COVID-19 FAQ for International Students and Visiting Scholars

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    Program Overview

    13-16 weeks (1 semester)

    The Intensive English Program (IEP) is a year-round, 7-level program which emphasizes preparation for academic work at the college/university level. This program is offered three times a year: Fall (August), Spring (January), and Summer (May). Students may begin in any of the three sessions and continue year-round (Summer is optional). All levels of English learners are welcome.

    Who Should Attend?

    Individuals interested in:
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    Program Highlights Include

    • University and Academic Advising
    • On-Campus Housing and Housing Assistance
    • 4-Day Orientation
    • Experienced, Well-Qualified, Enthusiastic Instructors
    • Access to Conversation Lab and Conversation Partners
    • Access to Homework Lab
    • Multiple Social Activities, for example:
      • Kayaking
      • Ice Cream Social
      • Fun Picnic Lunch
      • Soccer
      • Trip to the Aquarium of the Pacific
    • Certificate Ceremony

    Program Curriculum

    The IEP curriculum is specifically tailored to prepare our students for rigorous academic studies. Each course at every level has a set of specific objectives which must be met for the students to continue to the next level. Before receiving the English Proficiency waiver and entering the university, students learn how to write academic essays and research papers, they will acquire academic reading skills and comprehension, and they will acquire academic vocabulary in their 9-hour per week Reading/Writing/Vocabulary class. Students are held accountable for developing skills in grammar forms and how to utilize them in writing and speaking in their 4-6-hour per week Grammar class.  Students learn how to give academic speeches, take notes on lengthy college lectures, and learn communication strategies in their 8-hour per week Listening/Speaking class.  Students also have the opportunity to choose a 2-hour per week Elective class such as: Vocabulary, Spelling, TOEFL, IELTS, English through Films, Sitcoms, etc.

    Sample Schedule

    • Fall and Spring: 23 hours of instructions per week
    • Summer: 25 hours of instructions per week
    • All classes are on the CSULB university campus


    Sample IEP Class Schedule 
    *Conversation Lab
    • Our optional Conversation Lab gives students the opportunity to meet with, interact with, and make friends with fluent speakers of English. Conversation Partners are local CSULB university students dedicated to helping our students improve their conversation skills.
    *Homework Lab
    • Our optional Homework Lab gives students the opportunity to meet with a tutor one-on-one. Students can ask questions about and receive guidance on any of their classes or assignments.

    Level Progression/English Proficiency Waiver

    Each level takes 1 session to complete (13-16 weeks) assuming the student passes all classes during that term. Students who complete level 4 (undergraduate) or level 6 (graduate) may use the American Language Institute's English Proficiency Waiver to enter a CSULB degree program, Long Beach City College, Orange Coast College, Cypress College, Golden West College, or El Camino College without taking the TOEFL/IELTS test. For example, if a student is placed in level 2 during orientation, it will take 3 sessions (1-year of English) to complete level 4 and start their CSULB degree program the next Fall or Spring.
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    CSULB Credit Courses

    Students who are in level 5 or 6 of the Intensive English program are eligible to take CSULB university courses through Open University while in the Intensive English program. The university courses taken are put on an official transcript that may be transferrable to other universities. ALI staff help students pick which courses to take and how to register.

    Contact us if you have any questions or concerns

    ​In response to COVID-19, the university is transitioning to alternate delivery of classes. Click here to learn more.