Congo American Language Institute (CALI)

The Congo American Language Center (CALI), one of U.S. Embassy Kinshasa’s English Language Programs, has moved locations! All CALI classes will now be held at the American Corner at Université Protestant du Congo and the Muhammad Ali American Corner at Bibliothèque Urbaine de Kinshasa in Limete.

Registration for the first CALI session of 2019 is now open! See details below and visit CALI to register.

First CALI Session:

  • Registration: December 17 to January 25, 2019
  • TOEFL Diagnostic Testing January 21 to 22, 2019
  • Placement Test: January 14, 15 & 18, 2019
  • Beginning of session: January 14, 2019
  • End of session: March 29, 2019
  • Graduation ceremony (all students who have finished level 6): March 30, 2019

Second CALI Session:

  • Registration: March 18 to April 12, 2019
  • Placement Test: April 8 to 11, 2019
  • Beginning of session: April 8, 2019
  • End of session: June 18, 2019
  • Graduation ceremony (all students who have finished level 6): June 22, 2019

Third CALI Session:

  • Registration: June 17 to July 12, 2019
  • Placement Test: July 1 to 4, 2019
  • Beginning of session: July 1, 2019
  • End of session (Students 12-17 years): August 31, 2019
  • Beginning of session (Adults): July 8, 2019
  • End of session (Adults): September 17, 2019
  • Graduation ceremony (all students who have finished level 6): September 21, 2019

Make-up classes for high school students to take place on Saturdays July 27 and August 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2019

Fourth CALI Session:

  • Registration: September 16 to October 11, 2019
  • Placement Test: September 30 to October 3, 2019
  • Beginning of session: October 1, 2019
  • End of session: December 10, 2019
  • Graduation ceremony (all students who have finished level 6): December 14, 2019

About CALI

CALI is an English Language Program of the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Since 1962, CALI has provided quality English instruction to government officials, students preparing for studies abroad, and other professionals in the city of Kinshasa.

CALI offers a six-level program of English instruction: beginner to advanced classes.  Students graduate from CALI after successful completion of level 6. CALI offers four sessions of intensive courses per year. Intensive courses meet five times a week, 10 hours a week for a total of 100 hours. Each session of intensive courses cost $245 USD, including books and a CD.

For students who have completed or test out of level 6 (advanced English speakers), CALI offers the following courses:

  • Business English
  • Advanced Conversation
  • TOEFL Preparation
  • Writing

The TOEFL Preparation Class meets 5 days a week for a total of 100 hours of instruction; its cost is $220.00. The other advanced courses mentioned above meet twice a week for a total of 50 hours per session and cost $100.00.

In addition to courses on-site, CALI also offers courses to businesses on their own premises. Presently, CALI provides both on and off-site courses for several local and international companies, government agencies, the United Nations and NGO’s.

CALI also continues to offer a number of English training outreach programs targeting under-served populations, called the Access Microscholarship Programs, and runs developmental events for teachers and other education professionals throughout DRC.

CALI serves as an important bridge between the cultures of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the United States. The institute has an average of 1,850 students per session, and several high-ranking government officials and businessmen are graduates of CALI.

Please write to for more information on CALI.

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