English for Professional Purposes: Business

An intensive three-week English for Business program that begins in late July.

  • Improve your business English on campus at an Ivy League University
  • build your confidence in business presentations and business writing
  • get ready for your MBA
  • up your game in the global marketplace
  • come study business English where business happens: New York City

Classes balance business content with language study. Students will receive detailed instruction and individualized feedback on presentation, writing, and management skills. 

Course curriculum includes:

  • Examination and discussion of case studies from such companies as Merrill Lynch, Starbucks, and Proctor and Gamble
  • Current business trends
  • Simulations
  • Elevator pitches
  • Summarizing and critiquing articles
  • Writing business emails and memos
  • Networking skills
  • SWOT analyses
  • Guest lectures from business professionals and entrepreneurs
  • Tours of New York financial institutions such as the Federal Reserve Bank, and other Wall Street landmarks
  • Assignments requiring library and field research, teamwork, and business writing: case analysis, proposals, reports
  • Language skills, vocabulary, and grammatical structures useful for business.

The program provides opportunity for students to meet and socialize with future business school colleagues and other international business people from different areas of the world, enjoying New York cultural and entertainment offerings during out-of-class hours.

Students in the program have access to Columbia University facilities, including the Business School library, computer laboratories, and the gym (additional fee required).

Dates & Prices

English for Professional Purposes: Business

All dates and prices subject to change and approval of the Columbia Board of Trustees.
For a full explanation of Activity Fee, Instructional Support Fee, ALP Student Services Fee, and Technology Fee, see below. 

Application Deadline June 24
Course Dates July 23 – August 10
Tuition $4,610
SPS Activity Fee $50
Instructional Support Fee $60
ALP Student Services Fee $20
Technology Fee $35
Housing** $1,288
Textbooks** $150
Living Expenses** $2,654
Total*** $7,580

* Health Insurance: All ALP students studying for eight weeks or more are required to have Columbia Medical Insurance and pay the Columbia Health and Related Services Fee. This includes: Fall and spring intensive; Summer A+B, B+C, A+C, A+B+C, Advanced Academic Preparation, and part-time classes. Students studying fewer than 8 weeks do not need to have Columbia Medical Insurance or pay the Columbia Health Fee. This includes: Winter Institute, Summer A only, B only or C only, EPP courses. It is not possible to waive (= not pay) the insurance charge and health fee. Visit Columbia Health for details.
** Textbook and living expenses are estimates. Living expenses include food, transportation, incidental expenses, and Housing. Housing cost shown is the actual cost for students in Columbia University Housing. ALP does not provide Housing for EPP: Business students. This information is given for financial planning purposes.
** Total required amount on the financial document for I-20 for EPP: Business course.
The SPS Activity fee is a once per term $50 charge for ALP registrants only. It covers School of Professional Studies expenses relating to orientation, handbooks and events.
The Instructional Support fee is a course-related charge: $30 (3-point part-time); $45 (6-point part-time); $90 (full-time); $150 (Winter). It covers extra class materials and expenses such as playbooks, novels, newspapers, photocopying, theater tickets, museum or event entry.
The ALP Student Services fee is a once per term $60 charge. It applies to full-time ALP registrants only. It covers internal I-20 processing fees and other SEVIS transactions.
The Technology Fee is a once per term $35 SPS-related charge. It covers SPS technology expenses, including access to online course management software, Canvas, and tools used to develop online course content.


Students must have a TOEFL score of at least 85 (iBT) 6.5 (IELTS) or or ALP previous promotion/placement into ALP Level 7 for admission to this program. (Minimum high B2, low C1 CEF-R).

If you do not have a TOEFL or IELTS score, but have another qualification (for example, Cambridge CAE), the ALP will happily review it. In some cases the ALP will also conduct its own language assessment in order to determine admission for otherwise qualified/interested candidates. 

Students must hold a bachelor's degree.

Application Materials

Applicants must apply online. Online applicants may be processed more efficiently. Only applications submitted from the ALP Web site are accepted.

  1. Completed online application form.
  2. Nonrefundable application fee: U.S. $150.00 for online applications + $350.00 tuition deposit, payable by credit card only. No application will be processed without this fee.
  3. All applicants must have a previous or current placement in level 7 or higher at the American Language Program and submit a recent official copy of a TOEFL score of at least 85 (iBT) or 6.5 (IELTS) or 67 (PTE). To submit your official TOEFL score, please request that ETS send your TOEFL score report directly to the ALP admissions office, using DI Code: 2594, "Undergrad."

In general, an F-1 (student visa) is required for study in the US. International applicants are required to request an I-20 in order to obtain the F-1 visa and must enroll in a full-time program (18 hours or more per week).

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 to your Advisor at your current school.

For all I-20 requests, please send the following items along with your completed application and application fee:

  1. 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.
    • EPP: Business is a 1-month intensive course and requires a 1-month I-20. The required amount (in your account) for the 1-month I-20 for EPP: Business is $7,580
  2. 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.
  3. Photocopy of your passport’s identification page.
    • The page in your passport that shows your photograph, your name and your date of birth.

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


ALP cannot provide housing for EPP: Business students. Students needing housing can see many non-Columbia housing options on our Housing page.

Please email alp@columbia.edu for more information.