Intensive English Program

Due to the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) concerns, Spring 2021 Intensive English Program classes will be offered 100% online. All instruction will be delivered through a synchronous audio/video conferencing platform (Zoom) that allows real-time interactions between an instructor and students from anywhere in the world. Classes will be held in the evening 5:00-10:00 PM (Pacific Time) so it will be in the morning for students in some countries.   

Students who will study outside of the U.S. will not require health Insurance or a student (F-1) visa or an I-20 to be issued at this time.  Students in the U.S. may submit additional forms to transfer their I-20.


Program Overview

The California State University, East Bay Intensive English Program features:

  • 8-week sessions (starting in January, March, May, August, October)
  • Seven levels of academic English instruction
  • Small class size - average 12 students per class, allowing for a dynamic exchange between students and instructor
  • IELTS preparation classes
  • Individual academic advising and support
  • Student Activities with plenty of opportunities use what they learned


  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Minimum level of English proficiency

Program Fees

Program Fees

Intensive English Program

(8 weeks)

*Intensive English Program

(1 semester)

Application Fee


$150 one-time application fee & each time deferring or changing program
Student Health Services Fee / Semester $193
ALP Tuition $2,800 $5,000
Total Fees $2,993 $5,193

*If you're planning to study more than 1 session (8 weeks), you have an option to pay for a full Fall or Spring semester (16 weeks) at a discounted price ($5,000) or pay for a single 8-week session ($2,800).


  • Fluency in English speaking and writing for academic, professional, and general purposes
  • Preparation for freshman year or graduate studies at CSUEB
  • Broadened knowledge of academic subjects from a U.S. perspective
  • Enjoyment of many intellectual, social and cultural experiences


Students are given their class schedules based on their results of the English placement tests given during the orientation. The length of the program depends on the student's level of English upon arrival and academic progress.

The curriculum consists of a required Core Program of 3 courses:

  • Core Skills - mainly focuses on academic writing and grammar
  • Reading Skills - mainly focuses on academic reading and vocabulary
  • Communication Skills - mainly focuses on academic Listening and Speaking

It is mandatory for students to take one course from a variety of Content classes at all levels, along with the core program. These courses are designed to help students practice learning typical first year university content in English. Electives include such courses as American Culture, Business English, Community Services, Current Events, IELTS Preparation, Hospitality Management, Pronunciation, and University Preparation Program.

All new students may be required to take the supplemental program Bay Area Experience, a weekly off-campus activities to encourage English use outside the classroom.

University Preparation Advising Workshop is offered to provide university degree counseling and admission advising and preparation for undergraduate and graduate studies at CSUEB.

Sample Schedule (Subject to Change)

Sample Schedule
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Morning Core Skills Communication Skills Core Skills Communication Skills Core Skills
Lunch Break Lunch Break Lunch Break Lunch Break Lunch Break
Afternoon Reading Skills Content Class Reading Skills Bay Area Experience Reading Skills
Speaking Partner Program Speaking Partner Program Social Activity Speaking Partner Program Social Activity

Preparation for Graduate Studies

Students who plan to enter a university graduate program at Cal State East Bay or other university in the United States should take courses in the Intensive English Program. Based on the results of their initial placement, students who receive permission from the ALP Director may have the option of taking such courses as:

  • GMAT Preparation
  • Graduate Reading and Writing
  • Undergraduate CSUEB courses to meet graduate program goals