Connecting Cultures,
Creating Community.

Welcome to Empire State English, an English Language School in Albany, NY. We offer intensive and general English classes in person and online.


English Programs

Intensive English (ESL)

20 hours per week

Empire State English offers Intensive English as a Second Language (ESL) programs for ages 17 and older. Our Intensive English Language Program (IELP) involves 20 hours per week of instruction.

General English Classes

1 – 18 hours per week

Our part-time program for local residents offers classes during the day or the evening, from as little as one hour per week to as many as eighteen hours per week. Find a class that fits your schedule.

English For Businesses


We offer customized English language education instruction for businesses with  international employees transitioning into an English-speaking work environment. Effective communication boosts productivity and fosters teamwork.


Why Learn With Us?


Personal Attention

With small classes, teachers focus on each student’s learning goals. Advisors help students with visas, college placement, jobs, housing and other needs.


Keep F-1 Student Status

We are an alternative path to stay in the US and maintain F-1 student status for those who are struggling or do not wish to continue a university-based program.


Short-Term Programs

Our four-week/80-hour English intensive provides flexibility for university students and professional adults, including school break and summer options.


Convenient Location & Community

Located on a bus line and near the highway, with free parking, snacks, and drinks. Shopping, restaurants, gyms and apartments in close walking distance.

Are You An International Student?

The College Connections pathway program at Empire State English allows students to obtain conditional admission through a local partner college before the students begin their English classes.

flexible learning options

Remote English Classes

We are pleased to offer our General English language classes in person or remotely. As an accredited school, this allows us to offer our classes to students that are outside our local area or that want to take class from home.


What Our Students Say

When Kim Andersen received me at Empire State English, she said: “Our school is your second home.” She was not kidding ! For four weeks I felt in an educational environment, pleasant and with teachers really prepared to offer me what I needed in my first immersion in English language. Being able to practice a live English, where all knowledge acquired is put into practice, and experienced in the day – to- day, guarantees an incomparable result in our learning of English as a second language. I hope to return soon to the ESE and continue to improve my English, in my second home, in the capital region of New York.

I couldn’t have done it without ESE!

V. Arruda, Intensive English Student

I have good memories from Empire State English. I was treated well and received a lot of help to improve my English as my second language. I have been promoted, so I have been receiving so much training. Hope was excellent in both workshops and never lost the attention of the participants. She is a great asset for the institution. I wish you and all the members of ESE happy holidays.

Alberto M

Part-time Local Student


Join Us Today

Get Started Today

With rolling enrollment and admissions, apply anytime. We teach year-round, including summer and evening classes. One on one instruction, as needed.

Locally Owned and Operated

All teachers have a Master’s in TESOL. We are New York State and SEVP certified. With CEA accreditation, we issue the I-20 to students, ages 17 and up.

Our Community

Meet students and teachers from around the world, attending our cultural events. With connections at more than 20 local colleges and universities, we can help you continue your education.


Affiliations & Accreditations

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