American Language & Culture Institute

The American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI) is the Intensive English as a Second Language program at Long Beach City College designed for International Students. Whether you are preparing for college admission, advancing in your career, or just want to improve your English language skills, the ALCI is the right place for you. The ALCI is highly regarded as one of the best intensive English language programs in the Los Angeles area. 

In addition to studying English as a second language, the program will orient you to American culture and college culture. Come join students from all over the world as you learn English and make friends for life! Incoming international students may apply for an I-20 to study in the ALCI.  No TOEFL score or other English language test is necessary for admission to our program.  Upon successful completion of the ALCI program, we will assist you in transitioning to the LBCC credit program, if you so desire.

The ALCI program is designed only for International Students in F1 status in compliance with USCIS/SEVIS certification. Permanent Residents and U.S. Citizens who wish to study English may apply for admission directly to the Admissions and Records Department to enroll in English courses offered through our English as a Second Language Department. Other types of visas must change their immigration status to F1 to be eligible for International Student Programs admission to study full time.