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English help for incoming CUNY students
CUNY Language Immersion Program (CLIP) by City University of New York (CUNY)
Earning college credits or a degree, Improving English skills
Adults, CUNY students, Immigrants
Last updated on Apr 10, 2023
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.
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
Classes meet for 25 hours per week, during the day or evening. Programs run for three months to a year.
If you’ve been accepted to CUNY and informed that you placed into an English as a Second Language (ESL) course, complete the CLIP Recruitment Form.
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, see information about applying to CUNY.
CLIP is a low-cost program. Most students pay a fee 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.