English Courses at New York University

ENGLISH LANGUAGE COURSES AT THE ELI OF NYU IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK

Study English at New York University School of Professional Studies in 2021 or 2022. The English Language Institute at New York University is one of the best English centers for learning English as a second language (ESL) in New York and the United States. NYU ELI offers the highest quality English courses with highly qualified teachers.

You will find detailed information and a complete guide for international students about these English courses at the ELI NYU School of Professional Studies on this website. Prices, costs, dates, how to apply, what type of visa is needed to study in the USA, reviews, housing, and more.

These English courses are ideal if you want to learn English for academic, professional, or social purposes. If you would like to improve your grammar and communication skills or study English to obtain a better TOEFL or IELTS score, the language school at New York University SPS is one of the most popular and top English centers for you.

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE INSTITUTE OF NYU

Learn and improve the English language in one of the best universities in The United States and the world. The English Language Institute at NYU School of Professional Studies offers on the top English courses as a second language (ESL)

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AN EXCELLENT ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROGRAM AT NYU ELI

The English Language Institute (ELI) at NYU was created in 1945 and has gained a reputation as one the best English schools in New York, helping international students and foreign professionals to communicate effectively in academic, professional, and social environments

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THE CITY OF NEW YORK IS IDEAL TO LEARN OR IMPROVE THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

New York is a multicultural city, ideal to live and practice a new language. The city offers hundreds of activities and events that allow international students to speak and listen to the English language outside of classes

TOP 10 REASONS TO STUDY ENGLISH AT NEW YORK UNIVERSITY

NYU ELI is one of the most popular destinations for international students
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QUALITY OF THE ENGLISH PROGRAM

Established in 1945, The NYU School of Professional Studies English Language Institute (ELI) has earned a worldwide reputation for helping students and professionals perfect their English communication skills

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CHALLENGING AND FUN CLASSES

Classes are dynamic, challenging, and fun. Whether you need to improve how you write or how you speak, NYU - SPS ELI courses emphasize practical needs, American culture, and critical thinking

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QUALITY OF ENGLISH INSTRUCTORS at NYU ELI

Experienced instructors who are renowned in their fields and who lecture worldwide on best teaching practices

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STUDENTS FROM ALL AROUND THE WORLD

A diverse student body from over 70 countries that enriches the classroom experience

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EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AT NYU ENGLISH LANGUAGE INSTITUTE

Extracurricular activities including field trips around the city of New York and social events that increase cultural awareness and provide informal opportunities to practice English

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FIELD TRIPS IN NEW YORK

The location in the heart of New York City provides incomparable access to the cultures of the world. We extend our classroom to the streets, giving you complete immersion in the language and culture to help you learn how to express yourself with ease and accuracy.

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NEW YORK IS AN AMAZING CITY TO LIVE

New York is a multicultural city, ideal to live and practice a new language

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FEW STUDENTS PER CLASSROOM

Small class sizes and individualized attention

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HOUSING OPTION ON NYU CAMPUS

Students have the option to choose housing on the NYU campus during the summer session

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PRESTIGE OF NEW YORK UNIVERSITY

Studying English at a world-renowned university such as New York University ensures the quality of the program and academic excellence

ENGLISH PROGRAMS AT NEW YORK UNIVERSITY

ENGLISH LANGUAGE INSTITUTE

COMPREHENSIVE ENGLISH PROGRAM

The Comprehensive English Program is an intensive English program offered by the English Language Institute at New York University School of Professional Studies to non-native, English-speaking students at all levels, from beginning to advanced. This English program at NYU allows you to improve your English level in all areas: grammar, writing, reading, speaking, listening, and pronunciation. Whether for personal, academic, or professional purposes, emphasizing the use of the English language in real and everyday situations.

Main Features

  • Full-time and part-time study options are available
  • Classes are in the heart of Manhattan, New York
  • 20 hours per week (Full-time)
  • 9 levels from beginner to advanced
  • You can take several sessions until you achieve your English language goals
  • Sessions of 12 weeks. Each session is one level
  • Option to study for 6 weeks (half session)
  • Elective classes
  • Few students per class
  • Access to University facilities as the library, gym, etc
  • Extra-curricular activities and events
  • The full-time program applies for an F-1 student visa

Requirements

  • Students need to be at least 18 years old on the first day of classes. No maximum age.
  • International and US residents are welcomed to apply

More information about the Comprehensive English Program at NYU ELI

The Intensive English Courses of the English Language Institute of New York University SPS not only offers 20 hours of high quality instruction (full-time program), and excellent academic preparation a week, but also provides the prestige to study in one of the most recognized Universities in the world, and the opportunity to keep learning and improving the English language outside of the classroom. The campus is located in downtown Manhattan, the heart of New York City, which gives incomparable access to the cultures of the world and create opportunities for practicing English in New York City.

