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ESL + Design, Certificate

  • Application Deadline
  • 3 months
University rank #531 (QS) , NY,
This ESL + Design pre-enrollment program is for international students who plan to attend an art or design college in the United States but need to improve their scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or who wish to refresh their English language skills and adjust to university life in the United States before beginning art and design studies.


The ESL + Design program of study is a structured set of intensive English language (ESL) courses plus a design studio, short supplemental workshops, and an orientation to life in the United States. Those who successfully complete the program can obtain a certificate of completion confirming they have attained a specified level of proficiency in English speaking, reading, and writing and foundational skills in art and design.

The program also includes short practical workshops in topics such as preparing your application to Parsons, vocabulary of fashion and design, and how to succeed at Parsons.

ESL + Design students are eligible to live in university housing and have access to many other services and academic resources of the university. Housing applications and fees are separate from the program's application and fees.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • Summer 2019 classes run from June 10 to August 13, 2019.
    • Fall 2019 classes run from September 4 to December 5, 2019.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 3 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Grammar 
  • Listening and Speaking 
  • Writing 
  • Reading 
  • ESL + Design: Studio Class 

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

  • New School ESL courses are offered at intermediate and advanced levels. 
  • The New School ESL program is not for beginners. Intermediate-level proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing English is required to apply. 
  • Those who have not attained that level based on a writing test will not be admitted to the program.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    6258 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6258 USD for the full programme and a duration of 3 months.
  • National

    6258 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6258 USD for the full programme and a duration of 3 months.
  • In-State

    6258 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6258 USD for the full programme and a duration of 3 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • Summer Semester: $5,931

Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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