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English as a Second Language (ESL)

Since 1989, the ESL Institute has offered classes on the full-time and part-time basis to everyone interested in improving their English skills for personal and professional reasons. Some features of our programs include dynamic instructors, affordable rates, flexible schedules, opportunities to enter degree programs, and a student-oriented environment.

Testing and Placement:

Campus Office: Carman Hall 128, Gate 2 on Goulden Avenue
Monday-Thursday: 9am - 6:30pm, Friday: 9am - 4:30pm
Saturday: 9am - 1:30pm

CUNY on the Concourse Office:
3rd floor 2501 Grand Concourse
Monday-Thursday: 9 am - 5:30 pm
Friday: 9 am - 3 pm
Saturday 9 am - 12 pm

For more information call 718-960-8659 or email

Watch the Video below

School of Continuing and Professional Studies ESL Program

International Student Application Process

International students who want to apply for the Intensive English Program should follow these steps:

Contact Brenda Perez, for more details

Placement Test Schedule

All new students must take the placement test and pay a non-refundable $20 testing fee, which will be deducted from your tuition cost when you complete the registration. The testing fee can be applied to any course for a period of one year from the day of payment.

CUNY on the Concourse, 3rd Floor, 2501 Grand Concourse


Carman Hall, Room 128

on Mon-Thurs 9:30 am-5:00 pm & Fri 9:30 am-3 pm or join us on one of the dates below:

Fall B Testing Dates

  • Tuesday - October 10 5:30 pm
  • Saturday - October 14 9:30 am

Daily in Carman Hall Room 128:

  • Monday - Thursday - 9:00 – 5:30 pm
  • Friday - 9:00 – 3:00 pm
  • Saturday - 9:00 – 12:00 pm

For additional dates, please call for an appointment: (718) 960-8512 or email:

Intensive English Program

If your goal is to improve your language skills, prepare for university study or professional advancement, this intensive ESL program is designed for you! International students must take both courses in order to meet F-1 visa requirements.

  • Monday Thru Thursdsay
    9:30 am – 2:15 pm

Fall B November 1- December 21 (off 11/22, 23)

  • Reading/Writing/Grammar
    28 sessions / 63 hours / LEHC / $575
  • Listening/Speaking/Pronunciation
    28 sessions / 63 hours / LEHC / $575

Tuition cost for both classes: $1139

Part-Time Program

Evenings & Saturdays

These integrated skills classes will help you improve your grammar, reading, writing, and pronunciation skills.

  • ESL19 Saturday ESL
    Intermediate & Advanced Levels
    10 sessions/30 hours $ 279
    Saturday 9:15 am – 12:15 pm
    Intermediate: Oct 7 - Dec 16 (off 11/25) / COTC
    Advanced: Oct 7 - Dec 16 (off 11/25) / COTC
  • ESL 11 Evening ESL
    Intermediate & Advanced Levels
    10 sessions/30 hours $ 279 /COTC
    Tuesday & Thursday 6:15—9:15 pm
    FALL B: Nov 7 - Dec 12 (off 11/23)

ESL writing Courses

Take these courses to improve your academic writing skills for college preparation or job promotion.

  • ESL 33 Writing III: Advanced Level
    Are you ready for college? This class will boost your confidence in your writing skills and prepare you for the CUNY assessment tests.
    10 sessions/30 hours $ 279
    Mondays & Wednesdays 6:15—9:15 pm.
    Nov 13 - Dec 18 (off 10/22)

Customized ESL

  • English courses in different professional fields (e.g. business, health care, etc.) can be designed for groups of students per request from employers.

Private ESL Lessons

  • ESL100
    Private ESL lessons can be arranged for those who prefer one -on-one instruction.
    (1.5 hr minimum) $100 p/h

Registration Information

You can register using the following options:
In person:

  • Lehman College - Carman Hall, Room 128
  • CUNY on the Concourse - 3rd Floor, 2501 Grand Concourse

By phone: 718-960-8659