Comprehensive English program of NYU - SPS prepares students to function in English in a range of academic, personal, and professional situations. The classes emphasize using English in realistic situations while challenging students intellectually.

For more than 65 years, the English Language Institute (ELI) at New York University SPS (former American Language Institute of NYU ALI) has crafted programs of English instruction that take full advantage of its location in the heart of New York City, one of the world’s most exciting and diverse cities. As a leading center for media, culture, entertainment, art, fashion, global commerce, finance, research and technology, New York affords those learning English the chance to explore the language in a multidimensional context. The sights, the sounds, the smells and the excitement of the city will add incredible depth to your learning experience. Exposure to people from around the world will serve to enrich you academically, culturally and linguistically.

At the beginner levels, the program integrates instruction in the four basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Advanced classes follow a similar pattern, but provide the opportunity for students to concentrate on particular areas of emphasis—for example, writing, grammar, or pronunciation. Popular electives that are taught in the afternoon, allow students at all levels of proficiency, to practice their emerging English skills in real-world situations

Levels from beginner to advanced

  • Levels 1-6: Full-time students in intro level through level 6 enroll in morning and afternoon courses that are held Monday through Thursday. Morning classes focus on reading/writing and listening/speaking skills. Afternoon courses include The New York Art Scene, Reading The New York Times, Improvisational Acting, American Culture, and TOEFL Preparation, among others.
  • Levels 7-9: Full-time students in level 7 through level 9 enroll in afternoon courses that are held Monday through Thursday—reading/writing classes on Mondays and Wednesdays and listening/speaking classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. In addition, they take three to four ELI Professional English Program (PEP) courses or noncredit courses through the NYU School of Professional Studies, which range in subject from marketing or finance to real estate or digital film making.

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PRICES & DATES

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PRICES AND DATES OF THE ENGLISH PROGRAMS 2021 - 2022

How much does it cost to study English in New York University?

Table with costs and dates of the Comprehensive English Program at NYU 2021 - 2022

SessionDates*Deadline to apply**DurationProgram FeeFull-time (20hrs/week)Program FeePart-time (16hrs/week)
Fall, 2020Full quarterSep. 14 - Dec. 15(Registration begins on Sep. 8)Aug. 7, 202012 weeks$6,192$5,174
Fall 1, 2020Sep. 14 - Oct. 29(Registration begins on Sep. 8)Aug. 7, 20206 weeks$3,096$2,587
Fall 2, 2020Nov. 2 - Dec. 15(Registration begins on Oct. 26)Oct. 2, 20206 weeks$3,096$2,587
Spring, 2021Full quarterJan. 25 - Apr. 29(Registration begins on Jan. 19)Dec. 18, 202012 weeks$6,192$5,174
Spring, 2021Jan. 25 - Mar. 19(Registration begins on Jan. 19)Dec. 18, 20206 weeks$3,096$2,587
Spring, 2021Mar. 29 - Apr. 29(Registration begins on Mar. 22)Feb. 26, 20216 weeks$3,096$2,587
Summer, 2021Full quarterMay 24 - Aug. 12(Registration begins on May 19)Apr. 16, 202112 weeks$6,240$5,200
Summer 1, 2021May 24 - Jun. 30(Registration begins on May 19)Apr. 16, 20216 weeks$3,120$2,600
Summer 2, 2021Jul. 7 - Aug. 12(Registration begins on Jun. 30)May 21, 20216 weeks$3,120$2,600
*Dates: Students should arrive one week before the first day of classes for the Registration week. In this week, students will have an orientation, registration of the courses and the placement test. You will receive more information in the welcome package.
**Deadline to apply: For the full-time program, international students must apply to the program before the deadline mentioned in the table. Deadline for US residents and transfer students is more flexible. Contact us for more details.

Students who don't have time for the full-time program, can take less classes to make the program "part-time". If you choose to take a part-time program, you won't be able to apply for the student visa.

You can study one, two, or more consecutive sessions, and you can start the English program at any season of the year.

For example if you want to study for approximately 6 months, you can take 12 weeks in Spring session and 12 weeks in Summer session. You will not repeat the same course, because each session will be in a different level.

