For the fall and spring semesters, high school graduates age 18 or older are eligible to apply.
For the summer sessions, the age requirement is 16 or older.
All students must complete a placement exam in the IALC office prior to registration.
For international students who intend to enter the intensive full-time program, the Institute issues I-20 forms (the application for an F-1 student visa) through the Office of International Services.
Note: I-20 applicants should have an English proficiency level of low intermediate or higher at the time of application. The Institute of American Language and Culture (IALC) admits in good faith all qualified applicants to enroll full-time in our program. Upon arrival, students must complete an English proficiency test administered by the IALC to determine appropriate course placement. If the IALC is unable to offer a student a full-time course load at the appropriate proficiency level as determined by the previously mentioned proficiency test, the student has the option to transfer his/her I-20 status to another institution within one month of the IALC program start date OR change his/her status to B-2 (tourist) OR leave the United States at his/her own expense. If you wish to transfer to a program at another institution, the IALC will work with you to find an appropriate fit based on your level of ability.
To receive an I-20 form, you must submit the following materials:
1. A completed Institute of American Language and Culture application form.
2. A $200 non-refundable tuition deposit (a check made out to "Fordham University")
3. An original bank statement/letter in English verifying that the required amount of money will be available for student use -- see Affidavit of Support Form for the minimum requirements. If room and board (meals) will be provided by a relative or friend, a notarized letter confirming the arrangement should be submitted.
4. An Affidavit of Support Form completed and signed by the holder of the bank account.
Note to Transfer Students: In addition to the above-listed items, you must submit a completed Fordham University transfer form and a copy of your current I-20, following acceptance to our program.
Send all documents to the following address:
Institute of American Language and Culture
33 West 60th Street, 3rd Fl
New York, NY 10023 USA
ATT: Application for Admission