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Intensive English Program

6 week program


COVID-19 UPDATE:  Due to the escalating COVID-19 situation in New York, GSI is moving to an online-only format for Summer 2020. Please visit our COVID-19 Update page for details before submitting your GSI application.

About the Program

This program is designed to help international students with their academic English skills, communicative strategies, and intercultural competence. You may enroll full-time in the Intensive English Center to improve your academic English. There is no language proficiency requirement.

Course Description

Upon entering the Intensive English Program, new students will be required to take an English placement exam to ensure they are placed in the proper level in the Intensive English Center (IEC)'s curriculum sequence. There are four levels available as described below.

IEC 101 IEC 102 IEC 103 IEC 104
High Beginner Low Intermediate High Intermediate Advanced


  • Classes will meet Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.
  • Three special lectures by distinguished faculty or administrators will be offered from 1:00 - 2:30 pm and all students are required to attend. 
  • On Fridays and weekends, participants will attend tutoring, optional field trips, and cultural events planned by GSI and will have free time to enjoy activities of their own choice.


Admission Requirements


Participants will attend three special lectures by distinguished faculty or administrators on a range of topics. Speakers will be announced in the spring.