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The Applied Language Institute

About us

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The Institute’s mission is to offer comprehensive English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) instruction for academic, personal or professional purposes. The Institute aims to teach students to preserve, appreciate and value their own cultures and languages while gathering understanding and appreciation of American educational environment.

Quick Facts About UMKC’s Applied Language Institute

  • Established in 1991
  • Fully accredited
  • 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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