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AppELS Institute Program Information

AppELS Institute has both in-person courses on our campus in beautiful Western North Carolina and online courses available worldwide.  For more information about our online courses, please visit here.

On-campus: AppELS Institute

AppELS Institute offers four 8-week terms per year. Class sizes are small with personalized attention from university professors. See why AppELS Institute is the best place to start your USA academic studies!

Intensive Language Courses

AppELS Institute’s dynamic curriculum is content-based, which means our courses are specifically preparing you for success in your future university studies. You can improve your English speaking, listening, reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation while studying topics like Biology, Anthropology, Economics, Technology, and Business. Sample courses include: English for Literature, English for Humanities, English for STEAM, American Culture, and Current Events.  

AppELS Institute offers five levels of instruction:  Intermediate, High-Intermediate 1, High-Intermediate 2, Advanced 1, and Advanced 2. Before arrival, students will take our online placement test to ensure registration into the right courses. 

Each level includes four core courses in addition to a Research Lab, a Project Lab, and a Culture and Service course.


Cultural Engagement 

Cultural engagement is integral to the AppELS Institute and Appalachian State University experience. It’s who we are!  

At App, you can:

And much more!

Experiential Learning

At AppELS Institute, your language learning is not limited to a classroom. From the very first day, students engage in hands-on research, project-based work, service-learning, field trips, and community involvement. Experiential learning gives you context in which your skills and knowledge can take off.


AppELS offers five 8-week terms per year.



First Day of Term

Last Day of Term

Fall A 2021

August 9-11, 2021

August 16, 2021

October 8, 2021

Fall B 2021

October 11-12, 2021

October 13, 2021

December 8, 2021

Spring A 2022

January 5-7, 2022

January 10, 2022

March 4, 2022

Spring B 2022

March 10-11, 2022

March 14, 2022

May 6, 2022





AppELS Program Fees*

University Fees**

Health Insurance***

Estimated Housing and Meals****


1 Term

$ 2,500.00

$ 792.00

$ 240.75

$ 2,500.00


Semester (2 Terms)

$ 4,750.00

$ 1,584.00

$ 481.50

$ 4,200.00

$ 11,015.50

*As reflected here, the cost of the AppELS program is discounted 5% for students who register and pay in advance for a full semester of courses, which is 2 (spring or fall) terms in the AppELS Institute. 

** University fees are mandatory and allow students to use all AppState facilities and services.

*** Health insurance is mandatory. Appalachian has partnered with Blue Cross Blue Shield to provide an insurance plan that meets the required coverage of your student visa. 

****This is an estimated cost of housing and meals, which vary according to customs and preferences. All on-campus housing assignments are subject to availability. 

Payment Deadlines 


Non-refundable Application Fee of $150 

Non-refundable Deposit of $1,500 

Remaining Program and University Fees 

Fall A

June 4, 2021

July 16, 2021

August 13, 2021

Fall B

July 30, 2021

September 10, 2021

October 8, 2021

Spring A

October 29, 2021

December 10, 2021

January 7, 2022

Spring B

December 31, 2021

February 11, 2022

March 11, 2022






On-campus and off-campus housing are available. For more information about living in a student dormitory on campus, please visit here. On-campus housing is not available for students studying only for one 8-week session (except in summer).

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Living with an American family can be a great way to start your life in the USA! International students booking their first 4 weeks with the American Homestay Network (AHN) learn about American culture, become better oriented to their community, better understand their long-term accommodation options (if required) and improve their American English skills. AHN specializes in placing international students with carefully screened and fully trained American host families. Students are required to stay for a minimum of 4 weeks and may choose to remain in homestay longer if they desire. Please visit the website for American Homestay Network for more information or to apply online today. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Florida office at 754-900-8297 or northcarolina@homestaynetwork.com.

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