Alabama Language Institute (English as a Second Language)

The Alabama Language Institute (ALI), located on the Wallace Drive Campus of GSCC, is an intensive, full-time English language program approved by and operated under the Alabama Community College System. It is a member of English USA: The American Association of Intensive English Programs (formerly AAIEP) and has been in operation since 1973.

For an International student who has not attained a score of 500 (ITP), or 61 (iBT), or higher on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language); a 5.5 on the IELTS (International English Language Testing Service); a 95 on the Duolingo English Test; or Pre-First on the Step Eiken, the Alabama Language Institute (ALI) offers a comprehensive course of instruction in all aspects of the English language. (Students should also see “Exceptions” under “Admission of International Students”) Upon qualifying for admission, an applicant may begin studies in any of the three regular sessions scheduled during the year. Sessions begin in August, January, and May. A student may enroll in ALI for as many sessions as needed, provided that he/she is making progress. Once placed in a level, the student advances to the next level by earning a minimum of a “C” average in each of the classes.

For additional information about the Alabama Language Institute, visit the ALI webpage or contact 256.549.8446. 

For admissions information, write to International Admissions, Gadsden State Community College, P. O. Box 227, Gadsden, AL 35902-0227; telephone 256.549.8210; or email

Alabama Language Institute students are not eligible for federal student aid.