Course: Intensive English Language Program

General

Program Description

Intensive English Language Program

The Manhattan College Intensive English Language Program (IELP) provides high-quality English-language instruction to speakers of other languages in order to meet their goals: Academic, professional, and personal. Instruction in reading, writing, listening, speaking, language structure, and other pertinent areas of English language acquisition are taught using the communicative method.

The Manhattan College IELP provides opportunities for students to experience cultural exchange both on-campus and in the greater community. The IELP is committed to academic excellence, intercultural communication and understanding, and attention to student interests and needs.

Program Details

Manhattan College offers six levels (Level 001 – 006) of Intensive English Language study to meet your foreign language needs. The levels consist of two beginners, two intermediate, and two advanced for pre-university English language proficiency. Our courses follow the Manhattan College academic calendar.

Our classes are limited in the number of students, usually no more than 12 students per class. Courses are held Monday - Friday for 22 hours per week (Fall and Spring semester) and 30 hours per week (Summer sessions) and emphasize the following core domains:

  • Reading comprehension
  • Writing for academic settings
  • Listening comprehension and presentation skills
  • Speaking for conversation and classroom

Fall and Spring sessions take 15 weeks to complete and Summer sessions take 7 weeks each, and a certificate of completion is awarded for successful completion of each level. Students who successfully complete the IELP Level 006 will not need to take an additional proficiency exam (e.g. TOEFL or IELTS test) for entrance into Manhattan College degree programs.

Admission & Visa Information

Prospective undergraduate students who meet all admission requirements to Manhattan College except for English proficiency requirements will be considered for Conditional Admission. Students should follow the application process for Undergraduate Applicants below.

Students who wish to study only at the IELP should see admission for IELP-Only Student below. Students who seek IELP-Only Admission need to have completed high school.

Students who receive Conditional Admission or IELP-Only admission will be issued form I-20 for an F-1 visa.

There are two pathways for study at the Manhattan College IELP:

Undergraduate Admission (for Conditional Admission)
  • Complete the application requirements for International Undergraduate students
IELP-Only Admission:
  • English translation of secondary school (high school) transcript
  • IELP application
Graduate Students:
  • IELP application
  • Proof of high school or college completion
  • Additionally, to gain full admission in the graduate program of choice, students will also have to submit additional requirements (such as GRE, GMAT, essays, letters of recommendation) per individual program requirements; and
  • Official transcript of all colleges and universities attended needs submitted for course-by-course credential evaluation by an agency approved by NACES.org. Since the credential evaluation takes the place of the official transcript, students will only have to submit the evaluation, not both.

After your completed application is received, you will be sent an admissions packet with an acceptance letter and I-20 (to be used for applying for an F-1 visa, if applicable). US citizens and legal US residents do not need an I-20 to study at the Manhattan College IELP.

IELP Placement

Applicants will be placed in one of the IELP’s six levels (001 – 006) based upon their English language proficiency.

Applicants are placed by one of the following ways:

  1. IELP Placement Exam: This exam can be taken from the applicant’s home. All that is required is a computer with a camera and internet access and 85 minutes. The IELP Placement exam is provided at no extra cost to IELP applicants. TOEFL / IELTS scores are not required for entry into the IELP;
  2. TOEFL / IELTS score. Applicants will be placed in IELP levels based on their scores. The table below shows in which level applicants will be placed based on their TOEFL / IELTS scores:

IELP Score TOEFL Score IELTS Score
001 ≤24 ≤2.0
002 25-35 2.5-3.5
003 36-44 4.0
004 45-54 4.5
005 55-64 5.0
006 65-74 5.5-6.0

Please note that TOEFL / IELTS scores must be valid. Typically, this means that the exam results must have been given within two years of IELP application.

Financial Documentation and the I-20

The I-20 is a Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status for those who wish to study in the U.S. An admitted student takes the I-20 to the American embassy or consulate when he/she applies for a student visa. You are an international student requiring an I-20 if you:

  • Are currently studying in the United States on a student visa (F-1) in high school, college, or an English language program;
  • Or intend to enter the United States with a student visa.

Financial Documentation Necessary for the I-20:

U.S. government regulations require students who will hold an F-1 student visa to prove to the college that they will be financially supported while they are enrolled. For this purpose, you must submit the Certificate of Financial Responsibility (CFR), which is a notarized affidavit from your sponsor, and the following supporting documents:

  • An original letter/bank statement from your sponsor's financial institution stating the number of funds available in the account(s) that will be used to sponsor you.
  • A copy of your passport identification page.
  • An official transcript from high school or previous college/university studies.

Please note:

  • The notarized affidavit of support and all supporting documents must be signed and dated no more than nine months prior to your projected enrollment at Manhattan College.
  • The affidavit is sent to you along with your acceptance materials.
  • Financial documents must be originals and can be emailed from the student/sponsor or mailed to Manhattan College. If faxed, the financial documents must come directly from the financial institution.
  • Documentation of financial resources must be on bank letterhead, with amounts denominated in U.S. dollars, and must include a stamp and/or signature from the bank.

Students currently attending school in the U.S. will need to submit copies of all previous I-20s and their completed I-20 transfer form.

Mail to:

  • Ms. Debbi Damico
  • Director, International Student and Scholar Services
  • Manhattan College
  • 4513 Manhattan College Parkway
  • Riverdale, NY 10471
Student Visa Status: I-20 Certificate of Eligibility

When will the I-20 be mailed to students?

