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CUNY Language Immersion Program

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CLIP is a theme-based program that helps English as a Second Language learners prepare for university study. The emphasis of the program is on reading and writing for academic purposes. The program is for ESL students who are accepted to the City University of New York (CUNY). Students who attend the program are expected to attend City University after completing CLIP. The program is voluntary for entering college freshmen who have failed the CUNY placement test in Reading and Writing.

Students engage in content-based instruction by studying topics related to immigration, civics, history, health, science, social science, etc. Classroom tutors are available. Students also participate in field trips to the theatre, museums, and NYC landmarks.

CLIP students can remain in the KCC CLIP program for a maximum of 900 hours: Fall 300 hours; Winter 150 hours; Spring 300 hours; Summer 150 hours, but are free to return to college sooner. Students can study in the day from 8:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. or in the evening from 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Students must take the CUNY ACT Freshman Skills Assessment Test before or upon entering the program. Eligible students are retested (only once) on the CUNY assessment tests in order to be placed in the appropriate classes when they return to college.

At the CUNY Language Immersion Program you will:

  • Work intensively 25 hours per week to improve reading, writing and academic skills without using financial aid.
  • Develop computer and research skills using the internet developed especially for you in a lab.
  • Take CUNY placement tests (if you qualify) before starting or returning to college.
  • Link to college services such as academic and career counseling and financial aid.


Please come to our CLIP office in Room T231 for registration, testing, and payment.

You will need to bring a letter of acceptance (either from the college or, preferably, from CUNYFirst) proving that you have been accepted to a CUNY college.


Fees: The schedule and tuition fees are as follows:



NYC Residents




SEEK, College Discovery or Public Assistance


Early Sept. - Early Dec.








Early Jan. - Late Feb.








Mid March - Early June








Late June - Early Aug.









Money Order Only. You are not enrolled until the fee is paid and you have taken the CLIP placement test. Money Orders should be made payable to Kingsborough Community College.


Students are required to take the CUNY Freshman Skills Assessment Test and the CLIP placement tests before beginning classes.

For more information, please call (718) 368-4870 or visit us in T-231 to receive information about the registration process.