Our mission is to provide rigorous English language education that supports the academic, professional and personal goals of our student community, while promoting critical thinking and intercultural awareness.

Our English language classes allow students and professionals to:

  • improve their mastery of spoken and written English.
  • enjoy the benefits of a program with over a century of achievement in the teaching of English as a Second Language.
  • study with dedicated, world-famous faculty.

Welcome Letter From the Director

The American Language Program is a unique educational and cultural experience. Read the welcome message from American Language Program Director Mary Pickett.

Orientation to the Campus and Neighborhood

Columbia University and New York City have much to offer visitors who are interested in arts, culture, sports, and history. Learn about Columbia University and New York City.

For Incoming Students

Learn what to do upon arrival in the U.S., how to maintain your visa status, and other important tips. Refer to our International Student Resources.

Review ALP levels, the ALP essay exam and the Oxford Online Placement Test, and our placement and promotion appeal policy. ALP Levels & Testing.

For Current Students

Learn about ALP’s academic advising, academic policies, and withdrawal procedures. View information for current ALP students.

Commission on English Language Program Accreditation

Accredited by CEA

Our Intensive Program and Advanced Academic Preparation Program are accredited by the Commission on English Language Accreditation (CEA) for the period of April 2014 through April 2019. For these offerings, the American Language Program agrees to uphold the 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.