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Fees and Policy

English Immersion Fees and Policy


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Business Immersion Program

Business Program Hours per week Fee per week
Private & Group Immersion 46 hours $1775
Private Immersion 46 hours $2895
Half Day Group & Private Immersion 29 hours $1275
Half Day Private Immersion 23 hours $1775

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Current pricing through March 31, 2016
Total Immersion Hours include class + self-study support + conversation breaks + meals + activities = 46 – 52 hours per week
Half Day Immersion Hours include class + self-study support + conversation breaks + lunch = 29 hours per week

General Immersion Program

General Program Hours per week Fee per week
Private & Group Immersion 46 hours $1775
Private Immersion 46 hours $2895
Half Day Group & Private Immersion 29 hours $1275
Half Day Private Immersion 23 hours $1775

 

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Current pricing through March 31, 2016
Total Immersion Hours include class + self-study support + conversation breaks + meals + activities = 46 – 52 hours per week
Half Day Immersion Hours include class + self-study support + conversation breaks + lunch = 29 hours per week

Accommodations

Accommodation Type Fee
Hotel – Business or Extended Stay Studio | One Bedroom Range $60 – 109 per night
Hotel – Extended Stay Two Bedroom $169 per night
Host Family
Includes breakfast, dinner, transportation
1-3 weeks – $280 per week
4 or more weeks – $245 per week
Additional night – $35 per night

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Current pricing through March 31, 2016

Services

Service | Fees Fee
Enrollment Fee $150
Airport Transport
Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP)
Free
Testing and Class Materials
Pre and Post Testing
Books, Workbooks, Materials, CDs and|or DVDs for one level of Business or General English
$85-$100
Insurance – Visitor Medical estimated $35-$150
Express Mail estimated $60

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Note:

Pricing: Please contact Visions International to request current program schedules, fees and pricing.

Daily Schedule: Programs include lessons, learning and cultural activities outside the classroom, workshops, workbooks, materials, lunch and dinner Sunday – Tuesday and Thursday – Friday lunch. Wednesday evening is a break for dinner on your own. View the full daily and weekly schedule.

Accommodations: You may choose an economy hotel.

Aiport Transportation: Complimentary (free) airport transfer from Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP). Host Family clients will be picked up and dropped off at the airport by their host family or a Visions International representative.

Extra Private Lessons: Private lessons are offered Monday – Thursday. You may add Friday or weekend private lessons for an additional private lesson fee based upon availability. Extra private lessons must be reserved and paid when you arrive for your program.

 

Visas

Our English Immersion Programs are designed for short-term intensive business training or short-term intensive academic, general or recreational course of study.

Business Visitor Visa (B-1) is permitted for temporary business-specific purposes of participating in a training program that is not designed primarily to provide
employment and the traveler will receive no payment or income from a U.S. based company/entity, other than an expense allowance or expense reimbursement related to traveler’s stay.

Enrollment in a short recreational course of study, which is not for credit toward a degree or academic certificate, is permitted on a visitor (B) visa.

Visitor visas are non-immigrant visas for persons who want to enter the United States temporarily for business (visa category B-1), tourism, pleasure or visiting (visa category B-2), or a combination of both purposes (B-1/B-2).
Travelers coming to the U.S. for tourism or business for 90 days or less from qualified countries may be eligible to visit the U.S. without a visa if they meet the visa waiver program requirements.

Please visit the United States Department of State’s website (http://travel.state.gov/) to learn more about visa requirements specific for you and your country to attend for our program.

Visas Overview

Visitor Visas

Visitor Visas for Business or Pleasure

Visas Waiver Program (VWP)

 

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Terms and Conditions

The following terms and conditions are specific to the English Immersion Programs. Terms and Conditions of our universal Financial Policy also apply. Please carefully review these terms and conditions and the Financial Policy . Download a copy of the Policies, Terms and Conditions (PDF).

Effective August 24, 2013. Updated August 31, 2017.

Our Guarantee: We guarantee your satisfaction because of the individualized approach of our programs and the high quality, professional instruction. If you are not fully satisfied with the quality of instruction, and we are not able to resolve the issue to your satisfaction, you may request a refund of your program fee in full. Enrollment, registration, change fees, service fees, material fees, bank fees and late fees are non-refundable. Hotel accommodations fees may also apply. Please see the accommodation cancellation policy specific to your accommodation reservation confirmation email. Refund requests must be made no later than the third day of the program. Refunds will be processed and paid within thirty days. All refunds will be issued back to the original form of payment. Bank fees or wire transfer fees will be deducted from the refund.

