Academic success at USC depends on your ability to communicate effectively in English. All international applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency… (www.usc.edu/admission/undergraduate/firstyear/prospective/international.html)
The ability to communicate effectively in English-to read, write and speak the language fluently-is vital to your success as a university student, and may also serve as a vital tool in your future academic and professional success. USC graduate students are therefore expected to demonstrate proficiency in English at all levels of graduate study. (www.usc.edu/admission/graduate/international/englishproficiency.html)
Since 1959, the American Language Institute (ALI) has been providing English language instruction, assessment, and resources to support the academic and professional success of non-native speakers of English pursuing a degree at USC. The ALI offers English language courses for those students who want to improve their English as well as those who are required to take classes as a result of taking the International Student English (ISE) exam. The ALI is also responsible for testing and providing English language instruction for the university’s international teaching assistants.