How to Transfer Your F-1 Visa

One thing many F-1 Visa students have learned during the Covid-19 pandemic is that not all Intensive English programs are created equal, and not all schools have the capability to fully serve students during times like these. Here at Forum we are up and learning, each and every day! That’s why many students have decided to transfer their F-1 Visa and join our community!

Here’s how…..

How To Transfer Your F-1 Visa To Another School

F-1 English language training students are welcome to transfer for the summer semester starting on May 18th.  As long as your last day in class at your current school is after December 18th, you should be able to transfer your I-20 (F-1 visa) to Forum for the summer semester.   To find out if you are eligible to transfer please contact Maria at [email protected].

How to Transfer F1 Visa To Another School (Form I-20): To transfer your F1 visa (Form I-20) to Forum, just follow the instructions below:

  • Apply to Forum by following the instructions on this link:
  • Notify your current school that you would like to transfer and provide them with the acceptance letter that Forum will provide to you upon your acceptance.
  • Forum staff will work with your current school to process your transfer and Forum will call you to schedule a placement test.

Forum hopes to offer in-person classes at its center for the summer semester starting on May 18, but administrators will continue to monitor the coronavirus situation closely and listen to the guidance of state and federal health officials.  In the meantime, the school will be cleaned and disinfected to ensure a safe facility upon our reopening.

Can International Students Transfer School in the US?  Yes! Transferring is simple.  You can read more about the process on the Study in the States:

How To Transfer Your F-1 Visa



Forum English Center’s Covid-19 Update

Due to growing concerns and recent regulations, Forum will continue classes online for the remainder of the Spring Semester. Forum is still up and fully operational with online classes and online tutoring during this time. Administrators and staff can also be reached via phone and email for current students who need support or new students interested in enrolling for the Intensive English Program starting on May 18th (summer semester).

To Our Dear Forum Family,

We hope you are well and safe at home. Our thoughts are with you and your families during these uncertain times. Your safety is our priority and we want to make sure we do our part in encouraging social distancing at this critical time.

Since early March, Forum has been proactive in helping slow the spread of the coronavirus by following CDC guidance and successfully moving to an online platform in a timely manner to encourage social distancing early on in the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

In the past few weeks, the Forum team has been working to maximize online tools to help students make the best of their virtual learning experience. Teachers have been utilizing creative strategies to keep the Forum method alive in the virtual space. Administrators and staff are also working to create a calendar of interactive events to keep students connected during this difficult time.

We hope that by the end of April the community’s social distancing efforts will start to take effect and that we will be able to return to the center for the summer semester. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and listen to the guidance of state and federal health officials. In the meantime, the school will be cleaned and disinfected to ensure a safe facility upon our reopening.

Please remember, we will get through this difficult time together and we want you to remember that we have built this Forum Family in order to support our students even through the most challenging times. Staying connected to each other is more important than ever and although we can’t be together in person we will continue to teach you and make you laugh through our digital channels.

Stay strong, stay hopeful and stay healthy! We will all see each other very soon!


Maria Betlavi

Executive Director

Forum English Center

Choosing your English as Second Language School in the Washington, D.C. Metro area

Forum Intensive English Center is not just about learning English with excellence, it is also about experiencing what Washington, D.C. has to offer international students. Every day, the country welcomes international students with different purposes and goals, but language is what connects us all.

We are here to help our students succeed throughout the process of learning the language while also immersing them in American culture in a location that provides the best experiences when studying abroad in the United States.

Forum is located 3 minutes near a metro station, and 20 minutes from Washington, D.C.

We are located in Alexandria, Virginia-just a 3-minute walk away from the Huntington Metro station. Our campus is just 10 minutes away from Old Town Alexandria and 25 minutes from Washington, D.C. The Washington D.C. Metro area has one of the most extensive subway systems in the United States which makes transportation convenient without owning a vehicle.

The nation’s capital offers plenty of things to do; numerous cultural activities, entertainment opoortunities, festivals, free admission museums, monuments, and great restaurants. It is a multicultural city that possessives a significant amount of American history as it is the seat of the United States government.

Housing option for our international students

Forum Intensive English Center has a partnership with 4 Stay Housing. It is a website that gathers housing for international students by location and works similarly to Airbnb. Their service provides lots of options for different budgets and locations.

The weather and four seasons. Beautiful landscapes throughout the entire year.

The changing seasons is breathtaking. Toasty summers and frigid winters, beautiful fall and blossoming spring. We have it all!

During spring session, the cherry blossom festival takes place and provides an amazing experience for more than 1.5 million of people who visit the capital every year to admire the trees. This event happens every year in Washington DC since 1912 when Japanese donated around 3000 trees to the country as a symbol of the growing friendship between The United States and Japan. Peak bloom is a magical event and usually occurs on April, but that date changes year-to-year. The best viewing of the cherry blossom trees typically lasts four to seven days around the most popular point, Tidal Basin.

During fall all the leaves changing their colors make a unique experience around the city. Lots of outdoor activities provide the opportunity to welcome the cold that is close to happen. Even your way back home turns into a magical moment during this session. Orange, yellow, and red leaves turn the city into an inspiring place.

Winter is another show! We have snow and lots of fun with ice skating activities and winter festivals. Snow is beautiful, and it brings with it the Thanksgiving and Christmas session. This season is such a special moment for our Forum Family because it is the period that we are able to be grateful for all the students and friendships that we make all over the world. Christmas time is also so special because we organize a Christmas party for the family when we are able to connect even more with all our friends and welcome a new year that is about to come.

Cultural immersion. Experiencing the American culture and other cultures.

Diversity of people in the Washington DC metro area is amazing because while it is possible to experience the American culture and the language, the wide variety of people from different ethnic backgrounds, nationalities, religions make the experience rewarding the multicultural. Forum students are able to make life-long friends and interact with people all over to world. By knowing different cultures our students become more tolerant and acceptable which make our forum family environment so special.

A different education approach. Speak English confidently.

The mission of Forum is to provide efficient and effective English language training to help culturally our student achieve their academic, professional, and personal English language goals.

But this is not just about reading books and writing… It is all in the technique! Our approach can be explained in one word: Dialogue! Through role-plays, simulations and active class discussions our students start speaking on the first day of class with a family environment where they free comfortable and accepted.

Often people learn a language and quickly forget, but at Forum we specialize in bridging the gap between knowing and using language skills in appropriate contexts by incorporating interactive activities that work with memory structures to help them learn English faster and with greater retention.