Intensive Program

Offered in fall, spring and summer.

The ALP has one of the oldest intensive English programs in the U.S.

Courses are offered year-round and help students improve their grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.

Features

  • 18 hours of instruction each week
  • ‘University style’ schedule – classes are usually at different times every day, for 3 or 4 hours per day (any time Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 6:00pm)
  • Small classes (14-17 students)
  • 1-2 hours of homework every evening; one writing assignment per week

Levels
The ALP has eight levels of instruction, from pre-intermediate to very high advanced.

Important Note: The ALP does not teach total beginners (level 0). If you speak no English, or speak just a few words, the ALP is not the right program for you. Level 1 elementary students must be able to speak, understand, write, and read simple English sentences (CEF-R A1 level) before coming to the ALP. Applicants scoring below level 1 on the Oxford online placement exam will not be given admission to our program. All students are re-tested when they arrive. If a student is too low for our program - meaning they cannot understand the class and cannot participate - they will not be able to continue (regardless of online placement exam score). We will give a 100% tuition refund and help with a transfer to another school. Note: It is very important that all ALP applicants take the placement exam themselves with no help and no dictionary.

Program Highlights:

  • Academic English – our courses focus on preparing students to study at university in the US. This includes essay writing, presentations, note-taking and discussions.
  • Integrated skills – each class focuses on more than one skill, which is a more natural way to learn a language.
  • Thematic learning – grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation are best learned in context. Each week teachers explore different themes to provide content for students to discuss and write about.
  • Error correction – making errors is an important part of the learning process. We encourage as much spoken and written communication as possible, and provide plenty of oral and written feedback to help learners become more conscious of their language, and to help them improve.
  • Team teaching – each intensive course is taught by two or three instructors, who work together to create courses specifically tailored to the students. Each teacher brings their own style and expertise, so learning is constantly varied.
  • Critical thinking – it’s not just about learning the language, but about learning to engage with themes and topics in individual ways. We teach students to be inquisitive and curious learners, and to really question what they see and read.
  • Authentic Materials – as soon as possible, we introduce as much authentic material as we can, from newspaper and magazine articles, to novels, plays, lectures, movies and music. Reading, listening to and watching real English all help expand vocabulary, improve comprehension, and make the language more ‘automatic’.
  • U.S Culture – learning about the city and country in which students are living helps to make the learning experience richer and expands learning beyond the classroom.

Summer Sessions Note: Students can study for one session (A, or B, or C), two sessions (A+B, or B+C), or all three sessions (A+B+C). In each session (A, B, C) students will study different material and topics, and will usually have different instructors. Students will not repeat material in each session. Students who choose A+B+C will be in classes with students studying one session (A, or B, or C), or two sessions (A+B, B+C). A+B+C is not a separate course. 

Dates & Prices

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

Fall 2017 (September 5 – December 8)

Application Deadline

August 6

Tuition $11,064
Activity Fee $50
Instructional Support Fee $90
ALP Student Services Fee $60
Technology Fee $35
Medical* $1,680
Housing** $4,646
Textbooks** $150
Living Expenses** $8,626
Total*** $21,755

* Health Insurance: International students (non-US citizens /non-permanent residents) studying full-time 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. Fall 2017 Health Insurance cost starting at $1,139. Visit Columbia Health for details. Health and Related Services Fee: International students (non-US citizens /non-permanent residents) studying full-time 8 weeks or more in the ALP MUST pay the Health and Related Services Fee. Fall 2017 cost: $541. 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 cost shown is the actual cost for students in Columbia University Housing. ALP students are NOT required to live in Columbia Housing.
*** Total required amount on the financial document for I-20 for Fall Intensive program.

Winter 2018 (January 3  – January 12)

Please note: Winter Institute session meets for 27 hours per week. There will be 15 hours of classroom instruction and 12 hours of project-based field trips, excursions and activities in New York with your instructors.

Note for 2018: Because of a University Holiday on January 2, ALP Winter Institute begins on Wednesday January 3. Because the week is short, there will be a special schedule to give students the full number of hours in week 1:

January 3, full day with teachers (usually half)
January 5, full day with teachers (usually half)
Saturday January 6, full day with teachers (usually no class)

The students will visit various museums, galleries and New York sights during the course. The specific locations will depend on the instructor, the students’ level and the interests of the group. Before each visit, students will prepare by reading, listening and discussing themes and topics relevant to the trip. Then, while visiting, they will complete specific tasks designed by the instructors to guide their visit and develop their English. Then following each trip, there will be follow-up activities, discussion work and writing assignments to consolidate learning.

