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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 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

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.


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)

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, 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. 

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:
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.


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