Special Professional and Student Group Programs: Visions International welcomes a partnership to create customized immersion English, cultural and travel Programs for professional or student groups. We enroll middle school, high school, undergraduate and graduate university groups, professionals, managers and executives. We offer customized programs in English for Academic Purposes and English for Specific Purposes (industry or skill-specific courses). Please contact our Program Coordinator.

Currency and Methods of Payment: All fees are listed and payable in U.S. dollars. We accept the following methods of payment: wire transfers, all major credit cards, check, cashier’s check, and cash. Wire transfer payments must include all bank transfer fees, including intermediary bank fees. Cash prices and program discounts are not be eligible for payment by credit card. You must pay by wire transfer, cash, check, or cashier’s check.

Enrollment and Reservation Requirements: Your enrollment application must be received before to the three (3) week deadline for your program start date. A credit card is required to enroll in a program and make an accommodation reservation. According to our policy, your credit card information will remain on file with Visions International for incidental charges incurred during your program.

Course Enrollment Requirements: We enroll students 18 years of age or older (except for Youth Programs). We enroll students of all proficiency levels in all our private and group immersion programs. However, the Business English Immersion Program requires you test at the B2 level (Upper-Intermediate) to join a business group course. If your testing level is below B2 and we have other students requesting to enroll in a business group course at your level, we can arrange a group course. If Visions International cannot match your level, you will be required to enroll in a private business English course or general English course.

Health Insurance and Medical Expenses: You must provide proof of acceptable medical insurance coverage while in the U.S. This proof of coverage must be provided in English. We can provide a referral to various international travel health insurance providers. Visions International does not advise, coordinate or make arrangements for your health insurance. We will request your proof of medical insurance coverage in English during the registration confirmation process before to your program arrival and start date. If you do not provide proof of acceptable coverage, in English, by the first week of your program, you will be required to purchase the insurance from Visions International’s third-party insurance provider. Please note: Your international insurance may not be acceptable by local hospitals or doctors if there is not a local office or a toll-free number to contact your insurance provider. You may be required to pay for services in full at the time of service and seek reimbursement from your insurance provider. Visions International does not assume any legal or financial responsibility for any medical expenses or payment of medical expenses.

Medical Conditions: Please inform Visions International of any medical conditions that may affect your participation in the program or require accommodations. You may disclose your medical condition on your enrollment form or at the time of registration processing and confirmation. If you choose to not disclose this information, Visions International may not be aware necessary special accommodations you require.

Full fee due date: Full program and accommodation fees are due three (3) weeks before your program start date. We highly recommend you submit your enrollment application before the three (3) week deadline to allow time for registration confirmation and payment processing. Please allow Visions International one (1) week to process and confirm your registration and payment. It requires two (2) weeks to build your custom program itinerary.

Registration Deadline: Registrations and payments must be received, confirmed by a Program Coordinator, paid in full three (3) weeks before to the course start date. Since class sizes are limited, we encourage you to register early. A Program Coordinator will be happy to assist you by phone (1.888.710.4950), fax (1.888.710.4950) or e-mail (info@visionsmadereal.com).

Registration Late Fee: If you have submitted an enrollment application, registration must be confirmed and payment must be made in full by the registration deadline three (3) weeks before to the program start date in order to avoid a $25 late fee.

Late Enrollment and Rush: If you have not submitted an enrollment application and wish to enroll and register for a program 14 days of the program start date, a non-refundable $100 fee will be added to your course booking.

Registration Change Fee: A $50 change fee for all confirmed program courses will be accessed.

Non-refundable fees: Non-refundable fees include the enrollment fee, change fees, service fees, bank fees, material fees, late fees, late enrollment and rush fees, and accommodation fees.

Refund Process: All refunds require written notice (email, fax or mail). Refunds will be processed and paid within thirty days. All refunds will be issued at the non-discounted rate.

Affiliate or Third Party Enrollments, Changes or Refunds: For students who enroll at Visions International through an affiliate, the affiliate will make all change, cancellation or refund requests. Some affiliates or third parties may have their own change, cancellation or refund policies different from Visions International. Please consult your affiliate or third party’s policy.

