Program Details

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

Our classes are limited in number of students, usually no more than 12 students per class. Courses are held Monday - Thursday for 22 hours per week and emphasize the following core domains:

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

We also offer lessons throughout the week on life in the U.S., American culture, introduction to New York City, the arts and music, and U.S. holidays. Additionally, we have classes to help you with spoken English and pronunciation.

Each level takes one semester (15 weeks) to complete and a certificate of completion is awarded for successful completion of each level. Students who successfully complete the IELP level for their studies will not need to take an additional proficiency exam ( TOEFL or IELTS test).


Successful completion of the IELP guarantees English language requirements are met and fulfill the proficiency requirements for Manhattan College. Full admission to undergraduate and graduate students requires official documents for acceptance and are detailed below.

To be considered for admission to the IELP you will be asked to submit the following documents:

Undergraduate Students:

  • English translation of secondary school (high school) transcript
  • IELP application

Graduate Students:

  • Official transcript of all colleges and universities attended needs submitted for course-by-course credential evaluation by an agency approved by (example:, Since the credential evaluation takes the place of the official transcript, students will only have to submit the evaluation, not both.
  • Additionally, to gain full admission in the graduate program of choice, student will also have to submit additional requirements (such as GRE, GMAT, essays, letters of recommendation) per individual program requirements.

You will therefore receive two letters:

  • An acceptance letter for the IELP and
  • A letter outlining requirements for acceptance for an academic program of study at Manhattan College

Contact Info

Manhattan College Intensive English Language Program
Jeff Vanderwerf, Director
Thomas Hall, 3.67
4513 Manhattan College Parkway
Riverdale, New York  10471
Phone: 718-862-8212