Advanced Academic Preparation
Available in summer.
This rigorous eight-week course is designed for students who plan to enter an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a university in the United States. It will prepare students for university-level academic study by:
- focusing on academic writing skills, including:
- academic essay format
- source-based writing assignments
- summarizing skills
- vocabulary building
- issues related to plagiarism and academic honesty (paraphrasing, citing sources, and using quotations appropriately)
- introducing research skills, including a presentation by a Columbia University librarian on how to use the library system
- improving discussion skills, including fluency and advanced-level vocabulary, thus preparing students for participation in seminar discussions
- teaching presentation skills, including pronunciation, vocal projection, and appropriate body language
- building lecture-listening and note-taking skills by drawing on a variety of resources including:
- live lectures by guest speakers
- recorded lectures by university professors
- a Columbia University E-Seminar (an on-line course designed by a Columbia professor)
- teaching skills for coping with extensive reading
Students in the program will have access to Columbia University facilities, including the university libraries, the language laboratory, computers, and the gym.
Dates & Prices
Rates shown are from 2016 and subject to change and approval of the Columbia Board of Trustees.
|Application Deadline||May 22|
|Course Dates||June 19 – August 11|
|Instructional Support Fee||$60|
|ALP Student Services Fee||$40|
|Health Services Fee*||$246|
|Medical Insurance*||Starting at $725|
|Housing**||Starting at $2,632|
* Health Insurance: International students (non-US citizens /non-permanent residents) studying 8 weeks or more in the ALP (= Fall, Spring, Summer A+B+C, Summer A+B, Summer B+C, Advanced Academic Prep) MUST buy University health insurance. It is only possible to waive (= not buy) the insurance if you have an equal plan from a U.S. health insurance company. Visit Columbia Health for details and prices. Health and Related Services Fee: International students (non-US citizens /non-permanent residents) studying 8 weeks or more in the ALP MUST pay the Health and Related Services Fee. Students studying less than 8-weeks at the ALP do not have to pay the Health Services Fee (= Summer A, B, C, EPP, Winter Institute).
** Textbook and living expenses are estimates. Living expenses include food, transportation, incidental expenses, and Housing. Housing is the actual cost for students in Columbia University Housing. AAP students who want ALP housing can apply for shared rooms at Carlton Arms, or for single or shared rooms through Columbia University Housing on the ALP website. Note: Please choose sessions "B and C" on the housing application (June 15 – August 9).
** Total required amount on the financial document for I-20 for Advanced Academic Preparation.
* Health Services Fee and Medical Insurance are required.
** Textbook and living expenses are estimates. Living expenses include food, transportation, incidental expenses, and Housing. Housing is the actual cost for students in Columbia University Housing. AAP students who want ALP housing can apply for shared rooms at Carlton Arms, or for single or shared rooms through Columbia University Housing on the ALP website. Note: Please choose sessions "B and C" on the housing application (June 19 – August 11).
** Total amount required on the financial document for I-20 for Advanced Academic Preparation.
Apply to Advanced Academic Preparation
Current ALP students must have reached ALP level 6 to be considered for admission.
New students must submit a minimum TOEFL score of 72 (iBT) with minimum of 18 in each of writing and speaking, or 5.0 IELTS.
On arrival all new students must also sit for the ALP Essay Exam. Those whose scores fall below ALP level 6 must take the ALP Intensive course at the appropriate level, given at the same dates as the AAP course (Session B+C).
Successful applicants will be placed into AAP classes based on their ALP level and TOEFL score. Students will be placed with others of similar ability.
To submit your official TOEFL score, please request that ETS send your TOEFL score report directly to the ALP admissions office, using DI Code: 2594, "Undergrad."
Applicants must apply online. Only applications submitted from the ALP Web site are accepted.
Completed online application form.
Nonrefundable application fee: U.S. $150.00 for online applications + $350.00 tuition deposit, payable by credit card only. No application will be processed without this fee.
In general, an F-1 (student visa) is required for study in the US. International applicants are required to request an I-20 in order to obtain the F-1 visa and must enroll in a full-time program (18 hours or more per week).
If you are already holding an F-1 visa and attending another school you must also transfer your SEVIS record from your current school to the ALP. Please speak to your Advisor at your current school.
For all I-20 requests, please send the following items along with your completed application and application fee:
- Bank statement: this document must be in English and dated within the last three months. It must be from a checking or savings account and must show sufficient available funds to pay the estimated tuition, fees and living expenses.
- Advanced Academic Preparation is an eight-week intensive course and requires a 2-month I-20. The required amount (in your account) for the I-20 for AAP is $13,990.
- Sponsor letter: the letter must be in English and dated within the last three months. It must also be signed by the sponsor. If you are sending your own bank statement you are not required to submit a sponsor letter. The sponsor letter is necessary only if a bank statement will be submitted on your behalf by another person. The person whose bank statement you will submit is your sponsor.
Your sponsor must submit a letter (sponsor letter) stating that s/he will provide you with full financial support during the period of your study in the ALP. The sponsor letter must be in English and dated within the last three months. It must also be signed by the sponsor.
- Photocopy of your passport’s identification page.
- The page in your passport that shows your photograph, your name and your date of birth.
Once your completed application and accompanying materials and fees have been received and processed, you will receive a US government I-20 A-B form. Bring the I-20 A-B form, along with your letter of acceptance and original financial documents, to a US embassy or consulate in your country to apply for a student (F-1) visa.
Students must apply online.
Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
The Advanced Academic Preparation Program is accredited by the Commission on English Language Accreditation (CEA) for the period of April 2014 through April 2019. For this offering, the American Language Program agrees to uphold the CEA Standards for English Language Programs and Institutions. The U.S. Secretary of Education recognizes CEA as a national accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions.