Advanced Academic Preparation
Available in Summer
This rigorous eight-week course is designed for students who plan to enter an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a university in the United States. It will prepare students for university-level academic study by:
- Focusing on academic writing skills, including:
- Academic essay format
- Source-based writing assignments
- Summarizing skills
- Vocabulary building
- Issues related to plagiarism and academic honesty (paraphrasing, citing sources, and using quotations appropriately)
- Introducing research skills, including a presentation by a Columbia University librarian on how to use the library system
- Improving discussion skills, including fluency and advanced-level vocabulary, thus preparing students for participation in seminar discussions
- Teaching presentation skills, including pronunciation, vocal projection, and appropriate body language
- Building lecture-listening and note-taking skills by drawing on a variety of resources including:
- Live lectures by guest speakers
- Recorded lectures by university professors
- A Columbia University E-Seminar (an on-line course designed by a Columbia professor)
- Teaching skills for coping with extensive reading
Students in the program will have access to Columbia University facilities, including the university libraries, the language laboratory, computers. 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.
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Current ALP students must have reached ALP level 6 to be considered for admission.
New students must submit a minimum TOEFL score of 72 (iBT) with minimum of 18 in both writing and speaking, or 5.0 IELTS with a minimum of 5.0 in both writing and speaking.
On arrival all new students must also sit for the ALP Essay Exam. Those whose scores fall below ALP level 6 must take the ALP Intensive course at the appropriate level, given at the same dates as the AAP course (Session B+C).
Successful applicants will be placed into AAP classes based on their ALP level and TOEFL score. Students will be placed with others of similar ability.
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."
Applicants must apply online. Only applications submitted from the ALP Web site are accepted.
- Completed online application form.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Students must apply online.
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Commission on English Language Accreditation
The Advanced Academic Preparation Program is accredited by the Commission on English Language Accreditation (CEA) for the period of August 2019 through August 2029. For these offerings, the American Language Program agrees to uphold CEA Standards for English Language Programs and institutions. The U.S. Secretary of Education recognizes CEA as a national accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions in the U.S.