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California State University (CSU), East Bay

American Language Program (ALP) [Hayward, California]


  • Develop test-taking skills by attending rigorous IELTS preparation classes
  • California State University credit courses available for qualified students
  • Enjoy living in Hayward, "The Heart of the Bay Area," 40 kilometers from stunning San Francisco
  • Information
    • About the ESL Program
    • The American Language Program (ALP) was established in 1973 to provide non-native English speakers with the academic abilities and language skills essential for future academic success at an American university or to meet their individual career objectives. The ALP encourages intercultural understanding, provides support and guidance for issues both in and outside of the classroom and builds students' confidence to adapt to university life and American culture. ALP students gain access to the University's campus facilities and can enjoy using the library, a state-of-the-art theater, computer laboratories with Internet access, and athletic facilities. The ALP regularly organizes field trips and social activities for its students including barbeques on Angel Island, attending professional sporting events, visiting the Great America Amusement Park and Marine World, outlet shopping, and trips to nearby San Francisco, the majestic Muir Woods, and the wine country of Sonoma and Napa Valley.
    • Fast Facts
    • Affiliation : Public University
      Establishment : 1973
      Membership/Accreditation : WASC
      Enrollment : 600
      Average Class Size : 12
      Airport Pickup : Available From School
      Tuition : Low
      Community Type : Suburban
      Transportation : Bus, Train
    • American Language Program (ALP)
      California State University, East Bay

      25800 Carlos Bee Boulevard
      Hayward, California  94542  U.S.A.
      TEL: +1 (510) 885-2358
      FAX: +1 (510) 885-2040
  • More Details
    • Housing
    • While attending the ALP, students have the opportunity to live in a dormitory where they can interact with English speakers. Students living on-campus will be close to classes, campus activities and other students – both American and international. Students are encouraged to arrange housing as early as possible due to the limited amount of space available. The ALP may introduce private off-campus apartments or homestay, however it is the students' responsibility to make their own arrangements. For more information, use the Contact Address to ask the school directly.
    • Surrounding Area
    • Situated on the east shore of the San Francisco Bay, Hayward is a vibrant and diverse community home to 145,000 residents. Located 40 kilometers southeast of San Francisco, the area's parks, arts groups, and recreational and cultural activities make Hayward an ideal place to live, study and play. Hayward's many attractions appeal to all tastes and preferences, from visiting native East Bay animals in their natural habitats at the Sulphur Creek Nature Center, exploring the traditional Japanese Gardens and having group picnics in Kennedy Park to enjoying the Summer Concert Series at nearby Memorial Park. Outdoor enthusiasts can explore the 3,000-acre Garin and Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Parks and its wooded canyons, meadows, creeks and more than 20 miles of hiking trails. Golfers enjoy playing at Skywest, Hayward's professionally rated 18-hole golf course known as "one of the best municipal golf courses in the East Bay." A short trip on the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) public transportation system encourages students, residents and visitors alike to explore the wider Bay Area and its dynamic cultural, entertainment, and social destinations in nearby San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, San Jose, and the Silicon Valley.
    • About the College/University
    • Located in the heart of the beautiful and culturally diverse San Francisco Bay Area, California State University, East Bay offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in addition to Intensive English and other non-degree programs. Cal State East Bay's 342-acre campus sits high atop the East Bay hills, providing stunning views of the San Francisco Bay for its 15,000 students from all 50 American states and around the world. CSUEB is nationally recognized as among the most diverse universities in the US and Cal State East Bay's significant international student body includes students from over 80 countries representing more than 8-10% of total enrollment.

      Founded in 1957, California State University, East Bay is a comprehensive public institution located in Northern California's Bay Area and is one of the 23 schools within the California State University System. Previously named California State University at Hayward, the University changed its name in early 2005 to California State University, East Bay. The University is comprised of 5 colleges and offers its students undergraduate degrees in 50 areas of specialization and graduate degrees in 35 fields. The university's many research, degree and exchange programs around the world create a stimulating academic and multicultural environment. Students are actively involved in more than 90 student clubs and organizations, including intramural sports teams, the student newspaper, radio and television stations, student government, and music, dance and theater groups.
    • Conditional Admission / Credit Courses
    • Qualified ALP students may be placed in university credit classes while they continue studying in the intensive English program. There is also a range of credit bearing certificate courses and a Pre-Business Analytics Program available for qualified students. Conditional Admission to the CSUEB undergraduate programs is available for students who are academically qualified, but have not met the CSUEB's English proficiency requirement (TOEFL 61 or IELTS 6.0) at the time of application. These students are issued a conditional admission letter to CSUEB and required to attend the ALP Intensive English Program until they meet the language requirement.
  • Study Options
    • Intensive English Program

    • Overview

    • The Intensive English Program offers five 8-week sessions throughout the year. Students enrolled in the Program receive 18-20 hours per week of in-class instruction in order to meet their individual educational and career objectives. Each student is also assigned a personal faculty advisor to help them ease into their new environment, assist in selecting appropriate courses and move their students into a university credit program.

