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California State University (CSU), San Marcos

American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI) [San Marcos, California]


  • Advanced-level students may enroll in CSU San Marcos courses and earn transferable credit through Open University.
  • Qualified students can apply for conditional admission to CSU San Marcos undergraduate and graduate programs.
  • Located in the heart of stunning coastal Southern California, near beaches, mountains, and deserts
  • Information
    • About the ESL Program
    • Fast Facts
    • Affiliation : Public University
      Establishment : 1992
      Membership/Accreditation : EnglishUSA
      Enrollment : 80
      Average Class Size : 12
      Airport Pickup : Available With Homestay
      Tuition : Medium
      Community Type : Suburban
      Transportation : Light Rail Train, Bus
    • A Message from School
    • Thank you for visiting our profile at The American Language and Culture Institute is the English language program at California State University San Marcos in beautiful San Diego North – the heart of coastal Southern California. If you are looking for an academic program, you will find excellent English language instruction on a beautiful, modern, safe campus in sunny Southern California. ALCI programs provide challenging and interesting courses for international students and professionals. 90% of students in the Intensive English Pathway program continue to university and college degree programs. Our small classes, taught by highly qualified instructors, provide the opportunity for students to improve their English in an academic environment. Completion of ALCI’s highest level provides TOEFL equivalency for admission to the University. Conditional admission to undergraduate and graduate degree programs is available to qualified applicants. ALCI students are a part of the university campus life. Students receive a CSU San Marcos identification card and have access to campus facilities including the library, computer labs, student health clinic recreation center, as well as the opportunity to live in on-campus housing. To apply, complete's online application form. We look forward to meeting you.
      Mr. Grant Parsons,
      Director, American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI)
    • American Language & Culture Institute
      California State University San Marcos

      333 South Twin Oaks Valley Road
      San Marcos, California  92096-0001  U.S.A.
      TEL: +1 (760) 750-3200
      FAX: +1 (760) 750-3779
  • More Details
    • Housing
    • Surrounding Area
    • About the College/University
    • Conditional Admission / Credit Courses
  • Study Options
    • Intensive English Pathway Program

    • Overview
    • Data
    • CLASS SIZE: 12-16 Students
      CLASS LEVELS: 6 Levels
      COURSE LENGTH: 8,10, 16 Weeks
      MINIMUM AGE: 18 Years Old or High School Graduate
      REQUIREMENT: High School Diploma
      VISA INFORMATION: F-1 Student Visa Required (I-20 Form Issued Upon Request)
      HOUSING: Dormitory/On-Campus Apartment
    • Dates
    • 2024
      8 WEEKS:
      10/17 - 12/14

      16 WEEKS:
      8/19 - 12/14

      8 WEEKS:
      3/10 - 5/15

      16 WEEKS:
      1/13 - 5/15

    • Costs
      US$ 150
      TUITION FEE (2024)
      8 WEEKS US$ 4,500
      16 WEEKS US$ 6,150
      10 WEEKS US$ 4,650
      US$ 300 (Homestay), US$ 50 (Dormitory)
      10 WEEKS US$ 4,070 US$ 4,070 N/A
      16 WEEKS US$ 8,140 US$ 8,140 N/A
      Airport Pickup Service
    • Remarks / Other Information
  • Location
    • United States San Marcos, California
    • Location
      American Language & Culture Institute
      California State University San Marcos

      333 South Twin Oaks Valley Road San Marcos, California  92096-0001  U.S.A.
    • Getting To Your School
    • San Diego International Airport:
      Airport pick-up service is provided for homestay students for US$75 to take them directly to their host family’s home. Students not living in homestay should reserve their own local shuttle from the airport to San Marcos.

      Los Angeles International Airport:
      Students should reserve a local shuttle service to take them from Los Angeles to San Marcos. Los Angeles is approximately 160 km (100 miles) north of San Marcos. Students are not advised to take a taxi from the airport to campus.
  • Student Reviews
    • Academic Quality: 4.0
      School Environment: 3.8
      Helpfulness of Staff: 3.8
      Activities and Social Life: 3.6
      Accommodation: 4.0


    • There are 5 reviews for this school

    • Fen
      [ Beijing, China, Female ]
      Happy Place
      ALCI offers us a happy place to learn English where we get to meet students from all over the world.
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      Jin Young
      [ Seoul, Korea, Female ]
      Learned About Different Cultures
      I had great time at the ALCI. I made friends from different countries, learned about different cultures, and improved my English.
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      [ Tokyo, Japan, Male ]
      Academic Advising
      The ALCI staff and instructors emphasize academic advising for students planning to attend a college or university in the U.S.
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      [ Stockholm, Sweden, Female ]
      Great Teachers
      The ALCI has great teachers and a really good campus. If you want to learn English, you should come here. I loved it , and you will too!
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    • 元留学生
      [ 大阪府, 日本, Age 21, Female ]
      13 of 14 people found the following review helpful.
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