Intensive Academic Preparation Program

The Intensive Academic Preparation (IAP) prepares you for study at an American university or college. The IAP program is also useful for professionals who need better skills and an advanced level of academic English.

Completion of the IAP provides a TOEFL Waiver for graduate and undergraduate admission to California State University San Marcos (CSUSM). Conditional Admission to CSUSM is also available to qualified graduate and undergraduate students. 

The IAP is a year-round program. Classes begin in the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. To enter this program, you must be at least 18 years old or a high-school graduate, and have basic English skills.

View the Intensive Academic Preparation Slideshow.

IAP Program Features:

  • Six proficiency levels
  • 24 class hours per week
  • Small classes
  • Group activities such as beach picnics, bonfires, cultural celebrations and other trips
  • Academic courses in reading, vocabulary, academic writing, grammar, public speaking, study skills, test preparation, enrichment classes and service learning
  • CSUSM credit classes for qualified, advanced-level students
  • Chances to make international friends
  • Certificates of completion

Taking University Classes for Credit
You may take a university class for credit with American students at CSU San Marcos if you have a grade of "C" or higher in your ALCI core courses, and test into Level 105.  On meeting these requirements, you may add a university class if there is available space in that class.


student in alci class

alci students at certificate ceremony

student at Italy table at international fair

students in classroom using computer lab

students dressed in traditional outfits at international fair

alci students in class