American Language Institute

The American Language Institute has been helping students reach their personal and professional goals since 1961. At the ALI, you will have high quality English language instruction, enthusiastic teachers and plenty of support to help you get the most out of your time in San Francisco.



Online English for Academic Preparation Program students taking online class

Online English for Academic Preparation

  • Offered live & online in fall 2020 due to COVID-19
  • Learn English skills to prepare for American colleges & universities
  • 20 hours per week of interactive, online classes
  • Conditional eligibility for applying to SF State
  • Conversation Partner Program & virtual activities



English for Academic Preparation students in class at San Francisco State University

English for Academic Preparation

  • Learn English skills to prepare for American colleges & universities
  • Held at the SF State main campus
  • Offered in fall, spring and summer
  • Conditional admission to SF State



International students tour San Francisco street art

San Francisco Discover

  • Two- to four-week programs that do not require a student visa
  • Experience the entrepreneurial & innovative nature of San Francisco
  • Improve your spoken English
  • Visit San Francisco neighborhoods, companies & universities
  • Offered multiple times throughout the year



Students on the grass

Conditional Admissions

  • Receive two possible TOEFL waivers
  • Receive either TOEFL waiver without completing the highest ALI level
  • Apply to San Francisco State University after deadlines have passed
  • Receive assistance with the application process



Heart-shaped public art in San Francisco

PDPI Brazil English Teachers Program

  • Six-week program
  • Professional development for English teachers from Brazil
  • Teachers study English language and TEFL methodology
  • Exposure to U.S. culture and society



Ane, English language student from Spain

“At the ALI, I learned how to communicate with English and not just memorize rules. This made my classes so fun. Also I made friends from all over the world.”

– Ane, Student from Spain



Abdullah, who came to the Bay Area from Saudi Arabia to learn English

“As a result of more than 50 years of experience, this school knows what the students really need. I really appreciate this school for helping me reach my goal of going to an American law school.”

– Abdullah, Student from Saudi Arabia