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Earn credits toward a Clark master’s degree while you strengthen your academic English, hone professional skills needed in a global marketplace, and explore the culture of the United States.

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 you to succeed in the classroom, but also in the global marketplace. You will gain key knowledge in your area of study at a highly ranked university, whether you study on our Clark campus in Worcester or at our partner location in Shanghai, China.

Why Study at Clark?

  • Immerse yourself in our authentic and welcoming community as you perfect your English.
  • Learn from supportive and dedicated faculty in both your content and English classes.
  • Gain experience in cross-cultural communication skills, through practice-based instruction.
  • Practice your new English language skills while you build your résumé and career portfolio.
  • Participate in unique cultural excursions near your local Worcester or Shanghai campus.
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A word from the director

Ercan is originally from Istanbul, Turkey, where he completed his BA, MA, and Ph.D. in Language Studies. Prior to Clark, he taught language, culture, and Global Studies courses and directed programs at the University of Illinois and Brown University.

"I believe that language learning is a long journey with ups and downs. I see ALCI's role as a guide to help you achieve your goals and become independent lifelong learners."

The Essentials

Program Overview

In our individualized program, you will take graduate degree level classes while also taking advanced English courses. From day one, you will be exposed to engaging coursework in both your field of study and in English. Our dedicated faculty are here to work with you to ensure that you acquire necessary knowledge in grammar, vocabulary, critical-thinking skills, and American culture.

Over the course of the program, you will become adept at using the English language to articulate your ideas, but more importantly, you will develop international networking and cross-cultural communication skills while you build a solid foundation for academic and professional success.

The programs 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
  • Foundations of Accounting
  • Fundamentals of Business Analytics
  • Change Management
  • Professional Communication Seminar
  • Business Intelligence
  • Introduction to Investments
  • Data Management
  • Academic and Professional Writing
  • Culture of an American Classroom
  • Communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creative skills necessary for the global workplace
  • Independent and in-depth research skills, including analysis of written texts and oral presentations
  • The ability to identify appropriate questions, interpret results, and develop solutions
  • Strategies for producing clearly articulated presentations and tasks, both oral and written, commonly found in your field of study

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Contact Information

ALCI Office

Office Information
  • Clark University American Language and Culture Institute
    950 Main Street
    Worcester, MA 01610-1477 USA

  • 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday