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Degree Track: Accelerated Learning Placement

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The Accelerated Learning Placement (ALP) is designed for undergraduate students to advance their language understanding while earning a bachelor’s degree. The majority of language practice is embedded within the content of typical undergraduate coursework. However, ALP students will take two general education courses — Communication and English Writing — with an English language specialist.

Note: ALP students whose first language is not English may use academic English courses (reading, listening, speaking) to fulfill Biola University’s foreign language requirement.

Program Highlights

  • Access to an English language specialist and campus resources such as the Learning Center and Rhetoric and Writing Center
  • Integration of Christian faith with language learning
  • Full participation in undergraduate coursework and student life
  • Knowledgeable, experienced instructors with advanced degrees in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Who Should Apply?

The Accelerated Learning Placement is for undergraduate students admitted to Biola University. International students are placed into ALP if they score a TOEFL (iBT) 70-79, IELTS 6.0 or Duolingo scores of 105–119.

International students who score above a TOEFL (iBT) 79, IELTS 6.0 or Duolingo 119, or U.S. applicants whose first language is not English have the option to study ALP in their first year. Please contact your admissions counselor if ALP would be a good option for you.


For more information on courses, visit our courses page.

Tuition and Financial Aid

For more information on undergraduate tuition rates and financial aid opportunities, visit our financial aid page.

At the time of admission into Biola’s undergraduate programs, you will be notified of any scholarships awarded to you. If you are a U.S. permanent resident or U.S. citizen, you can also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to petition for federal aid.

NOTE: The total cost shared above is the required amount for the U.S. government to prove your financial ability while studying in the United States. Keep in mind that there may be additional costs for textbooks and daily living.

Admissions Requirements

ALP students must meet the undergraduate admission requirements for all international students, as outlined on the International Admissions website. A minimum TOEFL iBT score of 70 or IELTS score of 6.0 is required.

Program LevelTOEFL iBTIELTSDuolingo

Concerned about your English scores?

If your TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo scores don’t meet the minimum requirements for undergraduate admission to Biola, email about our Lang-Learn Track.

Application Process

  1. Complete an online application for Biola’s undergraduate program.
  2. Submit the required supplementary items (through the online application system). The required items will be listed on your application.
  3. Pay the application fee through the online application system OR send a check or money order (Payable to: Biola University; Memo: Applicant’s name). All checks and money orders should be mailed to the address below:
    1. Office of Admissions
      Biola University
      13800 Biola Avenue
      La Mirada, CA, 90639
  4. Submit a copy of your passport, Affidavit of Support (PDF) and supporting bank statement.

We strongly encourage ALP students to apply early. Transfer students are welcome as well.

Contact with questions regarding the admissions process.