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English language instruction for academic success
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?
- Prepare for study at American colleges and universities
- Focus on reading, writing, and grammar
- Prepare for the TOEFL and IELTS tests
- Study in one of the best neighborhoods in Los Angeles: Westwood Village
After a year of taking intensive English classes at the American Language Center, I felt confident in my ability to handle graduate-level academic work. Thanks to ALC’s professional teachers and a carefully designed curriculum, I got the essential language skills that helped me graduate from Pepperdine University with a Master’s Degree in Global Business.
What you can expect:
- 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
- Core classes: grammar, reading, and writing at all levels
- Elective classes: students at the high-intermediate and advanced levels choose according to their interests and goals
- 10 weeks in winter, spring, and fall
- 6 or 12 weeks in summer
- Total of 23 class sessions per week
Participants must be at least 18 years of age
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.
The Academic Intensive English Program (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)
|104 (High Intermediate)
|102 (High Beginning)
High Intermediate Level Sample Schedule
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Grammar & Writing
Reading & Discussion
Computer Lab (optional)
Elective courses are typically scheduled Monday through Thursday, and students may attend the optional computer lab from 1-2 p.m. on Friday.
Students in levels 104 to 108 choose two electives. Possible topics include:
- TOEFL and IELTS preparation
- Business Communication
- English through Drama
- English through Movies
- American Idioms and Slang
- Active Listening and Speaking
- Current Events
- English through Literature
- Public Speaking
- Vocabulary development
Conditional Admission to Partner Schools
Colleges and Universities with TOEFL/IELTS Test Waivers
The UCLA Extension American Language Center (ALC) has established conditional admission agreements with a number of colleges and universities, as well as UCLA Extension certificate programs.
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). 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
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
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)