Long Beach City College


 About the institution

Founded in 1927, Long Beach City College is one of the oldest community colleges in the United States. Long Beach City College offers a wide range of programs, including business, health, trade and industry, communications, and liberal arts, as well as a wide variety vocational programs spanning various occupational trades. The college is recognized nationally for its nursing program, and has an honors program for its high-achieving students. The English as a Second Language (ESL) program is one of the largest on campus. We offer excellent transfer services to many four-year universities and representatives from those campuses regularly visit our campus.

 Student demographics

 30,000 Students

  • Male 46% Female 54%
  • International Students from 39 countries; China, South Korea, Japan, Cambodia, Brazil, Italy, Vietnam, Yemen, Turkey, Saudi Arabia

 ESL program and/or support services

The American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI) is the intensive English as a second language program at Long Beach City College. Whether you are preparing for college admission, advancing in your career, or just want to improve your English language skills, the ALCI is the right place for you. The ALCI is highly regarded as one of the best intensive English language programs in the Los Angeles area.

In addition to studying English as a second language, the program will orient you to American culture and college culture. Come join students from all over the world as you learn English and make friends for life! Incoming international students may apply for an I-20 to study in the ALCI. No TOEFL score or other English language test is necessary for admission to our program. Upon successful completion of the ALCI program, we will assist you in transitioning to the LBCC credit program, if you so desire.

Because the ALCI program is a small program, students can expect to have small classes (15 or less students). This assures that students get much individual attention from their teachers and many opportunities to practice their English. Teachers also love the small class sizes because they can easily provide lots of feedback to each student design their lessons to meet the needs of their students.


Student Housing options

There are many apartments available close to the college. Most apartments are unfurnished and require a minimum 6-month lease. Cost of utilities and phone are not included in the price. Although the college housing office cannot find an off-campus apartment for you, we will direct you to listings to help you.

  • Studio & 1-bedroom apartments cost approximately $550-$1,000 per month
  • 2 bedroom apartments cost approximately $800 – $1,350 per month

Homestay Services are also available through the following organizations:




Admission requirements for first year and transfer students

Graduation from high school or successful completion or any person who is 18 years of age and older is eligible to attend Long Beach City College. TOEFL may be waived based on assessment or completion of the ALCI program.

International Student visas issued

F1, M1

 Cost of attendance and financial assistance

Academic Program: $20,222 (Tuition, medical insurance, housing and other expenses) – Two semesters (10 months)

ALCI Program: $9,596 (Tuition, medical insurance, housing and other expenses) – Two sessions (5 months)

Estimated Expenses: http://www.lbcc.edu/international/fees.cfm

 Internship opportunities

International students are not eligible for paid/non-paid internships to fund their studies during their program, as well as financial aid. However, they may qualify for scholarships after the first semester of studies. http://www.lbcc.edu/scholarship/

Student activities and campus life

LBCC has one the largest club systems in the county, a nationally respected community college intramural program, a model volunteer program, two cultural affairs programs, and many traditional events. Come get involved and have fun. In addition, we offer two field trips per term for our ESL students. Usually, one field trip and one on-campus activity are planned per nine week session. Typically, one field trip is an excursion to a major Southern California attraction, such as the Long Beach Aquarium or the Queen Mary. The other activity correlates to a seasonal or holiday event, such as a summer barbeque or Halloween pumpkin carving. Participating in field trips and activities helps students become familiar with the local community, exposes students to cultural, historical, and other attractions unique to Southern California and provides opportunities for practicing English language skills outside of the classroom.