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American Language Institute
SSALI provides instruction for academic purposes as well as for social or job-related needs. In addition to "core" courses, students can choose from electives such as TOEFL, Culture/Conversation, English for Business, Pronunciation. SSALI offers fall and spring semesters (13 weeks each) and two 5-week summer sessions. There is a three week course in January. Mid-semester enrollment is also permitted. Proficiency levels range from high beginning to advanced.
The program is on the northern California campus of Sonoma State University in a modern, suburban city, known for its safety and friendliness. The excitement of San Francisco, the beauty of the Sonoma wine country and the spectacular Pacific coastline are all less than an hour from the campus.
Masters in TESOL, or Masters in a related subject with TESOL Certificate
General English: Yes
English for Academic Purposes (EAP): Yes
English for Business: No
Other Programs:TOEFL workshop
Private Classes: Yes
Customised Groups: Yes
Maximum Class Size: 18
Average Class Size: 12
Beginner Levels: 1
Intermediate Levels: 2
Advanced Levels: 2
Students take an assessment test to determine level placement.
Minimum Hours Required Per Week: 20
Maximum Hours Per Week: 24
Part Time Available: Yes
15-week programs starting September and January. 8-week mid-semester admission permitted. 5-week summer sessions starting in June and July.
Student Origins and Enrollments
Latin America: 10%
Middle East: 30%
Housed in the main building on the campus of Sonoma State University. Students have access to all campus ammenities including health center, computer labs, new library, new recreation center, sports facilities, and clubs.
Fees based on a session length of 4 weeks.
Fees may have changed since this information was published — check for latest information.
Included means that this service is provided at no extra charge.
Airport pick-up fee - $125. Housing placement - $100
Notes on Fees:
Books are estimated costs for one semester. Health insurance is per month. Other fees include health center ($165), which is a semester fee, and ID card ($5), which is a one-time fee. Personal expenses are about $1000 per semester.
Housing costs are per month. Dormitory is for a shared room with 17 meals/week. Homestay includes 16 meals/week. SSALI does not arrange apartments although they are available near campus.
SSALI provides full orientation and strong individual support. Counselors are available for university placement and for academic or personal counseling. The student ID card permits full use of campus facilities: library, media resources, computer & listening labs, athletic equipment, swimming pool, tennis courts, etc. Students pay a small fee for access to the student health center.
Educational Service Opportunities
SSALI enjoys a cooperative relationship with the SSU Office of Admissions. SSALI can grant conditional admission to eligible students who intend to pursue an undergraduate degree program at Sonoma State University. Qualified students can participate in the concurrent enrollment program taking part time SSALI and part time university courses.
Express bus from San Francisco International Airport, or pick up service for a small fee. Bus service is available from the campus to local shops and housing. Many students walk or ride bikes to school.
Contact SSALI for a brochure, application form or information regarding conditional admission to the university after language study. The completed application must be accompanied by $100 application fee. For F-1 students financial certification is required.