Enroll in AIEP if you want to:
- Prepare for study in an American college or university
- Study English for personal or professional reasons
- Enhance your skills in reading, vocabulary, writing, listening, speaking, and grammar
- Equal emphasis on reading, writing, listening, speaking, and grammar
- Interactive, student-centered classroom activities – pair work, group work, panel discussions, and oral presentations.
- Multimedia and web enhanced lessons.
- Visits to sites outside the classroom to reinforce instruction
- Minimum Age: You must be 18 years of age on or before the start of AIEP
- Student (F-1) Visa: If you are coming from another country to study in the Academic Intensive English Program (AIEP), you will need a student (F-1) visa. Tourist (B-1/B-2) visas are not acceptable. For information on how to obtain the F-1 student visa, click >here.
- 10 weeks in winter, spring, and fall; 6 or 12 weeks in summer
- 23 class sessions weekly, each class 50 minutes
- 5 hours a day, 9am-3pm, Monday-Thursday; 3 hours 9am-12pm Friday
On the first day of the program, you will take an exam to determine your level of instruction. You study in classes with other students at similar levels.
AIEP starts with an English skills test to place you in one of 9 instructional levels: 100 (Basic) through 108 (Advanced).
|Level||English – Language Skills||Equivalent TOEFL iBt Scores|
Please note: ALC uses its own English skills test to determine placement. TOEFL iBT® scores listed at left are for comparison/ information purposes only.
High Intermediate Level
|9-11am||Grammar & Writing||Grammar & Writing||Grammar & Writing||Grammar & Writing||Grammar & Writing|
|11am-12pm||Reading & Discussion||Reading & Discussion||Reading & Discussion||Reading & Discussion||Reading & Discussion|
|1-3pm||Elective*||Elective*||Elective*||Elective*||Optional Computer Lab
|3-4: 30pm||Optional Computer Lab||Optional Computer Lab||Optional Computer Lab||Optional Computer Lab|
Students in levels 104 to 108 choose 2 electives. Possible topics include:
- TOEFL and IELTS preparation
- Business Communication
- English through Drama
- English through Movies
- American Idioms and Slang
- Active Listening and Speaking
- Current Events
- English through Literature
- Public Speaking
- Vocabulary development
Dates & Fees
In addition to the fees listed here, a nonrefundable $150 application fee is required.
Students who successfully complete advanced-level AIEP courses will have acquired academic and English-skills to pursue further studies. The UCLA Extension American Language Center (ALC) has established conditional admission agreements with a number of colleges and universities. These institutions have agreed to waive TOEFL, IELTS, and other standardized language proficiency assessments if students have successfully completed an advanced level of the ALC Academic Intensive English Program (AIEP) with a grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B average). Community College partners accept completion of level 105, and university partners accept 107 unless otherwise specified.
The list of cooperating TOEFL/IELTS institutions is available here.
The Art Institutes
Berkeley College (New York)
El Camino College
Foothill and De Anza Colleges
Glendale Community College
Irvine Valley College
Los Angeles City College
Los Angeles Harbor College
Los Angeles Trade Technical College
Los Angeles Valley College
National Polytechnic CollegePierce College
Pasadena City College
Santa Monica College
West Los Angeles College
Alliant International University
California Baptist University
California Lutheran University
California State University, Channel Islands
California State Chico (105+)
California State University, Fresno
California State University, Northridge
Loyola Marymount University
Otis College of Art & Design
Pepperdine University (LL.M)* (MBA)*
Sonoma State University
SUNY Institute of Technology
UCLA Summer Sessions (summer only)
UCLA Extension Certificate Programs*
University of Redlands
United States University (105+)
University of Missouri, Kansas City (LL.M)
*Requires a minimum A- in 107-Level core classes (Reading/Writing; Grammar Workshop)
I would recommend ALC to anyone looking for an English language course because I had a very good experience in ALC and it’s helped me a lot to improve my English skill. When I transferred to ALC, everyone told me that it was a lot of work, but now I see how useful it really is compared to other schools I tried. And I love ALC’s location because it’s a safe area and you can find everything you need nearby
—Fajer Bushehri, Kuwait (Academic Intensive English Program)