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University English Pathway

The University English Pathway is a 12-month program that offers qualified students the opportunity to earn up to 24 credits toward their bachelor's degree and receive guaranteed admission upon successful completion of the program. 
This program is combined with Undergraduate Conditional Admission for students wanting to study for a bachelor's degree.
Students will receive university admission without a TOEFL or IELTS score once they successfully complete this program. 

Program Features:

  • Up to 24 credits earned toward your bachelor's degree at CSUSM
  • Guaranteed admission to CSUSM upon completion of the program
  • Start Fall, Spring, or Summer
  • Available for all majors
  • Courses with U.S. university students
  • Individual tutoring services at no extra cost
  • Access to all campus resources
  • English language support
  • Academic and personal advising

How to Apply 

To apply to the ALCI from outside of the United States:

If you are outside of the United States and need an I-20 to apply for a VISA, please send the following:

Use the Application Checklist to make sure everything is complete.

  • An ALCI Application Form (download the application to your computer before filling it out).
  • An original bank statement dated within the last six months. (check here for minimum balance requirements)
  • A $150 application fee(non-refundable) payable by credit card or check to "CSUSM."  This includes the express mail fee. 
  • A photocopy of your passport.
  • ALCI Tuition Fee made payable to “CSUSM” (refundable if you cannot receive a Visa) or a Financial Guarantee must be submitted (Sponsored or scholarship students, e.g. SACM, BAfoeG, CAPES/IIE, etc.).

F-1 students transferring to the ALCI from a school within the United States:

If you have a valid I-20 and are transferring from a school in the United States, you must send items above AND:

Send your application to:

Fax: 760-750-3779  OR
American Language and Culture Institute
California State University San Marcos
333 South Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096-0001

Incomplete applications will not be processed.  Check your application carefully.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old or a high school graduate, and have basic English skills.