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  • ESL Certificate

    This flexible pre-enrollment program is for international students who plan to enroll in an academic degree program in the United States but need to improve their English language skills in order to be admitted to their intended course of study.

    The ESL + University Preparation Certificate program (ESL + University Prep) is designed to prepare students for success in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at The New School or another U.S. institution. The program is customized for each student's degree objective and area of study. Students take a structured set of intensive academic courses in English as a second language (ESL) - reading, writing, listening and speaking, and grammar. In addition, students at the advanced level engage in subject-related language training and activities.

    Program Features and Benefits

    • Intensive English language study at a university with highly regarded programs in English language learning and teaching.
    • Flexible registration dates (start in the fall, spring, or summer term).
    • Flexible duration (one to four academic semesters, approximately three months to two years).
    • F1 student visa eligibility for students enrolled full-time in the program.
    • Services and academic resources including health services, New School events, library and computing services, and English language tutoring.
    • Eligibility to live in university housing and access to many other services and academic resources of the university. Housing applications and fees are separate from the program's application and fees.

    At the advanced level, students participate in activities related to their intended field of academic study. These activities include:

    • Attending selected classes in the student's target program of study, offering the student a chance to preview content areas and teaching approaches
    • Shadowing a current student in the target degree program for a day
    • Creating a glossary of key terms and concepts in the target field of study
    • Participating in a series of public and internal events in the target field of study and completing a related assignment (reflection paper, event description, etc.)


    All members of our English language faculty are trained and certified professional teachers of English to speakers of other languages. Many are published in the field of language education. Some are credited with developing innovative teaching methods and materials.


    To apply to the ESL + University Prep Certificate program, complete the online application form. All ESL students must contact the Department of English Language Studies for placement advising before they can register for courses. The program can be taken full-time (18 hours per week for 12 weeks) or part-time. Accepted students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents will receive information about applying for a visa to study in the United States as part of their letter of acceptance.

    Spring 2019 classes run from January 28 to April 30, 2019.
    Summer 2019 classes run from June 10 to August 13, 2019.
    Fall 2019 classses run from September 4 to December 5, 2019.

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