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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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Academic Writing

This course helps students whose first language is not English develop their academic writing skills. The course covers:

  • Essay structure
  • Rhetoric
  • Grammatical accuracy
  • Paraphrasing
  • 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.

In Fall 2021 all courses are expected to be offered 100% in-person on campus. In the event that matriculated Columbia students cannot make it to New York, the ALP may offer some course sections remotely, but this is not anticipated to be the norm. 

Dates and Prices

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

For a full explanation of fees, see below.

Application Materials


  1. Completed online application form.
  2. 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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