English Language Support
Like many international students, scholars, and visitors, English may not be your native language. This can result in considerable frustration and uncertainty when trying to communicate. You will find that many Americans are understanding of this challenge and willing to help you with your English. If you are interested in more in-depth training or practice or if English training is a required part of your academic studies at the University, there are a wide range of different English language programs in the Rochester area. The list below is not comprehensive, but should help you get started in finding the right resource to meet your needs.
English Classes & Conversation Groups
- ISO English Conversation Groups:
The group meets on Thursday mornings during the academic year. Enrollment is open at the beginning of each semester and all activities are FREE to UR community (students, staff, and dependents). Spaces are limited. Sign-ups are announced each term in ISO Student News.
- English Conversation Skills Program
The Warner School of Education often partners with the ISO to offer a FREE English Conversation Skills (ECS) Program! Classes begin in the first few weeks of the semester and run for 10 weeks. There will be three available sections--a beginner level course and two practical conversation skills courses--so that you may choose one that best suits your schedule and language needs. The online reservation form and additional details about these courses will be announced in ISO Student News when applicable. There are limited spots available in each section, so don't delay in signing up! This program is open to the UR community (students, staff, and dependents).
- University of Rochester-Cambridge Education Group Intensive English Program
Offers a variety of full-time and part-time intensive English language study options. Please see website for pricing and details. Open to matriculated and non-matriculated students.
- University of Rochester Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program
Graduate and undergraduate tutors available to help with academic and professional writing as well as public speaking and conversation practice. FREE. Open to UR students.
- Eastman School of Music English for Academic Purposes Classes
Courses for matriculated ESM students to assist with English acquisition. Please also see the Eastman Writing Center. Both open to UR ESM students.
- English Language Center, Rochester Institute of Technology
11-week programs offered throughout the year for various skill levels. Fees apply.
- Zuroski Consulting
English language training and courses intercultural communication are offered for academic professionals and their families. Fees apply.
- Literacy Volunteers of Rochester
Literacy Volunteers meet with students on an individual basis. FREE.
- BOCES (Board of Cooperative Educational Services)
Annual registration fee of $25. Classes and transportation to Fairport, NY are FREE.
- Rush-Henrietta Central School District
Registration fee applies.