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Clark University’s American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI) offers programs and workshops designed to help our students meet their English language learning goals.

Students from around the world can improve their language skills for academic, professional, or personal reasons. Whether succeeding in an American college or university, holding a conversation, or bettering professional language, we strive to ensure improvement in English proficiency.

Why ALCI at Clark?

  • Small classes taught by dedicated and experienced professionals
  • A welcoming student population
  • Customized feedback and ongoing cultural and academic advising
  • Excursions designed to build a sense of community and improve English proficiency

The English for Academic Success (EAS) Program is for students planning to pursue an undergraduate or graduate degree at an American college or university. EAS has five-levels of learning; each level lasts one semester and focuses on developing specific English skills needed to succeed in higher education and prepare you to live as a student in the United States. Before you arrive, you will take a placement test to determine your level (1-5).

Successful completion of our EAS program allows you to move into your program of study without a TOEFL or IELTS score. Undergrad students must complete level 4 and Grad students must complete level 5. For Graduate Students, select majors allow students to complete level 4 and move onto our Graduate Pathway Program.

Classes in EAS feature:

  • 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.

The American Language and Culture Institute at Clark University offers workshops designed for adult learners living in the area. Our workshops emphasize academically focused reading, writing, speaking and listening and organizing ideas into academic compositions and presentations.  Other information includes:

  • High intermediate and advanced adult learners
  • Class content consists of American government and academic writing
  • Class structure is similar to that of an undergraduate class

Summer 2020

  • 8 weeks of instruction, June 9, 2020 – August 6, 2020 (no classes July 6 to 10)
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm OR Mondays and Wednesdays 6:30pm – 9:00pm
  • $100 for 8 weeks of instruction; class size limited to 24; first come, first served

If you are interested in participating in the Community Workshop for Academic English, submit this form and someone from our office will contact you with additional information if space is available.

Clark University offers a unique Pathway Program for students who have TOEFL scores between 75 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 America’s rigorous higher education studies. The program not only prepares students to succeed in the classroom, but also in the global marketplace.

The program’s key objectives are:

  • Help students integrate smoothly and successfully into Clark University
  • Complete their master’s degree program at Clark University on time
  • Perform at the same level as our domestic students
  • Be prepared for the U.S. or global job market

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.


The innovative International Pathway Program at Clark University offers undergraduate students the opportunity to take selected coursework — combining language and culture. The program’s key objective is to help students integrate smoothly and successfully into an undergraduate degree program at Clark University.

The program consists of:

  • 2 content courses from their selected major
  • 2 English classes to improve written and spoken English
  • Introduction into the American college classroom
  • Development of intercultural communication skills and knowledge


Clark University is introducing a five-day, pre-orientation program to help new Graduate international students adjust to Clark’s academic culture and campus life.

The primary objective of Clark’s Graduate Global Success Pre-Orientation program is to:

  • Raise your awareness of U.S. cultural norms in academic contexts
  • Explore what you can expect in an American classroom
  • Improve your intercultural communication skills and boost your confidence using English

These objectives support the broader goal of helping you achieve a strong start to your graduate studies at Clark University.

The structure of this program will be as follows:

  • Morning sessions covering cultural differences that students may experience in their classes
  • Afternoon sessions affording students the opportunity to work in groups to explore the cultural differences discussed in the morning
  • Concludes on Friday with a group presentation on what was learned and attending a fun and unique excursion.


Term Date
Summer 2020 August 10 – August 14



Contact Information

ALCI Office

Mailing Address
  • Clark University American Language and Culture Institute 950 Main Street Worcester, MA 01610-1477 USA
  • 508-793-7794
  • ALCI[at]clarku[dot]edu
Office Hours
  • 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday