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Our mission is to prepare students to develop communicative competence in English to function more effectively in academic, professional, and social settings, all in service of the greater good: a just, sustainable, and compassionate global society.
Our English language classes allow students and professionals to:
- broaden and improve their mastery of spoken and written English.
- enjoy the rewards of a program with nearly a century of achievement in the teaching of English as a Second Language.
- study with dedicated, world-renowned faculty.
Welcome Letter From the Director
The American Language Program is a unique educational and cultural experience. Read the welcome message from American Language Program Director David Quinn.
Orientation to the Campus and Neighborhood
Columbia University and New York City have much to offer visitors who are interested in arts, culture, sports, and history. Learn about Columbia University and New York City.
For Incoming Students
Learn what to do upon arrival in the U.S., how to maintain your visa status, and other important tips. Refer to our International Student Resources.
Review ALP levels, the ALP essay exam and the Oxford Online Placement Test, and our placement and promotion appeal policy. ALP Levels & Testing.
For Current Students
Learn about ALP’s academic advising, academic policies, and withdrawal procedures. View information for current ALP students.
Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
Our Intensive Program and Advanced Academic Preparation Program are accredited by the Commission on English Language Accreditation (CEA) for the period of April 2014 through April 2019. For these offerings, the American Language Program agrees to uphold the CEA Standards for English Language Programs and Institutions. The U.S. Secretary of Education recognizes CEA as a national accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions.