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American Language Institute

The American Language Institute (ALI) is IUP's intensive English program. The ALI offers full-time, noncredit programs for international students and visitors.

The ALI offers intensive programs each semester: fall, spring, and summer.

Who Should Study at the ALI?

Anyone who wants to learn English in a supportive, friendly environment with others from around the world.

Only individuals with at least a high school diploma or an equivalent degree are considered for enrollment. Applicants must be at least 18 years old to study at the ALI. Admission to the ALI does not constitute admission to IUP.

Programs of Study

The ALI offers several programs to meet the diverse needs of international students:

English for Academic Purposes (EAP): The EAP program is for exchange students and individuals who want to improve their English skills for work, academic, or personal goals. Many students enroll in this program to prepare for study at U.S. universities.

ALI Provisional (ALI-P): The ALI-P program is for students who plan to pursue undergraduate studies at IUP. Through this program, students receive conditional undergraduate admission to IUP while they study at the ALI to meet university English language proficiency requirements.

ALI-IUP Bridge Program: This program provides advanced proficiency international students with an opportunity to start taking classes at IUP while continuing to study at the ALI.

Special Programs (English for Specific Purposes and English for Visitors): The ALI will work with universities and organizations to create programs designed to meet students’ schedules and specific language learning needs. There programs are offered by special arrangement. Please contact ALI for additional information.

Learn more about the Programs of Study.

Upcoming Activities

Field trips and extracurricular activities provide opportunities to practice English outside the classroom. All activities are optional, but students are encouraged to participate. Learn more about extracurricular activities and field trips.

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Conversation Partners

International and mainstream students are paired for weekly conversation sessions. Ideal for students studying a foreign language on campus, Conversation Partners gives students the opportunity to interact with native speakers of the languages they are studying.

Learn more about the Conversation Partners.

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How to Apply

All prospective students must complete an online application and e-mail the required documentation, including a financial affidavit, high school transcripts, passport, and supporting bank statements. Visit the How to Apply page to learn more about the application process.

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  • American Language Institute
  • 214 Eicher Hall
    860 Grant Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2402
  • Fax: 724-357-5640
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • 12:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m.