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English Language Support

Like many international students, scholars, and visitors, English may not be your native language. Many Americans understanding this challenge and are willing to help you.

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 several English language programs in the Rochester area.

The following non-comprehensive list can you get started.

University English Classes and 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 University community. Spaces are limited. Sign ups are announced in the ISO Student Newsletter.

Warner School English Conversation Skills Program

The Warner School of Education often partners with ISO to offer a free English Conversation Skills (ECS) Program. It is open to University students, staff, and dependents.

Classes begin in the first few weeks of the semester and run for 10 weeks. There are three available sections (a beginner-level course and two practical conversation skills courses). Choose one that best suits your schedule and language needs.

The online reservation form and details about these courses will be announced in the ISO Student Newsletter when applicable. There are limited spots available in each section.

English Language Program

Beginning in fall 2018, the University of Rochester’s Office for Global Engagement will be working in conjunction with the Warner School of Education to provide a non-credit bearing English Language Program (ELP) for newly admitted or matriculated international students as well as English speakers who have a connection to the University of Rochester (staff member, or family of a staff member or student). Fees apply.

Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program

Graduate and undergraduate tutors can help with academic and professional writing, plus public speaking and conversation practice. Free and open to University students.

Eastman School of Music English for Academic Purposes Classes

Courses for matriculated ESM students with additional resources at the Eastman Writing Center.

Rochester Area English Language Support Services

English Language Center at RIT

11-week programs offered throughout the year for various skill levels. Fees apply.

Zuroski Consulting

English language training and courses on intercultural communication are offered for academic professionals and their families. Fees apply.

Literacy Volunteers of Rochester 

This organization meets with students on an individual basis for free.

ESOL Associates of Rochester 

Free evening and weekend classes.

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 apply.