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Global Launch Fall 2021 update

Frequently Asked Questions

Campus Immersion FAQs

How is ASU responding to COVID-19?

How is ASU responding to COVID-19?

ASU offers the most comprehensive COVID-19 testing in the United States for free to all students, and has safety measures in place for your safety and success. 

As of May 2021, all ASU students are eligible for and have access to the COVID-19 vaccine on campus. 

Are you curious about what campus life looks like? Watch this video to learn more about what life looks like at ASU.

Read ASU's COVID management strategy

Is COVID testing required to live on campus?

Is COVID testing required to live on campus?

All ASU students living in University Housing must submit a negative PCR test result taken between January 2 and January 10 to be cleared to live in on-campus housing for the spring 2021 semester.  

The only exception is if a student has previously tested positive for COVID-19 between October 1 and December 31, 2020 and their test result and medical release are on record with ASU Health Services.

  • Students who stayed in University Housing over the winter break should plan to test at one of the on-campus sites between January 2 and January 4.
  • For Arizona residents, we recommend you test between January 5 and January 7 at one of the sites listed here:  https://biodesign.asu.edu/research/clinical-testing/testing.
  • Out of state students should test prior to traveling back to ASU then must test again after arriving to ASU. A negative test result uploaded to the ASU health portal or medical clearance from ASU Health Services will be required to stay on campus ahead of receiving a COVID test on campus. January 8 through January 10 has been set aside specifically for out of state students to test. 

Will activities be hosted during COVID?

Will activities be hosted during COVID?

Global Launch successfully hosted in-person events during the Fall 2020 semester, including outdoor, socially distanced hiking. Global Launch follows all CDC and Arizona State University distancing guidelines and will continue to plan safe and small activities this spring to maximize your language learning.

View photos from hiking activity

Global Launch also offers weekly, online activities to continue your language learning from the comfort of your home. For more information, contact globallaunch@asu.edu.

How and when do I pay for Global Launch tuition and fees?

How and when do I pay for Global Launch tuition and fees?

Tuition, student services and technology fees, and health insurance must be paid in full by the 5th day of classes. You can pay using Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, traveler's checks or cash. Your tuition and fees will be posted to your My ASU account. Visit ASU's billing page for more information.

Is there an enrollment deposit?

Is there an enrollment deposit?

Yes. Both Campus Immersion and Online Immersion students must pay a $650 enrollment deposit at the time of New Student Registration. This enrollment deposit is non-refundable.

What should I have with me when I register for classes?

What should I have with me when I register for classes?

You must have your passport, Visa, 1-20, measles vaccination record and method of payment for your enrollment deposit.

Can I study at Global Launch with a B-visa (B-1, B-2), a visa waiver, or a border crossing card?

Can I study at Global Launch with a B-visa (B-1, B-2), a visa waiver, or a border crossing card?

You are eligible for the part-time incidental study. However, please note: if you begin studying in Global Launch while on a B-visa (B-1, B-2), a visa waiver, or border crossing card, a change to F-1 student status will not be possible unless you first exit the U.S., apply for and receive an F-1 student visa, and then re-enter the U.S. using the F-1 visa.

How is my course level determined?

How is my course level determined?

Your course level is determined by your placement test score. Students do not determine their own placement. You will be tested on reading, writing, listening, speaking, grammar and vocabulary. 

Do I have to take the placement test?

Do I have to take the placement test?

Yes, all students are required to take the placement test. Students cannot choose their level.

When will I know my class level and schedule?

When will I know my class level and schedule?

You will receive your class level and schedule during orientation week orientation after you take the placement test. 

What do my fees go toward?

What do my fees go toward?

The fees pay for all Global Launch activities and use of all campus facilities except the fitness complex. (Fitness complex membership costs $25 per semester.)

Do Conditionally Admitted students need to pay the application fee?

Do Conditionally Admitted students need to pay the application fee?

No. Global Launch will waive the application fee for our English Language program for applicants who are Conditionally Admitted to Arizona State University.

Are there dining facilities available on campus?

Are there dining facilities available on campus?

Yes, students can purchase a meal plan or buy meals individually. There are many cafeterias as well as popular and inexpensive restaurants on campus and within walking distance of campus. Go to ASU's Sun Devil Dining page for more information.

Are there any scholarships or financial aid available to study English at Global Launch?

Are there any scholarships or financial aid available to study English at Global Launch?

Global Launch does not offer any financial aid or scholarships.

Can I study part time in the Campus Immersion program?

Can I study part time in the Campus Immersion program?

Yes, you can study part time in our Campus Immersion program. You will take classes for 15 hours per week. Students can expect an average of 10 hours per week on-campus. The other 5 hours will be self-study/asynchronous learning. This is subject to change upon enrollment.

Can I work while I'm taking classes at Global Launch?

Can I work while I'm taking classes at Global Launch?

F-1 students may work on campus a maximum of 20 hours per week. Global Launch F-1 students may not legally work off campus. If you have any questions about what jobs you can accept, speak with a student advisor for information. Global Launch does not want students to risk losing their student status.

