Academic Writing for International Students

The course is a 6-point morning or evening part-time course (three mornings or three evenings). It helps students develop their academic writing skills, covering essay structure, rhetoric, grammatical accuracy, paraphrasing, and citing sources. The course is thematic, meaning that you will explore different topics and themes (current affairs, social issues, etc.) by reading, listening, and discussing material, and then by writing essays about that material. The instructors then provide feedback and encourage you to edit and revise your own writing.

Dates & Prices

Tuition and fees are subject to Board of Trustee approval and may change.

Application Deadline

August 7

 
Class Days & Hours Mon/Tues/Thurs 9:10–11:40 a.m.
Course Dates September 6–December 12
OR
Class Days & Hours Mon/Wed/Thurs 6:10–8:40 p.m.
Course Dates September 7–December 12
Tuition $5,532
Activity Fee $30
Instructional Support Fee $45
Textbooks* $60

* Estimated amount
This course is only offered to ALP levels 7 through 9

Application Deadline December 9
 
Class Days & Hours Mon/Tues/Thurs 9:10–11:40 a.m.
Course Dates January 17–May 1
OR
Class Days & Hours Mon/Wed/Thurs 6:10–8:40 p.m.
Course Dates January 18–May 1
Tuition $5,532
Activity Fee $30
Instructional Support Fee $45
Textbooks* $60
Health Services Fee** $510
Medical Insurance** Starting at $1,772

* Estimated amount
** Health Services Fee and Medical Insurance are required for all international students. Students holding an insurance plan that meets Columbia requirements may file a Petition to Waive with Columbia Health Office, but there is no guarantee the Waive will be accepted. 
This course is only offered to ALP levels 7 through 9

Application Materials

Applicants must apply online. Online applicants can be processed more efficiently. Only applications submitted from the ALP Web site are accepted.

  1. Completed online application form.
     
  2. Nonrefundable application fee: U.S. $150.00 for online applications, payable by credit card only. No application will be processed without this fee.

Part-time courses do not qualify you for a student visa.

If you are currently living outside the U.S., you must have a student visa to enroll in the ALP. In order to qualify for the student visa, you must enroll in a full-time program (18 hours or more per week).

3-point and 6-point courses are available for students at level 6 and higher. All new students must take the ALP's online placement test after applying to the ALP.

The tuition and fees quoted are for ALP registrants only. Those students registering through other divisions of Columbia will pay at the per-point rate of their home schools.