CUNY Language Immersion Program (CLIP)



CLIP is an intensive ESL program of 25 hours of instruction each week for entering freshmen who have already been admitted to a CUNY college. However, we also accept students who have failed one semester of ESL at a 2-year CUNY college or those who have been referred by a senior college.
  • 3 possible cycles: Summer, Fall and Spring.
  • Day or evening classes: 5 hours a day, Monday through Friday.
  • Focus on reading, writing and preparation for college.
  • Development of skills needed to be a successful college student:
    • Oral communication skills
    • Critical Thinking
    • Analytical skills
    • Study skills
  • Advisement: CLIP Advisors work with students inside and outside the classroom to help them successfully complete the program and enroll in college. Students receive college advisement and referrals to other campus resources and programs.  CLIP Advisors also run College Knowledge Seminars to help students develop the skills necessary to navigate college.
  • Daily Computer Lab*: (when classes are in-person) for writing essays, doing internet research and improving reading, grammar, vocabulary and listening skills.CUNY Language Immersion Program (CLIP)
  • Semester Program: You can complete one semester in CLIP and return to college or stay in CLIP for a maximum of one full year (2 long cycles or 2 long and 1 summer cycles).
  • Individual Attention: In CLIP, students are given a lot of attention. Classes are small and CLIP advisors are available to assist if needed.
  • Inexpensive: CLIP students pay only a small fee for the program and can save their financial aid for college. (See: Schedule and Fees)
  • College Advancement: In general, students who complete CLIP are better prepared for their academic classes. Students who complete CLIP will be re-tested in the CUNY tests at the end of the semester.

Office: 590 Exterior Street, Building E
(Entrance on 150th Street between Exterior Street and River Avenue)
Office Hours: Monday through Wednesday: 9:00am to 7:00pm
                          Thursday: 9:00am to 5:00pm
                          Friday: Closed
Telephone: (718) 518-6645 (9am to 5pm)
                      (718) 664-2703 (5pm to 7pm)