• 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, offered by English Language Studies at The New School provides a high-quality English language education for students who want to attend culinary school, obtain a degree in Food Studies at The New School, or choose another career path within the food industry.

    Students at Level 4 (middle-intermediate) or above can participate in a series of extracurricular activities and experiences based on the student and his or her future goals for an additional activities fee of $150.

    ESL + Food activities can include:

    • Attending demo classes at International Culinary Center
    • Attending 1-2 sessions of Food Studies classes at The New School
    • Self-guided visits to food-related talks and events
    • 6 hours of one-on-one discussion and food-related language practice with an instructor

    Program Features

    • Intensive English language study at The New School, a university with highly regarded programs in English language learning and food studies.
    • Food-related extracurricular activities that engage students in experiences allowing them to develop knowledge of new language in the context of professional kitchen culture .
    • Exposure to 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 the fall, spring, or summer term) 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.
    • Eligibility to live in university housing and 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, fill out the online application form. 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.

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    66 West 12th Street, 6th Floor
    New York, NY 10011

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