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 - 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

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.

Fall and Spring sessions take 15 weeks to complete and Summer sessions take 7 weeks, 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 (e.g. TOEFL or IELTS test).


Qualified students who successfully complete the IELP will gain admission into undergraduate degree study at Manhattan College.

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:

  • IELP application
  • Proof of high school or college completion
  • 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; and
  • 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.

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.

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