English as a Second Language

The International Center for English as a Second Language (ICESL) offers courses in English for non-native speakers of English. The Center’s objective is to meet the needs of both the international students interested in college-level education in the United States and foreign nationals in nearby communities who wish to improve their English language skills. Classes are offered in grammar, reading, writing, listening, and speaking at several levels of proficiency.  In all classes, cultural orientation is an important focus.

Concordia College–New York
International Center for English as a Second Language
171 White Plains Road
Bronxville, NY 10708
Call: 914.337.9300, x2177


Requirements for full-time admission into English language training include an application form with accompanying $60 application and testing fee, proof of high school graduation (or equivalent) and documentary evidence of financial support.

Application Information

The college is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students (F-1 Visa). Admission to the English Language Center is separate from admission as a matriculated student at Concordia College. Students who meet all qualifications for admission to a degree program except for English proficiency may receive conditional academic admission. Because some international students are interested in programs of study not offered at Concordia, the Career Development Center provides a counseling service to help students find a college or university which suits their needs after they complete ESL (English as a Second Language) courses.

The International Center for English as a Second Language has three terms annually; two are a semester in length and follow the regular college academic calendar.

At the beginning of each term, students are placed into the appropriate level of the program through testing. Proficiency is determined by a standardized oral and written test and an essay. Progress through the levels is based on testing and teacher evaluations. Final grades are letter grades. ICESL students who are admitted into a degree program receive 6 credits for each semester of successfully completed full-time ICESL study, up to a maximum of 12 credits.


Students in the International Center for English as a Second Language have the benefit of:

  • Small classes, usually 12 to 15 students
  • Experienced, native-speaker teachers with advanced degrees
  • All Concordia facilities, including the new Krenz Academic Center, the computer information commons, athletic facilities, Schoenfeld Student Center, and music practice rooms
  • Interaction with Americans through a variety of programs, including athletics, music and clubs such as the International and Business Clubs
  • Advisement on attractions and special activities for international students in the New York City area.
  • Resident ICESL students live in the dormitories with other Concordia students.


Students in the top levels of proficiency, with the recommendation of the ICESL director, may take one or two regular college courses in addition to ESL courses. International students admitted to the regular college program may be required to take one or two ESL courses to strengthen their language proficiency.