Office of Academic Support
What are the benefits of spending my vacation time taking these classes rather than taking them during the regular school semesters?
- The workshops are FREE—you save time, money and/or financial aid to apply toward your credit-bearing college courses.
How do I know that I am eligible to register in an immersion workshop?
The outcomes of the CUNY Assessments Tests may impact your admission status, enrollment in the immersion programs and enrollment at the college. Please be aware of the following enrollment requirements:
All students who have failed
In addition to the above policies, students admitted for a Spring Semester
- parts 1 & 2 of the CUNY Assessment Test in Mathematics are required to complete CSI's free July Math Immersion program prior to enrolling at the College.
- the CUNY Assessment Tests in Reading, Writing and Mathematics (parts 1 & 2) must enroll in and complete at least one semester of the CUNY Start program and pass one
or more of the Assessment Tests in order to enroll at the college. Such students may
choose to enroll in the July Immersion Program and then continue in CUNY Start in the fall.
- the CUNY Assessment Tests in Reading and Writing, and have failed one part of the Mathematics Test must enroll in and complete Reading and Writing Immersion in the July and August sessions. Upon completing Immersion, these students must have passed the Reading and Writing Assessment tests in order to enroll at the College and must register for and complete Math 20 in the semester following Immersion. Students who have not passed both must enroll in CUNY Start.
- Students who have failed the CUNY Assessment Tests in Reading and Writing but have passed at least one part of the Mathematics Test and decide not to enroll in Immersion must enroll in CUNY Start and cannot enroll at the College.
- who passed the CUNY Assessment Tests in Reading and Writing but failed Mathematics (parts 1 & 2) must enroll in basic math in Winter Immersion. If they pass, they must enroll in Math 20 in the spring semester. If they do not pass, or choose not to enroll in Immersion, they must enroll in CUNY Start and cannot enroll at the College.
- who have failed two of the three CUNY Assessment Tests (Reading, Writing and Mathematics) must enroll in and complete at least one semester of the CUNY Start
program and cannot participate in Immersion.
English as a Second Language (ESL) Students
If you qualify as an ESL student (including qualifying international students) you are exempt from the policies listed above. ESL students will be required to complete special English courses for non-native speakers of English. When possible, ESL students are encouraged to enroll in the CUNY Language Immersion Program (CLIP).
Continuing students are eligible to register only if they have continuously pursued any outstanding CUNY skills requirements prior to an immersion program.
How many opportunities do I have to pass exams to demonstrate basic proficiency?
According to CSI’s academic guidelines, students must demonstrate basic proficiency in reading, writing and mathematics within one year. Students for whom English is a second language (ESL students) have two academic years to demonstrate proficiency in reading and writing. Remember, the more prepared you are for credit-bearing courses, the greater your chances for success.
Is this considered a college-level class?
The immersion programs consist of workshops that do not carry any college-level credit. At the end of the immersion program, you will be retested in order to demonstrate proficiency in the area for which you have received instruction.
When does immersion begin?
Workshops begin the first week of January for Winter Immersion, and a variety of immersion
workshops are offered throughout the summer. Please click on either Winter or Summer Immersion links for specific information regarding schedules.
Is there any additional academic support offered during immersion?
Students are offered free in-class and out-of-class tutoring. Counseling services are offered in the form of workshops and/or individual counseling sessions. All students are strongly encouraged to utilize these services to support their academic progress.
When and where do I register?
Winter Immersion registration begins in late November or early December, and Summer Immersion registration begins in May. Registration is completed in person only in the library building (1L), room 117.
Where can I get more information?
For more information about the immersion programs, registration and eligibility criteria, visit 1L-117 or call (718) 982.4221.