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Housing, Dining and Health


American Language Program (ALP) students may choose from a number of housing options, depending on the time of year. Students must be enrolled in full-time ALP classes during every session for which you apply for ALP housing. Columbia University campus housing is limited and students are encouraged to apply at least two months in advance. Rooms are assigned on a first-come first-served basis.

The ALP housing options are:

Dining Options

Student cafeterias are located in many places on campus. Students may purchase a meal plan, set up a debit account ("Dining Dollars"), or pay by cash. Many students prefer to eat in the many cafés and restaurants located in the area or simply to cook in the dormitories which feature shared kitchen areas.

Please see for further information.

Health Services and Health Insurance

The U.S. health care system is probably very different from the one in your own country. Students in the Fall and Spring intensive programs as well as those who enroll in both summer sessions A+B+C must pay the Health Services Fee and must have Medical Insurance.

All students must also follow Columbia University immunization requirements.

ALP Levels, Placement & Testing

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Connect with Us

Learn more about the 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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