Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions for OHLA Schools (Miami-Orlando)

The first thing you need is to meet our admission criteria. You must have completed your high school studies in your home country, be a non-native English speaker and meet the minimum age requirements for each individual campus:

– Miami ( 16 years of age )

– Orlando (16 years of age)

If you meet these requirements, complete our online application form

Once we have received your form you will be asked to provide us with;

  1. Copy of your passport that will remain valid during your entire stay in the United States
  2. A Bank Statement showing sufficient funds for the period of study
  3. If required, provide a Notarized Affidavit of Support 

Once you have completed the application and have been accepted, Open Hearts Language Academy will send you a welcoming letter and your I-20.

Notarized Affidavit of Support: Required only when the Bank Statement does not belong to the applicant and that the cost related to the studies are being “sponsored” by a third party.
Because you will be a student, you must obtain an F-1 (student) visa. To obtain a student visa, you must contact your nearest U.S. Embassy.

For specific information on where to obtain a visa, go to http://travel.state.gov/ and select the appropriate country and city.

I have a valid visa, but it is not F-1? What should I do?

If you are currently in the United States; apply to Open Hearts Language Academy as normal. If you are accepted, we will assist you in changing your status to F-1.

If you are outside of the United States; apply to Open Hearts Language Academy as normal. Make an appointment with the U.S. Embassy to apply for an F-1 visa

DO NOT USE A VISITOR VISA TO ENTER THE U.S. TO STUDY!

The transfer process is quite simple:

  • Complete and sign our Online application form
  • We will send you a Transfer form to be completed and signed by your current Student Advisor
  • You will have to provide a copy of your passport, Visa, I-20 Form and I-94 and a Bank Statement showing sufficient funds for the proposed period of study.
  • If required, you might need to provide a Notarized Affidavit of Support 
 Notarized Affidavit of Support: Required only when the Bank Statement does not belong to the applicant and that the cost related to the studies are being “sponsored” by a third party.
SEVIS stands for “Student Exchange Visitor Information System.” It is a web-based database that tracks all non-immigrants who are in the U.S. with F or J status. SEVIS is monitored by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a branch of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

For more information on F-1 rules and regulations, please refer to the BCIS website at http://uscis.gov

Students who attend Open Hearts Language Academy are to have graduated from High School, be non-native English language speakers and meet the minimum age requirements:

– Miami ( 16 years of age )

– Orlando ( 16 years of age)

OHLA offers eight levels; , one Pre-Basic level, two Basic levels, two Intermediate levels, two Advanced levels and one Elite Level. Each level lasts twelve weeks. Levels are subdivided into six – two-week units called  “blocks.” A written and oral placement tests will be given to you on arrival to determine the level you will be starting at.
The sessions at OHLA start, every second Monday, at the beginning of each two-week block.
This depends on the result of your placement exam. Each level at Open Hearts Language Academy lasts 12 weeks and there are 8 levels. So if you start at the Basic 1 level, you will need close to 20 months to complete the entire program of study.
Semi Intensive program: Monday to Friday from 9:00 A.M to 12:40 P.M.

Intensive program: Monday to Friday from 9:00 A.M to 12:40 P.M. and Monday to Thursday from 13:10 to 14:00

Super Intensive Program: Monday to Friday from 9:00 A.M to 12:40 P.M. and Monday to Thursday from 13:10 to 15:00

Semi Intensive + Exam Preparation: Monday to Friday from 9:00 A.M to 17:00 P.M.

Even though our classes can accommodate up to 15 students we normally have an average of 10 to 12 students per class. This small class setting allows for our students to receive the individual attention required for them to succeed in their course of study.
At the end of your program, you will have to sit for an Exit Exam. Based on the results of this exam you will receive a Certificate of Completion.
OHLA requires that all international students carry proper medical emergency insurance with the following minimum coverage:

  1. Medical benefits of at least $50,000;
  2. Death coverage of at least $10,000;
  3. Permanent invalidity of at least $10,000.

Additionally the insurance corporation must have one of the following ratings:

  1. an A.M. rating of “A-“or above;
  2. an Insurance Solvency International, Ltd (ISI) rating of “A-I” or above;
  3. a Weiss Research, Inc rating of B+ or above.

Though you can purchase insurance in your native country. OHLA offers a comprehensive insurance plan with GUARD.ME.

