English Language Institute

Our office is open in Marillac 210 during regular business hours (Monday-Thursday, 8:30-4:30 and Friday, 8:30-3:00) with limited staff.  Students who are on campus may visit our office, where staff will be able to assist you with making an appointment if necessary. We continue to be available via email or for meetings through Webex, and this will continue to be the best way to reach us.  

We can be contacted at [email protected] and we are happy to schedule appointments for video calls through Webex with any of our staff members as needed.

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Our new, innovative programs connect the classroom to the real world, focusing on the English you will need to communicate effectively in academic, business, or personal settings. In our classes, we use up-to-date technology tools to talk about today’s news; help you write clear, organized emails and essays; and improve your comprehension of movies, conversations and lectures. Our methods – like our materials – are new and fresh, and will help you achieve your goals.

The Office of International Education fully supports and promotes the ongoing professional development of our faculty and staff in order to stay at the forefront of changing trends in the field of international education and the teaching of English as a second language.

Full-time students are eligible for I-20s.  Our part-time program lets you choose one, two, or more classes per week. Our programs help you learn to communicate in the real world, whether your focus is on academic advancement, business success, or social situations.

The English Language Institute is dedicated to helping students after regular class times by offering many program extras, and our online application is available in multiple languages.

Come Join the English Language Institute

  • Location: Queens campus
  • Tuition: reasonably priced courses - $2052 for intensive, 7-week sessions
  • Approach: courses incorporate technology and focus on the English used in everyday life and in undergraduate and graduate programs
  • Conditional Admission to St. John's University: available for qualified students who complete our full-time program
  • Housing: modern dormitory and dining facilities available
  • Schedule: flexible, year-round programs.  Full – or part-time enrollment available.
  • Au Pairs: each course qualifies for CEUs (continuing education units) towards your educational requirement

Program Extras

  • Free or low-cost excursions around NYC to see the sights and experience NYC culture and life
  • Free conversation partners who help students to improve their speaking and listening skills
  • Free student workshops on topics such as How to Write the College Application Essay, Tips for Summary Writing and The Art of Small Talk

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Contact Information

[email protected]

Additional Information

Our ESL courses reach beyond listening, speaking, reading and writing. They incorporate online activities, such as reading news articles, watching news reports, viewing YouTube and movie clips, writing e-mails and sharing opinions on a blog or social networking site.

Courses Include:

  • Critical Reading: Online News to Academic Texts
  • Effective Writing: Emails to Essays
  • Dynamic Listening: Social Interactions to Academic Lectures
  • Confident Speaking: Conversations to Presentations
  • Pronunciation: Making Yourself Understood



  • 5 courses (18 hours a week): $2052

Part-time Day Program

  • Any of the following courses (3 hours per week): $342
    • Critical Reading: Online News to Academic Texts
    • Dynamic Listening: Social Interactions to Academic Lectures
    • Confident Speaking: Conversations to Presentations
    • Pronunciation: Making Yourself Understood
  • Effective Writing: Emails to Essays (6 hours per week): $684

Additional Costs

Au Pair Study Program

  • Each course in the Au Pair Study Program costs $342 and qualifies for CEUs (continuing education units)

Spring 1 2021

January 28-March 12

Spring 2 2021

March 17-May 5

Summer 1 2021

May 14-June 24

Summer 2 2021

June 30-August 12

Fall 1 2021

September 1-October 20

Fall 2 2021

October 25-December 16

The English Language Institute is a full-time, intensive English language program for international students who are preparing to apply to the University, but have not taken the TOEFL; or who have been conditionally admitted to the University, but have lower TOEFL scores than the University requires. Academically qualified students who have been conditionally admitted to the University and successfully complete the English Language Institute may begin the degree program of their choice.

To view a listing of degree programs offered at St. Johns University, click here.

To apply directly to a St. Johns University program, choose the appropriate application.

Please notify the Office of International Education if you intend to apply for Conditional Admission. Please contact our office if you need assistance with the Conditional Admission process.

Why study at St. John's University?

As a major university, we can provide:

  • A diverse student population
  • 3 locations, including Manhattan
  • Flexible schedule

How much does it cost?

Au Pairs may take any course within our English Language Institute. Each 3-hour course costs $335 and qualifies for CEUs (continuing education units).