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Is SEI required for all students?
Yes, all students attending a WAnet school are required to attend SEI the first year, immediately preceding the start of the school year. Students not attending a WAnet school are encouraged and welcome to attend SEI as well.
What if we already have plans this summer?
Every attempt should be made to reschedule plans that conflict with SEI. SEI is critical in preparing students for their WAnet schools.
Can I come late or leave early and pay less?
All students need to arrive in Los Angeles on July 8. No portion of SEI attendance can be prorated. If your school schedule is not finished on July 8, late arrival is allowed.
Can we accompany our child to SEI?
Yes! Parents are welcome to fly along with their child to SEI and participate in the SEI Parent Track, which gives parents the opportunity to visit the SEI campus and see classes in action, visit local shopping malls, and then be free to continue their travel in the U.S. on their own. More information on the parent track is here.
My student is enrolled in an intensive Summer English course in our home country, can they do this instead of SEI?
No, SEI is more than just an English course, it is a complete cultural orientation and serves a critical role in preparing students specifically for WAnet schools.
What if I decide to apply to a WAnet school during my time at SEI?
If a student decides he or she would like to apply to a WAnet school during SEI, the student should let Mr. Keith know immediately and WAnet staff will begin working on a suitable school for placement if possible. No guarantee can be made that a WAnet school will accept the student at such a late date.
When is the latest I can apply to SEI?
The deadline for all SEI applications is May 30, 2016 (if there are still openings available). No applications will be accepted past this date.
What is the minimum age requirement for SEI students?
Students ages 11-18 are invited to participate in SEI.
What is the minimum English proficiency requirement for SEI students?
There is no minimum English proficiency for SEI students. Each student will be placed in a level that suits their needs and English level. Each student will be challenged according to their existing English proficiency.
I am bringing a friend, can we be roommates?
Roommates requests should be made at the time of application. WAnet staff will do their best to honor roommate requests, but reserve the right to alter housing assignments at any time.
How can you ensure that my child will be safe?
SEI is held on an extremely safe university campus in a safe part of the country. University safety officers monitor the campus 24 hours a day. .
Can you connect me to other students in my area so we can travel together?
Yes, please let us know your desire to travel with other students and we will connect you with other students from your city.
I want to visit a friend or family member in the US before my arrival at SEI or after SEI is complete. Is this allowed?
Generally this is not acceptable. If there are unusual circumstances, please contact WAnet with this information and we will work with you individually.
Is SEI tuition included in the CIP for WAnet schools?
No, SEI tuition is a separate fee.
How do I get from SEI to my WAnet school? When? Who will pick me up?
Students will fly from Los Angeles to the local airport near their school on August 8. A school representative or the student’s host family will be waiting at the airport to pick them up. WAnet staff will connect the student and the family or school representative before flying.
What do I bring to SEI?
Students should bring clothing, toiletries, formal clothing, passport, visa, I-20 form (if applicable), cell phone, computer, spending money.
How will I communicate to my family while I'm at SEI?
Students will have time each day to communicate with their family through email, WeChat, QQ, and cell phone. We encourage all students to stay in touch with their parents and give them frequent updates.
How much money should I have with me? Cash? How do I get money while I'm at SEI?
Students should bring $200-$300 USD for various small purchases through the 4 weeks. If students want to go shopping during the travel week or are bringing cash for the entire school year, they may choose to bring a larger amount of cash. We recommend all students deposit all unneeded cash with the SEI bank at the start of SEI to avoid misplacement or theft. Students may withdraw any amount of cash during SEI if they want and will receive all their money back at the end of SEI.
Is my SEI payment refundable if I change my mind? Under what circumstances is it refundable?
Once payment for SEI is submitted, it is not refundable for the reason of the family changing their mind. Student sickness is not a reason for refund. If there are catastrophic circumstances outside of the student’s control (such as a death in the family), the family should contact WAnet immediately. If a student fails to obtain a visa after multiple attempts, all but $500 will be refunded to the family.
What kind of visa do I need to attend SEI?
If you are attending a WAnet school, you will obtain an F-1 visa. If you are only coming for SEI and then returning to your home country, you will need to obtain a B-2 visitor/tourist visa. WAnet will provide you with an official letter of invitation.