Pre-Arrival Refund Policy: You may cancel your registration but non-refundable fees will apply. Written notice (email, fax, or mail) of cancellation must be received to cancel your program. Considering the full program fee is due three (3) weeks before your program starts, for enrollees who request a refund at least 14 business days (Monday – Friday) before to the arrival day of the program (Sunday), we will refund the full course fee. Ten (10) business days before to the arrival day of the program, we will refund 80% of the program fee. For enrollees who request a refund less than 5 business days before to the arrival day of the program, we will refund 70% of the program fee.

Post-Arrival Refund Policy: For a 4-week program or less – If your program starts (Sunday) and you desire to cancel on or after the arrival day (Sunday), no refund will be issued. The enrollment fee is non-refundable. However, you may apply your enrollment fee towards another course within 12 months of your initial registration. If you personally cannot attend the program, you may substitute your enrollment with another person at any time. The substitute person must complete the full enrollment process and be qualified to enroll in the program as your substitute. A change fee of $50 will apply. If you cannot find a substitute, you are responsible for all fees.

For a 5 week program or more – If your program starts (Sunday) and you desire to cancel on or after the arrival day (Sunday), Visions International will issue a refund as follows:

There will be no refund issued for the first 4-weeks of the program.

For cancellation requests received in writing up to the mid-point (50%) of your program, there will be a pro rata refund of the course fee, minus any non-refundable fees. Pro rata refunds are calculated based on a weekly basis because we have already dedicated preparation, staff and resources to provide the course. A partial week is considered the same as if a whole week is completed, provided you attended at least one day during the scheduled week.

There will be no refunds issued for requests for cancellation made after the mid-point of your course. Please note that failure to attend class does not constitute a withdrawal or cancellation.

If you paid program fees through a Visions International agent, the agent commission will be deducted from the refund.

Missed Lessons: There are no refunds or credits for missed private or group lessons already scheduled as part of your program schedule. If you add extra private or group lessons and miss a lesson or wish to change, reschedule or cancel a lesson, please click here to see our general Financial Policy.

Program Additions and Extensions: We gladly welcome you to add extra group or private lessons, Adventure Immersion Program weekend excursions or extend your program. Please give us a one (1) week addition or extension notice to confirm course or accommodation availability. Program and accommodation fees are due upon confirmation of your addition or extension.

Host Family Accommodations: Host Family accommodations are available for Youth Immersion Programs only. The business and general program cultural and evening activities are intensive and the schedule ends late in the evening. Therefore, a host family accommodation is not suitable. We aim to match a host family with all your preferences or requests, but we cannot guarantee an exact match.

Short-term or Corporate Apartments: Short-term or corporate apartment rentals are available upon request. These types of rentals are available within walking distance of our school.

Late and Rush Host Family Registrations: We cannot guarantee a host family placement for enrollments and registrations received 14 days of the program or accommodation start date.

Accommodations Changes and Cancellations: Change and cancellation fees may apply. Please see the accommodation change and cancellation policy in your specific accommodation reservation confirmation email.

A credit card is required to make a reservation.

Canceling Your Hotel Reservation: Generally, you may cancel your hotel reservation for no charge until 18:00 hotel time the day of arrival and check-in. If you must cancel after this deadline, you will be charged for the first night plus tax. If you do not show up the day of arrival and check-in, you will be charged for the first night plus tax. After you have checked-in, if you must cancel the remainder of your reservation, you must check out by noon to cancel the remainder of your reservation. If you check-out after noon, you will be charged for one night plus tax but the remainder of the nights will be canceled. However, be sure to check the change and cancellation policy in your specific accommodation reservation confirmation email.

Host Family Changes and Cancellations: Written notice (email, fax, or mail) of host family cancellation must be received to cancel your home stay. Please be aware that the full program fee and host family fee are due three (3) weeks before your program starts as we have already dedicated staff time and made arrangements with the host family. For enrollees who request a home stay refund at least 10 business days (Monday – Friday) before to the arrival day of their program (Sunday), we will refund the full host family fee.

After 10 business days but before to staying with the host family, Visions International will charge a $100 cancellation fee.

If you cancel after staying with the host family, Visions International will charge a $200 cancellation fee.

If you wish to change host families for any reason, a $50 change fee will apply.

