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Before you start your application there are a few things you should know:

1.  Applying to the IEC does not give you automatic admission to the program.  Your application and all required documents will be reviewed and you will be notified of the admissions decision when the process is complete.  You should also note that admission to the IEC program does not guarantee admission to Stony Brook University for undergraduate or graduate study.

2.  The FALL / SPRING $60 processing fee required to submit the IEC online application is non-refundable under any circumstances.  For the SUMMER IEC program, the fee is waived because it is part of the Global Summer Institute.

3.  All IEC students are required to live on-campus.  We understand that some students may have personal circumstances that may warrant an exception  to this requirement.  The IEC Director may grant exceptions in special cases.  If you want to apply for an exception, please send an email to explaining your situation.  Please wait for a response before you proceed with the online application.

The IEC application process is separated into two parts.  All prospective students must  complete Part I through Apply Yourself (AY), giving general biographical information necessary for each applicant.  Part II is for any student applying for a student visa (F-1).  Mandatory documents will be uploaded through the AccessVIS system.  Please follow the instructions below:


Click HERE to apply for IEC summer session (GSI)

Click HERE to apply for IEC Fall or Spring semester  


Clicking on the button above will direct you to Apply Yourself - the IEC online application system.

PART I:  General Information through ApplyYourself

Each prospective student will need to create an account using ApplyYourself (AY).  Click on the [CREATE ACCOUNT] button on the lower right side of the AY homepage.  Carefully enter all information under Account Profile, follow the directions to create a password and create your account. A confirmation email containing your PIN information will be automatically sent to the email address provided. Save your password and PIN number in a safe place since you will need both to access your application in the future.

Once you have signed into your AY account, please complete the following sections:

PROGRAM SELECTION:  Choose “Intensive English Center”.  [Save & Continue]

GENERAL INFORMATION:  Enter all required information correctly.  Be careful to enter your name and date of birth in the correct format.  [Save & Continue] **Please note: All students must be at least 17 years old at the time of application.

CONTACT INFORMATION:  Enter all required information correctly.  Remember to add postal code to address.  [Save & Continue]

INTENSIVE ENGLISH CENTER:  Enter all required information correctly.  If you have already applied to Stony Brook University, enter your SBU ID# in the space provided.  [Save & Continue]

VISA INFORMATION:  Enter all required information correctly and upload a clear, readable copy of your passport (the page(s) with biographical information and photo).  If you are a permanent resident or citizen, you must upload a copy of your green card or US passport here.  [Save & Continue]

DECLARATION OF APPLICANT:  Read and type your full name and date as your digital signature.

At this point, the application will let you know if you are missing any of the required information.  Once your application is complete, you will be able to hit the [SUBMIT] button at the top of the screen and pay the $60 application fee using a valid credit card.

You will receive an email with your new Stony Brook ID and instructions on how to pay the $200 IEC deposit and the $200 housing deposit.  You will also get instructions on how to apply for a Form I-20. 


PART II:  Request for Form I-20 and Financial Information

Visa Requirements - The IEC will issue I-20s (Certificates of Eligibility) for those students who fulfill the IEC admission requirements and provide evidence of financial support.  The I-20 form is used to apply for a student visa (F-1) at an American embassy or consulate.  Please note that not all visa types are appropriate for full-time study and the IEC does not issue I-20s for Change of Visa Status.  The summer part-time program (Track 2) is for permanent residents or US citizens who do not need a visa to study.

All new students requesting an I-20 must login to AccessVIS to complete and submit the electronic "Request for an I-20" form. 

To login to AccessVIS click here ( ):

  • Click the Limited Services link on the AccessVIS homepage.
  • Enter your Student ID# (emplid), Date of Birth, and Limited Access PIN
  • Expand the Request for IEC I-20 tab (located on the left sidebar)
  • Complete the Request for an I-20 form.

It is important that you complete the form fully and upload the correct documents. Once a form is submitted, it cannot be resubmitted.

The request will require you to upload the following documents.  Please make sure you are ready to upload all documents at the time you complete this form or the documents may not save properly.

Financial Support Documents
All students upload financial support documents showing at least $15,000 (fall or spring) or $7,000 (summer) in the form of a bank letter which states your name or your sponsor’s name in English.  If you have a sponsor, you will need to write the name and relationship (ie. mother, father, friend, etc.) of this person.


Upload a copy of the passport page that shows your full name and photo
Transferring Students (if applicable)
If you are transferring from another school, you must upload the following with your application:

a. Transfer report completed and signed by your current school. Or, your school may send the form directly to the IEC (Download form here) .  Please note that if you have failed to maintain your student status at your current school or if you have a terminated SEVIS record, you WILL NOT be accepted to the IEC.

b.  A copy of your current I-20 form

c.  A copy of your visa and electronic I-94 number.


Once your passport and financial documentation has been reviewed and approved by the IEC, you will receive an email instructing you to pay the $200 IEC deposit and the $200 housing deposit.  Upon payment confirmation, your IEC application and I-20 wil be processed and mailed to you. 


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