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California State University, Sonoma

American Language Institute [Rohnert Park, California]


  • Sonoma State American Language Institute (SSALI) - for over 35 years helping international students improve their English on the California State University, Sonoma campus.
  • SSALI University Pathways (Conditional Admission, TOEFL Waiver and Concurrent Enrollment)- providing opportunities for international students to advance their academic goals!
  • Sonoma State University- Just north of San Francisco only 45 minutes away, the campus is located in the city of Rohnert Park, at the heart of the world-famous Wine Country in Northern California!

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  • Information
    • About the ESL Program
    • Fast Facts
    • Affiliation : Public University
      Establishment : 1979
      Membership/Accreditation : EnglishUSA
      Enrollment : 50
      Average Class Size : 13
      Airport Pickup : Student Arranged
      Tuition : Low
      Community Type : Suburban
      Transportation : Bus
    • A Message from School
    • As Director of International Education, I am looking forward to welcoming you to the Sonoma State American Language Institute (SSALI). From our school profile on ApplyESL.com, I hope that you will find interest in our beautiful location on the Sonoma State University campus, our strong academic program, our safe community, and the strong support you will receive as a student here. Our program boasts small class sizes and a diverse student population, with many opportunities to build friendships with students from both the U.S. and around the world. Our students have the opportunity to improve their English skills quickly, both in and out of the classroom. Whether you are interested in studying English for academic, business, or social purposes, we can help you achieve your dreams. See you in Sonoma!
      Berta Hodges
      Director of International Education
    • American Language Institute
      Sonoma State University

      1801 East Cotati Avenue
      Rohnert Park, California  94928-3609  U.S.A.
      TEL: +1 707-664-2742
      FAX: +1 707-664-2749
      E-mail: john.green@sonoma.edu
      Website: http://seie.sonoma.edu/
  • More Details
    • Housing
    • Surrounding Area
    • About the College/University
    • Conditional Admission / Credit Courses
  • Study Options
    • University Pathways

    • Overview
    • Data
    • CLASS SIZE: 10 -15 Students
      CLASS LEVELS: 4 Levels
      COURSE LENGTH: Up to 15 Weeks
      MINIMUM AGE: 18 Years Old
      REQUIREMENT: TOEFL PBT 500+, TOEFL iBT 61+, or IELTS 6.0+
      VISA INFORMATION: 1-20 issued upon request
      HOUSING: Housing reservations must be made directly with the providers.
    • Dates
    • 2022
      8 WEEKS:
      3/28 - 5/13

    • Costs
      US$ 125
      TUITION FEE (2021-2022)
      8 WEEKS US$ 2,400
      15 WEEKS US$ 4,800
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      Airport Pickup Service
      Book & Supplies
      US$ 250/semester
      Health Insurance
      About US$180/month
    • Remarks / Other Information
  • Location
    • United States Rohnert Park, California
    • Location
      American Language Institute
      Sonoma State University

      1801 East Cotati Avenue Rohnert Park, California  94928-3609  U.S.A.
    • Getting To Your School
    • From San Francisco International Airport:
      Bus service is available from the airport to Rohnert Park. Airport Express costs $34 (One Way). Students can also arrange their own taxi service to the school.
  • Student Reviews
    • Academic Quality: 4.8
      School Environment: 4.8
      Helpfulness of Staff: 4.8
      Activities and Social Life: 4.6
      Accommodation: 4.6


    • There are 17 reviews for this school

    • Ana Maria
      [ Colombia, Bogota, Age 20, Female ]
      4 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
      Great School
      I recommend SSALI because is a place where you can learn English and practice every day with teachers and classmates having a good environment... I learned a lot there, not just English, I learned about other cultures, customs and countries... SSALI gives you an awesome experience with the best teachers, they are always prepared for everything and they have the patient to explain and many activities to do in each single class. I feel so lucky to have been there! I miss CA, SSALI, teachers and classmates.
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      [ Russia, Samara ]
      2 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
      I recommend SSALI program for all who wants improve English for different reasons either academic purposes or just for increasing language skills. It's a great school with an attentive staff in there. There are professional and friendly teachers there. The environment is very comfortable which makes process of study and diving in English more efficient. I love this school and its people who work for it.
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      [ Italy, Bari ]
      2 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
      Sonoma State University and SSALI is a very good education system I tried in the past and as Teacher from Italy, I think to have been enriched with that wonderful experience I did. Very professional, friendly and taking care of students. Very important was the cooperative learning steps, and all the affectionate atmosphere I found. I hope to come back again and, surely, I can recommend to all students and people who want to have an important progress approaching into English study. I miss CA, San Francisco and SSALI, in particular way.
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      A Former Student
      [ Japan, Kanagawa, Age 23, Female ]
      1 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
      Studying at Sonoma State American Language Institute gave me confidence and the opportunity to know how fun studying English can be. SSALI has a really good environment, great teachers, great facilities, and interesting students from all over the world.
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      de Jager Gregoire
      [ Seine at Marne, France, Age 19, Male ]
      2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
      I had a amazing experience going to Sonoma State University. Thanks to this experience, I can now travel all around the world because I became fluent in English. It helped me to improve my skills. The campus is ideal for any international student. It has many different activities, you can go to the gym or play pool, there is a climbing wall etc... I made a lot of friends from different cultures which is really pleasent. I keep in touch with them.

