The CUNY Language Immersion Program is designed primarily for first-time freshmen with English language needs, who have not yet passed their CUNY reading and/or writing basic skills tests.
CLIP is an option for ESL students who prefer a full-time immersion approach to their English language studies, which does not draw upon their financial aid allocation. Students are also referred to CLIP by college offices of admissions, freshman year programs, SEEK, and College Discovery. In addition, faculty in ESL and developmental skills departments refer students they believe will benefit from the CLIP instructional model. Students may also be referred if they have been academically dismissed from a four-year college having failed the same ESL course twice.
Instruction in CLIP is offered at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. Students are placed according to an essay; standardized, multiple-choice test; and their CUNY reading and writing scores.
CLIP is a demanding program. It is suitable only for those students who can participate in a class that meets five hours per day, five days per week (in day or evening sessions). Students must also devote time outside of class for reading and other homework assignments. To be successful, students have to balance their work, family, and CLIP obligations.