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American Language Program

Students at Rockerfeller Plaza

Study English at an Ivy League University

The American Language Program offers a unique educational experience:

  • an expert faculty, with many years of teaching experience
  • a rigorous curriculum
  • one of the oldest English language programs in the U.S.


Studying at Columbia ALP was the best investment I've ever made." 

Orlando Ferrand, Chile

We offer English language courses in fall, spring and summer from pre-intermediate to advanced level to help you achieve your English language goals.

Study at the ALP this summer. Click here to learn about our courses.

Program Options

Find the course that is right for you.

Course Details Hours per week Course Length
Intensive Academic English Program

Full-time instruction

Pre-intermediate to advanced level




14 weeks Fall and Spring

4, 8 or 12 weeks Summer

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Advanced Academic Preparation

Rigorous pre-university academic preparation

Advanced level



8 weeks Summer

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English for Professional Purposes: Business

For business professionals and pre-MBA students

Advanced level



3-weeks Summer

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Advanced Academic English for Graduate Students

For admitted Columbia graduate students

Advanced level


6 weeks Summer

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

For Columbia students, affiliates and local residents

Advanced level


4.5 - 8.5  (depending on the course)

14 weeks Fall and Spring

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ALP Activities and Columbia Events

It's so much more than English.

Community is very important at the ALP. We plan activities, events and workshops to help you make friends, practice English and get to know the city. As a Columbia student you also have full access to student clubs and University events. There's always something happening! 

Check out our Student Life page to find out more, including our Language Exchange Program

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450 Combined years of English-teaching experience among ALP faculty
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600 Average number of students who take ALP classes yearly
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70 Different nationalities in our program in the last 4 years

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Learn more about American Language Program at Columbia University, or contact the program advisor.

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Commission on English Language Accreditation

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Columbia University American Language Program Intensive English Programs are accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) for the period August 2019 through August 2029 and agrees to uphold the CEA Standards for English Language Programs and Institutions. CEA is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions in the U.S. For further information about this accreditation, please contact the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation, 1001 N. Fairfax St., Suite 630, Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 665-3400,