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About This Certificate

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

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 tailored to 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), receiving instruction in reading, writing, listening and speaking, and grammar. In addition, students at the advanced level engage in subject-related language training and activities.

Timeline to Completion: Flexible duration (one to four academic semesters, requiring three months to two years). The program can be taken full-time (18 hours per week for 12 weeks) or part-time. A placement exam is administered at the time of admission; duration is determined for each student on the basis of program administrators’ assessment of his or her needs.

Enrollment Type: Noncredit 

Format: On Campus

$: Tuition for English language courses is charged per course and varies by semester. Students in the ESL + University Prep program take four courses per academic term, for a total of 206 hours of instruction.


What You’Ll Learn
  1. Intensive English language instruction
  2. Flexible registration dates and duration
  3. F1 student visa eligibility for students enrolled full-time
Who Should Enroll
  • International students who need to improve their English language skills in order to be admitted to an academic degree program in the United States.

How to Enroll

More than a course.
A new kind of network.
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