CUNY English Classes

Information for non citizens

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:

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.  Students learn English through studying topics in American history, literature, environmental studies, and others. In this way, students build knowledge and academic skills as they develop their English language skills. CLIP students also learn the computer skills they need for college.  CLIP is a low cost program (for most students it will cost $180 for 15 weeks.)

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.


SUNY BEOC - Brooklyn Educational Opportunity Center

Monday, Wednesday, Friday - 15 to 30 weeks
6:00pm – 9:30pm (Evening classes only!)
Provides tuition FREE academic training for GED and English Classes. Classes start twice a year - Spring (Feb.) / Fall (Sept.) Semesters
Minimum Requirements to Apply:

  • 18 years or older (no maximum age, all ages welcomed)
  • U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident (Green Card) or Refugee status
  • Resident of the State of NY for at least one (1) year prior to enrolling in the school.
  • Have a low to moderate income

Kingsborough Community College
2001 Oriental Blvd., Brooklyn, NY 11235-2398
Offers ESL classes Monday through Saturday.  Prices may vary.

Medgar Evers College, Adult & Continuing Education
1534 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11216

Brooklyn College Adult Literacy Program
2900 Bedford Avenue
0118 Ingersoll Hall, Brooklyn, NY 11210


Hostos Community College, Adult Learning Center
560 Exterior Street, Bronx, NY 10451

Bronx Community College, Division of Continuing Education
181st Street and University Avenue
Gould Residence Hall, Room 410
Bronx, NY 10453

Lehman College, The Adult Learning Center
250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Old Gym, Room 019
Bronx, NY 10468


English Classes at the ONA Neighborhood-Based Opportunity Center

The Office for New Americans (ONA) and CUNY Citizenship Now! offers free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. Classes will be available in the mornings, the evenings, and on Saturdays. Click here <pdf> for more information on these classes and how to register. Please note there may be a waiting list to join the class.

Borough of Manhattan Community College Continuing Education, Literacy Department
25 Broadway, 8th floor
New York, NY 10007

Hunter College, Department of Curriculum and Teaching
695 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021

The City College of New York, Community Education Center
138th Street and Convent Avenue, Shepard Hall, Room 2
New York, NY 10031


LaGuardia Community College, Center for Immigrant Education and Training
31-10 Thomson Avenue, Room E-249
Long Island City, NY 11101

LaGuardia Community College, Division of Adult and Continuing Education
29-10 Thomson Ave. Room C250
Long Island City, NY 11101
Offers free ESL and civics classes as well as basic English classes.  All classes meet Monday through Thursday.  Call to make an appointment.  Other classes may also be available.

Queensborough Community College, CUNY Center for Higher Education
39-07 Prince Street, 2nd Floor,
Flushing, NY 11355
Offers free ESL classes.

Queensborough Community College, Department of Basic Skills
222-05 56th Avenue
Bayside, NY 11364
718-631-6363 or 6371
Offers free ESL classes.

York College Learning Center
94-43 160th Street
Classroom Building, Room CL-104
Jamaica, NY 11451
718-262-3860 or 3861


College of Staten Island, Adult Learning Center
2800 Victory Boulevard
Building 2A, Room 201
Staten Island, NY 10314