I don't have proof of my measles immunizations. What can I do?

I don't have proof of my measles immunizations. What can I do?

ASU requires all students to submit proof of 2 measles vaccinations or a blood test showing proof of measles immunity. Immunizations and lab tests are offered at all ASU Health Services locations. ASU Campus Health Center

You can find the MMR form here.

Can I take an ASU classes while I'm a Global Launch Student?

Can I take an ASU classes while I'm a Global Launch Student?

If you are conditionally admitted to Arizona State University, you may NOT take classes at ASU while you are at Global Launch. To learn more about Conditional Admissions, click here

I want to live in an apartment or house off-campus. Can I get the information before I arrive?

I want to live in an apartment or house off-campus. Can I get the information before I arrive?

Yes, you will find helpful housing details and links to housing resources on our cost & fees page. It is best to reserve housing before you arrive. 

Can I fax my financial guarantee?

Can I fax my financial guarantee?

Yes, you can mail or fax your financial guarantee, or send it via e-mail an attached file. 

Fax: 1 (480) 223-6315

Email: GlobalLaunch@asu.edu

I already have health insurance in my own country. Do I still need to buy ASU health insurance?

I already have health insurance in my own country. Do I still need to buy ASU health insurance?

Yes. All students with F-1 visas are required to buy health insurance through Global Launch unless they provide proof of the alternate ASU-approved health insurance. For questions, contact GlobalLaunch@asu.edu.

I want to send my application materials and money order for the application fee via express mail. They don't deliver to a PO Box

I want to send my application materials and money order for the application fee via express mail. They don't deliver to a PO Box

Unfortunately, we do not accept money orders via mail. The application fee must be paid online. Once you complete your application online, you will receive a link to pay your application fee.

Will I receive a certificate from Global Launch?

Will I receive a certificate from Global Launch?

  • Students who successfully complete the Advanced 2 level receive a certificate from Arizona State University.
  • Students who successfully complete a special group program receive a certificate.

Can I register for another Global Launch session?

Can I register for another Global Launch session?

Yes, you can register for the next Global Launch session while you are attending classes in the intensive English Language program. Continuing Student Registration (CSR) will begin during the second half of each session. Follow these Continuing Student Registration (CSR) steps to complete your registration.

How can I pay the online application fee?

How can I pay the online application fee?

The $125 online application fee may be paid by credit card or via wire transfer through Flywire

Online Immersion FAQs

What is the difference between the campus immersion and online immersion?

What is the difference between the campus immersion and online immersion?

Campus immersion

Travel to the U.S. and learn on campus at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.

Online immersion

Earn a top-quality American English language education from anywhere in the world.

Levels 6 6
Weeks per level 8 8
Hours per week 21 21
Live teacher and classmate interaction
Cultural immersion and social activities
Field trips
Online self-study
Homework
University preparation
Academic and professional development
Tutoring and advising services
Full-time student support staff
Fulfills ASU’s language proficiency requirement

Can I participate in the online immersion program from inside the U.S.?

Can I participate in the online immersion program from inside the U.S.?

Yes. You can login to your Global Launch classes from anywhere inside the U.S., as long as you meet your daily requirements for online attendance, participation, classwork, etc.

Do Online Immersion students have to pay the enrollment deposit?

Do Online Immersion students have to pay the enrollment deposit?

Yes, all students in our Online and Campus Immersion program need to pay the non-refundable $650 enrollment deposit at the time of New Student Registration.

What equipment do I need for the online immersion?

What equipment do I need for the online immersion?

You will need any device with a camera, microphone and internet access such as an iPad or other tablet, or a laptop computer. We do not recommend that you use a cellphone, as mobile devices are unreliable.

Global Launch requires that your camera be on during class time or missed minutes will apply (exemptions allowed per IEP admin approval).

Can you use a telephone to access Zoom?

Can you use a telephone to access Zoom?

At the most basic level, all you need to use Zoom is a telephone, even a landline. However, if you have access to a computer or mobile device you can use the full capabilities of Zoom.

Global Launch requires that your camera be on during class time or missed minutes will apply (exemptions allowed per IEP admin approval).

Am I allowed as an F-1 student to take classes online?

Am I allowed as an F-1 student to take classes online?

Attending classes online via Zoom and/or Canvas fulfills the federal regulation that students on F nonimmigrant visas must be enrolled in a full course of study. This unique and temporary situation does not impact your student visa eligibility. We invite international students to read the Broadcast Message by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement which details this decision.

What is included in the online immersion price?

What is included in the online immersion price?

  • Our tuition prices cover the cost of classroom time with your teachers and classmates, per credit hour. This price is fixed.
  • We have increased our technology fees to allow for more technology support to conduct our classes via live stream
  • The health insurance cost has been eliminated

Will I still have the same time with my teacher in the online immersion program?

Will I still have the same time with my teacher in the online immersion program?

Yes. All classes will be held live. Learners will be required to live-stream with their teacher(s) and classmates at specific times each day, and will be given missed minutes for classes not attended to ensure a full-time intensive experience

What is the online attendance requirement for online immersion?

