Advanced Academic English for Graduate Students

Available in summer.

This course in Advanced Academic English 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 Academic English for Graduate Students. Noncredit.

This intensive six-week program is designed to increase proficiency in spoken and written English, enhance reading and listening skills, and prepare students for studying in a rigorous U.S academic context. It also aims to familiarize participants with Columbia and with New York City.

The course is aimed at international students whose first language is not English and who have not previously studied in the U.S.

The curriculum will combine linguistic, academic and cultural objectives, and students will explore these areas through various thematic units.

The AAEGS course will include:

  • Strategies for speaking in academic contexts (discussions and presentations)
  • Spontaneous speaking skills in academic and informal contexts (including small talk)
  • Pronunciation, word stress and intonation
  • Fluency building
  • Advanced grammar review
  • Strategies for attending to and correcting errors in grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation
  • Formal and informal language choice
  • Academic vocabulary expansion
  • Academic writing skills
  • Strategies for reading academic texts
  • Lecture note-taking techniques
  • Proper email etiquette
  • Meeting professors' expectations

This course is open only to incoming Master’s students entering Columbia University in the Fall 2017 semester. 

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

Dates & Prices

Advanced Academic English for Graduate Students

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

Application Deadline June 11
 
Course Dates July 10 – August 18
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 Academic English for Graduate Students students. This information is given for financial planning purposes.
*** Total amount required on the financial document for I-20 for Advanced Academic English for Graduate Students.

Requirement

This course is open only to incoming Master’s students entering Columbia University in the Fall 2017 semester.

Student Visa

You will be enrolled as a student of Columbia’s American Language Program (ALP) for the summer intensive Advanced Academic English 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 Academic English 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 Academic English 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 Academic English 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.