Holiday and School Closing Days: You may choose to arrange private lessons on holidays and school closing days at the peak private lesson hourly rate, if we have a language coach available.
You may also choose to join an Adventure Immersion Program scheduled during a holiday or school closing at the cost of the Adventure Immersion Program.
If you choose to not have private lessons or join an Adventure Immersion Program, your program fees will be pro-rated based on the holiday or school closing day.

Insufficient Enrollment Cancellation: In the case of fewer than four students per class, Visions International may choose to offer other options, as the schedule allows. Other options may include combining classes or levels. Visions International reserves the right to cancel courses 3 weeks before to the course start date due to insufficient enrollment and will refund the full fees (including the enrollment fee) paid by enrollees.

Photography, Video and Testimonials: By signing the financial policy and procedures at the time of enrollment, you grant Visions International permission for take photographs and video of you and collect testimonials from you during class or other program events. You further agree for those photographs to be published on Visions International’s website, promotional materials and social media. If you do not agree and do not wish to be photographed, videotaped or quoted, you may opt-out by completing or editing your client profile at registration confirmation or when you arrive for your program.

Special Offers and Promotions: Special offers or promotions cannot be combined with any other offer or discount and are subject to availability. Regular course change, refund and cancellation policies apply. In the event of an enrollment or registration change, refund, or cancellation, you forfeit the special offer or promotion. Special offer discounts apply only to full, regular course fees and do not apply to special courses or partner and custom group programs.

Expulsion: Visions International reserves the right to expel any student, without a refund, whose conduct is not in compliance with local, state or federal government rules or laws and/or regulations of Visions International.

Financial Policy: Don’t forget to review our universal Financial Policy. Please carefully review this page and the Financial Policy.

Privacy Policy: Don’t forget to review our Privacy Policy. Please carefully review this page and the Privacy Policy.

Notice of Waiver, Release and Hold Harmless:
In consideration of your acceptance into the Visions International program, you agree to the following:

I am voluntarily participating in the Visions International program and agree to accept all risks of injury, including death, which may result from my participation. I, for myself, my heirs, successor and executors, knowingly and intentionally waive and release, indemnify and hold harmless Visions International LLC, its divisions, affiliated entities, officers, directors, employees, third-party providers, and agents, insurers and successors (collectively, “Visions International entities”) from and against all losses, liabilities, damages, slander, libel or any other damage or injury to persons, property or business costs or expenses (including, without limitation, reasonable attorney fees, expert witnesses’ fees and costs and other litigation costs and expenses) arising directly or indirectly out of any injury or death as a result of my participation in the Visions International program, regardless of whether or not caused in whole or part by the negligence or other fault of the Visions International Entities.

Notwithstanding the above, Visions International Entities’ total monetary liability to me, or anyone claiming by, through or under me, for any actual damages relating to my participation in the program will be limited to an amount equal to the total fees paid by me to Visions International LLC. In no event will the Visions International Entities be responsible for any consequential damages of any kind, including but not limited to loss of income, resulting in any way from my participation in the program.

In case of illness and/or injury, permission is granted to any appropriate medical center to examine or treat and make necessary referrals to outside physicians as indicated. Permission is also granted to release information regarding my health to other designated individuals including the Visions International President, the President’s Executive Assistant, Program Coordinator, my emergency contact, insurance provider and/or my country embassy. My emergency contact person can speak and understand English or will provide his or her own translator or interpreter. I authorize Visions International to release information regarding my studies or program to my guardian or sponsoring organization or agency.

I understand that my program expenses including personal miscellaneous expenses while participating at Visions International will be as indicated in the Application and on the Price List. I agree to accept full responsibility for these expenses. I have read and understood the Visions International Terms and Conditions and agree to abide by Visions International’s rules and policies. I have also read and understood the Visions International’s English Immersion cancellation and refund policy, the general Financial Policy and the Privacy Policy. I agree to accept full responsibility for my actions while participating in the Program and any related activities including excursions and Adventure Programs and agree to assume all risk of harm arising from my participation.

The provisions of this Agreement will be governed by the laws of the State of South Carolina. In the case of any dispute arising under this Agreement, I agree to jurisdiction and venue of the federal or state courts located in Greenville County, Greenville, South Carolina.

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Effective August 24, 2013. Updated August 31, 2017.


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