What is the online attendance requirement for online immersion?

It is the same as the in-person attendance:
Reading/Writing: More than 600 minutes of missed class time = absence failure.
Listening/Speaking: More than 600 minutes of missed class time = absence failure.
Specialization: More than 200 minutes of missed class time = absence failure.

Will there be any Connect Activities in the online immersion program?

Will there be any Connect Activities in the online immersion program?

Yes! Join the Global Launch Activities Team on Zoom for an online activities experience–have fun meeting other Global Launch students, staff and helpers!

Can I change from online immersion to campus immersion?

Can I change from online immersion to campus immersion?

If you want to transfer from online immersion to the campus immersion program, you can do so by simply emailing globallaunch@asu.edu.

Because both programs offer the same learning outcomes, you can switch easily between online immersion and campus immersion.

As always, we will offer a full refund to all students as long as they withdraw by the 5th day of class.

Is housing available on campus this summer?

Is housing available on campus this summer?

Do I need an MMR form to register for classes?

Do I need an MMR form to register for classes?

  • ASUHS is still asking for the student to submit the MMR record if they can get a copy of their immunizations, but some students are having a challenge getting their medical records because of a slow medical system due to COVID-19.
  • ASUHS has been granting temporary waivers for students who have not been able to obtain MMR records.
  • According to the Admission FAQ page: https://admission.asu.edu/coronavirusfaqs Students can attend orientation and register for classes if they do not have immunization records on file.

What is the class schedule for online immersion?

What is the class schedule for online immersion?

The online immersion program will be held on the following schedule. Please align your time zone with the following times:

Monday-ThursdayFriday
Start timeEnd timeStart timeEnd time
Tempe, AZ8:00 a.m.1:15 p.m.8:00 a.m.11:40 a.m.
Saudi Arabia6:00 p.m.11:15 p.m.6:00 p.m.9:40 a.m.
China11:00 p.m.5:15 a.m.11:00 p.m.2:40 a.m.

* The summer schedule above is subject to change based on enrollment.

* If you have a concern related to the schedule, please contact the Global Launch office and we will help you.

Can a student under the age of 17 apply to the Online Immersion program?

Can a student under the age of 17 apply to the Online Immersion program?

Campus Immersion applicants must at least be 18–years–old OR 17–years–old with proof of high school graduation and parental consent.

Online Immersion applicants can be at least 16–years–old. No parental consent or high school graduation required.

I am a transfer student. What do I do?

I am a transfer student. What do I do?

  • Tell your student advisor that you want to transfer to the Global Launch English program. You should tell your advisor BEFORE you finish your current program.
  • Submit your online application, application fee, passport copy and statement of financial guarantee.
  • Download and print the F-1 Status Verification form, sign it, and ask your current school's student advisor to complete it.
  • Send a copy, or have your advisor send a copy, of the completed F-1 Status Verification form to Global Launch.

You must notify Global Launch of your intention to study either inside the U.S. or outside the U.S. To maintain your F-1 status, students can only be taking classes at one institution at that time.

If I am in the Online Immersion program, do I still need an I-20 before registration?

If I am in the Online Immersion program, do I still need an I-20 before registration?

If you are transferring from another school in the US, or expecting to enter the United States, then, yes, you need an I-20 before registration.

If you are attending remotely from your home country, then no, you would not need an I-20 at all.

How will tuition and fees be charged for online immersion?

How will tuition and fees be charged for online immersion?

Tuition and fees will be charged to your MyASU account. You will be able to access this account after you register for classes. You can then pay by credit card or bank transfer, all online.

Because of the intensive nature of our courses, face-to-face access to our experienced educators will be the same, whether studying in-person or online. Thereofre, tuition will not change; however, virtual fees may decrease for Online Immersion students.

Where can I get coronavirus updates about ASU?

Where can I get coronavirus updates about ASU?

For the most up-to-date information on Arizona State University policy and practices regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit coronavirus.asu.edu.

Where can I find local, national and international Coronavirus updates?

Where can I find local, national and international Coronavirus updates?

We recommend reviewing updates and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and, locally, the Arizona Department of Health Services, https://azdhs.gov/index.php.

What is different between applications for Online-Immersion and in-person?

What is different between applications for Online-Immersion and in-person?

In person programs will require students to do financial guarantee forms, online-immersion students are not required to do that.

Can I study part time in the Online Immersion program?

Can I study part time in the Online Immersion program?

Global Launch does not offer a part-time option for the Online Immersion program at this time. Students in the Online Immersion program will study 21 hours per week.

Will deadlines for both programs be at the same time?

Will deadlines for both programs be at the same time?

Yes.

Which exams does ASU accept for English proficiency?

Which exams does ASU accept for English proficiency?

ASU accept TOEFL, IELTS or PTE* or Duolingo English test for Fall2020 students, you can visit ASU Admission site for detailed information. https://admission.asu.edu/international/undergrad/english-proficiency