Why should I attend the American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI) over other intensive English programs?

The American Language and Culture Institute is a challenging program that equips non-native English speakers for the skills necessary to succeed in the U.S. university, including presentation skills, seminar speaking skills, and academic writing skills. In order to complete the program, students must complete a capstone project in which a 10-20 page academic APA-style paper is written, followed by a 15-20 minute presentation in front of the student body and committee of professors. Many students testify that the training received at ALCI was intensive and prepared them well for their undergraduate programs. Our caring team of professionals help mentor students to reach their maximum potential. Students entering ALCI fall 2016 and spring 2017 will not be required to provide a TOEFL score.

How long is one semester?

The semester is 15 weeks in the fall and spring, and 14 weeks in the summer. New semesters begin in August, January, and May.

How much does one semester cost?

Please see the Tuition and Fees page.

How will you decide my class level?

During your first week at ALCI, you will have one full day of testing which includes four basic tests: reading and listening comprehension, grammar, writing, and speaking. An evaluation will be made from the test results. You must also interview with an ALCI advisor who will review your file to decide which level is appropriate for you.

How many students are in class with me?

Classes are no larger than 16 students.

Am I automatically admitted to APU if I study at ALCI?

No. Studying at APU requires a separate application to be completed and submitted to the International Center. APU will notify you if you are accepted into the undergraduate or graduate program. You may advance from ALCI into your university program when you have:

  1. Successfully completed Level 4 and met the requirements for the undergraduate program at APU or successfully completed Level 5 to meet the requirements for the graduate program at APU.
  2. Received your letter of acceptance to APU.

You are not required to be accepted into APU to study at ALCI.

Do I get a certificate after completing the program?

Yes. When you successfully complete levels 1–4 (with a passing grade of at least 80 percent), you will receive a certificate of completion at the end of each level. Graduate students who complete levels 5–6 (with a passing grade of at least 85 percent), will receive a certificate at the completion of each level.

Is housing available?

The Office of Residence Life coordinates campus housing for traditional undergraduate students (including transfer, international, and ALCI students). It is important to apply early since campus housing is limited. Once a student is accepted, he/she must complete an APU Request for Campus Housing Assignment, and submit it with a $250 (U.S.) housing deposit. To obtain a housing request, email your admissions representative at intlundergrad@apu.edu.

The Office of Asset Management manages Azusa Pacific University’s non-campus rental properties reserved for graduate, international and ALCI graduate, married undergraduate, other nontraditional students, and faculty/staff, as well as maintains up-to-date listings of housing opportunities for the larger APU and local communities. Contact the housing office for additional information about available housing options.

How long will I need to study at ALCI before attending APU?

The length of study at ALCI depends on the level at which you enter. For example, a student beginning at level 3 would spend two semesters in English as a Second Language (ESL) studies before entering the undergraduate program. A graduate student entering at level 4 would spend three semesters in ESL studies before entering the graduate program full time. Your program will be mapped out for you at your initial interview during your first week at ALCI.

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