To view and purchase OHLA’s insurance policy please go to www.guard.me/ohla

One lesson is 50 min. long
You will have to pay a non-refundable application fee [$120], SEVIS fee [$200] and mailing fee [$80].

Other additional expenses are:

  • Compulsory book fees (up to 12 weeks)/ Semi-Intensive $50/Intensive $100/Super-Intensive $150
  • Insurance: $80 per month premium (optional)
  • Public transportation: Price varies by city (optional).

To supplement its English program, OHLA offers to students a wide choice of optional activities. A number of them are free of charge (ex. Art Deco Tour, etc.] but for others, students may be required to pay entrance and other related fees in order to participate.

Upon acceptance of your application, your application fees, tuition for the first 12-week [or up to your proposed length of study, if less than 12 weeks] and if requested, housing placement and airport service fees as well as the first 12 weeks of housing stipend or residential fee [or up to your proposed stay, if less than 12 weeks] are due.

They can be paid by: sending a payment by wire transfer, sending a check drawn on a US bank or international money order or by credit card. Open Hearts Language Academy accepts all major credit cards.

If your visa is denied all tuition and fees (except the initial application fee, SEVIS fee and mailing fee) will be refunded.
If you cancel your enrollment prior to the start of the initial session in which you are enrolled, a cancellation fee equal to 4 weeks tuition [or to your proposed length of study, if less than 4 weeks] will apply. However, fees such as: housing stipend or residential fee and airport transfer fees will be refunded.

After the start of any session the following cancellation fees will apply:

Tuition: Tuition for the full 12-week session [or to your proposed length of study, if less than 12 weeks] is non-refundable, unless you test above our highest level of instruction or have a documented medical emergency. If you test above our highest level of instruction, tuition and fees paid will be refunded. If during your session you must return to your home country for a documented emergency, the unused portion of your tuition will be held on account for a period of one year, for use upon your return.
Housing stipend: A cancellation fee equal to 2 weeks of housing stipend will apply.
Residential fee: A cancellation fee equal to 2 weeks paid residential fee is no refundable.

For any session in which you cancel, fees paid for materials, books, student services and health insurance [if chosen] are non-refundable.

If Open Hearts language Academy cancels the program, subsequent to your enrollment, all tuition and fees, including the initial application fee, paid will be refunded.

If you are terminated by Open Hearts Language Academy due to violations of the school written disciplinary and/or attendance policies and/or local, state, or federal laws, no refund will be permitted.

If your tuition and fees are paid through an Open Hearts Language Academy representative in your country, the refund will be processed through this representative.

Yes, Open Hearts Language Academy offer multiple housing options.

In Miami and Orlando we first offer residence accommodation options. In Miami, The Open Hearts Residence is located in the same complex as the school. Our Brickell Residence is located just 10 minutes from our complex while the Coral Gables Residence is located less than 5 miles away from the school. Both of these locations offer free shuttle service to school in the morning

In Orlando, we offer 2 residence accommodation options located on International Drive.

Enjoy the restaurants, shops and bars that this great location has to offer. Take a spin on the new Orlando Eye, visit Madame Taussauds or the Sea Life Aquarium all located on your door step. You can choose from one of the 10 + restaurants all within walking distance for your evening dining options or spend the day at the YMCA Aquatic Center located next door with your Free Access benefit. For pleasure, Disney, Universal & Sea World are near by and you can even enjoy the complimentary scheduled shuttle service  offered by the residences to these main parks.

If you choose one of our Residence accommodation options you will be required to pay a Residence booking fee ($50) and a weekly fee that will vary depending on the options chosen, whether or not you are willing to share your room with other student(s) and on the time of the year that you will be residing with us.

For both locations, we also offers Homestay with local families including daily breakfast and dinner. If you choose our Homestay accommodation option you will be required to pay an Housing booking fee ($195) and a weekly stipend that will vary depending on whether or not you are willing to share a room with another student/sibling and on the time of the year that you will be residing with us.

Note that all bookings are conditional to availability and to the following conditions:

  1. Minimum 2 week stays
  2. Bookings are to be made at least 4 weeks before arrival
Yes, airport transfers can be organized by the school. This optional service is not included in the tuition fees. The current fees associated with this service are:

  • One way from Miami International Airport [MIA] $80
  • Return from Miami International Airport [MIA] $150
  • One way from Orlando International Airport [MCO] $70
  • Return from Orlando International Airport [MCO] $125
  • Each way from Fort Lauderdale Airport [FLL] $100   (only for Miami campus)
The first thing you need is to meet our admission criteria. You must have completed your high school studies in your home country, be a non-native English speaker and meet the minimum age requirements for each individual campus:

– Miami ( 16 years of age )

– Orlando ( 16 years of age )

If you meet these requirements, complete our online application form.

