About Us

The ALI’s mission is to offer comprehensive English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) instruction for academic, personal or professional purposes as well as language acquisition and cross-cultural classes. In addition, the ALI aims to provide students with an understanding of U.S. culture and values, particularly within the educational environment, while acknowledging and valuing students’ own cultures and languages.

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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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