The American Language Program (ALP), founded in 1911, is one of the oldest programs in English as a second language in the United States.

Its mission is to offer high-quality academic language courses and other academic support for full-time language students and international students in degree programs at Columbia University.

The ALP fosters the internationalization of Columbia by offering a carefully integrated sequence of courses to those who wish to improve their command of English, including students and business and professional people.