American Language Institute

         at San Francisco State University

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Apply Now for Spring 2015

Admissions closed for fall 2014. Completed fall 2014 applications must be received no later than July 11, 2014.

How to Apply

The American Language Institute can accept only a limited number of students for each session. Students are enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, students should apply as early as possible.

The ALI provides a certificate of Eligibility for F-1 Student Status for students who wish to apply for student visas in their home country. All applicants must be graduates of a recognized high school or secondary school and must be 18 years of age or older. The program is primarily designed for serious, academically motivated students preparing for university study in the United States.

  1. Complete the Paper Application for the American Language Institute (PDF)
    (This form requires Adobe Reader.)

  2. Application fee of $50 and tuition deposit of $200. Total of $250 payable to: SF State - CEL/ALI.

  3. An official bank letter:
    Must be:
    • In English
    • Less than twelve months old
    • On bank letterhead/stationery
    • A minimum of US $34,500
    • Signed by a bank official
    • FAX or email attachments are acceptable

    Sponsor's letter of financial support:
    Must have:
    • Sponsor signature
    • A statement saying sponsor will support you during your studies at ALI
    • The sponsor letter is only required of students whose financial support comes from a sponsor.

  4. Express Mail Service (optional). If you would like your admission letter and Certificate of Eligibility for F-1 Student Status to be sent by express mail (DHL or FedEx), please follow these instructions. Otherwise, we will send all documents by air mail.

  5. Applicants who want a "Letter of Conditional Eligibility" for admission to San Francisco State University must:
    • Fill out this form: Apply to San Francisco State University (PDF).
      (This form requires Adobe Reader.)
    • Submit:
      • Undergraduate Students: original certified English language translations of their high school grades and diploma and records of any college or university work completed in their country.
      • Graduate Students: original certified English language translations of their university grades and evidence of award of degree. Graduate students must also gain departmental admission to graduate programs, and must contact the individual departments to find out if there are additional admissions requirements for specific programs.
    • Send an SF State conditional eligibility service fee of US $60 payable to "SF State."

  6. Please mail applications to:
    American Language Institute
    San Francisco State University
    1600 Holloway Ave
    San Francisco, CA 94132
    USA

    Phone: 415.338.1438
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