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American Language Institute

ESL for International Students

The American Language Institute is an intensive English language (ESL) program located on the CSU Bakersfield campus. The program is designed to prepare students for successful academic study in the United States. 

In addition to learning the English language, students will be immersed in American culture and campus life. The goal of our program is to not just teach English, but to help students recognize and practice appropriate cultural and social norms, and identify and establish cultural connections in the community.

Our approach includes a combination of classroom instruction, field trips, social gatherings, games and sporting events, and other opportunities to help students achieve cognitive proficiency in listening, speaking, writing, and reading.   

At A Glance

Available Sessions

Five sessions

Hours Per Week

23 hours of instruction

Available Housing

Homestay and Campus Dorms

Cost per 8-Week Course

$3,000 plus living expenses