American Language and Culture Program

The American Language and Culture Program (ALCP) offers full-time courses in intensive English for Academic Preparation. Courses are offered throughout the year, with two eight-week sessions during each of the fall and spring semesters and one six-week session in the summer. The program also offers specialized short-term programs by arrangement.

Students wishing to improve their English or achieve the required level of English language proficiency for admittance to UI can work toward that goal while living on or off the UI campus and attending the American Language and Culture Program (ALCP). The curriculum emphasizes reading, writing, speaking, listening, and grammar skills from beginning to advanced levels. At the University of Idaho, students who pass Level 5 may use their passing grades as a substitute for the English language proficiency examination for undergraduate admission and passing grades in level 6 for admission into many graduate programs. ALCP students take part in special cultural activities and learn about U.S. culture and U.S. university culture.

For more information and/or applications, contact ALCP through the International Programs Office located at the Living Learning Center at 901 Paradise Creek Street, Building #3, Ground Floor; call 208-885-8984; email; or visit our website at

Applicants to the University of Idaho, please note:

Deferred admission

Deferred admission may be granted to applicants who qualify academically, but who have not yet met UI's minimum English language proficiency requirement. In deferred status, students enroll in UI's American Language and Culture Program to achieve their department's English language requirement prior to being granted full admission and commencing their degree programs.

Concurrent Enrollment

Concurrent enrollment is available to ALCP students at Levels 5 and 6. With the consent of the ALCP coordinator and the instructor of the course(s), qualified ALCP students may take up to 7 credits of academic coursework at the undergraduate and graduate levels while still remaining enrolled full time in ALCP.