American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI)

Clark University’s American Language Culture Institute (ALCI) offers English as a Second Language (ESL) programs and workshops. Students from around the world can improve their language skills for academic, professional, or personal reasons. Whether they want to succeed in an American college or university, hold a conversation, or better their professional language, we strive to ensure students’ English proficiency improves. 

Clark’s English for Academic Success Program and English for the Community Workshops are designed to help our students meet their English language learning goals.

Why ALCI at Clark?

  • Small classes taught by dedicated, trained professionals
  • A diverse student population
  • Customized feedback
  • Ongoing academic and cultural advising
  • Activities designed to build a sense of community and improve English proficiency

English for Academic Success Program

The English for Academic Success Program is for students planning to pursue an undergraduate or graduate degree at an American college or university. Our program features five levels of learning; classes for each level include:

  • Writing and Reading (9 hours a week)
  • Speaking and Listening (9 hours a week)

Grammar, vocabulary, academic skills and American culture are integrated into classes.

When you arrive, you will take a placement test to determine your level. Successful completion of the ALCI English for Academic Success Program can be used in place of a TOEFL score for admission to Clark University’s undergraduate programs and graduate Gateway Program.



Fall 2018

August 20 – December 10 (15 Weeks)

Spring 2019

January 11-April 29 (15 Weeks)


Summer Tuition:  $4,400 per Summer Session

Fall and Spring Tuition:  $10,000 per semester

Student Activity Fee:  $200

Students in the English for Academic Success Program must  pay a mandatory one-time fee of $200 for orientation and a $200 international student fee; in addition, students are required to purchase health insurance through Clark University.  Information on Clark University’s Health Insurance Plan can be found here.

On-campus housing may be available and is required for students who enter the English for Academic Success Program through Clark University Undergradute Admissions.  Please contact the ALCI office for information at or 508-793-7794.

How to Apply (Required only if you have not completed an application for a Clark University undergraduate or graduate degree program)

  1. Complete the ALCI application
  2. Upload the following:
    • An official financial support statement (bank statement or certified letter from your or your sponsor’s bank) certifying that you have at least $33,500 available to cover two semesters of study, which is an average length of time for students to study in this program.
    • A copy of your passport identity page and of dependents’ passports, if applicable
    • A copy of a translated high school or university transcript

Apply now

English for the Community Workshops

The American Language and Culture Institute at Clark University offers workshops for our international students, visiting scholars and non-native speakers of English living in the area. Our workshops help improve both personal and professional English communication skills , and feature:

  • Flexible start dates
  • Three hours of classes each week for five weeks
  • A diverse and caring community of learners
  • English learning designed to meet your personal goals
  • Individual feedback on how to improve your English
  • Affordable cost: $150 for 15 hours of instruction

Workshops will be offered in July 2018. Sign up now to receive registration information once enrollment is open.

Gateway Program

Clark University’s School of Professional Studies offers a Gateway Program for students who have TOEFL scores between 79 and 84. In this innovative program, international students take selected coursework — combining language, culture and graduate study in their chosen majors — to develop the skills and competencies necessary for today's global marketplace. The program prepares students to succeed in the classroom and, later, in their professional lives.  The program’s key objective is to help students integrate smoothly and successfully into, and to complete on time, a master's degree program at Clark University. The Gateway Program enables international students at Clark to perform at the same level as domestic students and to be prepared for the U.S. or global job market by the time of graduation. The program mixes content courses with ongoing work to improve written and spoken English, along with intercultural knowledge and skills in the areas of presentation and workplace interactions.