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About the IELI


Welcome to the International English Language Institute (IELI) at Hunter College


About Continuing Education Programs at Hunter College:

Continuing Education Programs at Hunter College (CEP) serves as the non-credit educational arm of Hunter College, of the City University of New York. CEP meets the professional, academic and cultural needs of our rapidly changing global community. Our programs: the International English Language Institute (IELI), Continuing Education, Parliamo Italiano, CEP Online, and The Writing Center- CE, offer over 250 courses and certificate programs. More than 8,000 students annually enroll in CEP courses offered in spring, summer and fall semesters. The International English Language Institute (IELI), created in 1976, offers all levels of English as a Second Language instruction. Continuing Education has offered a rich variety of certificate programs, personal enrichment and professional development courses since 1998. Parliamo Italiano, a leader in Italian language instruction, joined CEP in June 2011. CEP Online e-learning launched summer 2015. The Writing Center-CE has offered an annual Writers’ Conference and an exciting cultural showcase of literary events since joining CEP in September 2010. Become a part of CEP at Hunter and learn the skills you need to excel in today’s world.


Click Here to learn about our other Continuing Education Programs.


What is the IELI?

The International English Language Institute (IELI) is part of Continuing Education Programs at Hunter College of the City University of New York (CUNY). We have offered courses in English as a Second Language (ESL) since 1950. The IELI serves thousands of students every year, in courses ranging from Beginner English to Bridge-to-College Level English. We enroll New York City residents, visitors on tourist visas, diplomats and international students. We are authorized to issue I-20 forms.


The IELI offers full-time and part-time classes in order to:

  • Prepare students to enter an American college or university.
  • Develop accuracy for academic or business communication.
  • Develop fluency and confidence in social and business situations.


The IELI is located in the heart of Manhattan

Our 68th Street main campus and our 94th Street Hunter College Campus Schools are located on the Upper East Side- close to public transportation, Central Park, shopping, restaurants, museums and theaters. Our Silberman Campus on 119th Street, is surrounded by the Jazz and Soul of multi-cultural Harlem. Our Brookdale Campus on 25th Street is just one stop away from Union Square 14th Street, near famous landmarks, such as the Flatiron and Empire State buildings, and a short train ride from bustling Times Square 42nd Street, where students can enjoy the sights and sounds of Manhattan. Whichever the campus, one thing is certain: You are sure to get a taste of the NYC life!


The IELI is truly international

Our students come from over 70 different countries around the world.


The IELI is here to help you

Our online registration system makes it easy to register from anywhere in the world, or our registration staff can help you choose and register for classes in person. Our International Student Office can help you with all visa requirements, and our academic advisors can guide you through the college application process and help you decide which classes at the IELI are best for you.


The IELI program is both challenging and fun

Our faculty uses the latest textbooks and technology to give you a first-class language learning experience. Social events include cultural outings, coffee hours, holiday parties, and day trips to places of general interest.


About Hunter

Hunter College was founded in 1870 by Irish immigrant and social reformer, Thomas Hunter, as a teacher-training school for women. Hunter College has long enjoyed a distinguished reputation for liberal arts and sciences and professional schools. Co-educational since 1964, Hunter is the largest college in the City University of New York (CUNY). Hunter College is a comprehensive teaching, research and service institution, long committed to excellence and access of undergraduate and graduate students in the liberal arts and sciences, as well as in several professional fields, including education, health sciences, nursing and social work. In 2011, Hunter College was ranked as a top ten Best Value College by the Princeton Review.




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