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); or Pre-First on the 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 more information on TOEFL, students should see the section on the “Test of English as a Foreign Language” in this catalog. For additional information about ALI, they may go to; write to the International Programs Office, Gadsden State Community College, P. O. Box 227, Gadsden, AL 35902-0227; telephone 256.549.8323 or 256.549.8438; email or visit the International Programs Office in 108 Naylor Hall, Wallace Drive Campus.

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