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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

English Language Program

Beginning in the fall of 2018, the University of Rochester’s Office for Global Engagement in conjunction with the Warner School of Education will offer a non-credit bearing English Language Program (ELP) for newly admitted or matriculated international students as well as for English speakers who have a connection to the University of Rochester (staff member, or family of a staff member or student). Free and low-cost program modules will run for ten weeks, starting September 10 and will cover topics ranging from general English to academic speaking and listening to academic reading and writing.

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.

English Conversation Group

The small 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.

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.