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Please Note: Due to the COVID-19 situation and out of an abundance of caution, all of our English language programs are currently offered through remote learning. We are still issuing I-20 documents for full-time international students who need an F-1 student visa.  



Since 1993, Salem State University has helped international and local English language learners reach their goals. Whether you are preparing for university admission, career advancement, or just wanting to improve your English language skills, our American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI) has a program that is just right for you.  

6 Flexible Start Dates

  • 6

    Flexible Start Dates
  • 7

    Intensive Levels
  • 12:1

    Student to Instructor Ratio

Why study English at Salem State?   

Why study English at Salem State?   

  • Gain knowledge about life as a U.S. university student 

  • Access a pathway to over 30 undergraduate majors and more than 20 graduate programs 

  • Receive personalized instruction that fits your needs in small, diverse classes taught by highly qualified English as a Second Language (ESL) specialists  

  • Accelerate your progress with our curriculum aligned to the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS), Global Scale of English (GSE), Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), and American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) 

  • No TOEFL or IELTS requirement for Salem State University admission for students who pass our core level curriculum and program assessments 

Salem State American Language and Culture Institute Dates, Application, Placement, Registration

The American Language and Culture Institute has six academic sessions each year. Learn more about orientation, registration, start dates and the cost for the program you are interested in.  

After you apply to your program and get accepted, you will receive information about your next steps to complete our placement and registration process. New students attending our Intensive English Language Program (IELP) or summer American Culture and English Immersion Program (ACEI) will be invited to a two-day orientation. Students attending our evening Community Life and Work ESL Program (CESL) or TOEFL iBT Preparation course will receive instructions to schedule an appointment online or in person. 


Additional Benefits 

  • Full university privileges (library, fitness center, free shuttle services, recreational activities, etc.) 
  • On-campus residence halls for full-time students 

  • Eligibility for institutional employment (on-campus jobs) for full-time students 

  • Eligibility for Salem State’s Student Health Insurance Plan 

  • Affordable tuition and monthly payment plan options 


Contact Us

Connect with Salem State’s American Language and Culture Institute -- we're here to help! 

Center for International Education, Sullivan Building, Suite 114, North Campus 

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