English Language Study


Strong English Language skills are important for success on the job and in school. There are a number of opportunities available at CUNY to improve your English language skills.

There are two ways in which you can study English whether or not you plan to continue your education in a degree program at CUNY:

The Adult and Continuing Education Divisions at thirteen CUNY colleges offers free English language classes, as well as basic literacy and GED High School Equivalency classes in Spanish and English to help students prepare for jobs and further education. Visit the Web site www.literacy.cuny.edu for more information.

English Language Institutes, which can issue I-20 forms if you plan to apply for a student visa, offer intensive language training on a full or part time basis at five CUNY colleges: City College of New York, College of Staten Island, Hunter College, Kingsborough Community College, Queens College and Queensborough Community College. Cost varies by campus.

If you wish to enroll at a CUNY college either directly or upon completion of one of the above programs, you can apply to a degree program as described in the section on admission.

Once you have been admitted to CUNY you may feel that you still need to improve your English skills. There are two options:

The CUNY Language Immersion Program (CLIP) offers academic English language preparation at nine CUNY campuses for those students who have been admitted to CUNY but need to improve their English skills before enrolling in a credit program. The tuition for CLIP is minimal, and students accepted at any CUNY college may attend this program.

The colleges of CUNY offer reading and writing classes for English as a Second Language (ESL) students, for those who need additional English language preparation. To determine which route is best for you, contact the Office of Admissions at the college of your choice.