Sample trips may include: MOMA, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Lower East Side Tenement Museum, The American Museum of Natural History, The Museum of New York, The Museum of the Moving Image, The Cloisters – among many others.

Application Deadline

December 10

Tuition $2,766
Activity Fee $30
Instructional Support Fee $150
ALP Student Services Fee $15
Technology Fee $35
Medical Not Available
Housing* $660
Textbooks* $150
Living Expenses* $1,327
Total** $5,098

* Textbook and living expenses are estimates. Living expenses include food, transportation, incidental expenses, and Housing. Housing cost shown is the actual cost for students in Columbia University Housing.
** Total required amount on the financial document for I-20 for the program.

Rates shown are from 2017 and subject to change and approval of the Columbia Board of Trustees.

Summer Session A (May 22 – June 16)

Application Deadline April 23
Tuition $3,688
Activity Fee $50
Instructional Support Fee $30
ALP Student Services Fee $20
Technology Fee $35
Housing** Starting at $1,316
Textbooks** $150
Living Expenses** $2,654
Total*** $6,627

Summer Session B (June 19 – July 14)

Application Deadline

May 21

Tuition $3,688
Activity Fee $50
Instructional Support Fee $30
ALP Student Services Fee $20
Technology Fee $35
Housing** Starting at $1,316
Textbooks** $150
Living Expenses** $2,654
Total*** $6,627

Summer Session C (July 17 – August 11)

Application Deadline

June 18
For late admission to Summer C please email alp@columbia.edu

Tuition $3,688
Activity Fee $50
Instructional Support Fee $30
ALP Student Services Fee $20
Technology Fee $35
Housing** Starting at $1,316
Textbooks** $150
Living Expenses** $2,654
Total*** $6,627

Summer A, B, and C (May 22 – August 11)

Application Deadline April 23
Tuition $11,064
Activity Fee $50
Instructional Support Fee $90
ALP Student Services Fee $60
Technology Fee $35
Health Services Fee $246
Medical Insurance* Starting at $725
Housing** Starting $3,948
Textbooks** $150
Living Expenses** $7,962
Total*** $20,382

* All full-time students must pay the Health Services Fee. Students studying 8 weeks or more must have Health Insurance. Students who hold 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.
** Textbook and Living Expenses are estimates. Living Expenses include food, transportation, incidental expenses, and Housing. Housing cost shown is the actual cost for students in Columbia University Housing.
** Total required amount on the financial document for I-20 for the program.
Please note: Intensive program sessions meet for 18 hours per week.

Spring 2018 (January 16  – April 27)

Application Deadline December 10
Tuition $11,064
Activity Fee $30
Instructional Support Fee $90
ALP Student Services Fee $45
Technology Fee $35
Medical* $2,393
Housing** $4,646
Textbooks** $150
Living Expenses** $9,290
Total*** $23,097

* Health Insurance: International students (non-US citizens /non-permanent residents) studying full-time 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. Spring 2018 Health Insurance cost starting at $1,852. Visit Columbia Health for details. Health and Related Services Fee: International students (non-US citizens /non-permanent residents) studying full-time 8 weeks or more in the ALP MUST pay the Health and Related Services Fee. Fall 2017 cost: $541. 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 cost shown is the actual cost for students in Columbia University Housing. ALP students are NOT required to live in Columbia Housing.
*** Total required amount on the financial document for I-20 for the Spring 2018 program.

Apply to the Intensive Program

Prospective students should read Visa Procedures and Regulations for International Students prior to applying.

Applicants are strongly urged to apply online. Online applicants may be processed more efficiently. Only applications submitted from the ALP Web site are accepted.

  1. Completed online application form.

  2. Non-refundable application fee: U.S. $150.00 for online application; and non-refundable $350.00 tuition deposit, payable by credit card only. These fees are paid when you complete the ALP's online application. 

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:

  1. Bank statement: this document must be in English and dated within the last three months. It must be from checking or savings accounts and must show sufficient available funds to pay the estimated tuition, fees and living expenses. 
    • Summer 2017 sessions A, B or C are each a 1-month intensive course and require a 1-month I-20. The required amount (in your account) for the 1-month I-20 for Summer A or B or C is $7,598.

    • You may choose to attend the entire Summer (ABC). This will require a 3-month I-20. The required amount (in your account) for the 3-month I-20 for Summer ABC is $20,382.

  2. Sponsor letter: 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. Full financial support includes: tuition, fees, and living expenses. 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.

    • 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

Accredited by CEA

The Intensive 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.