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American Language Institute (ALI) [San Diego, CA]

HIGHLIGHTS

  • One of the largest University Intensive English Programs in the U.S.
  • Weather and recreational opportunities make San Diego, CA. one of the most desirable cities in the U.S.
  • Advising is readily available on academic matters, careers, and university selection
  • Information
    • About the ESL Program
    • The American Language Institute (ALI) at San Diego State University was established in 1974 to provide English language education to international students and professionals. The ALI is among the largest ESL programs in the U.S. with 3,000 students enrolled annually from over 70 countries. The ALI offers two main programs: English for Academic Purposes (EAP), which includes pre-MBA preparation, and the Intensive English Communication (IEC). Also offered are business programs, Study Tours, and certificates in business, e-commerce, TEFL (for teachers of English), as well as internships. The ALI is a proud member of UCIEP, a U.S. consortium of University and College Intensive English Programs known for its high professional standards and quality English language instruction.
    • Fast Facts
    • Affiliation : Public University
      Establishment : 1974
      Membership/Accreditation : UCIEP, EnglishUSA
      Enrollment : 500 - 550
      Average Class Size : 14 - 16
      Airport Pickup : Available from School
      Tuition : Medium
      Community Type : Urban
      Transportation : Bus
    • A Message from School
    • Welcome to ALI’s school profile at ApplyESL.com! The ALI is a division of the SDSU World Campus, one of the eight colleges of SDSU, the flagship campus of the California State University system and the largest university in the San Diego region. ALI classes are taught by nationally recognized teachers with advanced degrees, trained in the latest teaching methods. Advanced-level ALI students may enroll in regular SDSU classes and earn college credit without going through the San Diego State University admissions process. All ALI classes are taught on the SDSU campus in the Gateway Center and the Extended Studies Center. All ALI students have access to the high-speed computer and language labs in Gateway Center and the SDSU main library. We look forward to receiving your application from ApplyESL.com!
      Bill Price
      Executive Director
      American Language Institute
      San Diego State University
    • CONTACT INFORMATION
    • San Diego State University
      American Language Institute

      5250 Campanile Drive
      San Diego, CA  92182-1914  U.S.A.
      TEL: +1-619-594-5907
      FAX: +1-619-287-2735
      E-mail: ali@mail.sdsu.edu
      Website: http://ali.sdsu.edu/admission-procedures
  • More Details
    • Housing
    • ALI provides assistance in arranging housing in on-campus dormitories or with homestay families. It is best to arrange housing as early as possible due to the limited amount of space available. Check the Course Data Page to make sure that your desired housing option is available for the course to which you will apply. School may also introduce private off-campus apartments, but students have to make necessary arrangements by themselves. For more information, use the Contact Address to ask the school directly.
    • Surrounding Area
    • The American Language Institute is located just east of downtown San Diego on the San Diego State University (SDSU) campus. SDSU features the largest campus in the California State University system hosting approximately 30,000 students. San Diego's natural beauty and friendly people attract visitors from throughout the world. Located in the southwestern corner of the United States, San Diego is the sixth largest city in the country. The city has been rated one of the ten most desirable U.S. cities based on weather and recreational and cultural opportunities. In addition, San Diego has a low crime rate when compared to other major cities. San Diego's sunny and warm days (average temperature is 21 degrees Celsius), over 70 miles of sandy beaches, and nearby snow-covered mountains provide year-round opportunities for sports and outdoor recreation. San Diego is home of the world-famous San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park. The area also offers 100 golf courses, major league sports teams, Sea World (Aquarium and amusement park), museums, theater, opera, dance companies and other cultural activities. Bordered by the Pacific Ocean, San Diego is a short drive from the mountains, deserts, Los Angeles, and Mexico. American Language Institute students can also enjoy trips to San Francisco, Las Vegas, and the Grand Canyon.
    • About the College/University
    • Founded in 1887, San Diego State University offers bachelor’s degrees in 76 areas, master’s degrees in 54, and doctorates in 10. Eight colleges comprise SDSU: Arts and Letters, Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Extended Studies, Health and Human Services, Professional Studies and Fine Arts, and Sciences. The College of Business Administration is the tenth largest business program in the U.S., with more than 5,000 students. The College has been named one of the “25 Best Business Schools for Entrepreneurs in America,” according to Success Magazine.
    • Conditional Admission / Credit Courses
    • Students with a TOEFL score of 550 may take up to 12 units in university classes for credit per semester. Conditional Admission to the university is available for qualified students. (Undergraduate programs only)

