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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 21 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 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.

Email Your Application Package:

Please scan all documents and send as attachments (photos cannot be accepted) via e-mail to

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.

Request More Information

Fill out the form below to learn more about the University Access Program. On the form, enter your contact information and select "ESL: Intensive English Pathway" from the "English Language Programs" dropdown.