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.