American Language Program / Academic English Program

ALP’s Academic English Program (AEP) develops fluency in academic English and builds the skills required to become a successful student at an American school. Our program focuses on critical thinking skills—key for all academic areas—and offers electives aligned with student interests.

Orientation and Advising

Our goal is to ensure that all AEP students are comfortable studying on an American campus and living in the United States. In addition to preparing students for success in the classroom, the first week includes a campus tour and instruction on topics related to living in America, such as how to maintain visa status, use the on-campus health center and medical insurance, and get a driver's license.

Throughout the semester, advising is available for AEP students. Advisors can help with academic progress and other issues that might arise while living in America.

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Program Placement

When you arrive on campus, you will take a placement test to ensure that you study at the appropriate language level.

Upper-level students will choose elective classes in various academic subjects. These courses provide ideal preparation for students hoping to enter Cal State Fullerton.

Advanced students will also have the opportunity to enroll in Cal State Fullerton classes, where they will earn credit toward their bachelor’s or master’s degree.

Courses and Electives

Your classes will feature lessons in academic grammar, composition, reading and oral language. In addition, we offer classes that will help you learn research methods, study skills and test-taking strategies. Availability of electives will vary based on your placement test scores: Students in Levels 1-3 will focus on their core English skills, while those in Levels 4-6 will be able to choose one elective.

In addition, advanced-level students will have the opportunity to enroll in Cal State Fullerton classes through Open University, where they will earn credit toward their bachelor's or master's degrees. To do so, they must first meet with an Open University advisor for enrollment approval.

Housing Options

There are several housing options to help students create the ideal learning experience while in California, including on-campus housing, off-campus private dormitory, private apartments, Cultural Homestay with an American family, or nearby hotels. Visit our ALP Housing page for more information.

Dates and Costs

Our Academic English Program has five entry points throughout the year and is available in 8- and 16-week sessions. Please note that costs are subject to change at any time. If you have any questions about upcoming semesters beyond those in the chart, please contact us.

  Spring 2018
Dates January 18–May 18, 2018
Tuition $5,152
Fees $470
Health Insurance $690.85*
Total $6,312.85

* Health insurance cost is an estimate based on previous year.

Health Insurance: Cal State Fullerton requires international students to have health insurance. To learn more or purchase, please visit our Health Insurance page.

Housing: Housing costs will depend on where a student chooses to live, but range from $3,200–$5,400 during Fall/Spring and $1,600–$3,645 in Summer. Our International Housing office will be happy to help you find your home on or near campus while you study in Fullerton.

Refunds: Please see our Refund Policy page for more information.

Deferrals: Students can defer admission one time within a year without additional fee payment. You are required to pay the application fee again, if admission documents have to be issued more than two times.

AEP Admissions Timeline

Our office is happy to help students as they apply for the program and prepare to live in California. Below is a timeline with the phases of the admissions process. If you have any questions about applying or arriving, please send us a message at any time.

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Conditional Admission offers admission to Cal State Fullerton for those who meet academic requirements for a degree but need English study and test preparation.

Conditional Admission

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