CUNY Language Immersion Program

The CUNY Language Immersion Program (CLIP) is an intensive English as a Second Language (ESL) program for CUNY students who need to improve their academic English language skills. Classes meet five hours a day, five days a week, during daytime or evening sessions. Students who have been accepted to any CUNY college can spend up to one year in the program.

CLIP is a content-based program where students learn English by studying topics in American history, literature, environmental studies and more. In this way, students build knowledge and academic skills as they develop their English language skills. CLIP students also learn the computer skills they need for college.

Contact Us

Loew Hall, Room: 336
Phone: 718 289-5207

CLIP is a low-cost program. Most students pay a fee of $180 for a 15-week semester (25 hours a week). Students do not use their financial aid while in CLIP. Instead, they save their financial aid for subsequent college coursework.

Participants in the CUNY Language Immersion Program enter college with experience in writing compositions, reading and analyzing texts, making presentations and using computers for academic purposes.

Benefits of CLIP

  • CLIP is low cost, and you can learn English without using your financial aid allocation.
  • You will spend 25 hours a week for up to one year in intensive English language instruction and orientation to college.
  • Daytime and evening sessions are available.
  • You will learn the reading, writing and oral communication skills that will help you be a successful college student at CUNY.
  • You will learn how to use a computer for writing and research.

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