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Language Systems, together with Sweet Home California (SHCA), a local company, offers students a variety of services based on their needs. These support services include:
Opening a Bank Account
When you first arrive in the U.S., you may open a U.S. bank account.
Most Americans use personal checks, credit cards and debit cards to pay for purchases. Many students who come from overseas have a cash card which allows them to withdraw cash in the U.S. However, you cannot make any payments with this card. For example, when you pay your rent or cell phone bill, you will probably have to pay by check.
Checking Accounts allow you to make payments by personal check or debit card.
Savings accounts earn interest on the money in the account.
Most banks have websites were you can make online payments and check your account balances.
Airport Transport Service
A designated SHCA staff member will meet students at the airport upon their arrival and take them to either their homestay or dormitory location. SHCA staff will also provide students with a brief orientation session upon their arrival for students to become familiar with basic contacts and emergency information. The staff will also explain how to get to school on the first day of class. If students need particular assistance in anything, our staff will be happy to help.
If students would like to travel overseas for a short period of time, like during their vacation, Language Sysytems can help students find cheap tickets and buy them through the school.
We will help with both international and domestic flights.
If students need to get to the airport and are traveling as a group, they can also book an airport shuttle service at Language Systems. This is a good way of saving on travel expenses.
Language Systems does not provide international students with health coverage, but recommends to students Academic Health Plans, a company that provides student insurance (www.academichealthplans.com).
The types of services students can get will vary by the level of the health insurance coverage. For example, some insurance plans have dental and vision coverage included in the package.
There are two ways to pay a medical bill. First, pay the bills up front and receive reimbursement from your insurance company. Second, have the health provider (i.e. doctor or clinic) charge your insurance company directly.
Make sure that you are familiar with your insurance policy. Ask your insurance agent for more details.
If you need more information about the student health plan, visit https://www.academichealthplans.com
The TOEFL iBT®program at LSI is very helpful and useful. When I started it, my English level was really low, but after two months I reached a score of 85 on the official TOEFL® test. The TOEFL classes at LSI helped me to improve my English skills, such as grammar, pronunciation and phonetics. Also, the TOEFL program enriched my English vocabulary and general knowledge in English. Furthermore, the classes are very dynamic. LSI utilizes multimedia tools which enhance the learning process. Also, the books and materials are practical. A bonus is that professors are very helpful; they gave me a set of strategies and tactics that allowed me to resolve questions on the TOEFL. Moreover, the whole staff of the school is very friendly, polite and helpful. I strongly recommend LSI.
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