College Connections

ESL College

Select local colleges rely on Empire State English to help prepare international students with the English skills they need to be successful while pursuing educational degree programs. Based on initial testing and results on the TOEFL or the IELTS English proficiency exams, a student may be referred to Empire State English or contact us directly to develop a customized program to bring his or her English language skills to the required level.

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How it works

Empire State English has established “pathway program” relationships with several area colleges among more than 25 colleges and universities in the Capital Region of New York state.

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. Empire State English continues to develop new pathway partners in order to give students a broad choice of study.

As local universities, colleges, and private schools are bringing in a diverse student body from abroad, many are discovering that international students need support in English as a Second Language (ESL) in order to be successful.

See below for our current list of partner schools.

If you are a student from abroad ready to get started, visit our Intensive English Program page for the steps to follow to register.

If you work for a local private school, college, or university, and would like ESL support for your students or employees, please click here for more information. To set up a partnership between your college or university and ESE, please fill out our contact form with a message about your interest.

Our Partners

CIA (Culinary Institute of America)

If you're interested in a career in the culinary arts but don't yet meet the CIA's admission requirements because of your English language abilities, we can help.

FMCC (Fulton-Montgomery Community College)

FMCC offers a full college experience in a two-year degree. If you receive conditional admission from FMCC and just need to increase your TOEFL, join us at ESE for Intensive English Language classes.

HVCC (Hudson Valley Community College)

HVCC is currently the second-largest institution of higher learning in the Capital Region of New York State, offering more than 85 degree and certificate programs. Join us at ESE to improve your English and then transfer to HVCC to continue your education.


SUNY Albany

Located in New York’s capital city, the University at Albany is the premier public research University in the Capital Region and offers more than 17,000 students the expansive opportunities of a large university in an environment designed to foster individual success. In every area of study, students are instructed by faculty who are world-class scholars and teachers ─ many actively engaged in life-enhancing research that contributes profoundly to the public good. As mentors, they provide numerous student-research opportunities at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, inspiring students to advance their skills and aspirations.




SUNY Plattsburgh

Plattsburgh is a 4-year university located in New York's North Country, situated between the Adirondacks and Vermont's Green Mountains. If you receive conditional admission from Plattsburgh and just need to increase your TOEFL, join us at ESE for Intensive English Language classes.




SUNY Schenectady County Community College

SCCC is a 2-year college located in New York's Capital Region. If you receive conditional admission from SUNY SCCC and just need to increase your TOEFL, join us at ESE for Intensive English Language classes.

Wells College, Aurora, New York

Get a well-rounded liberal arts education from one of the
“Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” as recognized by the
2019 U.S. News and World Report. Some highlights of a
Wells College education:
+ One-on-one attention from professors
+ Conduct and publish undergraduate research
+ 100% of Wells graduates complete a professional internship
+ Study in a safe and supportive environment in New York State
+ Global alumni network

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We're currently in discussions with several other local colleges and universities.
We'll update this space as we establish new partnerships.