American Language Center: Application Process

The sections below will help you to understand the steps required for application to an English Language Program with UCLA Extension’s American Language Center (ALC).

Step 1: Complete Online Application Form
Create a UCLA Extension student profile and complete the online application form for the program you wish to attend.

  • Available applications can be found in the "Online Application Forms" tab below.
  • If you do not already have a UCLA Extension student profile, you will be prompted to create one from the application form link. 

Step 2: Pay Application Fee
Once you submit your online application, you will be prompted to pay the nonrefundable $150 application fee.

Step 3: Email Supporting Documentation to ALC
Email the below items as PDF files to

Passport Copy
Make a clear, readable copy of your passport page showing your name, date of birth, passport expiration date, and photograph. If your spouse (husband or wife) and/or children will come with you on an F-2 visa, please also include a clear copy of your spouse’s/dependents’ passport page(s).

Financial Certification
You and/or your sponsor are financially responsible for your educational and living expenses for the duration of your educational program as well as for the educational and/or living expenses of your dependents who will accompany you. All students and sponsors must provide financial certification that they are financially capable of meeting the minimum funds required for this program. Minimum funds required can be found using the table listed below.

a. Verification of Bank Funds 

We will accept a bank endorsement in the form of an original letter from the bank with a bank seal dated within 60 days of your submitted application, on official bank stationery in English. All financial verifications must state the minimum amounts listed in the table below and be for liquid accounts. We will also accept a bank statement or certificate of deposit verifying the above amounts.  

b. Sponsor Statement or Affidavit of Support (pdf)

If a sponsor will be paying for you, please provide either a letter of sponsorship or affidavit of support, in English, signed and dated within 60 days of your submitted application, which states the amount of financial support and the relationship to the student.    

c. Financial Guarantee (for government sponsored students only).  

If you are a government-sponsored student, you will only need to submit a copy of your financial guarantee with your application. You do not need to submit a sponsor statement or verification of bank funds.

Calculation of Financial Support
You may use the following table to calculate your educational and living expenses.

Minimum Funds Required for Program:

Duration of Stay Student's Education & Living Expenses +Spouse +Each Child = Total
3 or 4 weeks $4,555 $602 $396 $
6 weeks $6,650 $905 $593 $
10 weeks $10,688 $1,504 $989 $
11 or 12 weeks $12,202 $1,804 $1,187 $


Transfer Students
The following documents are required only for F-1 students transferring from another school in the United States. Please also submit:

  • An official American Language Center SEVIS Transfer Form (pdf) signed by the school you have been attending (with the beginning and end dates of attendance and your SEVIS I-20 release date). 
  • A copy of your most recent I-20.
  • A copy of your F-1 visa and your spouse’s/dependents’ F-2 visa.
  • A copy of your I-94 card or a copy of your electronic I-94 form
  • Full payment of application, program, and student services fees.
  • For Government-Sponsored Students Only—Submit a copy of your most recent Financial Guarantee. After you have been accepted to the program, a Financial Guarantee Letter issued to UCLA Extension American Language Center will be required at least two weeks before the start of the program.
Note: The ALC Enrollment Services Team typically takes 7-10 business days to process an application. Any missing or incomplete items will delay the processing time. Once your application is approved, we will send you a link to pay the program and student services fees.

    To start your application for either the Academic Intensive English Program (AIEP) or Intensive English Communication Program (IECP), choose the program and session you would like to attend from the Dates and Fees page


    Note: Applications for the American Culture and Communication (ACC) program must be submitted in person at the American Learning Center (ALC) office. Information on how to apply to ACC can be found on the program page

    Transfer students (Students transferring their I-20s from other U.S. institutions) must submit a SEVIS transfer form (pdf) and pay all fees (application, student services, program fees) in order to be accepted into the program.

    Please see the "Application Checklist" tab for full instruction.

    Students who are currently in an ALC program can enroll in the next session either in person (at Gayley Center, 1st Floor), or online. Enrollment is not complete until we have an application and full payment.

    Please note:

    • If your I-20 will expire before the end of the program you have chosen, please notify our office and turn in a new bank statement or financial guarantee. Email supporting documents to, or bring it to our office.
    • You must pay the student services and program fees to be enrolled. Programs may fill up before the payment deadline, and we cannot reserve a space without full payment. Payments can be made online or by coming into our office. If you apply after the program is full, you can contact us to find out about a waiting list.

    Your first application will be processed once we have received the application fee, however, your enrollment will not be complete until you pay the student services and program fees. Please keep this in mind if you are applying for more than one program. Programs may fill up before the payment deadline, and we cannot reserve your space without full payment. 

    Please note:

    • You will need to submit an application in order to complete payment of your application fee. 
    • You will need an approved application to pay the program and student services fees. Once you complete your application and receive approval from the ALC Enrollment Team, you will receive an email with the link to pay these fees.
    • If you have any questions, please contact us by email or by phone 310-825-9068.

    Program applications are accepted until programs are full. We recommend that you apply at least 8 weeks before the start of a program to allow time to get your F-1 student visa.

    Processing applications usually takes 7-10 business days. To ensure timely processing, please be sure to submit all the required documents. Original copies of your application materials are not required.

    Need help with your application?

    If you have questions, we can help! Contact the American Language Center by email or phone at (310) 825-9068. 

    Prefer to work with a representative in your home country?

    We have partnered with overseas representatives in many countries who can provide advice and help you navigate the application and visa processes. 

    Find a Representative

    Contact the American Language Center

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

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