American Language Institute

         at San Francisco State University

Image: Photos of ALI students and scenes from around San Francisco

New temporary address for spring 2014:

American Language Institute
San Francisco State University Downtown Campus
835 Market Street, 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103

ALI will be moving back to the main campus for summer 2014 and beyond. We will have limited office hours in the ALI Office on campus, HUM 101, starting April 29 through May 8:
Monday - Thursday, 9:00am - 1:00pm

The office, HUM 101, will be closed May 9 - 15, and we will reopen on May 16 with our regular business hours:
Monday - Thursday, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Friday 9:00am - 12:00 noon

Introduction to the American Language Institute


The American Language Institute (ALI) provides students with the opportunity to study abroad in beautiful San Francisco, California, and learn English in an intensive language program that emphasizes university preparation and academic skills.

ALI features:

  • well-trained and enthusiastic teachers
  • small classes with individual attention to all students
  • special admission to San Francisco State University (SF State) for qualified students
  • a full-time advising staff that offers assistance with applying to SF State, as well as counseling for immigration, academic, cultural adjustment, and personal problems
  • a regular program of social activities, such as local Bay Area field trips, which help students become more familiar with their city and with American culture


Photo of Student Union, slideshow of student scenes


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