College of Liberal Arts

English Language Center (ELC)

Application Information

  • Fill out the Towson University English Language Center Application:  Be sure to write your foreign address.  If you are currently in the United States, include your U.S. address as well.



Mail to:                                                                              Scan and e-mail to:

The English Language Center                        

Towson University                                                                     

8000 York Road                                                             

Towson, MD 21252



Immigration Requirements


If you will be requiring sponsorship from Towson University as an F-1 student, you must also submit the following documents:


  • Copy of immigration documents: biographical page of passport, visa, I-94, and any other relevant immigration documents (i.e. current I-20, DS-2019, etc.)
  • Financial statements (documenting funds for at least 1 year of tuition, fees, and living expenses).  Estimated expenses can be found at the following link:
  • If another person or agency will be sponsoring you, a Statement of Willingness needs to be included along with the original financial statement(s). 
  • If you will be bringing your dependent(s), your financial documents must include dependent expenses.  You must also submit the following documentation:


Mail to:                                                                                                  

Towson University                                                                             

International Student & Scholar Office                                                      

7720 York Road, Suite 246                                                             

Towson, MD 21252




Note: Students who fail to complete the above steps will not receive a Towson University Form I-20.

Important Advice: (After receiving your I-20, follow these steps)

  • Apply for your F-1 visa early .  The waiting period can be long due to the new security procedures.
  • Pay the SEVIS fee; This can be paid through the mail using Form 901, the Internet, or through Western Union.  Be sure to print out and KEEP a receipt as proof of payment.

  • Pay the visa application fee.

  • Make an appointment at the embassy or consulate.  Most applicants must have an interview.  This is an important event.  Dress as if you were applying for a job.  Sit up.  Be polite.

  • Take all the required documents to your embassy or consulate visit. ( Sevis payment receipt, I-20 from Towson, original copy of financial documents, ELC letter of acceptance, receipt for payment of application fee,  necessary DS forms)

  • Always write your name on all forms as it appears in your passport

For more information about getting a visa and studying in the USA, go to this very helpful link: EducationUSA







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