Academic Intensive English Program (ESL)


Our ESL program offers many options and services for the language learner. We have I-20 programs in full-time ESL, intensive TOEFL, and intensive GMAT/GRE. Part-time classes (daytime and evening) include offerings in business English, conversation, writing and reading, pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, and public speaking. If you prefer customized instruction, personal tutoring is an option. We also offer academic advisement to help you meet your long-term educational goals and apply to a degree program. Free after-class activities such as workshops, a tutoring center, conversation hour, and field trips promote fluency and cultural enrichment. Finally, as our student, you also have access to campus services like the Baruch library, health center, gym, and computer lab.

Academic Intensive English Program Courses

The Academic Intensive English Program is designed to help prepare non-native English speakers for college or graduate school in the U.S. Students receive 20 hours per week of instruction in writing, reading, listening, and speaking. Additionally, students choose a daytime elective from a unique menu of courses, including grammar, TOEFL preparation, public speaking, pronunciation, business English, and more.


This course provides students with the skills needed for effective writing in academic and professional settings. The writing process is emphasized, with a focus on organization and the development of ideas within paragraphs and essays.


This course is designed to help students become more confident and proficient readers in English. Students explore a variety of genres (articles, websites, short stories, etc.) and reading skills (vocabulary-building, summarizing, critical thinking, etc.).

Listening and Speaking

This course is designed to help students develop fluency, accuracy, and clear pronunciation in spoken English. In addition, students work on their listening skills through activities with audio and visual materials, dialogue practice, role-play, and note-taking.


Students also choose 1 or 2 electives from our General ESL, Business ESL or ESL Test Prep programs. Courses may include Grammar, Vocabulary & Idioms, Academic Vocabulary, Pronunciation, Accent Reduction, Public Speaking, Understanding the Business World, Skills for Academic Success, iBT TOEFL preparation, and CUNY Assessment Test (CAT-W and CAT-R) preparation.

ESL Test Prep

The Center for English Language provides high quality, interactive preparation courses for the CUNY Assessment Test (CAT-W and CAT-R), GMAT, GRE, and iBT TOEFL. Flexible schedules allow students to study during the day or evening. These courses are taught by experienced and caring instructors, who help students gain confidence and build their test-taking strategies.

Intensive 5-week courses, which meet 20 hours per week, are also offered for the GMAT, GRE, and iBT TOEFL. Students in these courses may qualify for an F-1 international student visa.

To register for ESL Test Prep courses, students must take the placement test. Students who place into levels 5-10 may take any of our ESL Test Prep courses. Please call our enrollment team at 646-956-1692 to register for the placement test.


The Baruch dorm is located on the Upper East Side, at 1760 Third Avenue. There are double and triple rooms available, each with a private bathroom. The dorm has the following services: 24-hour security, live-in residence advisors, fully-furnished rooms, AC, refrigerator and microwave, cable tv, the internet, laundry, library, shared kitchen, meeting rooms and lounges, fitness center, and public computers.

Application Forms

New Students Transfer Students

A Typical Weekly ESL Schedule:

Monday/Wednesday/Friday Tuesday/Thursday
9am-11am Writing Reading
11:30am-1:30pm Listening & Speaking Elective

Academic Calendar

Winter 2020 – Academic Intensive English Winter I 2020 – Intensive TOEFL/GMAT/GRE
January 8 – March 25 10 weeks, 20 hours per week Monday-Friday, 9:00am-1:30pm Overseas Recommended Deadline: Dec 11 U.S. Deadline: Dec 24 Placement Test: January 2 Orientation: January 3 January 7 – February 11 5 weeks, 20 hours per week; M-F 9am-1:30pm Deadlines: Overseas Dec 11; U.S. Dec 24
Winter II 2020 – Intensive TOEFL/GMAT/GRE
February 19 – March 24 5 weeks, 20 hours per week; M-F 9am-1:30pm Deadlines: Overseas Jan 15; U.S. Feb 5
No class on: Jan 20, Feb 12, Feb 17 Tuition for 10 weeks: $3,111 No class on: Jan 20, Feb 12, Feb 17 Tuition for 5 weeks : $1,800
Spring 2020 – Academic Intensive English Spring I 2020 – Intensive TOEFL/GMAT/GRE 
April 6-June 17 10 weeks, 20 hours per week Monday-Friday, 9:00am-1:30pm Overseas Recommended Deadline: March 9 U.S. Deadline: March 23 Placement Test: March 26 Orientation: March 30 April 1 – May 7 5 weeks, 20 hours per week; M-F 9am-1:30pm Deadlines: Overseas Mar 4; U.S. Mar 18
Spring II 2020 – Intensive TOEFL/GMAT/GRE
May 14 – June 18 5 weeks, 20 hours per week; M-F 9am-1:30pm Deadlines: Overseas Apr 16;  U.S. Apr 30
No class on:  Apr 9, 10; May 25 Tuition for 10 weeks : $3,111 No class on:  Apr 9, 10; May 25 Tuition for 5 weeks : $1,800
Summer 2020 – Academic Intensive English Summer I 2020 – Intensive TOEFL/GMAT/GRE
June 29 – Aug 13 7 weeks, 20 hours per week Monday-Friday, 9:00am-3pm Overseas Recommended Deadline: Jun 1 U.S. Deadline: June 15 Placement Test: June 19 Orientation: June 23 June  24 – July 28 5 weeks, 20 hours per week; M-Th 9am-3pm Deadlines: Overseas May 27; U.S. Jun 10
Summer II 2020 – Intensive TOEFL/GMAT/GRE
Aug 3 – Sep 3 5 weeks, 20 hours per week; M-Th 9am-3pm Deadlines: Overseas Jul 6; U.S. Jul 20
Tuition for 7 weeks: $2,177 Tuition for 5 weeks: $1,800

Academic Intensive English Program Refund Policy

Refund requests must be dated and submitted in writing. Attach a copy of your payment receipt with the Refund Request Form. Processing refunds requires approximately six weeks. All refunds may also be requested as a credit for any class of equal tuition. Full tuition will be refunded if request is received at least two business days before the first class meeting. After this date, refunds will be made according to the schedule below:
Refund Schedule
100%* 2 Business days prior to the 1st day of class
75%* Prior to the completion of 5% of the program
50%* Prior to the completion of 15% of the program
25%* Prior to the completion of 25% of the program
0% After 25% of the program has been completed
  • * less service charge
  • Service charge is $75
  • Non-refundable fees are $25 application fee, $50 language testing fee, if required, or any other fees that are not included in the Academic Intensive English Program.