New York Language Center’s mission is to provide high quality English classes to international students and immigrant New Yorkers. We require minimum admission documentation and offer English classes to serve students of different levels and with different objectives.  The part time program, weekend and evening classes are designed to fit the needs of immigrant New Yorkers who have scheduling and financial constraints, whereas the Semi-Intensive and Intensive programs cater toward the needs of international students and are open to any student needing English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. Our mission is to provide high quality instruction to all of these populations.

New York Language Center accepts adult students regardless of their nationality, gender, and English proficiency levels.  Students under 18 years old may be admitted, provided that they are enrolled with the approval of a parent or guardian (must be 12 or older to be eligible for an I-20, based on consultation with the parent or guardian).  Because NYLC provides the Intensive programs for all levels from basic to advanced and specialized classes for advanced English learners, the majority of students can be accommodated in a course at their level.  If they cannot be accommodated, they are given an appropriate referral.   For example, a near native speaker or someone with literacy issues would be referred to a school that fits their needs.  The average number of students in class is from 12 to 15 at NYLC-Midtown and 12 to 18 at NYLC-Upper West Side and NYLC-Jackson Heights.  Students with different genders, ages, and nationalities study together in the same class if they have similar English proficiency level based on their placement test and class performance.


The International Student Office handles international admissions.  The staff recruits new students and assists them to register at NYLC and to navigate the visa process (if overseas), or the transfer process if they are in the United States.  The DSOs and PDSO assist some students with changing status to F1 or with reinstatements.  Once a student is registered and has the correct entrance visa the staff assist the student with any pre-departure or pre-arrival questions. The school requires that all personnel, especially admissions personnel, adhere to its code of ethical practices. The school does not pay commission to its admissions personnel.

Students who will benefit from an English as a Second Language Program can apply for any NYLC program (Part-time, Semi-Intensive, Intensive programs, private instruction) regardless of their nationality, gender, or English proficiency level. New York Language Center will not unlawfully discriminate against participants based upon gender, race, religion, national origin, or age who meet the admission requirements and who are otherwise qualified based upon available space and available levels.  A completed application form, enrollment fee, and placement exam are required (placement exam by the first day of class).  If a student requests an I-20 certificate form for F1 visa or F1 status, the student is required to register for one of the Intensive programs (20 hours per week or more). A student should be 17 or older except during school vacations when the minimum age is 12 with parental or guardian permission.  Students 12 to 16 years old are accommodated in one of two ways with parental or guardian permission; (i) in special group programs 12-16 year olds are taught in separate classes from the general student body or (ii) 12-16 year olds can take any program in consultation with the parent or guardian.  Private lessons can be arranged for students of any age.

Educational program Admissions policies
Intensive English Program (ILP) of 20 hours per week

Students must meet the general NYLC admission requirements and age requirements as listed above.  Students requesting an I-20 for the F1 visa or F1 status must be bona-fide ESL students, must register for one of the Intensive programs, and must provide proof of financial support as required and other documents such as copy of passport, previous I-20s if transferring from another school, or other documents as advised by a DSO if filing a change of status or reinstatement.  As per the NYLC non-discrimination policy, those students who are advised that they are not eligible for an I-20 at an English language program are still eligible to apply for admission to any NYLC program without F1 status. The I-17 form filed with the U.S. government authorizes NYLC to issue I-20s to students aged 12 and older, and these students may study with us if they meet the requirements listed above for 12 to 16 year old students.

ESL/EFL Semi-Intensive Program of 16 hours per week

Student must meet the general NYLC admission and age requirements as listed above.  The Semi-Intensive Language Program is suitable for tourists or those who want to study 16 hours per week.  The Program is divided into 8 levels of integrated skills and/or Post Advanced courses.

ESL/EFL Part Time Program of 4, 8, 10 or 12 hours per week

Student must meet the general NYLC admission requirements and age requirements as listed above.  Students who want to study with flexible hours will benefit from part time classes.

Private Lessons Students can be any age. If a minor, permission of parent or guardian is needed.


All students are given a level placement exam before starting classes. The placement exam includes grammar, reading comprehension, writing and an oral evaluation and interview.  The content of the placement exam corresponds with the learner outcomes of our curriculum to ensure that students can be placed accurately in the course which best suits their English proficiency level and objectives.  During the oral interview, the student is assigned a recommended course and all options are explained.  Students are given the opportunity to observe a class before deciding whether or not to enroll in that particular class.  If a student feels he/she cannot benefit from the course, the student can request a course change.  Re-evaluation and interview with the Academic Coordinator will be required.  Additionally, students are evaluated throughout the course. Instructors may recommend a course change for any student who is not benefitting from the course due to level misplacement or insufficient progress.