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.
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.
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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