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English for Professional Purposes: Business

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A 3-week high-level intensive course for business professionals and pre-MBA students that begins in late July.

  • Improve your business English at an Ivy League University
  • Build your confidence in business presentations and business writing
  • Get ready for your MBA
  • Up your game in the global marketplace

Classes balance business content with language study. Students will receive detailed instruction and individualized feedback on presentation, writing, and management skills.

Course curriculum includes:

  • Examination and discussion of case studies from such companies as Merrill Lynch, Starbucks, and Proctor and Gamble
  • Current business trends
  • Simulations
  • Elevator pitches
  • Summarizing and critiquing articles
  • Writing business emails and memos
  • Networking skills
  • SWOT analyses
  • Guest lectures from business professionals and entrepreneurs
  • Assignments requiring library and field research, teamwork, and business writing: case analysis, proposals, reports
  • Language skills, vocabulary, and grammatical structures useful for business.

The program provides opportunity for students to meet and socialize with future business school colleagues and other international business people from different areas of the world, enjoying New York cultural and entertainment offerings during out-of-class hours.

Students in the program have access to Columbia University facilities, including the Business School library, computer laboratories. Students may access the Dodge Fitness Center (gym) by purchasing membership.

Dates and Prices

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

For a full explanation of fees, see below.


Students must have a TOEFL score of at least 85 (iBT) 6.5 (IELTS) or or ALP previous promotion/placement into ALP Level 7 for admission to this program. (Minimum high B2, low C1 CEF-R).

If you do not have a TOEFL or IELTS score, but have another qualification (for example, Cambridge CAE), the ALP will happily review it. In some cases the ALP will also conduct its own language assessment in order to determine admission for otherwise qualified/interested candidates.

Students must hold a bachelor's degree.

Application Materials

Applicants must apply online. Only applications submitted from the ALP Web site are accepted.

  1. Completed online application form. 
  2. Nonrefundable application fee: U.S. $150.00 for online applications + $350.00 tuition deposit, payable by credit card only. No application will be processed without this fee. 
  3. All applicants must have a previous or current placement in level 7 or higher at the American Language Program and submit a recent official copy of a TOEFL score of at least 85 (iBT) or 6.5 (IELTS) or 67 (PTE). To submit your official TOEFL score, please request that ETS send your TOEFL score report directly to the ALP admissions office, using DI Code: 2594, "Undergrad."

    In general, an F-1 (student visa) is required for study in the US. International applicants are required to request an I-20 in order to obtain the F-1 visa and must enroll in a full-time program (18 hours or more per week).

    If you are already holding an F-1 visa and attending another school you must also transfer your SEVIS record from your current school to the ALP. Please speak to your Advisor at your current school.

    To receive an I-20, please upload your ALP admission letter with the following documents (see below) to the online I-20 application page (Compass). You will receive your admission letter and I-20 instructions after you are admitted to the program.
  4. Bank statement: this document must be in English and dated within the last three months. It must be from a checking or savings account and must show sufficient available funds to pay the estimated tuition, fees and living expenses.

    • To see required balance for I-20, please see the "Total" amount for your program, above.
  5. Sponsor letter: the letter must be in English and dated within the last three months. It must also be signed by the sponsor. If you are sending your own bank statement you are not required to submit a sponsor letter. The sponsor letter is necessary only if a bank statement will be submitted on your behalf by another person. The person whose bank statement you will submit is your sponsor.

    Your sponsor must submit a letter (sponsor letter) stating that s/he will provide you with full financial support during the period of your study in the ALP. The sponsor letter must be in English and dated within the last three months. It must also be signed by the sponsor.
  6. Photocopy of your passport’s identification page.

    • The page in your passport that shows your photograph, your name and your date of birth.

Once your completed application and accompanying materials and fees have been received and processed, you will receive a US government I-20 A-B form. Bring the I-20 A-B form, along with your letter of acceptance and original financial documents, to a US embassy or consulate in your country to apply for a student (F-1) visa

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