  • Study Options
    • Intensive English for Communication (IEC)

    • Overview
    • The Intensive English for Communication (IEC) Program is designed to meet the specific needs of individuals who desire to improve their "real language" communication skills, to increase their knowledge of American people and culture, and to practice English in natural situations both on and off campus. Students receive a base of 23 hours of instruction per week: 8 hours of oral communication and 12 hours of general English (listening, reading, writing and grammar), plus up to 4 hours of elective classes. Although all courses are not offered every semester, students have the opportunity to study topics such as business English, TOEFL test preparation, slang and idioms, life in the United States, and a variety of other subjects as electives.

      The IEC program offers classes in seven proficiency levels from beginning to advanced. Based on the results of placement tests students are placed in classes of appropriate difficulty for oral communications and general English. Level advisors are available to counsel students and plan individual schedules and activities. High intermediate and advanced students can audit university classes after receiving approval from professors. Students may attend the IEC for 5 to 20 weeks.

      The average class size is 14 students.
    • Data
    • CLASS SIZE: 12 - 15 Students
      CLASS LEVELS: 7 Levels
      COURSE LENGTH: 5 - 18 weeks
      MINIMUM AGE: 18 Years Old
      REQUIREMENT: N/A
      VISA INFORMATION: I-20 Issued Upon Request
      HOUSING: Dormitory or On-Campus Apartment
      Homestay
    • Dates
    • 2021
      8 WEEKS:
      8/18 - 12/17


      9 WEEKS:
      5/19 - 8/5


    • Costs
    • APPLICATION FEE
      US$ 175
      TUITION FEE (2020)
      5 WEEKS US$ 2,230
      6 WEEKS US$ 2,995
      8 WEEKS US$ 3,370
      9 WEEKS US$ 3,525
      12 WEEKS US$ 4,235
      18 WEEKS US$ 6,350
      HOUSING
      PLACEMENT FEE
      US$ 200 (Homestay Only)
      HOUSING FEE
      LENGTH HOMESTAY DORMITORY / ON-CAMPUS APARTMENT OFF-CAMPUS RESIDENCE
      6 WEEKS US$ 1,350 N/A N/A
      8 WEEKS US$ 1,800 N/A N/A
      9 WEEKS US$ 2,025 N/A N/A
      12 WEEKS US$ 2,700 N/A N/A
      17 WEEKS US$ 3,825 N/A N/A
      18 WEEKS US$ 4,050 US$ 5,700 N/A
      Airport Pickup Service
      US$ 70 (Complimentary for Homestay)
    • Remarks / Other Information
    • Dates and Fees are approximate and may change without prior notice.
      Application fee is non-refundable.
      Homestay housing fees include meals.
    • English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

    • Overview
    • The English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program is designed for students and professionals who plan to enter an American college or university at the undergraduate or graduate level, who need to prepare for the SAT, TOEFL, GMAT, GRE, or other entrance examinations.

      The EAP prepares its students to both succeed in the same university classroom as native English speakers as well as provide instruction on how to obtain the necessary language skills for an academic major or career advancement. Students receive up to 25 hours of instruction per week with a focus on reading, writing, structure (grammar), listening, academic speaking, and TOEFL preparation. This type of course helps students develop skills in specific areas such as American studies, vocabulary development, GMAT or GRE test preparation, spreadsheet reading and creation, and business. Students may attend for 12 or 18 weeks.

      Once a student enrolls in the program he or she will take various placement tests to determine his or her English level. Students are placed according to the results of this exam in each of the following areas: reading, writing, speaking, listening, and grammar. Advanced students may concurrently enroll in SDSU classes for credit at no additional cost. Advisers offer assistance on academic matters, careers and university selection as well as help students with admissions applications and writing letters of recommendation.