      The Program offers 7 levels of English classes, from high-beginner to advanced. Upon students' arrival at the ALP, they are required to take an English placement test to help determine the level best-suited to their ability. The length of the program depends on the student's level of English upon arrival and academic progress. The Intensive English Program curriculum consists of a required Core Program of 3 courses: Writing, Listening/Speaking, Reading/Vocabulary. It is mandatory for students to take one course from a variety of electives at all levels, along with the core program. These courses are designed to help students practice learning typical first year university content in English. Electives include such courses as U.S. American Culture, U.S. American History, Understanding Business, Film and Music, and Current Events. All new students are also required to take the supplemental program “Bay Area Experience,” a weekly program of off-campus activities to encourage English use outside the classroom to practice their newly-developed skills.

      The "Fun Trips Program" allow students to further explore the many interesting places in the surrounding Bay Area while using their English skills. Students enjoy trips to San Francisco’s many attractions including the Golden Gate Bridge, as well as nearby Northern California beaches, wine country, amusement parks, shopping, and professional sports events. Additionally, ALP students have the opportunity to meet with university students once a week through the "Speaking Partners Program" to practice their English conversational skills and learn more about American culture. A University Preparation Advising Workshop is offered quarterly to provide university degree counseling and admission advising and preparation for freshman year at CSUEB. IELTS preparation classes are available each quarter as well. CSUEB is an approved IELTS testing center, offering the exam on campus on a monthly basis. Small, interactive classes are emphasized to ensure full student participation. Class sizes average 12 students per class. Every effort is made to keep classes at an ideal size for effective English language instruction.
    • Data
    • CLASS SIZE: 12 - 18 Students
      CLASS LEVELS: 7 Levels
      COURSE LENGTH: 8,16 Weeks
      MINIMUM AGE: 18 Years Old
      REQUIREMENT: High School Diploma
      VISA INFORMATION: I-20 Form Issued Upon Request
      HOUSING: Dormitory/On-Campus Apartment
    • Dates
    • 2021
      8 WEEKS:
      8/16 - 10/6
      Apply by 8/16

    • Costs
      US$ 150
      TUITION FEE (2020)
      8 WEEKS US$ 2,800
      16 WEEKS US$ 5,000
      32 WEEKS US$ 10,000
      8 WEEKS US$ 2,000 (Summer Online)
      US$ 40 (Housing Application Fee)
      8 WEEKS N/A N/A N/A
      16 WEEKS N/A N/A N/A
      32 WEEKS N/A $9,879 N/A
      Airport Pickup Service
      Student Arranged - Contact School for Options
    • Remarks / Other Information
    • Dates and fees are approximate and may change without prior notice.
      Application fee and housing placement fee are non-refundable.
      Housing fees include meals.
  • Location
    • United States Hayward, California
    • Location
      American Language Program (ALP)
      California State University, East Bay

      25800 Carlos Bee Boulevard Hayward, California  94542  U.S.A.
    • Getting To Your School
    • From San Francisco International Airport:
      Airport pick-up service is available to students on request for US$140. Taxis are also available at the airport. It will cost approximately US $75 and will arrive on campus approximately in 35 minutes.

      From Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport:
      Airport pick-up service is available to students on request for US$120-140. Taxis are also available at the airport. It will cost approximately US $85 and will arrive on campus approximately in 45 minutes.
  • Student Reviews
    • Academic Quality: 4.2
      School Environment: 4.4
      Helpfulness of Staff: 4.6
      Activities and Social Life: 4.0
      Accommodation: 4.0


    • There are 5 reviews for this school

    • 學生
      [ Taipei, Taiwan, Age 34, Male ]
      1 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
      CSU, East Bay is an Excellent Program
      When I was at the school, I realized that some students like having others from their home country there because it makes them feel more comfortable. Others want to be around only those from other countries. In any case, the nationality mix of the school changes depending on the time of year, so don't worry so much about that. CSU, East Bay is an excellent program with lots of good teachers.
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      [ 台中, 台灣, Age 25, Male ]
      1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.

      [ 山梨県, 日本, Age 21, Male ]
      10 of 11 people found the following review helpful.
      今、私はアメリカでの生活を続けていますがCalifornia State University East Bay は学校周辺の気候、雰囲気等がよく、過ごしやすい環境でした。学校が広いので迷うこともしばしば。日本人が多いので安心ですが、いつも日本人といると英語は全く上達しません。英語の上達が目的なら自ら積極的に他国の人と話しましょう。それと留学は決して楽ではありません。私の友人の多くが途中であきらめて日本に帰りました。しかし一人で異国の地で生活をするという体験は必ず自分を大きく成長させてくれると思います。

      [ Taipei, China ]

      [ Taipei, Taiwan, Age 28, Female ]
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