English language proficiency is not required to gain entry into our non-degree English training programs. However, applicants must possess
at least a high school diploma or its equivalent. TLI will admit only students who graduated from a high school or
any institution which
provides a postsecondary education such as a technical school, college (2- or 4- year) or university.
Domestic students must provide a copy of high school diploma or equivalency for enrollment eligibility unless an ability-to-benefit is utilized.
Applicants with no high school diploma or GED will be required to take an ability-to-benefit exam recognized by the State of California before
enrolling in our programs.
TLI does not offer an ability-to-benefit exam, but we recommend Combined English Language Skills Assessment
(CELSA). For more
information about CELSA, please contact Pablo Buckelew at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (805) 965-5704 or fax (805) 965-5807.
For foreign students, the screening process needs to be in place regardless if the student has a high school diploma or a degree from
a 2- or 4-year college or university. Foreign students must provide a copy of diploma in English language, or a copy diploma in a foreign
language and also a certified translation of the diploma for minimum enrollment eligibility.
Note: Due to the nature of programs offerred at The Language Institute, we will not accept and/or transfer any credits the applicants earned
at other institution or through challenge examinations and achievement test toward clock hours required to complete our programs.
Individuals under 18 years of age who possess a high school
diploma or its equivalent may be admitted with a written agreement or consent
from a parent or
For non-U.S. residents, full-time study at TLI requires an F-1 student visa.
All applicants must submit a completed application along with supporting documents prior to their admissions into our program.