Other Costs to consider

There are additional costs you should consider on top of the Program fee. Some of these are:

  • Application fee (for the full-time program that needs an F-1 student visa only): a USD$150 non-refundable fee paid upon your application, which covers the application fee + the delivery to your home country of the Form I-20 via certified post mail. The I-20 form is needed to apply for the student visa.
  • University fees (for the full-time program that needs a F-1 student visa only):
  • Visa costs: international students who enroll in a full-time program in the USA need the F-1 student visa. Costs related to the F-1 visa include the SEVIS Fee (US$350 approx.) to register on the Student Exchange Visitor Information System and a Visa fee (US$160 approx.). These are costs set by the U.S. government.
  • Accommodation in New York: since you will be living and studying abroad, you should consider housing costs. Below you can find information about the housing options for international students.
  • Health insurance: all those on a student visa in the USA must have mandatory health insurance. NYU Health insurance costs approximately USD$1,300 for 12 weeks.
  • Books and supplies: these materials are not included within your tuition fees. You should consider approx. US$100 for books and materials.
  • Flight Tickets from your country to New York, USA
  • Food: As part of your budget you must consider meal costs too.
Dates and costs are subject to change. All prices are in US dollars. Contact us for more details.

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HOW TO APPLY FOR AN INTENSIVE ENGLISH PROGRAM AT NEW YORK UNIVERSITY

All the application process is online. Follow the instructions below

Steps to apply for a program

  • 1. Application Process
  • 2. Acceptance Process
  • 3. Visa Processing
  • 4. Payment
  • 5. Classes start!

1. Application Process

Documents must be sent to nyuvivecampus.com

Documents needed to apply


1. Application Form

Download and complete the application form. Do not forget to sign the form.

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2. Passport Copy

Clear copy of the identification page of your passport. The passport must be valid for 6 months after the first day of classes.


3. Financial Verification

Bank letter or bank statement that shows that you or your sponsor have at least the "Estimated Total Expense" of the program you are applying for (amounts can be in U.S. dollars or your local currency).

The estimated total expense is an estimate made by the university that includes tuition fees and an estimate of what you might spend in medical insurance, housing, meals, books, and supplies. Flight tickets are not included in this estimation.

Bank document must show at least the following amount per program:

  • Programs of 6 weeks: USD$9,200
  • Programs of 12 weeks: USD$16,550

The financial certification document is only required for F-1 visa students (International students who take the full-time program).


4. Application Fee

Non-refundable application fee of $150 dollars paid to the English Language Institute. After receiving confirmation from one of our representatives, you must pay the application fee online, following the representative's instructions.

This payment is only required for F-1 visa students (International students who take the full-time program).


Send your application documents

A representative need to review all your documents are correct.

Your application documents must be sent to nyuvivecampus.com

*If you are a US resident or a transfer student from another US school. Please contact us for more details. The application process is different

2. Acceptance Process

After we have received all your application documents and you have paid the application fee, you will be contacted by the admission office within 2 weeks.

If you are applying for a full-time program, you will need an F-1 student visa. After you have been accepted in the program, the admission office will send you the acceptance documents plus the form I-20, needed to apply for the F-1 student visa.

3. Visa Processing

Please check with us what type of visa you need, depending on the program you are interested in at NYU.
  • If the program you are applying for is a full-time program (18hrs/week or more), you will need the F-1 student visa. With an F-1 visa, you can extend your stay in the United States as long as you continue studying.
  • If your program is less than 18 hours a week, you will have to travel to the U.S. as a tourist with a B1/B2 tourist visa or visa waiver ESTA. As a tourist, you can only stay in the U.S. the period your tourist visa allows since your primary purpose in the U.S. should be tourism.

Please check the website of the U.S. embassy of your country to see the steps you need to apply for a visa.

Generally, for an F-1 student visa, students must do the following:

  • Complete the DS-160 form
  • Schedule an appointment at the U.S. embassy
  • Pay for the F-1 student visa (approx. US$160)
  • Pay for the I-901 SEVIS Fee (approx. US$350): https://www.fmjfee.com/i901fee/index.html
  • Go to the embassy on the scheduled day

You must confirm these steps on the website of the U.S. embassy in your country. You can look for your nearest U.S. embassy here: https://www.usembassy.gov/

4. Payment

Next, you need to make full payment of all remaining fees due at registration and can be done by credit card, travelers check, money order, or certified check. You will receive more information regarding dates once you begin the application process.

5. Arrival to School

You should arrive a week before the program start date to attend the orientation at the end of registration week. In your admission letter, you can find more information about the orientation and the initial placement test. On the first day at school, you should bring your passport, F-1 student visa, I-20, and a bank statement.

