. 20064

Telephone: 202-319-5229 or 202-319-4439