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Advanced Academic Preparation

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Available in Summer

This rigorous eight-week course is designed for students who plan to enter an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a university in the United States. It explores multiple aspects of one central theme and aims to prepare students for university-level academic study by:

  • Focusing on academic writing skills, including: Academic essay format, Source-based writing assignments, Summarizing skills, Vocabulary building, Issues related to plagiarism and academic honesty (paraphrasing, citing sources, and using quotations appropriately)
  • Introducing research skills
  • Improving discussion skills, including fluency and advanced-level vocabulary, thus preparing students for participation in seminar discussions
  • Teaching presentation skills, including pronunciation, vocal projection, and appropriate body language
  • Building listening and note-taking skills by drawing on a variety of resources including: Recorded lectures and talks, Documentaries
  • Teaching skills for coping with extensive reading

AAP students can also take advantage of our activities program, with events, workshops and social occasions to help build community and help students enjoy New York City together.

Students in the program will have access to Columbia University facilities, including the university libraries and computer labs. Students may access the Dodge Fitness Center (gym) by purchasing membership.

I took the Advanced Academic Preparation class, which was very interactive, and students were encouraged to think and contribute to classroom discussion all the time. There were many types of activities which were really challenging. As a result, we not only learned grammar, but also learned fundamental skills like active listening, how to read between the lines, and how to express our ideas and knowledge in effective ways. I really appreciated how the teachers always gave us a lot of constructive feedback. It was apparent that they were really paying attention to each student based on the specific advice they provided to each of us.”

Ornwara Tritrakarn - Thailand

Dates and Prices 

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

For a full explanation of fees, see below.

Application Requirements

Applicants must submit a minimum TOEFL score of 85 (iBT) with minimum of 21 in both writing and speaking, 6.5 IELTS with a minimum of 6.0 in both writing and speaking, or 169 Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum of 162 in both writing and speaking.

On arrival all new students will complete a diagnostic writing exam. Those whose scores fall below ALP level 7 must take the ALP Intensive course at the appropriate level, given at the same dates as the AAP course (Session B+C).

Successful applicants will be placed into AAP classes based on their ALP level and TOEFL score. 

Current ALP students must have reached ALP level 7.

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Columbia University American Language Program Intensive English Program is 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, https://cea-accredit.org/.