Important: We suggest you apply at least 2 months in advance.

ACTIVITIES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

You will be able to participate in several activities during the program

SOCIAL, CULTURAL AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES IN NEW YORK AND ACTIVITIES AT NEW YORK UNIVERSITY

Most of the activities are free!

ONE OF THE BEST WAYS TO KEEP IMPROVING YOUR ENGLISH OUTSIDE OF THE CLASSROOM IS BY PARTICIPATING IN SOCIAL, CULTURAL, SPORT AND OTHER ACTIVITIES OFFERED BY NEW YORK UNIVERSITY.

International students can participate in activities as:

  • Planned visits to Central Park, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, amongs others
  • Academic seminars
  • Organized trips to sports, artistic, and cultural events
  • Extra learning at the library, and computer room
  • Participate in students organizations
  • Access to many resources for international students

One of the best things to keep practicing your English outside of the classroom is by participating in social, cultural, sport, and other activities. The English Language Institute at New York University SPS allows you to do this through several events, activities, and resources.

NYU is one of this country’s largest and most prestigious research universities. It offers vast resources and opportunities for interaction and for enhancing study. English Language Institute NYU - SPS students are invited (and encouraged) to engage in the various activities available to them at NYU: exhibits at the Grey Art Gallery and Washington Square East Gallery, facilities and events at the NYU Kimmel Student Center, productions at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, lectures and events at the University’s 13 international houses, use of the multiple resources at the NYU Bobst Library and its Avery Fischer Center for Music and Media, and University-sponsored lectures series—to name a few.

Tickets to concerts and plays, tours of the city and nearby cities are available to ELI NYU SPS students at no charge or at a minimal cost. English students also enjoy coffee hours, parties, and other informal get-togethers.

Information about the city of New York, NY

New York is one of the most popular cities in the world and it is the center of the New York Metropolitan Area, one of the most populous metropolitan areas in the world. New York has a significant impact upon global commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and entertainment.

The home of the United Nations Headquarters, New York is an important center for international affairs and is widely deemed the cultural capital of the world. In addition, New York is the city where you can find world recognized attractions such as the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, Times Square, Chrysler Building, World Trade Center Memorial, Rockefeller Center, Museum of Natural History, Moma, United Nations, Ellis Island, Wall Street, etc.

Manhattan, aerial view showing the Woolworth Building where NYU English classes are

Information about New York University

New York University (NYU) is a private, nonsectarian research university based in New York City. Founded in 1831, NYU is one of the largest private, nonprofit institutions of higher education in the United States

With approximately 12,500 residents, NYU has the seventh-largest university housing system in the U.S. and the largest among private schools. Some of the first fraternities in the country were formed at NYU.

NYU's sports teams are called the Violets, the colors being the trademarked hue "NYU Violet," and white. The school mascot is modeled after a bobcat. Almost all sports teams at NYU participate in the NCAA's Division III and the University Athletic Association. While NYU has had All-American football players, it has not had a varsity football team since the 1960s.

NYU is regularly ranked as one of the top academic institutions in the world. The university counts 34 Nobel Prize winners, 3 Abel Prize winners, 10 National Medal of Science recipients, 16 Pulitzer Prize winners, 21 Academy Award winners, and Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award winners. NYU also has MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowship holders as well as National Academy of Sciences members among its past and present graduates and faculty. Of the more than 3,000 colleges and universities in America, NYU is one of only 60 member institutions of the distinguished Association of American Universities.

New York University campus in Manhattan, NYC

Photos of the English Programs at New York University

English Language Institute students of NYU during orientation week
International students from English language program of NYU holding their diploma
New York University School of Professional Studies lobby

HOUSING IN NEW YORK

Most common housing options for international students in New York

STUDENTS FROM THE INTENSIVE ENGLISH PROGRAM OF NYU HAVE 4 MAIN HOUSING OPTIONS IN NYC:

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  • Dormitories on Campus
  • Dormitories off Campus
  • Apartments
  • Homestay

Dormitories On Campus

Students can choose housing on the NYU campus during the summer months (May to August). Living on campus is ideal for those who want to share with other students, meet other students from the U.S. and other countries, and live the university atmosphere of New York University.

Some of the options are:

Dormitories Off Campus

Residences are ideal for students who want to share accommodation with other people to socialize and interact with other students and live a unique study experience in New York City.

