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Apply to the ALP

The American Language Program is open to all students who are at least 17 years old and who already speak and understand English at an elementary level. Students must be at least 18 years old to live in University housing.

Applications for all Summer sessions and the Fall semester are currently open. ALP is admitting students, sending the admission materials, and Columbia is still issuing I-20 for international students. Columbia continues to monitor the situation. For the latest information and updates about COVID-19 and upcoming sessions at Columbia/ALP, please see the Columbia information page. If upcoming ALP sessions cannot be held in person, they will be held online. Deferral or cancellation is possible for those who do not take this option. 

The American Language Program only accepts applications submitted online from this website. No applications from online third-parties will be accepted.

The one-time application fee to the ALP is $150, non-refundable. Full-time programs also require a $350 tuition deposit, non-refundable.

Specific application materials and procedures are on each program page.

To study at the ALP, most students need to complete TWO applications:

  1. the ALP online application
  2. the online I-20 application (for your F-1 Student Visa)

Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 Applicants

If you're applying for admission in the Summer 2020 or Fall 2020 terms, please start your application using the button below.

Start Your Online Application

Apply for Your Student Visa

For most students, an F-1 visa is necessary to study in the U.S. To get your F-1, you need an I-20 (‘Certificate of Eligibility’ form) from Columbia.

After the ALP admits you, you must complete a second online application to get your I-20.

You need a number of different documents before you can apply for your I-20.

Go to our Student Visa page for information.

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

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