San Francisco State ALI American Language Institute San Francisco CA

San Francisco State ALI
American Language Institute

Fast Facts

  • School Size


  • Tuition

    $1,000—$5,000 Semester

  • Affiliation


  • Type of School

    University/Intensive English Program

  • Student Body Gender


  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation

  • Scholarships for International Students


  • Conditional Admission Available


  • Setting


  • Accreditation and Certification

    EnglishUSA Member, UCIEP Member

  • Type of Housing

    Residence Hall, Apartment, Dormitory

  • Social Media

The American Language Institute (ALI) of San Francisco State University is one of the oldest, most respected intensive English programs in the country. Since 1961, we have been offering a rigorous program of language training that stresses academic skills and university preparation for students from all around the world.

San Francisco is known as "America's Favorite City," famous for its great beauty and sophisticated international atmosphere. Within a single day you can reach most important business, social, and tourist attractions of California.

The curriculum is primarily designed to give students intensive preparation in the skills necessary for American university study. It is also useful for individuals who want to improve their language skills for business purposes. The 22 hour per week program includes courses in reading and writing, oral communication skills (listening and speaking), grammar, cross-cultural communication, and TOEFL preparation. Classes are intended for serious, mature and self-directed students with academic or professional goals. The ALI also offers supplemental TOEFL Preparation courses on Fridays for a small fee.

The ALI offers six proficiency levels: low intermediate (TOEFL 325 and above) to advanced (TOEFL 500-600). Institutional TOEFL tests are offered at the beginning and end of each semester. Please note that the ALI does not have a beginning level course. All students should have had some formal study of English before applying to the program.

Special admission to San Francisco State University is provided for qualified students, and all students receive substantial assistance in applying to colleges and universities.

All campus facilities are available to ALI students, including sports facilities, library, computer and language labs.

The ALI offers a regular program of social activities, such as movie nights, parties, weekend field trips, etc.

The ALI also features a Conversation Group program and a Conversation Partner program that pairs ALI students with American university students for informal conversation.

The ALI is a medium size program, offering lots of individual attention from teachers and advisors. Class sizes range from 12-20, with average size between 15-18, taught by a highly-trained, internationally recognized teaching staff. A full-time advising staff offers guidance and assistance with immigration, academic and personal problems.

There are three semesters per year. Dates are:

  • Summer: May – August (10 weeks of instruction)
  • Fall: September – December (12 weeks of instruction)
  • Spring: February – May (12 weeks of instruction)

Tuition costs are currently:

  • Fall and Spring Semesters: $4315
  • Summer Semester: $4030

Additional costs: $50 application fee (non-refundable); $200 deposit (non-refundable); Student Health Insurance: $490.24 (SP16), $373.88 (SU16), $490.24 (FA16)

Books: approximately $150; living expenses: (housing, food, transportation) approximately $6,000 per semester.

ALI is a member of EnglishUSA.

EnglishUSA Member UCIEP Member
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San Francisco State ALI
American Language Institute
1600 Holloway Ave.
San Francisco CA 94132
P: 415.338.1438
English Programs
  • Business English
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • English for Specific Purposes Programs
  • English Language (ESL)
  • Intensive English
  • Summer Intensive English
  • TOEFL and Test Preparation
  • English Language (ESL)
  • Summer Intensive English
Certificate/Short Term
  • English Language (ESL)
  • Summer Intensive English

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