Some of the options are:

Apartments

New York is a very dense city, and that is why many people share apartments to cut costs and share with other people. In the United States, apartments are generally rented for a minimum of 1 year, so you should check well before signing a lease. Generally, people from these courses look for apartments already being leased by other people and sublet a room for a specific time.

Many students prefer to look for apartments or rooms on their own. There are a variety of websites where you can search for housing. NYU provides information about off-campus housing in different areas of the city through its Off-Campus Housing Office.

Some of the options are:

Homestay (Living with a family)

Another alternative of lodging within New York is host families (homestays), which refers to living with a family. Some families rent rooms and share meals with their tenants. It is a closer way to share and experience the culture in the USA with a New York family. Generally, this accommodation option is on the outskirts of Manhattan, so you must consider the time and money in transport.

Here you can find information on homestays:

FINDING A PLACE TO LIVE, DEPENDS EXCLUSIVELY ON THE STUDENT.

There are many options available near the campus of the University. If the housing option is off campus, students must contact directly the housing provider.

FAQS

Do you have any question about studying English at NYU?

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT STUDYING ENGLISH IN NEW YORK UNIVERSITY

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Why should you study English at New York University?

By learning or improving your English at a prestigious university such as NYU, you ensure the quality of the program, methodology, excellence of teachers, and access to the university's resources, which allow you to practice the language outside the classroom. Also, New York City is ideal for learning English as a second language. It is a cosmopolitan city where there are many events that you can attend and activities that you can do, and thus continue practicing the English language.

What is the English Language Institute at New York University?

The New York University English Institute is the English center of New York University. It was founded in 1945, and since then, it has taught people from all over the world to learn and improve all English language skills so that foreigners can communicate effectively in an academic, professional, and social environment.

Can I do this program if I am not a student?

You do not have to be a student to take this program. The only requirement is to be at least 18 years old. While the vast majority of people who take this English program are between the ages of 18 and 30, some older people take these courses because they want to learn English for different reasons. The word international student is mentioned many times, but it refers to the fact that you will be studying abroad, it does not mean that you have to be a student before taking these courses.

What type of visa do I need to study English in the United States?

To study intensive (full-time) English courses, which generally refers to a program of 18 or more hours of classes per week, you need the F-1 student visa. If you study part-time, which generally refers to 16 or fewer hours a week, you cannot apply for the student visa, and you must travel to the USA as a tourist, either with a tourist visa or with the VISA permit. Waiver ESTA.

Which are the different steps of the application process for the F-1 student visa to study English at NYU?

Please check with us what type of visa you need for the specific program you want.

  • All full-time programs in the U.S. require an F-1 student visa. With an F-1 visa, you can extend your stay in the United States as long as you continue studying.
  • Part-time programs (less than 18 hours a week) can be taken with a tourist visa or visa waiver ESTA. With a tourist visa, you can only stay in the U.S. for the duration your tourist visa allows since your primary purpose in the U.S. should be tourism.

If you need an F-1 student visa, please apply as soon as you receive your acceptance documents (I-20 form) from the English Language Institute at New York University. In some countries, it can take several weeks to obtain a visa interview at the U.S. embassy.

You must confirm these steps on the website of the U.S. embassy in your country. You can look for your nearest U.S. embassy here: https://www.usembassy.gov/

What level of English do I need to take these English courses at NYU?

You do not need to have a specific level to take these classes. There are 9 different levels, from beginner to advanced. Before starting classes, you will take a placement test, which will determine your level within the program.

Where are the NYU English classes held?

NYU SPS English classes are held at the NYU School of Professional Studies' iconic Woolworth Building, located at Barclay 15 street in lower Manhattan. Close to the Brooklyn Bridge, World Trade Center, and Wall Street.

How many levels are there in the Comprehensive English Program?

The NYU Comprehensive English Program consists of 9 levels, from beginner to advanced

How many students are there per class at NYU ELI?

English classes at NYU are small. No more than 15 people per class.

Can I travel as a tourist and take these English courses at NYU?

Yes, you can travel on a tourist visa and take these English courses at NYU. You could only opt for part-time courses since, for the intensive courses of 20hrs/week, the F-1 student visa is necessary.

Are there scholarships for these English courses at NYU English Language Institute?

Scholarships are not offered for these English programs.

When do I have to pay for the English program at NYU?

NYU English courses must be paid before classes begin. Once registered, instructions and payment methods will be sent to you.

Can I work and study in the United States while taking the English program at NYU SPS?

With the F-1 student visa, you can work up to 20 hours a week on the NYU campus while you study. However, it is not possible to work as these jobs are offered to undergraduate college students only.

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