Intensive English Program

Our Intensive English program is 20 to 25 hours of instruction per week. It is designed to not only teach you English, but also prepare you for the university classroom. Students who complete Level 4 (Undergraduate) or Level 5 (Graduate) meet UMKC’s English requirement. Many UMKC programs offer conditional admission. Click here for more information.

The ALI’s Intensive English program has small classes and all levels of instruction (from no English to preparation for graduate-level). Each student takes a placement exam to determine what level of instruction is needed. At the end of the semester, we provide certificates of attendance and completion.

We offer 5 levels of instruction

  • Level I
  • Level II
  • Level III
  • Level IV – once successfully completed, students are ready for undergraduate academics
  • Level V – once successfully completed, students are ready for graduate academics

* Click here for an explanation of ALI’s levels.

We focus on 3 main subjects

  • Writing & Grammar
  • Reading & Vocabulary
  • Speaking & Listening

We offer Academic-Year, Summer, and Short-term programs.

  • 16 weeks of intensive instruction
  • 20 hours of instruction per week
  • Sample Class Schedule
  • Social and Cultural activities every month
  • Short-term programs available
  • 8 weeks of intensive instruction with extended classes for maximum results
  • 25 hours of instruction per week
  • Fast-paced and more intensive
  • Sample Class Schedule
  • Social and Cultural activities every month
  • Short-term programs available
  • Part-semester programs are available for students that cannot attend a full semester.
  • Students in these programs join the classes that began at the beginning of the semester.
  • Social and Cultural activities every month
  • 12 or 8 week programs during the fall and spring semesters.
  • 6 or 4 week programs during the summer semester.

Intensive English Program dates:

SemesterReporting DateStart DateEnd Date
Fall 2021August 16August 23December 10
Spring 2022January 9January 17May 6
Summer 2022May 30June 6July 29

*For Short Term Program dates, contact the ALI at ali@umkc.edu.

More Information

Take a look at our Future Students page for information on costs and scholarships.

Visit our Apply page to find application requirements and materials.