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English help for incoming CUNY students

CUNY Language Immersion Program (CLIP) by City University of New York (CUNY) | Multiple CUNY campuses

Actively recruiting

Services Provided Improving English skills

Eligibility CUNY students, Adults, Immigrants

Schedule 3 to less than 6 months, Varies

Last Updated Last updated on Jun 08, 2022

CLIP helps students entering CUNY to improve their academic English skills before they start college.

CUNY Language Immersion Program (CLIP) is an English as a Second Language (ESL) program for students starting at a CUNY college. Through CLIP, you can improve your academic English before starting college. You can also develop personal relationships to help you succeed throughout your studies at CUNY.

Who it's for Who it's for

You can take part in CLIP if you’ve been accepted to any CUNY college and:

  • Have been designated as an ESL student, or
  • Have been informed that you need to improve your English proficiency

Duration and Length Duration and Length

Classes meet for 25 hours per week, during the day or evening. You can take CLIP classes for up to one year.

Next Steps

If you’ve been accepted to CUNY and informed that you placed into an English as a Second Language (ESL) course:

If you are already an enrolled student taking classes at CUNY:

  • You must be referred to CLIP by an academic adviser or professor at your college.

If you have not yet applied to CUNY:

Note on cost:

CLIP is a low-cost program. Most students pay a fee of $180 for a 14 to 16-week semester (25 hours per week). Some students qualify for reduced fees. Students do not use their financial aid while in CLIP. Instead, they save their financial aid for college coursework.

See CLIP enrollment information, calendar, and fees for the fall semester.

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