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ESL Immersion Programs

Experience, Share, Learn

IALC Short-Term Immersion Programs strengthen English language proficiency by fusing academic study with real-life experience. From 10 days to 3 weeks, participants receive up to 15 hours of in-class English language instruction per week. Hands-on activities, interactive workshops, and guided excursions activate and reinforce language skills acquired in class.

  • The IALC Summer and Winter Institutes “Many Worlds, One City” combine intensive coursework with topical and engaging excursions in and around New York City.
  • The IALC Winter Holiday Institute “A Magical Christmas” is a special intensive language program inspired by the winter holiday season in New York.
  • The Fordham Academic Preparatory Institute is a rigorous program aimed at preparing young learners to succeed in American academic settings.
  • Through Customized Programs, the IALC partners with educational institutions and organizations to customize content-based language immersion courses according to specific topic areas or learning objectives. Contact the IALC for more information.

IALC Immersion Program Schedule 2020 / 2021

Program Name Dates Campus Housing Meal Plans Scholarships Provided
2020 "A Magical Christmas" 4-Day Holiday Intensive December 8- 11, 2020
(Registration Opens Sept 7, 2020.)
No No No
IALC Winter Institute January 11 - 22, 2021
(Registration Opens Sept 7, 2020.)
No Yes No
2021 IALC Summer Institute July 6 - 25, 2021
(Registration Opens January 11, 2021.)
No No No
20201Fordham Academic Preparatory Institute

Dates TBA

Yes Yes Yes
2021 "A Magical Christmas" 4-Day Holiday Intensive December 7 - 10, 2021
(Registration Opens August 9, 2021.)
No No No
Customized Programs Varies TBD Yes TBD


If you are not a United States citizen or legal resident and are in or will enter the United States as a non-immigrant, you may need a visa to join an IALC immersion program, including the IALC Summer and Winter Institute, the IALC Winter Holiday Institute, or the Fordham Academic Preparatory Institute. A student (F-1) visa is NOT required. Participants typically use a B-2 or B-1 visa depending on their particular interests, or, for qualified countries, the visa waiver program (ESTA). Please contact us for more information.