The U.S. government requires persons who come to the U.S. for full-time studies (18 hours per week or more) to obtain F-1 student visas. To apply for an F-1 student visa at the U.S. embassy or consulate in the student's country of origin, an I-20 form will be needed. An I-20 form is a government approved document issued by the ALI. To receive an I-20 form, students must first apply to the ALI. For information about the time required to get a visa to enter the U.S., please contact the U.S. embassy or consulate in the student's country of origin.

Visa Requirements
Admission to most ALI programs is open to all persons 18 years old and over who have completed high school. Students are advised to apply six to eight (6-8) weeks in advance. To apply, students must complete the ALI enrollment application form and provide written proof that they have enough funds to support themselves while living and studying in the United States. Also, students should allow one to three (1-3) weeks for the ALI to process applications.

The ALI conducts placement tests when a student arrives. These tests help determine the best level of ALI courses for each student. Most programs do not require test scores before arrival.

Application Checklist
New applicants for all ALI programs should submit the following items.

1. ALI Online Enrollment Application Form

2. Application fee (nonrefundable): $175.

3. Current bank statement with existing funds in the account.

4. Passport Copy

Please email, mail or fax all documents to:

American Language Institute
SDSU Global Campus
San Diego State University
5250 Campanile Drive
San Diego, California, 92182-1914, USA

Phone: (619) 594-5907
Fax: (619) 287-2735