Intensive English Programs
The American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI) offers a certificate program with six levels of study taught in 15-week semesters. These semesters operate year-round, offer approximately 20 hours of class time per week, and include the courses listed below. Some students attend ALCI solely for the purpose of studying English for personal growth or interests.
If you are academically qualified for undergraduate or graduate admission to APU and you choose to fulfill your English proficiency requirement through study in the ALCI program, you will be offered ‘conditional’ admission to the university. After successfully completing the required levels of study through ALCI, you may continue with your university studies in the next available term.
Application for ALCI will be reflected on the admitted student’s immigration document along with the student’s major area(s) of study or designated graduate program at APU, if applicable.
- Levels 1 and 2—one to two semesters depending on completion of basic skills
Academic Composition and Reading Skills, Oral Communication, Life Skills, Tutoring Lab, Mentoring, and International Chapel
- Level 3—one semester
Academic Composition and Reading Skills, Oral Communication, Intercultural Communication I, International Perspectives on Current Events, Academic Study Skills, Mentoring, and International Chapel
- Level 4—one semester
Academic Composition and Reading Skills, Oral Communication, Presentation I, Intercultural Communication II, Research Skills, Capstone Project, Mentoring, and International Chapel
- Level 5—one semester
Grammar/ Seminar Speaking, Academic Research Project, Presentation II, Graduate Life and Vocation, Mentoring, International Chapel, and an audit of one undergraduate or graduate class
- Level 6—one semester
Grammar/Seminar Speaking, Presentation II, Personal Leadership Development and/or World View Discussion, TESOL 500, and one graduate class in your accepted graduate program for university credit
Certificates will be issued after successful completion of each level.
There are some advantages to completing your intensive English language studies through the ALCI program in preparation for university studies at APU:
- The ALCI program is specifically designed to prepare students for university-level studies in English.
- Successful completion of the program will fulfill the English proficiency requirement for university studies at APU without the need for any other tests.
- Students who have been conditionally accepted to APU and choose to fulfill their English proficiency requirement through the ALCI program may simultaneously audit or take a limited number of university courses for credit while completing the program. Talk to an APU admissions counselor for more information.