UCLA Extension

Academic Intensive English Program (AIEP)

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

Teaching Methods

  • 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

Program Details:

Admission Requirements

  • 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.

Apply here.

Course Length

  • 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
108 Advanced IV 95-119
107 Advanced III 90-105
106 Advanced II 76-90
105 Advanced I 61-76
104 High Intermediate 37-61
103 Intermediate 19-37
102 High Beginning 14-24
101 Beginning 13-20
100 Basic 12-16

Please note: ALC uses its own English skills test to determine placement. TOEFL iBT® scores listed at left are for comparison/ information purposes only.

Sample Schedule

High Intermediate Level

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9-11am Grammar & Writing Grammar & Writing Grammar & Writing Grammar & Writing Grammar & Writing
11am-12pm Reading & Discussion Reading & Discussion Reading & Discussion Reading & Discussion Reading & Discussion
12-1pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1-3pm Elective* Elective* Elective* Elective* Optional Computer Lab
3-4: 30pm Optional Computer Lab Optional Computer Lab Optional Computer Lab Optional Computer Lab

*Elective courses

Students in levels 104 to 108 choose 2 electives. Possible topics include:

  • TOEFL and IELTS preparation
  • Business Communication
  • Pronunciation
  • 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.

I would recommend ALC to anyone looking for anFajer Bushehri 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)