This course helps students whose first language is not English develop their academic writing skills. The course covers:
- Essay structure
- Grammatical accuracy
- Citing sources
- Critical thinking
- Editing and revising work
The course is thematic: you will explore different topics and themes (current affairs, social issues, etc.) by reading, listening, and discussing material, and then write essays about that material. The instructors will provide extensive feedback to help you edit and revise your own writing.
6 points / 0 credits.
Meets mornings or evenings three times per week.
Open only to students in ALP level 7 or higher. All new applicants must take the ALP's online placement test before admission.
Dates and Prices
Tuition and fees are subject to Board of Trustee approval and may change.
For a full explanation of fees, see below.
Explanation of Part-Time Fees*
Medical Insurance: All part-time ALP students studying the Fall and Spring are required to have Columbia Medical Insurance, Those with comparable U.S. health insurance may submit a waiver request to avoid the health insurance charge. Visit the Columbia Health website for complete information.
Health and Related Services Fee: All ALP students are required to pay the Columbia Health and Related Services Fee.. This fee covers access to Columbia health services such as medical, counseling, wellbeing, sexual violence response and disability services. For online courses this includes phone/video appointments, accommodations for approved disabilities and access to workshops and training. The Health and Related Services fee is mandatory, even if students successfully apply for a health insurance waiver.
SPS Activity Fee: this covers SPS expenses relating to orientation, handbooks and events.
Instructional Support Fee: this covers class materials and expenses such as playbooks, novels, newspapers, photocopying.
Technology Fee: this covers SPS technology expenses, including access to online course management software, Canvas, and tools used to develop online course content.
Textbooks: this is an estimate. Instructors may assign books at the beginning of the session and students must buy them. Students are not billed for textbooks.
*Note: not all fees are refundable if students withdraw from the course. For a full explanation see the Withdrawal and Tuition Refund page of the ALP website.
- Completed online application form.
- Nonrefundable application fee: U.S. $150.00 for online applications, payable by credit card only. No application will be processed without this fee. Matriculated Columbia Students: there is no application fee for Matriculated Columbia Students.
Part-time courses do not qualify you for a student visa.
If you are currently living outside the U.S., you must have a student visa to enroll in the ALP. In order to qualify for the student visa, you must enroll in a full-time program (18 hours or more per week).
The tuition and fees quoted are for ALP registrants only. Those students registering through other divisions of Columbia will pay at the per-point rate of their home schools.
ALP points/credits information:
ALP is a non-degree, non-credit program. ALP classes and programs use points to bill students, not credits. See above for the number of points the class bills.
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