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Intensive English


The Intensive English Program is designed to help general English language learners to improve all of the major language skill sets, including: 

  • Listening and Speaking
  • Reading and Writing 
  • Grammar

Each semester includes selected topics that may focus on culture (such as language through American pop culture), focused skills (such as pronunciation), or English for specific purposes (such as Business English).

You are not required to submit English proficiency test scores with your application to the Intensive English Program. Students will be tested during orientation. 

However, if you have taken an English proficiency test within the last two years you may be eligible for pre-placement - this means that we can tell you what level you will begin the program in in advance. You may submit any valid English test scores for consideration. The chart below shows our officially accepted test scores for pre-placement. 

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Level 1 (Beginner) 




Level 2 (Intermediate) 




Level 3 (Advanced) 




Level 4 (Academic Purposes) 




 Pre-placement scores for Level 1 and Level 2 are unavailable. Levels will be determined during orientation week. 
* No band score below 5.0
** No band score below 5.5


Students arriving on F-1 visas should submit their applications and documents before the dates below in order to have adequate time to receive your I-20 and apply for your F-1 visa. 

Summer 2020: May 15, 2020
Fall 2020: June 15, 2020 

Applications may be considered after these dates but are not guaranteed to be accepted for that term. Students may have their application deferred to the next session. 

Permanent Residents and U.S. citizens may apply up until the final day of the Add/Drop Course period, which can be found on the Academic Calendar.  Contact for more information. 

Once you have been sent your SEVIS number and I-20, the next step is to confirm your enrollment for the semester.

Please visit the International Student Services page to complete your next steps:

  1. Steps to Enrollment
    Pre-Enrollment Deposit, health forms, airport pick-up request
  2. Applying for an F1 Student Visa
    How-to instructions and advice

Don't forget to send these documents to

  • Copy of Valid Passport (photo page only)
  • Official transcript and test scores
  • Financial Documentation

Note about Financial Documentation:

US Citizenship and Immigration Services requires evidence of sufficient funds for the duration of an international student's academic program. Official financial/bank statements indicating sufficient funds are required to support one's education at SUNY New Paltz for a period of at least one year.  

Bank statement amounts should total no less than $16,450.00 USD, to cover 16 weeks of all intensive English program fees, as well as additional books, supplies and personal expenses. Financial documentation must be in English and must be in United States Dollars (USD) or shown at the applicable conversion rate.   

Submit the SUNY Foreign Student Financial Form with copies of financial documents verifying the availability of funding for undergraduate study in the United States to intadmissions@newpaltz.eduAfter we receive this and verify it, we will send you the I-20 document needed for your visa interview via DHL Express, and your SEVIS ID number and DHL tracking number will be sent to you by email. 

New Student Orientation is offered and mandatory for all international students and happens before classes begin. 

On-campus students will move into the residence halls, all students will meet academic advisers and finalize course registration, and students will be required to present immigration documents with the International Student Programs Office. Important information will be shared to all students, and there will also be time for social activities, tours of New Paltz, and meeting other new and continuing students.

JFK airport pick-up is available for reservation and can be reserved through your ISS Portal. 

Click here for the upcoming orientation schedule and other ISS Portal information.


All full-time students will take 18-20 hours of classwork focused on developing their proficiency in English.

In addition, coursework is designed to introduce a variety of academic and professional skills, focusing on each students' specific goals for learning the language. By the end of the program students will have improved their proficiency, gained important study skills, and have a better understanding of the campus resources.

Click here for a list of registered courses, or email Jason Serrano at to learn about Special Topics courses currently being offered.


Click here for information about Levels and Duration offered at the Haggerty English Language Institute

We accept students of all language proficiency levels for our Intensive English Program but recommend that students have at least an Intermediate-level (CEFR A2) prior to arrival. Students who have a lower proficiency will be encouraged to work with a tutor or engage in additional self-study to ensure their success through the program.

Students will be placed in one of four levels (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, or Academic Purposes) depending on their level of proficiency. Coursework and class expectations will align with the students level of proficiency.

Office Phone: +1 (845) 257-3595
Whatsapp: +1 (845) 419-8129
Email for application questions:  
Email for I-20/Orientation questions: 

Mailing Address:

State University of New York at New Paltz
Center for International Programs
Haggerty English Language Program
Van den berg Hall, Room 201 and 203
1 Hawk Drive
New Paltz, New York, 12561 USA

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Special Group Programs

Customized programming is also available for groups. HELP staff have experience in arranging special group programming such as Business English, Pedagogical Workshops, I Heart New Paltz Summer Camp for high school students, and more.

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