Apply to the ALP
The American Language Program is open, regardless of race, religion, color, nationality or gender, to all students who are at least 17 years old and who already speak and understand English at an elementary level. Students must be at least 18 years old to live in University housing.
The American Language Program only accepts applications submitted online from this website. No applications from online third-parties will be accepted.
The one-time application fee to the ALP is $150, non-refundable. Full-time programs also require a $350 tuition deposit, non-refundable.
Specific application materials and procedures are on each program page.
To study at the ALP, most students need to complete TWO applications:
the ALP online application
the online I-20 application (for your F-1 Student Visa)
Apply for Your Student Visa
For most students, an F-1 visa is necessary to study in the U.S. To get your F-1, you need an I-20 (‘Certificate of Eligibility’ form) from Columbia.
After the ALP admits you, you must complete a second online application to get your I-20.
You need a number of different documents before you can apply for your I-20.
Go to our Student Visa page for information.