English Language Programs: American Language Center

Academic Intensive English Program (AIEP)

English Language Instruction for Academic Success

ALC Study Group

The Academic Intensive English Program (AIEP) is a 9-level, full-time program that emphasizes all major language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students receive an award of completion as well as university transferable credit at the upper levels.

Why the AIEP at UCLA Extension?

  • Prepares international students for American colleges and universities
  • Focuses on reading, writing, and grammar
  • Prepare for the TOEFL and IELTS tests
  • Study in one of the best neighborhoods in Los Angeles: Westwood Village

Teaching Approach

  • Emphasis on all skills: reading, writing, listening, speaking, vocabulary, and grammar
  • Interactive classroom activities: pair and group work, presentations, and project based writing
  • Academic skills and critical thinking approaches at the advanced levels.

Curriculum

  • Core classes: grammar, reading, and writing at all levels.
  • Elective classes: chosen by students at the high-intermediate and advanced levels according to their interests and goals.

Course Length

  • 10 weeks in winter, spring, and fall
  • 6 or 12 weeks in summer 
  • Total of 23 class sessions per week

Minimum Age
Participants must be at least 18 years of age

F-1 Visa
If you are coming from another country to study in the Academic Intensive English Program (AIEP), you will need a student F-1 visa. Visitors to the U.S. on tourist visas, B-1 or B-2 visas, who are not eligible for AIEP may join the American Communication and Culture course.

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AIEP has 9 levels: 100 (basic) through 108 (advanced). 

Approximate TOEFL iBT scores are listed below to give students a general idea of how AIEP levels compare to TOEFL scores. A TOEFL or IELTS score is not required to enroll in AIEP.

On the first day of the program, you will take an exam to determine your level of instruction. 

AIEP Level Equivalent TOEFL iBT Scores

108 (Advanced IV)

107 (Advanced III)

106 (Advanced II)

105 (Advanced I)

95-119

90-105

76-90

61-76

104 (High Intermediate)

103 (Intermediate)

37-61

19-37

102 (High Beginning)

101 (Beginning)

100 (Basic)

14-24

13-20

12-16

Note:

The UCLA Extension American Language Center (ALC) uses its own English skills test to determine placement. TOEFL iBT® scores listed above are for comparison/information purposes only.

 

High Intermediate Level Sample Schedule:

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9-11am Grammar & Writing Grammar & Writing Grammar & Writing Grammar & Writing Grammar & Writing
11 am-12 pm Reading & Discussion Reading & Discussion Reading & Discussion Reading & Discussion Reading & Discussion
12-1pm Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1-3 pm Elective* Elective* Elective* Elective* Optional Computer Lab
(1-2pm)
3-4:30 pm Optional Computer Lab Optional Computer Lab Optional Computer Lab Optional Computer Lab  

*Elective Courses

Students in levels 104 to 108 choose two electives. Possible topics include:

  • TOEFL and IELTS preparation
  • Business Communication
  • Pronunciation
  • English through Drama
  • English through Movies
  • American Idioms and Slang
  • Active Listening and Speaking
  • Current Events
  • English through Literature
  • Public Speaking
  • Vocabulary development

"I would recommend UCLA Extension ALC because it’s not only a good school, but is also well-known and prestigious. I greatly improved my knowledge of the English language, especially grammar and vocabulary.”

— Olga Marina, Kazakhstan

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Colleges and Universities with TOEFL/IELTS Test Waivers

Students who successfully complete advanced-level AIEP courses will have acquired academic and English skills to pursue further studies at colleges and universities in the U.S.

The UCLA Extension American Language Center (ALC) has established conditional admission agreements with a number of colleges and universities.

These institutions have agreed to waive TOEFL, IELTS, and other standardized language proficiency assessments if students have successfully completed an advanced level of the ALC Academic Intensive English Program (AIEP) with a grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B average) or better. Community College partners accept completion of level 105, and university partners accept 107 unless otherwise specified.

The Art Institutes

Berkeley College (New York)

El Camino College

Foothill and De Anza Colleges

Glendale Community College

Irvine Valley College

Los Angeles City College

Los Angeles Harbor College

Los Angeles Trade Technical College

Los Angeles Valley College

National Polytechnic College

Pasadena City College

Saddleback College

Santa Monica College

West Los Angeles College

Alliant International University

California Baptist University

California Lutheran University

California State University, Channel Islands

California State Chico (105+)

California State University, Fresno

California State University, Northridge

Loyola Marymount University

National University

Otis College of Art & Design

Pepperdine University (LL.M)* (MBA)*

Sonoma State University

SUNY Institute of Technology

UCLA Summer Sessions

UCLA Extension Certificate Programs*

University of Redlands

United States University (105+)

University of Missouri, Kansas City (LL.M)

Woodbury University

*Requires a minimum A- in 107-Level core classes (Reading/Writing; Grammar Workshop)

Contact the American Language Center

Speak to a program representative. Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

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