[UPDATED: January 6, 2022] Applications for 2022 are now open! Please note that due to COVID-19, your desired study abroad options may be affected. ApplyESL recommends applying well ahead of your desired start date to ensure adequate time for processing. Contact your program, or ApplyESL, to check program status, and your local embassy or consulate to confirm visa services currently available. We look forward to receiving your application!
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A meal plan where students receive two meals (Breakfast and Dinner) each day.

Health Certificate (Health Report)

The official results of a physical examination that is written by a doctor. In addition to this document, "Health Report" refers to your medical history, immunization records, eyeglass prescription, drug prescriptions, and a written record of any remedy that you use on a regular basis. The official documentation should be in English or you should bring translations with you.


A type of housing where an international student lives together and has meals with a host family. Through this experience, a student is able to directly participate in the host country's distinctive culture.

Host Country

The country where a student will be studying. Also called "destination country."

Host Family

A family native to the international student's host country that provides international students with housing and meals.

Host School

School where an international student studies.

House/Apartment Share

A living arrangement where one or more students live together in a private setting. Although more expensive than a Homestay or Dormitory, this is a popular option due to the large amount of privacy.

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