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Intensive English Pathway

The premier Intensive English Pathway (IEP) program prepares students of all levels of English ability and other qualified students a pathway option to take English language course along with university courses.  
This program acts as a pathway to Undergraduate Conditional Admission for students wanting to study for a bachelor's degree and Graduate Conditional Admission for students wanting to study for a master's degree.  Students have the opportunity to be recommended for university admission without a TOEFL or IELTS score if they successfully complete this program. 

Program Features:

  • Opportunity to take university courses for credit toward a degree for qualified, advanced-level students
  • Six proficiency levels
  • Up to 24 class hours per week
  • Small class sizes
  • Leadership and service learning
  • Mentorship and partnership  programs
  • More than 100 recognized student organizations students can join
  • Group activities such as beach picnics, cultural celebrations and other trips
  • Academic courses in reading, vocabulary, academic writing, grammar, public speaking, study skills, test preparation and enrichment classes
  • CSUSM credit classes for qualified, advanced-level students
  • Chances to make international  and American friends
  • Certificates of completion and certificate ceremony

How to apply for the Intensive English Pathway program

To apply to the ALCI from outside of the United States:

If you are outside of the United States and need an I-20 to apply for a VISA, please send the following:

  • A scanned photocopy of the fillable ALCI Application Form.
  • A scanned photocopy of an original bank statement dated within the last six months. (check here for minimum balance requirements).
  • A $150 application fee (non-refundable) payable by credit card or check to "CSUSM."  This includes the express mail fee. 
  • A scanned photocopy of your passport.

F-1 students transferring to the ALCI from a school within the United States:

If you have a valid I-20 and are transferring from a school in the United States, you must send the items above AND:

  • An Eligibility to Transfer Form.
  • Scanned photocopies of your transcripts from current ESL program.
  • Scanned photocopies of your current I-20, visa, and I-94.

Send your application package to:


Please scan all documents and send as attachments (photos cannot be accepted) via e-mail to  alci@csusm.eduOR

The American Language and Culture Institute
California State University San Marcos
333 South Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096-0001 USA

Incomplete applications will not be processed.  Check your application carefully.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old or a high school graduate, and have basic English skills.