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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where is San Marcos, CA?
     San Marcos is a safe, suburban city located in North San Diego County, about 37 miles (60 km) north of downtown San Diego and 100 miles (160 km) south of downtown Los Angeles. For more information, visit the LOCATION page.
  • When is the application deadline?
    Though we have a rolling admissions process, we recommend that you apply as soon as possible or at least two months before the semester begins. You should allow enough time for your application to be processed, for you to schedule your F-1 visa interview, housing, etc.  On-campus housing fills up very quickly.
  • Can I apply for conditional admission?
    Yes.  Students may apply to the ALCI and for conditional admission to California State University San Marcos.  For more information, visit the Conditional Admission page.
  • How much money will I need for the program I want to attend?
    The total amount of tuition, fees and other costs depends on the amount of time you will spend at the ALCI.  Visit our Program Dates and Costs page for the cost table by program for more information.
  • What is TOEFL equivalency?
    TOEFL Equivalency means that for graduate or undergraduate admission to California State University San Marcos, you need not take the TOEFL if you meet certain requirements. Students completing the Intensive English Pathway advanced classes may be recommended to CSU San Marcos.
  • Do I need to take an English Proficiency Test (TOEFL, IELTS, etc.) before I apply to ALCI?

    An English Profiency test is not required for enrollment in the Intensive English Pathway program, but you should have basic English skills.   Test scores are required for the University Access Program and Study @ CSU San Marcos program.

  • Can I take a university course while enrolled in the ALCI?
    Yes. If you are in the advanced levels of the IEP program, or a  UAP or Study @ CSU San Marcos program student, you may take a university class or classes with American students for transferable credit. 
  • What class level will I be in at the ALCI?
    Students enrolled in the IEP program will take a placement test on the first day of the semester to determine their class level. You will also take a post-test at the end of each semester.  Post-test results determine class levels for continuing students.
  • Can I live in campus housing (University Village Apartments/QUAD)?
    Yes. ALCI students may apply to live in University Village Apartments (UVA), the QUAD or North Commons. To live in on campus, you must plan to attend at least one full semester at the ALCI.  Apply very early.  University housing fills up quickly. Please visit the ALCI Housing webpage for more information and options.