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American Language Program

Study English on campus at an Ivy League University.

The ALP offers a unique educational experience:

  • a world-class, expert faculty, with many years of teaching experience
  • a rigorous academic program, with clear objectives to reach at each level
  • one of the oldest English language programs in the U.S.

The ALP can help you achieve your English language goals.

Eight levels of intensive English classes, for those who want to:

  • prepare to get a degree from a U.S. college or university
  • achieve professional success in the U.S. or abroad
  • fulfill a personal dream of studying in New York City

Three advanced level part-time English courses for the Columbia community:

A two-week cultural Winter Institute in January.

A Summer Advanced Academic Preparation course for those about to begin degree programs in the U.S.

A Summer Advanced Academic English for Graduate Students course specifically for admitted Columbia University students beginning their Master's programs in Fall.


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450 Combined years of English-teaching experience among ALP faculty
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1500 Average number of students who take ALP classes yearly
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70 Different nationalities in our program in the last 4 years
Program Options
Program Details Hours per week Course Length
Intensive Academic English Program

8-levels of instruction:

Pre-intermediate to advanced level


14 weeks, Fall and Spring; 3-4 weeks Summer

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Advanced Academic English

Rigorous pre-university academic preparation

ALP level 6 or equivalent*


8 weeks Summer

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English for Professional Purposes: Business

Advanced level course for business professionals and pre-MBA students


3-weeks, from late July

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Winter Cultural Program

New York cultural experience plus English

ALP levels 3-9

(Intermediate to Advanced)

15 – classroom instruction

12 – project-based field trips

2 weeks, January

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Part-Time English Courses: Writing, Listening & Speaking, Pronunciation

Advanced level courses for local residents, Columbia international students and employees

8.5  – Writing

4.5  – Listening & Speaking, Pronunciation

14 weeks, Fall and Spring

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* TOEFL score of 72 (iBT) with minimum of 18 in both writing and speaking, or 5.0 IELTS with a minimum of 5.0 in both writing and speaking

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Commission on English Language Program Accreditation

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Columbia University ALP's Intensive English Program, Advanced Academic Preparation Program, and Winter Institute are accredited by the Commission on English Language Accreditation (CEA) for the period of August 2019 through August 2029. For these offerings, the American Language Program agrees to uphold 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 in the U.S.