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.

The ALP offers a unique educational experience:

  • a world-class, expert faculty, with many years of teaching experience
  • a rigorous academic program, with clear objectives to reach at each level
  • one of the oldest English language programs in the U.S.

The ALP can help you achieve your English language goals.

Eight levels of intensive English classes, for those who want to:

  • prepare to get a degree from a U.S. college or university
  • achieve professional success in the U.S. or abroad
  • fulfill a personal dream of studying in New York City

Three advanced level part-time English courses for the Columbia community:

A two-week cultural Winter Institute in January.

A Summer Advanced Academic Preparation course for those about to begin degree programs in the U.S.

A Summer Advanced Academic English for Graduate Students course specifically for admitted Columbia University students beginning their Master's programs in Fall.

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Arriving in the U.S. on student F-1 visa and maintaining your status

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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.