Advanced Listening & Speaking for Graduate Students

Available in summer.

This course in Advanced Listening & Speaking for Graduate Students will meet for 18 hours per week for six weeks, prior to the start of a student’s master’s program.

Please note: This course is open only to Master of Science students entering Columbia’s School of Professional Studies in the fall who have been mandated to take the course as part of their admission.

ENGL Z0025. Advanced Listening & Speaking for Graduate Students. Noncredit.
This course aims to help students develop oral fluency and listening comprehension so they may meet the demands of SPS’s rigorous curriculum and achieve success in the professional world.

Students will work on improving their presentation skills, and learn techniques for attending to and correcting errors in grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation in both formal and informal settings. They will work on improving their presentation skills, interview skills and conversation skills. In addition, the course will assist students in becoming acclimated to studying in a U.S. context.

If you have questions about this course please email: alp@columbia.edu

Dates & Prices

Advanced Listening & Speaking for Graduate Students

All dates and prices subject to change and approval of the Columbia Board of Trustees.

Application Deadline May 15
 
Course Dates July 11 – August 19
Tuition $5,532
Activity Fee $30
Instructional Support Fee $90
ALP Student Services Fee $30
Textbooks* $150
Living Expenses* $3,982
Housing** $1,932
Total*** $9,814

* Textbook and living expenses are estimates. Living expenses include food, transportation, incidental expenses, and Housing. 
** ALP does not provide Housing for Advanced Listening & Speaking for Graduate Students students. This information is given for financial planning purposes.
*** Total amount required on the financial document for I-20 for Advanced Listening & Speaking for Graduate Students.

Requirement

This course is open only to Master of Science students entering Columbia’s School of Professional Studies in the fall who have been mandated to take the course as part of their admission.

Student Visa

You will be enrolled as a student of Columbia’s American Language Program (ALP) for the summer intensive Advanced Listening & Speaking for Graduate Students course. The ALP Visa Office will process your student visa application.

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 with your advisor at your current school on how to transfer your SEVIS record to the ALP.

For all I-20 requests, please send the following items along with your completed application and application fee: 

  1. 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 Listening & Speaking for Graduate Students is a six-week intensive course and requires a 6 week I-20. The required amount (in your account) for the I-20 for this course is $9,784.

  2. 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.

  3. Photocopy of your passport’s identification page. This is the page in your passport that shows your photograph, your name, and your date of birth.

Once your completed application and accompanying materials have been received and processed, you will receive a U.S. government I-20 form. Bring the I-20 form, along with your letter of acceptance and original financial documents, to a U.S. embassy or consulate in your country to apply for a student (F-1) visa.

Students must apply online. Please select Advanced Listening & Speaking for Graduate Students as your program. When prompted for an application identification code, please use the code COPRACI. This will allow you to submit the application without an additional fee. If you have any questions regarding your I-20, SEVIS, transfers, or immigration in general, please contact ALPvisa@columbia.edu.

At the completion of the Advanced Listening & Speaking for Graduate Students course, you will work with the ALP Visa Office to transfer your I-20 to Columbia’s International Students and Scholar’s Office (ISSO) for the completion of the degree program.