California State University, Long Beach - American Language Institute (ALI)




Why Study Here?

California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) is a diverse, student-centered, globally engaged public university, committed to providing high quality undergraduate and graduate educational opportunities through superior teaching, research, creative activity and service for the people of California and beyond.

Cal State Long Beach envisions changing lives by preparing leaders for a changing world

American Language Institute (ALI) Programs

The ALI has been serving international students for over 30 years, offering multiple options to study English while enjoying the California lifestyle on a safe, diverse, and welcoming campus. Students will benefit from ALI’s accredited language curriculum taught by highly qualified teachers. Whether you want to study for a semester or only a few months, the American Language Institute will help you improve your academic English, learn about American culture, and prepare for your undergraduate or graduate degree. 


The ALI has four main programs to prepare international students for academic and professional success:

  • Intensive English Program (IEP)
  • Intensive Preparatory Program (PREP)
  • MBA Prep Program (MBAP)
  • Global Logistics Specialist - International (GLSI)

In addition, the ALI provides Customized Short-Term programs for groups. For example, these may include English for Healthcare, Hospitality Services, Engineers, or Business. 


Conditional Admission to CSULB: 

Applicants who meet all Cal State University Long Beach academic requirements but do not meet the CSULB English language requirement may improve their English proficiency first through the American Language Institute. Upon successful completion of the required Intensive English Program level, students may begin their degree studies.

*Limited to departmental approval. 

IEP to CSULB Transition / English Proficiency waiver:

If you do not have proof of English Language Proficiency and are seeking admission to CSULB or our local affiliates, our Intensive English Program (IEP) offers a TOEFL waiver / English Proficiency waiver.


To be eligible for the undergraduate-level TOEFL waiver / English Proficiency waiver, you must successfully complete all classes in IEP Level 4.

*Upon successful completion of the ALI's IEP Level 4, you will meet the university’s English language requirement.


To be eligible for the graduate-level TOEFL waiver / English Proficiency waiver, you must successfully complete IEP Level 6.

*Upon successful completion of the ALI's IEP Level 6, you will meet the university’s English language requirement. However, please be aware that individual graduate departments and/or programs, may review applications based on their own admission criteria, including their own English Proficiency score requirement. 

CSULB Access and Student Life

All ALI students: 

  • take classes on the CSULB campus.
  • can use university facilities and resources (including on-campus housing).
  • can join CSULB clubs, including intramural sports teams.
  • can participate in student events.
  • have access to free Wi-Fi on campus.

Free Conversation and Homework Labs

Offered 4 days per week:

  • Conversation Lab gives ALI students the opportunity to meet and interact with Conversation Partners, who are CSULB students and native English speakers.
  • In the Homework Lab, trained student tutors provide ALI students with help on homework assignments while practicing skills learned in class.

Program Dates and Costs

Intensive English Program (13-16 weeks)  
  • Begins in January, May, and August
  • Tuition and Fees: $5,500

MBA Prep Program (16 weeks)

  • Begins in January and August
  • Tuition and Fees: $5,500

Intensive Preparatory Program (6-7 weeks)

  • Begins in April, July, and October
  • Tuition and Fees: $2,750

Global Logistics Specialist - International (6 months) 

  • Begins in January and July
  • Tuition and Fees: $6,900



$3000—$6000 Semester

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Arts and Design, Business, Engineering

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Type of School

Intensive English Program

  • School Size

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  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation
  • Scholarships for International Students

  • Conditional Admission Available

  • Setting

  • Accreditation and Certification

    CEA, EnglishUSA Member, WASC
  • Type of Housing

    Residence Hall, Homestay, Apartment, Dormitory

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