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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; with two sessions in the Fall and Spring semesters.

Who Should Study at the ALI?

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

Only persons with at least a high school diploma or an equivalent degree are considered for enrollment. 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): This program is for students who need preparation in English before starting degree programs at IUP or other U.S. colleges or universities.
  • ALI Provisional (ALI-P): This program was designed for students who want to study English before starting a bachelor’s (undergraduate) degree at IUP.
  • ALI-IUP Bridge Program: This program provides advanced proficiency international students with an opportunity to start a credit program at the university while refining their English skills.
  • English for Specific Purposes (ESP): This program is for groups of students with specific needs, such as spouses of international students or prospective international graduate students. By special arrangement.
  • English for Visitors (EV): The program offers noncredit courses for tourists, short-term exchange students, and groups of visiting business and professional persons. By special arrangement.

Learn more about the Programs of Study.

Upcoming Activities

Fieldtrips 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 Club

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

Learn more about the Conversation Club.

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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.
  • 1:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.