American Language Institute

American Language Institute students at San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge


The American Language Institute has been helping students reach their personal and professional goals since 1961. At the ALI, you will have high quality English language instruction, enthusiastic teachers and plenty of support to help you get the most out of your time in San Francisco.



English for Academic Preparation Program

  • Learn English skills to prepare for American colleges & universities
  • Held at the SF State main campus
  • Offered in fall, spring and summer
  • Conditional Admissions to SF State


Conditional Admission

The Conditional Admission program at San Francisco State University is designed for international students who are academically qualified to apply for admission to the University, but have an insufficient score on the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE. Conditional Admission is an opportunity for you to study for at least one semester at the American Language Institute, SF State's intensive English program, until you have completed the recommended level of courses and receive satisfactory grades, OR obtain the required TOEFL, IELTS or PTE score. After you meet the requirement, you can submit a formal application to one of San Francisco State University's degree programs via Cal State Apply.