Once we have received this form you will be asked to provide us with;

  1. Copy of your passport that will remain valid during your entire stay in the United States
  2. A Bank Statement showing sufficient funds for the period of study
  3. If required, provide a Notarized Affidavit of Support 

Once you have completed the application and have been accepted, Open Hearts Language Academy will send you a welcoming letter and your I-20.

Notarized Affidavit of Support: Required only when the Bank Statement does not belong to the applicant and that the cost related to the studies are being “sponsored” by a third party.
Because you will be a student, you should obtain an F-1 (student) visa. To obtain a student visa, you must contact your nearest U.S. Embassy.

For specific information on where to obtain a visa, go to http://travel.state.gov/ and select the appropriate country and city.

I have a valid visa, but it is not F-1? What should I do?

If you are currently in the United States; apply to Open Hearts Language Academy as normal. If you are accepted, we will assist you in changing your status to F-1.

If you are outside of the United States; apply to Open Hearts Language Academy as normal. Make an appointment with the U.S. Embassy to apply for an F-1 visa

DO NOT USE A VISITOR VISA TO ENTER THE U.S. TO STUDY!

The transfer process is quite simple:

  • Complete and sign our Online application form
  • We will send you a Transfer form to be completed and signed by your current Student Advisor
  • You will have to provide a copy of your passport, Visa, I-20 Form and I-94 and a Bank Statement showing sufficient funds for the proposed period of study.
  • If required, you might need to provide a Notarized Affidavit of Support 
 Notarized Affidavit of Support: Required only when the Bank Statement does not belong to the applicant and that the cost related to the studies are being “sponsored” by a third party.
SEVIS stands for “Student Exchange Visitor Information System.” It is a web-based database that tracks all non-immigrants who are in the U.S. with F or J status. SEVIS is monitored by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a branch of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

For more information on F-1 rules and regulations, please refer to the BCIS website at http://uscis.gov

Students who attend Open Hearts Language Academy are to have graduated from High School, be non-native English language speakers and meet the minimum age requirements:

– Miami ( 16 years of age )

– Orlando ( 16 years of age )

OHLA offers eight levels; , one Pre-Basic level, two Basic levels, two Intermediate levels, two Advanced levels and one Elite Level. Each level lasts twelve weeks. Levels are subdivided into six – two-week units called  “blocks.” A written and oral placement tests will be given to you on arrival to determine the level you will be starting at.
The sessions at Open Hearts Language Academy start, every second Monday, at the beginning of each two-week block.
This depends on the result of your placement exam. Each level at Open Hearts Language Academy lasts 12 weeks and there are 8 levels. So if you start at the Basic 1 level, you will need to 20 months to complete the entire program of study.
Semi Intensive program: Monday to Friday from 9:00 A.M to 12:40 P.M.

Intensive program: Monday to Friday from 9:00 A.M to 12:40 P.M. and Monday to Thursday from 13:10 to 14:00

Super Intensive program: Monday to Friday from 9:00 A.M to 12:40 P.M. and Monday to Thursday from 13:10 to 15:00

Even though our classes can accommodate up to 15 students we normally have an average of 10 to 12 students per class. This small class setting allows for our students to receive the individual attention required for them to succeed in their course of study.
At the end of your program, you will have to sit for an Exit Exam. Based on the results of this exam you will receive a Certificate of Completion.
OHLA requires that all international students carry proper medical emergency insurance with the following minimum coverage:

  1. Medical benefits of at least $50,000;
  2. Death coverage of at least $10,000;
  3. Permanent invalidity of at least $10,000.

Additionally the insurance corporation must have one of the following ratings:

  1. an A.M. rating of “A-“or above;
  2. an Insurance Solvency International, Ltd (ISI) rating of “A-I” or above;
  3. a Weiss Research, Inc rating of B+ or above.

Though you can purchase insurance in your native country. OHLA offers a comprehensive insurance plan with GUARD.ME.

To view and purchase OHLA’s insurance policy please go to www.guard.me/ohla

One lesson is 50 min. long
You will have to pay a non-refundable application fee [$120], SEVIS fee [$200] and mailing fee [$80].

