ESL and Food Certificate | The New School in NYC

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  • Your Pathway to Culinary School and Food Studies

    Do you want to build your English proficiency to work as a professional chef or study local and global food issues?

    The ESL + Food Certificate is designed by The New School in New York City in collaboration with the International Culinary Center (ICC). A central feature of this program is the Language of the Kitchen course presented in the video above. The Certificate provides a high-quality English language education for students who want to attend culinary school at the ICC, obtain a degree in Food Studies at The New School, or choose another career path within the food industry.

    Program Features

    • Intensive English language study at The New School, a university with highly regarded programs in English language learning and food studies.
    • The Language of the Kitchen course to reinforce key vocabulary of food, cooking, and preparation techniques in a supportive and interactive classroom setting.
    • New York City's culinary scene (influential chefs and restaurants, field trips to ICC for demonstrations by master chefs and the Union Square greenmarket).
    • Access to cutting edge culinary events and food industry guest speakers.
    • Flexible registration (start in Fall, Spring or Summer semester) and duration (one to four academic terms, approximately three months to two years).
    • An alternative to the TOEFL to fulfill the English language requirement for admittance to ICC or selected programs at The New School.
    • F1 student visa eligibility based on full-time student status.
    • Services and academic resources including university housing, health services, New School events, library and computing services and English language tutoring.

    ESL + Food students are eligible to live in university housing and have access to many other services and academic resources of the university. Housing applications and fees are separate from the program's application and fees.


    To apply to the ESL + Food Certificate program, download the application instructions and application form (PDF). 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.

    Application deadlines:

    • Fall: July 15
    • Spring: December 1
    • Summer: April 15

    The New School and ESL

    The ESL + Food Certificate is part of a suite of ESL+ Certificates, innovative language preparation programs that provide a high quality English language foundation and pathway for students to continue their academic and professional career at The New School and elsewhere. Our other certificate programs are ESL + Design and ESL + Music.

    Students in each program receive a certificate stating the number of hours of study completed in English as a second language after each semester of study. Permanent academic records are kept, and students can obtain a transcript of their courses.

    The New School is a leading university in New York City that offers more than 135 degree programs, including a BA and BS in Food Studies and AAS in Food Studies. Students in the ESL + Food Certificate program have contact with members of the Food Studies faculty, which includes experts on culinary history, food policy, and the food business.

    The ESL + Food Certificate offers a pathway to a bachelor's degree (BA/BS) or AAS in Food Studies at The New School, as well as a pathway to a culinary program at ICC. Students who take courses at ICC may apply credits earned there to a degree within The New School's Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students upon admittance.

    Students who take courses at the International Culinary Center may apply credits earned there to degree programs at The New School upon admittance.

  • The New School has been accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education since 1960. For more information, visit Accreditation and State Regulatory Authorizations. Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, 2nd Floor West, Philadelphia, PA 19104. 216.284.5000

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