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American Language Institute


The American Language Institute (ALI) is one of the oldest and most respected intensive English programs in the United States. The ALI has prepared international students to study in American universities for over 50 years.

The ALI provides a full-time, academically focused curriculum in English as a second language that gives students both language and study skills necessary for academic success. There are four levels of instruction ranging from a low intermediate level to an advanced level.

The ALI also offers Gateway, a special program for students who have completed the highest ALI level. The Gateway Program allows students to enroll in one course at San Francisco State University while studying English at the ALI.

Students must enroll for a full session (12 weeks in the fall and spring, 10 weeks in the summer) which involves 22 hours per week of classroom instruction. Part-time study is not permitted.

In addition to language classes, the ALI offers its students assistance with the university application process, immigration and cultural adjustment, counseling, and social activities. Please check Future Students for current updates on SF State admission.

The American Language Institute is authorized to issue a certificate of eligibility for an F-1 student visa form for international students who wish to come to the United States on an F-1 student visa.

For complete information see the about the American Language Institute website.

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