Apply to the English for Academic Preparation Program

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Online Application


Who can apply:

You must be:

  • A graduate of high school/secondary school
  • Able to speak, understand, write and read simple English sentences

When to apply:

There is no deadline to apply, but allow time to apply for the F-1 student visa (if needed). The ALI accepts applications for each session on a first-come, first-served basis. See Session Date & Fees for application start dates.

How to apply:

  1. Find your status from the list below, and select it to know more about the required supporting documents for your application.
  • Students who need to apply for an F-1 student visa.

    Supporting Documents:
    Please save the form below before starting the online application.

    • Financial Affidavit and Health Insurance Agreement Form (PDF)
       
    • Financial letter or statement showing enough funds available to pay all academic and living expenses for a year of studies at the ALI. Financial support can be any combination of personal and sponsored funding. Clear photocopies of financial documents are accepted.

      The financial letter or statement must:

      • show at least $34,500 USD or equivalent in other currency
      • be written in English and clearly detail the account owner and available funds
      • be on bank/financial institution letterhead
      • be less than 12 months old from the session start date you are applying for
         
    • Clear copy of passport information page.
  • Students who are already studying in the U.S. and want to transfer to the ALI or students applying for Reinstatement.

    Supporting Documents:
    Please save the form below before starting the online application.

    • Financial Affidavit and Health Insurance Agreement Form (PDF)
       
    • Financial letter or statement showing enough funds available to pay all academic and living expenses for a year of studies at the ALI. Financial support can be any combination of personal and sponsored funding. Clear photocopies of financial documents are accepted.

      The financial letter or statement must:

      • show at least $34,500 USD or equivalent in other currency
      • be written in English and clearly detail the account owner and available funds
      • be on bank/financial institution letterhead
      • be less than 12 months old from the session start date you are applying for.
         
    • Clear copy of documents: passport biographical page, F-1 visa, I-94 and all previous I-20s.
  • Students who want to change their visa status to F-1 in the U.S.

    Supporting Documents:
    Please save the form below before starting the online application.

    • Financial Affidavit and Health Insurance Agreement Form (PDF)
       
    • Financial letter or statement showing enough funds available to pay all academic and living expenses for a year of studies at the ALI. Financial support can be any combination of personal and sponsored funding. Clear photocopies of financial documents are accepted.

      The financial letter or statement must:

      • show at least $34,500 USD or equivalent in other currency
      • be written in English and clearly detail the account owner and available funds
      • be on bank/financial institution letterhead
      • be less than 12 months old from the session start date you are applying for
         
    • Clear copy of documents: passport biographical page, current visa, I-94.
  • U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or students on other visa types that allow full-time academic study.

    Supporting Documents:

    • US citizens: clear copy of U.S. passport biographical page
       
    • US permanent residents: clear copy of permanent resident card
       
    • Applicants on other visa that allows for full-time study: clear copy of passport, visa and I-94.
  • Applicants who want a "Letter of Conditional Eligibility" for future admission to San Francisco State University.

    Supporting Documents:
    Please save the forms below before starting the online application.

    Conditional Eligibility Service and Letter from SF State

    SF State Undergraduate/Graduate admission will review your academic records to determine if you are eligible for admission to the university.

    The Conditional Eligibility Service is only for students applying to or studying at the ALI at SF State.

    ALI applicants who want a "Letter of Conditional Eligibility" for admission to SF State must send these documents:

    Undergraduate Students:

    • Conditional Eligibility Form (PDF) completed with signature and date.
    • High school transcript and diploma (if available)
      • Currently in the final year of high school: Send transcript which includes first semester or second trimester of year 12.
      • Already completed high school: Send transcript and proof of high school graduation.
    • University transcript and diploma (if any)
    • Gap in Attendance Inquiry (PDF): only required for students who had an academic break (of more than a year) in their studies. On the gap letter you will explain what you did (i.e., work, language school) during your break.
       

    Graduate Students:

     

    Clear copies of official transcript are acceptable for evaluation purposes. If your school does not give transcripts in English, send your academic transcripts in original language AND an English translation from an official translation company. Notary is not accepted. All transcripts given to SF State become property of the university and cannot be photocopied or returned.

  1. Prepare all your supporting documents, and save copies of all documents to your computer. You will be asked to upload and attach them to your online application.
  2. Apply and pay the $250 application fee online. ($200 is a deposit on your tuition and $50 is the application fee.) You will not be able to submit your application without paying the $250 fee. An additional non-refundable 2.75% ($6.88) for credit card processing is added to the application fee amount.

All documents and fees must be received before ALI can begin processing an application.


Receiving Your Admission Packet and Conditional Eligibility Letter

You can receive your admission packet by air or express mail, or it can be picked up at the ALI Office. Admission packets will be sent by air mail if no express mail or in person pick-up request is made. See Express Mail Instructions.