English Language Programs: American Language Center

Academic Intensive English Program (AIEP)


COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information for International Students

All UCLA Extension classes will be online for Spring and Summer Quarter 2020.

New students outside the U.S. and permanent residents of the U.S.女人隐私图片不加密: In Spring and Summer 2020, UCLA Extension offers remote learning only. You may register for programs at any time before the program start date. The I-20 to obtain a student visa and medical insurance coverage are not required and are not available. Student services fees for these students will be reduced accordingly at checkout. Note: There are no housing accommodations on campus in summer.

Students already in the U.S. with an F-1 Visa: Please follow the step-by-step application process on our website.

The $150 application fee for all Summer 2020 ALC programs has been waived.

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English language instruction for academic success

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The Academic Intensive English Program (AIEP) is a 9-level, full-time program that emphasizes all major language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students receive an award of completion as well as university transferable credit at the upper levels.

女人隐私图片不加密Why the AIEP at UCLA Extension?

  • Prepare for study at American colleges and universities
  • Focus on reading, writing, and grammar
  • Prepare for the TOEFL and IELTS tests
  • Study in one of the best neighborhoods in Los Angeles: Westwood Village

After a year of taking intensive English classes at the American Language Center, I felt confident in my ability to handle graduate-level academic work. Thanks to ALC’s professional teachers and a carefully designed curriculum, I got the essential language skills that helped me graduate from Pepperdine University with a Master’s Degree in Global Business.

Olga Marina
ALC Graduate, Kazakhstan
Olga Marina

What you can expect:

Teaching Approach

  • Emphasis on all skills: reading, writing, listening, speaking, vocabulary, and grammar
  • Interactive classroom activities: pair and group work, presentations, and project based writing
  • Academic skills and critical thinking approaches at the advanced levels


  • Core classes: grammar, reading, and writing at all levels
  • Elective classes: students at the high-intermediate and advanced levels choose according to their interests and goals

Course Length

  • 10 weeks in winter, spring, and fall
  • 6 or 12 weeks in summer 
  • Total of 23 class sessions per week
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Program Dates, Fees & Applications

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Minimum Age

Participants must be at least 18 years of age

F-1 Visa

If you are coming from another country to study in the Academic Intensive English Program (AIEP), you will need a student F-1 visa. 

Visitors to the U.S. on tourist visas, B-1 or B-2 visas, who are not eligible for AIEP may join the American Communication and Culture course.

The Academic Intensive English Program (AIEP) has 9 levels: 100 (basic) through 108 (advanced)

Approximate TOEFL iBT scores are listed below to give students a general idea of how AIEP levels compare to TOEFL scores. A TOEFL or IELTS score is not required to enroll in AIEP.

On the first day of the program, you will take an exam to determine your level of instruction. 

AIEP Level Equivalent TOEFL iBT Scores
108 (Advanced IV)

107 (Advanced III)

106 (Advanced II)

105 (Advanced I)



104 (High Intermediate)

103 (Intermediate)

102 (High Beginning)

101 (Beginning)

100 (Basic)


The UCLA Extension American Language Center (ALC) uses its own English skills test to determine placement. TOEFL iBT® scores listed above are for comparison/information purposes only.


High Intermediate Level Sample Schedule

9-11 a.m.
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
12-1 p.m.
1-3 p.m.
3-4:30 p.m.
Grammar & Writing
Reading & Discussion
Elective Course
Computer Lab (optional)

Elective courses are typically scheduled Monday through Thursday, and students may attend the optional computer lab from 1-2 p.m. on Friday. 

Elective Courses

Students in levels 104 to 108 choose two electives. Possible topics include:

  • TOEFL and IELTS preparation
  • Business Communication
  • Pronunciation
  • English through Drama
  • English through Movies
  • American Idioms and Slang
  • Active Listening and Speaking
  • Current Events
  • English through Literature
  • Public Speaking
  • Vocabulary development

Conditional Admission to Partner Schools

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Colleges and Universities with TOEFL/IELTS Test Waivers

The UCLA Extension American Language Center (ALC) has established conditional admission agreements with a number of colleges and universities, as well as UCLA Extension certificate programs.

女人隐私图片不加密These institutions have agreed to waive TOEFL, IELTS, and other standardized language proficiency assessments if students have successfully completed an advanced level of the ALC Academic Intensive English Program (AIEP). Community College partners accept completion of level 105, and university partners accept 107, unless otherwise specified.

The Art Institutes

女人隐私图片不加密Berkeley College (New York)

El Camino College

女人隐私图片不加密Foothill and De Anza Colleges

Glendale Community College

Irvine Valley College

Los Angeles City College

女人隐私图片不加密Los Angeles Harbor College

Los Angeles Trade Technical College

女人隐私图片不加密Los Angeles Valley College

National Polytechnic College

女人隐私图片不加密Pasadena City College

Saddleback College

Santa Monica College

女人隐私图片不加密West Los Angeles College

女人隐私图片不加密Alliant International University

California Baptist University

女人隐私图片不加密California Lutheran University

女人隐私图片不加密California State University, Channel Islands

女人隐私图片不加密California State Chico (105+)

California State University, Fresno

California State University, Northridge

女人隐私图片不加密Loyola Marymount University

女人隐私图片不加密National University

Otis College of Art & Design

Pepperdine University (LL.M)* (MBA)*

Sonoma State University

SUNY Institute of Technology

UCLA Summer Sessions

UCLA Extension Certificate Programs*

女人隐私图片不加密University of Redlands

United States University (105+)

University of Missouri, Kansas City (LL.M)

女人隐私图片不加密Woodbury University

*Requires a minimum A- in 107-level core classes (Reading/Writing; Grammar Workshop)

Contact the American Language Center

Speak to a program representative. Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

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