Students should apply to the IELP early in order to receive the I-20 Certificate of Eligibility. The I-20 is required for students to obtain F-1 non-immigrant student visas before leaving their countries. Manhattan College will only issue an I-20 when all documents are received.

Please note:

The I-20 Certificate of Eligibility, by U.S. law, is valid for one year from the date of issue. It does, however, stipulate a specific arrival date. Students who cannot enter the U.S. before the specified date should request an extension by contacting the Intensive English Language Institute. There is no extra charge if the original I-20 is still valid.

It is required by U.S. Immigration law that a student enrolls at the institution which issues the I-20 used by the student to enter the United States.

Conditional Admission

Manhattan College undergraduate programs offer Conditional Admission to students who are academically admissible based on the student’s academic record and other university and/or departmental and program requirements, except for English proficiency.

Your admission is “conditional” based upon satisfying specific requirements prior to full admission. Once these requirements for College admission are fulfilled, you are able to fully enter undergraduate degree programs at Manhattan College. These requirements will be outlined on your Conditional Admission acceptance letter.

Note: Students who successfully complete Level 006 at the Manhattan College IELP will have met the English language requirement for admission into undergraduate degree programs.

Apply

Conditional Admission Process
  • Complete the application requirements for International Undergraduate students;
  • Complete the application requirements for Graduate Admissions.
IELP-Only Admission Process
  1. Complete the IELP application form online below. There is no fee to apply directly to the IELP.
  2. Complete the IELP diagnostic examination, which covers grammar, listening, reading, writing, and speaking, and takes approximately 85 minutes.
  3. Submit a copy of the passport page that contains your picture and the exact spelling of your name.
  4. Submit your high school or college transcripts. IELP applicants must have completed high school by the start of IELP study.
  5. Once accepted, pay the $500 nonrefundable tuition deposit. This deposit is applied toward the first semester of study at the IELP.
  6. Submit official IELTS / TOEFL scores, if available (but not required).

After your completed application is received, you will be sent an admissions packet with an acceptance letter and I-20 (to be used for applying for an F-1 visa, if applicable). US citizens and legal US residents do not need an I-20 to study at the Manhattan College IELP.

Costs & Calendar

IELP Program Costs

Per semester program costs*

Tuition** Room and Board***
$5,425 $8,435 per semester

*Prices subject to change

** Tuition includes student fees; please contact the IELP for a student fee breakdown

***Room and Board is optional

Health Insurance Cost

Please note that as an F-1 student you are not required to have medical insurance. At the international student orientation, F-1 visa holders will be provided with information/websites of several insurance companies that offer policies available for F-1 students. F-1 students are strongly advised to purchase insurance; J-1 students are required to have it. You may request an insurance waiver if you already have medical insurance which will cover you while in the U.S. In order to be granted a waiver, you will need to provide documentation verifying your coverage.

Dates of Program / Calendar

ELP courses run during the Manhattan College academic calendar.Upcoming course dates*:

Course Length of Study Deposit Deadline** Study Dates
Fall, 2019 15 weeks August 15, 2019 September 3 - December 11, 2019
Spring, 2020 15 weeks November 25, 2019 January 14 - May 8, 2020
Summer, 2020 9 weeks May 15, 2020 June 22 - August 21, 2020

*Dates subject to change

**For F-1 students, a 6-8 week period for receiving the I-20 and going through the visa process is recommended

IELP Course Schedule

Manhattan College IELP Weekly Schedule, Fall and Spring Semesters*

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

9:00-10:20

Structure

9:00-10:20

Structure

9:00-10:20

Structure

9:00-10:20

Structure

9:00-10:20

Structure

10:30-11:45

Reading/Writing

10:30-11:45

Reading/Writing

10:30-11:45

Reading/Writing

10:30-11:45

Reading/Writing

10:30-11:45

Reading/Writing

Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch

12:45-1:50

Listening

12:45-1:50

Listening

12:45-1:50

Listening

12:45-1:50

Listening

No Class

2:00-3:00

Speaking

2:00-3:00

Speaking

2:00-3:00

Speaking

2:00-3:00

Speaking

No Class

*Schedule subject to change

Summer Session Schedule*

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

9:00-10:20

Structure

9:00-10:20

Structure

9:00-10:20

Structure

9:00-10:20

Structure

9:00-10:20

Structure

10:30-11:45

Reading/Writing

10:30-11:45

Reading/Writing

10:30-11:45

Reading/Writing

10:30-11:45

Reading/Writing

10:30-11:45

Reading/Writing

Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch

12:45-1:50

Listening

12:45-1:50

Listening

12:45-1:50

Listening

12:45-1:50

Listening

12:45-1:50

Listening

2:00-3:00

Speaking

2:00-3:00

Speaking

2:00-3:00

Speaking

2:00-3:00

Speaking

2:00-3:00

Speaking

*Schedule subject to change. The above schedule does not include coursework outside of class.

Housing

It is recommended (but not required) that all IELP students live on campus. We will assist you with placement in campus housing. The approximate cost of room and board in residence halls at Manhattan College is indicated under charges and costs.

Last updated August 2019

About the School

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Manhattan College was founded in 1853 by the Brothers of the Christian Schools, a Catholic teaching order started by Saint John Baptist de La Salle. The Lasallian mission drives our focus on quality education for all and service to our neighbors in need. Our picturesque campus is located in The Bronx, a 35-minute subway ride from the heart of Manhattan. Read less