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Fall Update

At SPS this fall, all courses, other than pre-established online courses, will be offered face-to-face in our New York City classrooms. Some of these face-to-face courses will be offered in the HyFlex format to ensure that all of our students can make progress toward their degree requirements, if faced with delays due to student visas or vaccination effectiveness wait times.
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Part-Time English Courses

Open to NY residents, Columbia students and employees whose first language is not English. Fall and Spring semester.


Academic Writing

This course helps students develop their academic writing skills. It covers essay structure, rhetoric, grammatical accuracy, editing, paraphrasing and citing sources.

Listening and Speaking

This course helps students develop fluency and improve overall listening comprehension. It covers presentation skills, group discussion, social interactions, speaking clearly and persuasively, and techniques for self-monitoring grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.


This course helps students attend to and better produce the sounds and rhythms of English. It covers word stress, intonation and individual sounds in order to improve intelligibility and confidence in spoken English.

ALP Levels, Placement & Testing

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Connect with Us

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

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Apply to the American Language Program

Learn more about the application process, deadlines, and requirements.

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