Intensive English Program (ESL)

Empire State English offers Intensive English as a Second Language (ESL) programs for university students and older adults, both those who live locally as well as visitors to the area. Our IELP involves at least 20 hours per week of instruction.

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Our Programs and Courses

  • Placement tests administered for all students either while still abroad or upon arrival
  • Full-time Intensive ESL Program minimum length of study: 4 weeks (1 course / 80 hours)
  • 15 levels of English courses, from absolute beginner to advanced
  • Elective and specialized courses also available, including conversation, presentation, and TOEFL preparation
  • Private courses begin weekly; group courses begin weekly and/or once a group is established at your level

How To Get Started


In order for us to issue you an I-20 so you can obtain an F-1 visa from the embassy in your country, please provide: a copy of the first page of your passport, copies of any previous visas issued to you, your planned arrival/departure information, declaration of financial support, the SEVIS fee, and our non-refundable one-time registration fee.


If you are an I-20 Transfer Student, please also provide us the name of the school you are transferring out of.


Click this link to fill out a form with information we’ll need to provide you with an I-20 form.