About Us

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 studies are for personal, academic or professional purposes, classes are designed for success in English fluency and for your cultural enrichment.

Quick Facts About UMKC’s Applied Language Institute (ALI)

  • Established in 1991
  • Fully accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
  • Serves international students, US citizens, permanent residents and refugees whose first language is other than English
  • Offers Cross-Cultural and Language Acquisition courses
  • Provides education of American culture and values
  • Built-in scholarships make program affordable
  • Midwest location offers the amenities of a city with lower cost of living than comparable East Coast or West Coast schools

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