Salem State University

Intensive English Language Program

Achieve your academic and professional goals through personalized instruction as you experience the true spirit of America at our vibrant and welcoming campus in the historic seacoast city of Salem, Massachusetts.

Achieve your academic and professional goals through personalized instruction as you experience the true spirit of America at our vibrant and welcoming campus in the historic seacoast city of Salem, Massachusetts.

About Salem State University

Founded in 1854, Salem State university is part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’s public higher education system and is proud to be the most diverse state university.

Salem State University is a thriving and caring campus community distinguished by:

  • Academic quality and achievement
  • A student-centered approach to teaching and learning
  • A strong and enduring commitment to diversity and social justice
  • Dedicated faculty, staff and students who strive to do and be their best
  • Over 285 international students from 59 countries
  • Accomplished alumni who are making a difference in their professions, their communities—and the wider world

Excellent Location

Salem is a safe, pedestrian-friendly city where students, residents, and over a million tourists, can easily visit historic architecture, unique attractions, world famous museums, and an eclectic mix of shops and dining options.

With easy access to public transportation, adventurous students can go anywhere!

Salem (downtown) 1.5 km 15 minutes University Shuttle Bus
Boston 24 km 30 minutes Commuter Rail
New York City 383 km 3.75 hours Acela Express Train
Philadelphia 550 km 5.25 hours Acela Express Train
Baltimore 682 km 7.75 hours Acela Express Train
Washington D.C. 737 km 7 hours Acela Express Train

Why should you study English at Salem State's American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI)?

Accelerate your english language learning by taking our lively and innovative courses that have been strategically aligned to the Global Scale of English (GSE) standards for academic and professional communication.

  • Select from four (4) program options, six (6) flexibile start dates, and seven (7) intensive levels
  • Access a pathway to over 30 undergraduate majors and more than 20 graduate programs 
  • No TOEFL or IELTS requirement for Salem State University admission for students who pass our core level curriculum and program assessments 
  • Afford your education through our monthly payment plan option
  • Attend 18 or more hours of class per week from basic to advanced levels, with multiple start dates throughout the year
  • Participate in classes of small groups of diverse learners and receive personalized language instruction tailored to your needs
  • Learn from highly trained English as a Second Language (ESL) specialists with master’s degrees and international experience
  • Enjoy fieldtrips into Boston and surrounding areas
  • Become part of the friendly community of Salem, Massachusetts

Since its establishment in 1993, Salem State University's American Language and Culture Institute has helped hundreds of students develop their English language abilities to enroll in a wide range of degree programs including: 

  • Business administration
  • Computer science
  • Education
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Healthcare studies

Students in the Intensive English Language Program enjoy access to ABUNDANT student services and activities on campus including:

  • Salem State Berry Library and Learning Commons
  • More than 65 student groups (including International Student Association)
  • 15 varsity sports teams along with intramural sports, and hundreds of student activities scheduled throughout the year
  • Conversation partners and mentors with native speakers
  • International coffee hour
  • Pool, gymnasium and new fitness center
  • Free shuttle service (around campus and to downtown Salem)
  • On-campus medical center
  • Sophia Gordon Center for the Creative and Performing Arts
  • Spiritual life programs

American Language and Culture Institute Courses

Core English Curriculum  
  • Oral Communication (basic to advanced)
  • Academic Reading and Writing (basic to advanced)
Orientation Courses  
  • Introduction to U.S. Culture and Society
  • Introduction to U.S. Higher Education
  • Career Exploration and Soft Skills Development
Academic Exploration Courses  
  • Citizen Journalism and Digital Storytelling
  • English for Business Professionals
  • English for Science and Technology
  • English for Healthcare Studies
Cultural Immersion Courses  
  • Service Learning
  • Discover Salem: English through Tourism
  • Discover New England History and Literature
  • Discover New England Coastal and Marine Life
  • English Conversation through Food
  • English Conversation through Sports
  • English Conversation through Music
  • English Conversation through Movies
Exam Preparation Classes  
Special Summer Group Programs   From 2-hour workshops to six-week programs, we will collaborate with your department, business, agency, or educational group to develop a customized English language program.


Intensive English Language Program (IELP) Student-Produced Video

(A student-produced video featured at the 2018 Salem Film Festival showcasing students from our multilevel Let's Talk: Strategies for Fluent Conversation course.) 


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$1,000—$5,000 Session

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Business, Computer Science, Intensive English as a Second Language

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Type of School

University/Intensive English Program

  • School Size

  • Student Body Gender

  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation
  • Scholarships for International Students

  • Conditional Admission Available

  • Setting

    City, Suburban
  • Accreditation and Certification

    EnglishUSA Member, NECHE
  • Type of Housing

    Residence Hall, Apartment
  • Test Scores

    IELTS: Band 6+, PTE Academic: 45+, Step EIKEN: Pre-1, Duolingo: 110+, TOEFL: 71+

Salem MA
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Sullivan Building, Room 114 Salem, MA

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