      As a good exemple, to show how friendships can last; my roommate who was Korean, came in France during the summer vacation to visit Paris. So my familiy hosted him and we had a lot of fun, probably next time I'll have the chance to go to Korea. Therefore, Sonoma State University really helped me in building contacts for the future.
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      Charles de Jager
      [ Paris, France, Age 22, Male ]
      2 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
      SSALI saved my life
      My English was so poor when I finished High School that I couldn't even talk in English with anyone, I was lost and I had no idea about wanted to do after High School; that is why I went to Sonoma State University in the SSALI program.

      When I met my host family, who by the way is the most incredible one ever, I was stressed because of my level but the adoption and involvement that they gave to my comfort and my stay was incredible and I thank them for that.

      I was shocked when I discovered the amazing campus that has Sonoma State University, this kind of campus were only in the movies for me. After a week I met all my teachers, I was so happy and knew that I will find incredible teachers. I started in one of the lowest level to finish my year in the highest one after working hard and learning a new culture. I spent one year in Sonoma State University, I have met such great friends around the world that I am still in contact with.

      Sonoma State University gave me the envy and the possilbility to pursue my life as I wanted to and to become the most motivated guy on earth.
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      Axel H. Koenig
      [ Wertheim / Main, Germany, Male ]
      3 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
      The Students and Community are very inviting
      I believe the best thing about the SSALI program at Sonoma State
      University is the atmosphere; the students and community are very
      inviting (the amount of people). It is easy to find new friends or study
      groups here, as there are people from all over the world. It's easy to
      find a few people with similar interests as you and to find tutors. The
      academics here are better than anything I have ever experienced.
      There are lots of options for additional lessons (classes that you
      design for your own independent study) as well as really nice level
      500 courses that go deeper into an array of subjects.
      During the summer semester, they have the best field trips ever (nearly once per week).
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      Sira Kim
      [ Mokpo City, South Korea, Age 24, Female ]
      3 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
      SSALI was an unbelievable experience.
      SSALI (Sonoma State American Language Institute) was really good program to acclimate myself to a new environment. It my first time to come to the US for learning English. I did not know anything about the US. So I felt anxiety before I started this program. SSALI is a "Family". We always did everything together. I never felt lonely during took this program. I made a lot of friends who is from diversity countries. Also they made me to had a lot experience ; field trip, conversation partner, etc. This program director and all staff are really kind and helpful. They always pay attention to all students. I really appreciate to give an opportunity to study at SSU.
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      [ Shenyang, China, Age 22, Male ]
      4 of 7 people found the following review helpful.
      Not As Good As I Would Have Liked
      I felt as if I could have studied at a harder level in my class. The teacher gave out a lot of homework and I had to study hard to complete it. I wish I had more time to enjoy extracurricular activities.
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      [ Taipei, Taiwan, Age 35, Female ]
      3 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
      I Had Wonderful Life at SSU
      I came back to Taiwan almost one year ago but I am still missing my life at SSU. SSU may be a bit small, but it is beautiful and colorful, and people who live there are very friendly. I made some friends there and still keep in touch. But the most important thing is the quality of teachers there for us, right? Be honest, not all, but I met some teachers there who are really patient with students and always make class interesting for us. I would have liked to stay longer if I could. So, you are lucky to see this message and decided to go. Only one thing before you go is open your mind and get ready to enjoy your life there.
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    • Below you will find additional reviews in other languages.
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      [ Mokpo, Korea, Age 20, Male ]
      2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
      About the SSALI
      다른 곳에서도 학교를 다녔었지만 이 곳은 전에 다니던 학교와는 달리 영어를 빨리 늘 수 있었다. 그이유는 항상 같은 클래스 친구들과 똑같은 수업을 들으며 항상 같이 어울리고 이야기하고 수업외에도 미국인들과 함께 할 수 있는 프로그램들도 많으며 항상 오피스에 있는 선생님들이 어떻하면 더 나은 프로그램을 학생들에게 제공 할 수 있는지에 대해 물어보고 같이 어울리고 정말 좋은 기억을 남기게 해준 학교였습니다.

      [ 서울, 한국, Age 24, Female ]
      7 of 7 people found the following review helpful.
      전반적으로 괜찮은 경험이었습니다. 학교주변도 시골인데 굉장히 깨끗하고 조용하고.. 영어 배우기엔 최적인 것 같아요. 지내는 동안은 그 커뮤니티의 일원으로 지낼 수 있다고 할까.. 도시 분위기를 좋아하면 좀 불편할 수도 있겠지만. 교통은 솔직히 불편함. 선생님들도 참 잘가르치고 자상하심. 상위반 끝내면 TESOL, 학교수업같은 거 들을 수 있고. 봉사활동 elective도 있고.. 한국에 관심있는 native도 대화 파트너로 만날 수 있고 홈스테이 아주머니들도 좋으시고.. 향수병 걸리면 좀 힘들지만 그래도 거기 있는 분들이 잘보듬어 주셔서 좋았음.

      [ Miyagi, Japan, Age 22, Female ]
      1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
      SSALI broadened my point of view and opened a whole new world to me.

      [ 東京, 日本, Female ]
      6 of 7 people found the following review helpful.

      Rodrigo Gomez
      [ Santiago, Chile, Age 32, Male ]
      1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
      SSALI: Una Sorprendente Experiencia
      Mi experiencia en SSALI fue buena. Es una escuela cuyos teachers son cercanos a sus alumnos y se establecen relaciones de amistad muy valiosas, gracias a que los cursos son pequeños. Los profesores tienen mucha empatia y hacen bien su trabajo. Hay mucha vida social tambien.

      Carlos Moreno
      [ Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Age 27, Male ]
      1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
      Una de Mis Mejores Experiencias!!
      Fue una de mis mejores deciciones!!!

      [ Bogotá, Colombia ]
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