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English Language Support

Like many international students, scholars, and visitors, English may not be your native language. Many Americans understand 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

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 Performance

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.