Advanced Academic English for Graduate Students

Available in Summer.

This course in Advanced Academic English for Graduate Students will meet for 18 hours per week for six weeks, prior to the start of a student’s Master’s program.

Please note: This course is open only to Master's students entering Columbia University in the Fall 2019 semester.

ENGL Z0025. Advanced Academic English for Graduate Students. Noncredit.

This intensive six-week program is designed to increase proficiency in spoken and written English, enhance reading and listening skills, and prepare students for studying in a rigorous U.S academic context. It also aims to familiarize participants with Columbia and with New York City.

The course is aimed at international students whose first language is not English and who have not previously studied in the U.S.

The curriculum will combine linguistic, academic and cultural objectives, and students will explore these areas through various thematic units.

The AAEGS course will include:

  • Strategies for speaking in academic contexts (discussions and presentations)
  • Spontaneous speaking skills in academic and informal contexts (including small talk)
  • Pronunciation, word stress and intonation
  • Fluency building
  • Advanced grammar review
  • Strategies for attending to and correcting errors in grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation
  • Formal and informal language choice
  • Academic vocabulary expansion
  • Academic writing skills
  • Strategies for reading academic texts
  • Lecture note-taking techniques
  • Proper email etiquette
  • Meeting professors' expectations

If you have questions about this course please email:

For a full explanation fees, see below. 

Dates & Prices

Advanced Academic English for Graduate Students

Application Deadline June 9
Course Dates July 8 – August 16
Tuition $5,532
Activity Fee $50
Instructional Support Fee $90
ALP Student Services Fee $20
Technology Fee $35
Housing $3,982
Living Expenses $3,982
Textbooks $150
Total $9,859

SPS Activity Fee: this covers SPS expenses relating to orientation, handbooks and events. 
Instructional Support Fee: this covers class materials and expenses such as playbooks, novels, newspapers, photocopying, theater tickets, museum or event entry. 
ALP Student Services Fee: this covers internal I-20 processing fees and other SEVIS transactions.
Technology Fee: this covers SPS technology expenses, including access to online course management software, Canvas, and tools used to develop online course content.  
Housing: this is the cost for students in Columbia University Housing. ALP/Columbia Housing is not available for EPP/AAEGS students. This information is provided for financial planning purposes only.
Living Expenses: this includes food, transportation, everyday expenses, and Housing. This gives an idea of how much money is needed to live in New York so you can plan financially. Students are not billed for living expenses. 
Textbooks: this is an estimate only and varies by course. Students are not billed for textbooks. 
Total: When you apply for an I-20 you must show you have this much money on your financial document. 


This course is open only to incoming Master’s students entering Columbia University in the Fall 2019 semester.

Application Materials

Applicants must apply online. Only applications submitted from the ALP Web site are accepted.

  1. Completed online application form.

In general, an F-1 (student visa) is required for study in the US. International applicants are required to request an I-20 for the American Language Program (not the Master's program) in order to obtain the F-1 visa and must enroll in a full-time program (18 hours or more per week).

All international students taking Advanced Academic English for Graduate Students must have an I-20 issued by the ALP. At the end of the summer, we will transfer your I-20 from the ALP to the International Students & Scholars Office (ISSO) so that you can begin your studies in your Master's program.

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 with 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. 

2. 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.

For ALP purposes, we need to see sufficient funds for the ALP I-20 only. However, when we transfer your record from ALP to ISSO at the end of the Summer (and when you have your visa appointment at the US Embassy in your country), you must show financial documents with sufficient funds to cover Advanced Academic English for Graduate Students + one year of the Master's program.

3. 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.

4. Photocopy of your passport’s identification page. This is the page in your passport that shows your photograph, your name, and your date of birth.

Once your completed application and accompanying materials have been received and processed, you will receive a U.S. government I-20 form. Bring the I-20 form, along with your letter of acceptance and original financial documents, to a U.S. embassy or consulate in your country to apply for a student (F-1) visa.

Students must apply online. Please select Advanced Academic English for Graduate Students as your program. When prompted for an application identification code, please use the code COPRACI. This will allow you to submit the application without an additional fee. If you have any questions regarding your I-20, SEVIS, transfers, or immigration in general, please contact

At the completion of the Advanced Academic English for Graduate Students course, you will work with the ALP Visa Office to transfer your I-20 to Columbia’s International Students and Scholar’s Office (ISSO) for the completion of the degree program.