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Interested in learning English? Click here for more information about our Intensive English classes. There’s still time to enroll in our 12- and 8-week programs. Click here to apply.

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The Applied Language Institute (ALI) is the English-for-Speakers-of-Other-Languages (ESOL) program for the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). It’s a language program that feels like family and shows you the real heart of America! Whether your studies are for personal, academic or professional purposes, classes are designed for success in English fluency and for your cultural enrichment. Please explore our website and discover how the ALI is the perfect fit for you. For more information, click here to download our digital booklet.


Our Intensive English program offers 20-25 hours of instruction per week. The teaching and administrative staff are friendly, supportive, and understanding of the needs of international students in the United States. They have studied another language and have lived abroad, so they know what it’s like to be learning a new language somewhere that is completely different from home.

Because the ALI sits in the heart of Kansas City, Missouri, our students get to explore and practice English in a diverse metropolitan area. Click here to check out some of the great things that you can experience while a student here.