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CUNY Language Immersion Program (CLIP)

Contact the office to find out

how to enroll for the Summer '24 semester. 

The CUNY Language Immersion Program (CLIP) offers non-native English speaking students who have been admitted to a City University of New York (CUNY) college the opportunity to spend more time improving their English language knowledge in an academic setting before formally enrolling in credit bearing courses. Students in the CLIP Program acquire the reading, writing and oral communication skills necessary to be successful at CUNY. The Program’s instructional philosophy reflects a holistic approach to language development in the context of academic preparation. This includes classwork, research projects, computer-assisted learning, orientation to college and tutoring. 

Upon acceptance to CSI/CUNY, freshmen and transfer students who are interested in CLIP are required to take the ESL Accuplacer test. After students complete the test, their scores will be listed in their CUNYfirst account.

Contact Information

Building 1L, Room 204

Monday - Friday :

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM



Student Expectations & Requirements:

  • Students must receive a score of 86 or below in the ESL Accuplacer exam.
  • CLIP is for motivated students, who can commit to attendance & participation
  • CUNY students who have not passed up to two semesters of ESL can also register in CLIP
  • Students with F1 visas or other temporary visas are not eligible. All other documented and
    undocumented students are eligible

Students admitted to CSI/CUNY have up to two academic years to meet CUNY’s proficiency standards
in college-level English language reading and writing through developmental classes and or pre-college
programs like CLIP.


Spring & Fall semester:

  • 16 weeks of instruction
  • Monday-Friday, 8:45am-2:15pm

Summer Semester:

  • 6 weeks of instruction
  • Monday-Thursday, 8:45am-2:15 pm

Students who register for CLIP will defer their use of Financial Aid and put themselves in a better position to earn a degree once they are enrolled in credit classes.

16 week semester:

  • NYC residents                                                    $180
  • Non-residents                                                     $450
  • Public Assistance and SEEK/CD students        $45

6 week semester:

  • NYC residents                                                   $75
  • Non-residents                                                    $180
  • Public Assistance and SEEK/CD students       $18

How to Apply:

  • Please contact the office to apply for Summer '24.