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.
We recommend that you apply at least two months before the semester begins. You should
allow enough time for your application to be processed and for you to schedule your
F-1 visa interview. The deadline to apply for conditional admission is usually about
2-3 months before the program start date. While our programs have priorty deadlines
for visa and academic purposes, please contact the ALCI directly to submit an application after the priorty deadline on a case by case basis.
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.
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.
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.
Students enrolled in the IEP program will take a placement test on the first day of
the semester to determine the class level. You will also take a post-test at the end
of each semester. Post-test results determine class levels for continuing students.
Yes. ALCI students may apply to live in University Village Apartments (UVA) or The
QUAD. 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.