About the ALI

  • For over 30 years, the American Language Institute has welcomed students from around the world to study in our intensive English program.

    Mission Statement

    Students achieve their academic, professional, and personal goals in high-quality, intensive English courses at the American Language Institute at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. We offer a supportive environment for students to develop English language skills and a deeper understanding of U.S. academic culture.

    History of the American Language Institute

    The ALI was founded in 1981 by IUP English Department faculty members. In 1983, the ALI became a full-time program under IUP Centers and Institutes.

    Throughout our history, the ALI has received government grants to provide special programs for student groups from Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. In addition, the ALI has a long history of welcoming students from universities with exchange partnerships with IUP as well as from other international universities which seek to send students for a semester abroad. Many students come to the ALI before beginning a degree program at IUP. For students who plan to continue at IUP, we offer provisional admission. The multilingual and multicultural diversity of the ALI provides great learning opportunities for our students as well as members of the IUP and Indiana community.

    Location and FacilitiesEicher Classroom

    The American Language Institute is located in Eicher Hall on the main campus of IUP. For help finding the ALI and to learn more about the IUP campus, you can use the interactive campus map. ALI students have full access to university resources, including the library, student organizations, and recreational facilities. Students have the option to sign up for on-campus housing and dining services.