Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Intensive English Program

We want to help you! You can email us at, and your message will be received by Shelby, GLI’s Admissions and Office Administrator. She will be happy to respond or refer your question to the appropriate GLI employee. You may also call us at +1 (651) 209-3525. Here are some answers to questions frequently asked.

What are GLI’s hours?

GLI’s office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. 
Most GLI classes are from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 and 1:00 p.m. to 3:15, Monday through Thursday. Friday classes finish at noon. The hours are different – longer or shorter – for some programs.

What makes GLI different from other language schools?

Students appreciate the quality of teaching, the small classes, and the close relationships they develop with faculty and staff at GLI. Student diversity and the Twin Cities area are also popular features. In addition, for those students who prefer a homestay family experience, GLI has its own Homestay Family Program in Minnesota. We personally manage your homestay placement and do not contract with an outside homestay placement company.

Is it easy to transfer to GLI from another school?

Yes! Usually it is very easy to transfer. If you would like to transfer to GLI, complete the GLI application, and then click to download the GLI Transfer Form. Please complete the top part of the form and ask your current US school to complete the bottom part. Return the completed form to GLI and we will process your transfer.

What’s it like to live in the Twin Cities of St. Paul/ Minneapolis, Minnesota?

Minnesota is well known throughout the US for its friendly people, beautiful seasons, more than 10,000 lakes, and quality education. More than 30 post-secondary academic institutions can be found in the Twin Cities area. The Twin Cities was rated one of the top 10 US cities to live in for safety, education, and health. With professional sports teams, musical events, theaters, museums, and breathtaking scenery all within walking distance from GLI, students feel quickly connected to the life of the city. Learn more about the Twin Cities and Minnesota by clicking Campus Locations

I have never been to the United States. What if I don’t understand anything?

There will always be somebody to help you. GLI staff and teachers have lived and traveled in other countries and can understand how it feels to be in a strange place, learning a new language. Don’t worry. In no time at all you will be able to communicate in English, make friends, and feel comfortable here!

I am worried about my English level. What if my English is too low?

GLI has welcomed many students who are beginners in English. Do not worry. Most students feel nervous about their English abilities before they arrive. At GLI, we will help you to feel comfortable no matter what your level of English. You will gain self-confidence as you get to know your teachers and classmates, and you will learn to communicate quickly.

What will my teachers expect from me?

GLI is a school for people who really want to learn English well. Our instructors will expect you to come to class every day and on time, to participate in class, and to do homework. Of course, students must also speak English at all times!

How long can I stay?

You can study from two weeks to one year depending upon the program you apply to. If you are planning to go to a university in the US, you can study at GLI until your English skills are strong enough.

How big will my classes be?

The maximum class size is 12. Small classes give students more individual attention and practice.

When do classes start?

Sessions start every four weeks all year round.

Does GLI offer tutoring services?

Yes, GLI offers one-to-one tutoring sessions for students at no charge. Students may ask questions about their homework, practice a certain skill, or simply enjoy conversation. Also, your teachers and the Academic Director are always willing to help you. In addition, GLI offers an Independent Learning Lab for student use.