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International Students

Step 2 - English Proficiency

Upon arrival, check in with the International Student Services at Metropolitan Community College - Penn Valley.

If you have not taken the equivalent of ENGL 101 at a U.S. institution and earned a "C" or higher, you will need to take the Applied Language Institute's English Placement Test. This free test is only offered on the Penn Valley campus. Students will be placed at the appropriate level of ESL instruction (if needed) based on the results of the test. Students should schedule an appointment for testing once they have arrived in the U.S. TOEFL is not required for admission.

The Applied Language Institute offers comprehensive English as a Second Language instructional programs for academic, personal or professional purposes. Grammar, composition, reading/vocabulary and speaking/listening are available at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. Day and evening classes are offered.

You can contact the ALI via email at to schedule an appointment.

Students may take classes at any of the five campuses in the MCC District once they have completed any required ESL coursework. At the current time, ESL classes are only offered at the Penn Valley campus.

Last Modified: 6/1/18