Apply to the ALP
The American Language Program is open to any applicant aged 17 and older who has reached a pre-intermediate (CEFR A2) level of English proficiency.
The ALP 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 $1,000 tuition deposit. The deposit is non-refundable, except in some cases (examples: visa denial; change of plan meaning you cannot travel to the US).
Specific application materials and procedures are on each program page.
To study at the ALP, most students need to complete TWO applications:
- the ALP online application
- the online I-20 application (for your F-1 Student Visa)
Please start your application using the button below.
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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