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Long Beach City College (LBCC)

American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI) [Long Beach, California]


  • Small classes (15 or less students) assure that students get much individual attention from their teachers and many opportunities to practice their English. Upon successful completion of the ALCI program, the staff will assist you in transitioning to the LBCC credit program, if you so desire.
  • ALCI boasts an unusually diverse student population. In a class of 10 students, it’s not unusual to have 8 different countries represented.
  • LBCC is located in sunny Southern California in the city of Long Beach, a modern urban center on the shore of the Pacific Ocean, with easy access to Los Angeles.
  • Information
    • About the ESL Program
    • The American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI) is the intensive English as a second language program at Long Beach City College. Whether you are preparing for college admission, advancing in your career, or just want to improve your English language skills, the ALCI is the right place for you.
    • DATA
    • Type : Public College
      Establishment : 1927
      Membership/Accreditation : ACCJC, WASC
      Enrollment : 30
      Average Class Size : 10
      Student Adviser : Available
      Airport Pickup : Student Arranged
      Internet Access : Available On-Campus
      Tuition : Low
      Activities : Frequently Available
      Location : Suburban
      Transportation : Bus, Train, Taxi
    • A Message from School
    • Welcome to Long Beach, CA! An international beach city in Southern California. Thank you for your interest in the American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI.) Our program is a small and affordable English language program at Long Beach City College. One of the oldest community colleges in the United States. We work with helping students to improve their English for both personal and academic purposes. We hope we can help you. We also offer many activities that help students to explore beautiful Long Beach and experience American culture.
      We hope to see you in Long Beach and at ALCI.

      American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI)
      Long Beach City College (LBCC)
    • Long Beach City College (LBCC)
      American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI)

      4901 East Carson Street
      Long Beach, California  90808  U.S.A.
      TEL: +1 (562) 938-4745
      FAX: +1 (562) 938-4747
      E-mail: international@lbcc.edu
      Website: http://www.lbcc.edu/alci/
  • More Details
    • Student Countries of Origin
    • Long Beach City College hosts students from countries all around the world.
    • Faculty Qualifications
    • The instructors are trained, fully-certified professionals. Many instructors have lived and traveled abroad and have extensive experience teaching English to students from around the world. The personal and academic qualities of the instructors make each uniquely qualified to offer meaningful language-learning opportunities and to care deeply about their students.
    • Housing
    • ALCI provides students with the opportunity to live in off-campus residences. For students who prefer an independent lifestyle, off-campus residences provide more privacy and offer opportunities to interact with people in the community outside the school environment. Students are encouraged to make their housing arrangements as early as possible due to the limited amount of space available. For more information, use the Contact Address to ask the school directly.
    • Surrounding Area
    • LBCC is located in sunny Southern California in the city of Long Beach, a modern urban center on the shore of the Pacific Ocean, with easy access to Los Angeles. The main campus of LBCC is located in a very beautiful, safe, suburban area of Long Beach. The neighborhood is populated with beautiful, single-family homes and many parks, bike paths and other open areas. Restaurants and shopping is not far, and the beach is only a few miles away. Also, the weather is beautiful all year round!
    • About the College/University
    • Founded in 1927, Long Beach City College (LBCC) is a community college located in southern California with approximately 24,000 students. The school offers two campuses, the Liberal Arts Campus and the Pacific Coast Campus. Both campuses are located minutes away from each other on a combined 142 acres. Accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, which is an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. The school offers over 820 courses of undergraduate academic instruction in eight colleges: Career & Technical Education, Health, Science & Mathematics, Language Arts, Library, Student Success, Social Science & Arts, Counseling & Student Support Services, and Student Affairs, Kinesiology, Athletics, & Health Education.
    • Conditional Admission / Credit Courses
    • No conditional admission to the university is available.
  • Courses
    • Intensive English Program (IEP)

    • About This Course
    • This program includes a strong focus on the basic skills needed to be a successful college student. Students spend many hours a week studying reading, writing and grammar. However, the expert teachers at ALCI realize that it takes more than the basics to be a successful English speaker and college student. Therefore, students will also study and improve their listening, speaking, pronunciation and use of English idioms.
      Because the staff understands that learning goes beyond the classroom and beyond the LBCC campus, the ALCI program presents students with opportunities to participate in local activities (such as picnics in the park, group bike rides, etc.). Other off-campus field trips have included Knott’s Berry Farm, UCLA campus tour, Aquarium of the Pacific, and Huntington Beach. ALCI usually sponsors 2 field trips per 8-week session and has students vote on their preferred destination.
    • Course Data
    • CLASS SIZE: 10 Students
      CLASS LEVELS: 3 Levels
      COURSE LENGTH: 8,16,24,32 Weeks
      MINIMUM AGE: 18 Years Old
      REQUIREMENT: High School Graduate
      VISA INFORMATION: I-20 Issued Upon Admission
      HOUSING: Off-Campus Residence
    • Dates
    • 2019
      8 WEEKS:
      4/15 - 6/66/7 - 8/18/27 - 10/1810/22 - 12/13
      16 WEEKS:
      4/15 - 8/16/7 - 10/188/27 - 12/13
      24 WEEKS:
      4/15 - 10/186/7 - 12/13

      32 WEEKS:
      4/15 - 12/13

    • Fees
      US$ 40
      TUITION FEE (2019)
      8 WEEKS US$ 1,800
      16 WEEKS US$ 3,600
      24 WEEKS US$ 5,400
      32 WEEKS US$ 7,200
      8-32 WEEKS N/A N/A US$ 650-1550 Per Month
      Airport Pickup Service
      Student Must Arrange Transportation
    • Remarks / Other Information
    • Dates and Fees are approximate and may change without prior notice.
      Application fee is non-refundable.
  • Location
    • United States Long Beach, California
    • Location
      Long Beach City College (LBCC)
      American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI)

      4901 East Carson Street Long Beach, California  90808  U.S.A.
    • Getting To Your School
    • From Los Angeles International Airport:
      The cost of airport transportation is not included with the ALCI programs fees, and it is the student's responsibility to arrange their transportation from the airport to the campus. There are three major shuttle services which provide airport pick-up and transfer services from the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX):
      Super Shuttle
      Primetime Shuttle
      LAX FlyAway
  • Student Reviews
    • Academic Quality: 4.8
      School Environment: 4.4
      Helpfulness of Staff: 5.0
      Activities and Social Life: 4.2
      Accommodation: 5.0


    • There are 5 reviews for this school

    • Nhi Pham
      [ Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam ]  2018/3/26
      1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
      Good ESL Program at an Affordable Price
      LBCC has a good ESL Program that prepares students for the academic program. The course includes study skills and test-taking strategies to get international students used to the US education system.
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      Danny Dang
      [ Saigon, Vietnam, Age 21 ]  2018/3/26
      1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
      Great Program to be a Part Of
      What I like about the school is that it is diverse with students with different backgrounds. The school offers a wide variety of programs you can choose and all the staff are friendly and helpful. The school has many clubs to help you to socialize and develop your skills
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      Thanh Pham
      [ HCMC, Vietnam, Age 20 ]  2018/3/26
      Helpfulness of the Staff
      The staff and professors here were very helpful and nice to us. When I got stuck on something, I could just go directly to them and see them and I could receive an answer quickly to my questions.
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      [ Phnom Penh, Cambodia ]  2018/3/23
      I loved this school because it has many good and caring professors. The English program (ALCI) improved my writing. I did not know how to write a paragraph before I started the ALCI program.
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      [ Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil, Age 20, Female ]  2018/3/23
      I Really Like This School
      I really like this school. When you have a problem, they are happy to help the students.
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