American Language Institute

         at San Francisco State University

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Session Dates & Tuition

Future ALI Session Dates & Tuition*

Session Dates (# of weeks in session) Tuition (includes fees for TOEFL tests and materials)
*Subject to Change
Summer 2015 May 27 - August 7, 2015
(10 weeks of instruction)
Fall 2015 September 9 - December 11, 2015
(12 weeks of instruction)
Spring 2016 February 3 - May 6, 2016
(12 weeks of instruction)


There is no deadline for applying, but we typically close admissions two months before the start of a session, so we advise students to apply as soon as possible. Admission depends on whether we still have space at the time we receive all the necessary documents.

Other Expenses to be Paid during Orientation Week
(Subject to Change)

Books & Supplies (estimated): $100 - $150
Student Health Insurance: $405.76 (SU15), $465.71 (FA15), $490.24 (SP16)

Fees, Deposit, & Financial Certification

Please submit the following with your application form. We must receive all the required documents and fees before processing your application:

  • $50 application fee. (The application fee is not refundable and cannot be applied toward a later application for admission.)
  • The deposit is $200. (The deposit is not refundable.) (We accept personal checks with name and address imprinted by the bank, cashier checks, or money orders. No cash or travelers checks.) Your check must be made payable to SF State - CEL/ALI.
  • Financial certification or bank letter no more than twelve months old in English showing a minimum of US $34,500 for applications.
  • 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.
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