Institute of American Language and Culture

The Institute of American Language and Culture (IALC) offers English as a Second Language (ESL) courses to non native English speakers in all skill areas: writing, grammar, reading, speaking, listening, and vocabulary. Content-based courses are offered to students at advanced levels of proficiency. The majority of IALC students are either enrolled in the University or planning to attend a university.

The full-time ESL program fulfills the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) requirements for student visas. Acceptance to the Institute does not imply admission to any Fordham degree program.

If a non native, English speaking, international student cannot supply a TOEFL or IELTS score at the time of application to a Fordham undergraduate program, he or she may take the Fordham English Language Test (FELT). Students who spend at least two semesters taking courses at the IALC and reach the highest level of proficiency (level 6) may not be required to take the TOEFL or IELTS test, but if they are admitted to the University, they must take IALC writing courses until determined to be no longer necessary.

All non native, English speaking, international undergraduates are required to complete the FELT prior to commencement of their first semester of study for the purpose of course placement. Fordham undergraduates receive college credit for College ESL Writing 1 and 2.

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Institute of American Language and Culture
33 West 60th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, New York 10023
Telephone: 212-636-6353
Fax: 212-636-7045