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English Department Resources for International Students and Students 
with ESL Backgrounds at Hunter

The English Department at Hunter College offers a variety of resources and courses for emergent bilingual students (i.e. ESL background students) from semester-long courses, winter and summer break immersion courses, tutoring opportunities, and course advising.

Please note that students are placed in semester-long ESL courses based on their results on the CUNY assessment tests in writing and reading. Only incoming students who have not met Hunter’s language proficiency standards are required to take placement tests, but all students with ESL backgrounds are encouraged to take the tests in order for the Department to better judge their abilities and advise them on what classes to take before moving on to advanced coursework. In particular, we highly encourage all transfer and 2nd degree students who are not required to take the ESL placement tests but who have gone to school primarily in non-English speaking settings to take the placement tests.

All Hunter students can enroll in our ESL semester and immersion classes even if you have not taken the placement tests.

Please see the links below to find further information about ESL resources and courses. Note that these courses are only for matriculated Hunter students. If you would like to take ESL courses and you are not a Hunter student, you must reach out to the International English Language Institute at Hunter. This is a language school at Hunter College.

For more information about Hunter's ESL Program, contact the ESL Coordinator, Cindy Wishengrad (


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