Other additional expenses are:

  • Compulsory book fees (up to 12 weeks)/ Semi-Intensive $50/Intensive $100/Super-Intensive $150
  • Insurance: $80 per month premium (optional)
  • Public transportation: Price varies by city (optional).

To supplement its English program, OHLA offers to students a wide choice of optional activities. A number of them are free of charge (ex. Art Deco Tour, etc.] but for others, students may be required to pay entrance and other related fees in order to participate.

Upon acceptance of your application, your application fees, tuition for the first 12-week [or up to your proposed length of study, if less than 12 weeks] and if requested, housing placement and airport service fees as well as the first 12 weeks of housing stipend or residential fee [or up to your proposed stay, if less than 12 weeks] are due.

They can be paid by: sending a payment by wire transfer, sending a check drawn on a US bank or international money order or by credit card. Open Hearts Language Academy accepts all major credit cards.

If your visa is denied all tuition and fees (except the initial application fee, SEVIS fee and mailing fee) will be refunded.
If you cancel your enrollment prior to the start of the initial session in which you are enrolled, a cancellation fee equal to 4 weeks tuition [or to your proposed length of study, if less than 4 weeks] will apply. However, fees such as: housing stipend or residential fee and airport transfer fees will be refunded.

After the start of any session the following cancellation fees will apply:

Tuition: Tuition for the full 12-week session [or to your proposed length of study, if less than 12 weeks] is non-refundable, unless you test above our highest level of instruction or have a documented medical emergency. If you test above our highest level of instruction, tuition and fees paid will be refunded. If during your session you must return to your home country for a documented emergency, the unused portion of your tuition will be held on account for a period of one year, for use upon your return.
Housing stipend: A cancellation fee equal to 2 weeks of housing stipend will apply.
Residential fee: A cancellation fee equal to 2 weeks paid residential fee is no refundable.

For any session in which you cancel, fees paid for materials, books, student services and health insurance [if chosen] are non-refundable.

If Open Hearts language Academy cancels the program, subsequent to your enrollment, all tuition and fees, including the initial application fee, paid will be refunded.

If you are terminated by Open Hearts Language Academy due to violations of the school written disciplinary and/or attendance policies and/or local, state, or federal laws, no refund will be permitted.

If your tuition and fees are paid through an Open Hearts Language Academy representative in your country, the refund will be processed through this representative.

Yes, Open Hearts Language Academy offer multiple housing options.

In Miami and Orlando we first offer residence accommodation options. In Miami, The Open Hearts Residence is located in the same complex as the school. Our Brickell Residence is located just 10 minutes from our complex while the Coral Gables Residence is located less than 5 miles away from the school. Both of these locations offer free shuttle service to school in the morning

In Orlando, we offer 2 residence accommodation options located on International Drive.

Enjoy the restaurants, shops and bars that this great location has to offer. Take a spin on the new Orlando Eye, visit Madame Taussauds or the Sea Life Aquarium all located on your door step. You can choose from one of the 10 + restaurants all within walking distance for your evening dining options or spend the day at the YMCA Aquatic Center located next door with your Free Access benefit. For pleasure, Disney, Universal & Sea World are near by and you can even enjoy the complimentary scheduled shuttle service  offered by the residences to these main parks.

If you choose one of our Residence accommodation options you will be required to pay a Residence booking fee ($50) and a weekly fee that will vary depending on the options chosen, whether or not you are willing to share your room with other student(s) and on the time of the year that you will be residing with us.

For both locations, we also offers Homestay with local families including daily breakfast and dinner. If you choose our Homestay accommodation option you will be required to pay an Housing booking fee ($195) and a weekly stipend that will vary depending on whether or not you are willing to share a room with another student/sibling and on the time of the year that you will be residing with us.

Note that all bookings are conditional to availability and to the following conditions:

  1. Minimum 2 week stays
  2. Bookings are to be made at least 4 weeks before arrival
Yes, airport transfers can be organized by the school. This optional service is not included in the tuition fees. The current fees associated with this service are:

  • One way from Miami International Airport [MIA] $80
  • Return from Miami International Airport [MIA] $150
  • One way from Orlando International Airport [MCO] $70
  • Return from Orlando International Airport [MCO] $125
  • Each way from Fort Lauderdale Airport [FLL] $100   (only for Miami campus)