Congratulations on your admission to the American Language Institute! As you prepare to travel to The Beach, please refer to the Welcome Packet sent to you by our office. The Welcome Packet includes important information and materials, like your Welcome Letter, SEVIS I-20 form, Program Newsletter, Campus Map, and Meet & Greet form.
Orientation for New PREP Students
During orientation, students will take the American Language Institute Placement Test, receive their student ID card and attend scheduled orientation stations. Students will receive their class schedule on the first day of classes. Textbooks cost between $125-$150.
Orientation for New IEP Students On the first day of orientation, students will take the American Language Institute placement test, receive their student ID card and attend scheduled orientation stations. Students may also participate in activities such as campus tours, or a trip to downtown Long Beach. Students will be notified of their level placement at the end of orientation week and be able to purchase textbooks at the CSULB bookstore. Textbooks cost between $200 -$300 dollars depending on the level. Students will receive their class schedule on the first day of classes.
California State University, Long Beach requires all international F-1 and J-1 visa students to enroll and maintain health insurance coverage before the first day of classes, in order to avoid the threat to financial obligations that uninsured students face. Also, if you fail to enroll and maintain the required health insurance coverage, you will not be enrolled in classes; and therefore, will not be able to participate in the program, which may result in violation of your immigration status.
For instructions on how to enroll, review the steps below or view the video that follows.
If you are unable to provide proof of the required immunizations before your arrival to the U.S., you will need to receive the vaccinations at the CSULB Student Health Services (SHS) at a low cost, or find a service provider through your insurance carrier to complete the immunizations and forms required.
If you are able to provide proof of the required immunizations, scan and email the completed immunization clearance forms to: firstname.lastname@example.org. In your email to SHS, include the following information:
Subject line: ALI Student
Full Name, Date of Birth, and Country of citizenship. Also include where you will be living (off-campus or on-campus dorms)
Don’t forget to attach your immunization clearance forms!
A nurse from CSULB will review your immunization clearance forms and will be in contact with you and the ALI Office.
For more information about the requirements, visit the Student Health Services page. For information about the consequences of not being cleared, refer to the ALI Student Handbook.
Transfer Policy Newly Students - A new student can only transfer out before enrolling in ALI classes if he/she:
Reports to the ALI or CIE (preferably in person, but e-mail, telephone, or fax are also acceptable) by the program start date
Provides written confirmation of acceptance to a new school
Submits the new school’s transfer form
Can begin classes at the new school within 30 days of date of entry into the U.S.
*Students who do not show up to the ALI by the program start date will have their I-20 terminated.