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.
A series of intensive English courses that are offered year-round. These courses help students develop grammatical accuracy, pronunciation, fluency, listening and reading comprehension, and writing ability.
The ALP has English classes from elementary to very high advanced levels.
Note: The ALP does not teach total beginners. If you speak no English, the ALP is not the right program for you. Level 1 (Elementary) students must be able to speak, understand, write, and read simple English sentences before coming to the ALP. All students are re-tested when they arrive. If a student is too low for our program, we will give a 100% tuition refund and approve a transfer to another school.
This eight-week intensive course is designed for students who plan to enter an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a university in the United States.
Students in the program will have access to Columbia University facilities, including the university libraries, the language laboratory, computers, and the gym.
An intensive three-week English for Business program that begins in late July.
Classes balance business content with language study. Students will receive detailed instruction and individualized feedback on presentation, writing, and management skills.
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 discuss issues with executives at business institutions and organizations, and work with highly experienced instructors who publish and present in this field.
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