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Intensive English Program

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 15 students per class, allowing for a dynamic exchange between students and instructor
  • IELTS preparation classes
  • Individual academic advising and support


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

Program Fees

Add-on Discount for Summer 2020! Want to receive even more IELTS preparation training to improve your score or improve your business communication skills? $150 off if you sign up for either our Summer 2020 Intensive IELTS Preparation program or Business English in the Bay or $300 off if you sign up for all three!

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 $187.50
ALP Tuition $2,800 $5,000
Total Fees $2,987.50 $5,187.50

*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 U.S. American Culture, Hospitality Management, Current Events, Test Preparation, Community Services, and University Preparation Program.

All new students are 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
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
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