• English has become the language of international communication. Command of spoken and written English is important in business, the arts, and other professions all over the world. The New School has responded to this need by designing high-quality university preparatory training in English as a second language (ESL). 

    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 his or her English for personal or career purposes.

    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.

    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.

    ESL Certificate Programs

    The New School's ESL certificate programs are an excellent start 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.

    Students in these ESL+ certificate programs enjoy the same student services as degree-seeking students at The New School. This includes 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.

  • ESL Courses

    Students who do not wish to enroll in a complete certificate program can sign up for individual ESL courses from the certificate curriculum. Students must take a placement test to determine their course level before registering. Contact the English Language Studies Department at elsc@newschool.edu  to learn more about registration or to schedule a placement test. Please note that The New School does not offer English language courses for complete beginners.


    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

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