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Becky Duckett, Director, International Programs/Alabama Language Institute
SUMMARY: International Programs since 1968
Intensive English Program since 1973: Alabama Language Institute
Benefits of attending ALI/GSCC
Community College Advantages
NARRATIVE: Gadsden State Community College has had an International Program since 1968, averaging 150 students in the College and Language Institute, and we have had a continuously operating ESL program, Alabama Language Institute (ALI). ALI, established in 1973, is the oldest English language institute in Alabama and one of the oldest in the Southeastern United States. It was the first 2-year college intensive English program to be recognized by NAFSA. Also recognized by EnglishUSA, ALI is the only intensive English language program in the Alabama Community College System.
The Alabama Language Institute (ALI) is a multi-level intensive English language program that helps students improve their English in order to be more successful both in the academic and the professional worlds. Students at ALI study cultural skills, grammar, pronunciation, reading and writing, speaking and listening, strategies for the TOEFL, and vocabulary. In addition, ALI offers students opportunities to interact with Americans on campus and off campus through conversation partner programs, field trips, and cultural activities. Students who complete the highest level of ALI courses with the grades of A or B can be granted a waiver for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) admission requirement at Gadsden State Community College.
The full service International Programs office serves the immigration, academic, counseling and personal needs of the students. The office is responsible for recruiting, admitting, advising, student activities, and connecting the community and the students, as well as responding daily to the myriad of challenges unique to the international student experience. International Programs and Alabama Language Institute are jointly administered. The Gadsden State Community College administration is highly supportive of these programs, as is the College Foundation, and the area community.
Gadsden has a population of about 50,000. Its location in northeast Alabama makes it easily accessible by car to other major cities like Birmingham (1 hour), Huntsville (1-1/2 hours), Chattanooga, Tennessee (1-1/2 hours), and Atlanta, Georgia (2 hours). The area offers extensive recreational facilities including tennis courts, swimming pools and gymnasiums, as well as parks, playgrounds and golf courses. Water sports, including water skiing, boating and fishing are enjoyed in the summer months. Two excellent hospitals, various health clinics and numerous private physicians serve the people of this area. The weather is mild, with temperatures in winter averaging 45 F (7 C) during the day and 28 F (-3 C) during the night. In the summer, day temperatures average 95 F (35 C), and night temperatures 75 F (24 C). Shuttle service is available between campus and shopping areas, and weekend van transportation is available to dormitory students twice daily for access to the mall, restaurants and a grocery store. The college also provides initial van transportation from the Birmingham airport to campus.
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Library, Language Lab, Computer Labs, Cardinal Tutoring Center, Counseling and Advising Center, Office of Career Services
Total Undergraduate Enrollment: 7,000 (100%)
Total Graduate Enrollment: 0 (0%)
International Student Enrollment for UG/Graduate/Professional: 150 (2%)
Within the state of Alabama 98%
From other US states 1%
From outside the US 2%
African American/Black 20.8%
American Indian 1%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 0.03%
Total Faculty 154
Male:Female Ratio 39.5% male: 60.5% female
Does your institution issue I20 for F1 visa status and/or DS2019 for J1 visa status?
|Category||$ Per Year||$ Per Semester|
|Undergraduate tuition (per semester)*||--||$3,468.00 Undergraduate / 4,335.00 Alabama Language Institute|
|Room and Board (per semester)*||--||$1800.00+200.00 (one time dorm deposit)|
|Required Fees (per year)||$984.00 insurance||--|
|Average Book Expense (per year)||$1600.00||--|
“I’m currently studying pre-engineering at Gadsden State. Gadsden State is a quiet place to study, and the people that I have met are very nice and friendly. One of my long-term goals is to continue my education to earn a master’s degree in the field of new technologies of information and later get a PhD,”
“So far my freshman year at Gadsden State has been great. I have made many life-long friends, especially with the international students.”