      The average class size is 15 students.
    • Data
    • CLASS SIZE: 12 - 15 Students
      CLASS LEVELS: 4 Levels
      COURSE LENGTH: 12,18 weeks
      MINIMUM AGE: 18 Years Old
      REQUIREMENT: N/A
      VISA INFORMATION: I-20 Issued Upon Request
      HOUSING: Dormitory/On-Campus Apartment
      Homestay
    • Dates
    • 2021
      12 WEEKS:
      5/19 - 8/5


      18 WEEKS:
      8/18 - 12/7


    • Costs
    • APPLICATION FEE
      US$ 175
      TUITION FEE (2021)
      12 WEEKS US$ 4,235
      18 WEEKS US$ 6,350
      HOUSING
      PLACEMENT FEE
      US $200 (Homestay only)
      HOUSING FEE
      LENGTH HOMESTAY DORMITORY / ON-CAMPUS APARTMENT OFF-CAMPUS RESIDENCE
      12 WEEKS US$ 2,700 N/A N/A
      18 WEEKS US$ 4,050 US$ 5,700 N/A
      Airport Pickup Service
      US$ 70 (Complimentary for Homestay)
      Tuition Deposit
      US$ 175 (Non-Refundable - Deposit Applied to Tuition Payment)
    • Remarks / Other Information
    • Dates and fees are approximate and may change without prior notice.
      Application fee is non-refundable.
      Homestay housing fees include meals.
  • Location
    • United States San Diego, California
    • Location
      San Diego State University
      American Language Institute

      5250 Campanile Drive San Diego, CA  92182-1914  U.S.A.
    • Getting To Your School
    • From San Diego International Airport:
      School provides airport pick-up service for US$40 that brings students directly to campus. It takes approximately 20 minutes. Taxis are also available at the airport. It will cost approximately US$30 and will arrive on campus in 20 minutes. Additionally, the campus is accessible by buses that run on a limited schedule.
  • Student Reviews
    • Academic Quality: 4.4
      School Environment: 4.5
      Helpfulness of Staff: 4.2
      Activities and Social Life: 4.0
      Accommodation: 3.3

      4.2

    • There are 11 reviews for this school

    • 學生
      [ 台北, 台灣, Age 25, Female ]


      Eric
      [ Taichung, Taiwan, Age 19, Male ]


      Viola Sismondi
      [ Italy, Europe, Age 26, Female ]

    • Below you will find additional reviews in other languages.
    • ApplyESL claims no responsibility for errors in, or the quality of, machine translations provided by Google Translate.

      學生
      [ 高雄, 台灣, Age 18, Female ]
      2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
      短期留學得好地方
      我覺得那一間真的很棒!!!!
      這是我第一次去,留下給我很棒很棒的回憶。老師是真的很認真教學,然後不只學到東西,也在這邊教到了很多朋友,我覺得我的人生在這邊開始有了不一樣的思考點。回到台灣之後,我更成長了一次。
      建議大家暑假想遊學得話這裡是個很適合的地方,聖地牙哥本身就是一個很好的旅遊地點了,課餘之外跑出去玩也是個很棒的經驗。


      學生
      [ 台北市, 台灣, Age 25, Male ]
      4 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
      SDSU兩個月的自助旅行之感想與意見
      我於大三升大四的暑徦,決定去美國自助旅行,但當時英文很差且又不願意多花錢請代辦中心的情形下,我在網路上發現ApplyESL網站,並透過它,完成了遊學的每一項申請手續,當時同學都嚇一跳,都覺得我英文這麼爛,怎麼可能自己會辦得成功。雖然透過網路,有點覺得怕怕的,但是到了美國,每一項的手續跟步驟,都讓我在美國旅行時,無往不利。感想:我預計1年後會再出國旅行一次,也會使用ApplyESL網站,希望該網站裡,能提供更多該地區的地圖、交通圖、美食、觀光等


      MK
      [ 新潟, 日本, Age 26, Female ]
      12 of 14 people found the following review helpful.
      語学留学から大学進学
      私はサンディエゴ州立大学(SDSU)付属の語学学校に1期通い、その後サンディエゴのコミュニティカレッジに2年、さらにカリフォルニア州立大学のLong Beach校に進学し、今年の8月に卒業します。当初は語学留学だけのつもりでアメリカにきました。しかし、SDSUの語学学校の生徒たちはみんな学ぶことにとても意欲的で、大学進学はもちろん、MBAを目指している人たちも多くいました。先生方も進学に向けての指導や、TOEFLのための授業もたくさんあり、そんな学生たち、先生方の影響で、大学進学を目指すようになりました。私の経験上語学学校選びは大学付属の学校を推薦します。


      FAN
      [ TAIPEI, TAIWAN, Age 26, Male ]


      學生
      [ CA, USA, Age 23, Male ]


      學生
      [ 台北, 台灣, Age 23, Female ]


      學生
      [ 台南縣, 台灣, Age 25, Female ]


      James
      [ 台南市, 台灣, Age 29, Male ]
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