English classes are offered at CUNY and non-profit organizations on a full or part-time basis. Most of these classes are offered for free or at a low cost.

English Classes at CUNY

Those interested in studying English at CUNY have various options available to them. We have outlined those options below.

If you are not interested in pursuing a college degree:

The Adult and Continuing Education Divisions, at certain CUNY colleges, offer free or low cost English language classes, as well as basic literacy and GED High School Equivalency classes in Spanish and English to help students prepare for jobs and further education. Click here for a comprehensive list of classes offered by these divisions.

Baruch College
Center for English and Modern Languages
55 Lexington Ave. Box B1-116
New York, NY 10010-5585

The City College of New York
English Language Institute/TOEFL Institute
160 Convent Avenue, Shepard Hall Room 2
New York, NY 10031

College of Staten Island
English Language Institute
2800 Victory Boulevard
North Administration Building 2A, Room 206
Staten Island, NY 10314

Hunter College
International English Language Institute
695 Park Avenue, East Building, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10065

Kingsborough Community College
Kingsborough English Language Institute (KELI)
2001 Oriental Boulevard, Building T2, Room 231
Brooklyn, NY 11235

LaGuardia Community College
English Language Center
29-10 Thomson Avenue, Room C-354
Long Island City, NY 11101

Lehman College
English As a Second Language Institute
Office of Continuing Education
Carman Hall, Room 128
250 Bedford Park Blvd. West
Bronx, NY 10468

Queens College
English Language Institute
65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Queens Hall, Room 105
Flushing, NY 11367-1597

Queensborough Community College
Port of Entry
222-05 56th Avenue, Science Building, Room 108
Bayside, NY 11364

If you are interested in pursuing a college degree:

The CUNY Language Immersion Program (CLIP) offers academic English language preparation at nine CUNY campuses for those students who have been admitted to CUNY but need to improve their English skills before enrolling in a credit program. CLIP is a low cost program.

Reading and writing classes for English as a Second Language (ESL) students are offered by the colleges of CUNY for those who need additional English language preparation. For more information, please contact the CUNY admissions office.

English classes with various non-profits

To find English classes in New York City, call 311. To find English as a Second Language (ESL) classes in and outside New York City, visit LiteracyDirectory.org. Just enter your zip code and check the classes you are interested in to find programs near you.