Executive Director’s Corner

Barbara BassGreetings from San Diego State University’s American Language Institute!

San Diego has been experiencing summer-like weather lately, and many ALI students have been enjoying our beautiful sunny beaches.  As I write this, the temperature is 26˚C! I guess, El Niño is taking a break.

I’d like to thank you for asking all students to make tuition payments no later than 10 days prior to the start of their program.  This new process has been beneficial to students, giving them more time to take placement tests and attend important orientation activities, as well as ensuring they can obtain their schedules and begin classes on time.

Spring travel plans are in full swing.  Over the next two months, the ALI recruitment staff and directors will be busy visiting China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Colombia, Brazil, Vietnam, Taiwan, Italy, and Spain.  We always look forward to meeting with you and your prospective students.

Our spring programs are all in session with approximately 1255 students currently enrolled and more expected for IEC B, which begins on March 8.  This year, Semester at SDSU students were introduced to a new system called the “Waitlist” for enrolling in SDSU classes, and we are pleased with how smoothly the new process worked.

Last summer’s first ever IEC S summer session was a great success!  This summer, students will again have the opportunity to take this afternoon program that combines language classes with California culture and locations, running from August 6 through September 15.  Speaking of summer, all of our programs are currently open for enrollment.  You’ll also find that all programs are open for fall, including Semester at SDSU!

Reminders to Our Partners

  • You can view our latest catalog on our website. You can also request hard copies of the catalog online.
  • If you do not know your agency code number you may inquire with Jane McClintock, our agent relations specialist at jmcclint@mail.sdsu.edu. If you change your address or other contact information, please let Jane know.
  • To contact any ALI staff member directly visit us at ali.sdsu.edu/contact.
  • If you have any questions regarding accounting issues, please email us at aliaccounting@mail.sdsu.edu.
  • The ALI office is open from 7:30 am-5:00 pm Pacific Time, Monday through Thursday, and 8:00 am-4:30 pm on Friday.
  • The ALI office will be closed on Thursday, March 31st for Cesar Chavez Day.

As always, your feedback and questions are welcome.

Barbara Bass
Executive Director
American Language Institute