• The spring 2024 Welcome Workshop will take place on January 25 and 26. The spring semester will run from January 29 to April 29. The format of the ESL+ program will be in person in NYC.  

    English has become the language of international communication. Our English courses and certificates are designed for students preparing for studies in the United States, professionals working in English-speaking environments, and anyone who needs to learn or improve their English for personal or career purposes.

    "The online classes have been a great experience for me. I really enjoyed this new form of teaching. It gives me more freedom in controlling and managing my time."
    —Ke Liu, ESL + Design student

    The New School is located in the heart of New York City's Greenwich Village, at the center of one of the world's most vibrant and diverse communities. New York City is an important part of the educational experience of our students, who will someday be global leaders in their fields.

    Our classes are offered to students with low-intermediate to advanced English proficiency. Students can take individual ESL courses or enroll in a full-time intensive certificate program that includes advanced language training to prepare for general or subject-specific study at a university. We also design custom programs to meet any need.

    ESL Certificate Programs

    The New School's ESL certificate programs are an excellent introduction to university studies in the United States. They provide an intensive, immersive experience designed to help students succeed academically at The New School and improve their English language skills.

    "I have loved communication using message and email with my speaking teacher. Although we cannot meet face to face, I can feel more familiar with teachers than when I was in a class in person."
    —Yoseph Yin, ESL + Music student

    Students in the ESL+ certificate programs enjoy the same student services as degree-seeking students at The New School. These include access to student health services, IT support, and libraries as well as the University Learning Center, which has a staff of trained ESL tutors who offer certificate students help with academic writing and with pronunciation, speaking fluency, vocabulary development, and presentation skills.

  • Part-Time Study

    The New School invites students, artists, business owners, au pairs, tech workers, and executives from the NYC community to take a course in our program. Students must take a placement test to determine their course level before registering. Contact the English Language Studies Department at [email protected] to learn more about registration or to schedule a placement test.

    Custom Programs

    We offer customizable programs to meet the particular interests and needs of your group. Programs can be short or long term and academic, business, or professional in focus. Contact English Language Studies with inquiries. For information about custom programs in areas other than ESL, please visit the Office of Global Partnerships.


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

  • Contact Us

    English Language Studies Center
    66 West 12th Street, 6th Floor
    New York, NY 10011
    [email protected]

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