What is CLIP?
The CUNY Language Immersion Program (CLIP) offers you the opportunity to study English for an intensive period of time before you enroll in formal college courses. This program includes classroom instruction, computer-assisted learning, tutoring, books and other materials, college orientation and advisement. Because of the intensity of the language instruction (25 hours a week), students do not take additional college course work while they are attending the Language Immersion Program.
Who may attend the program?
The Hostos-CLIP Program is recommended for entering freshmen who have already been admitted to a CUNY college and who need additional English as a Second Language classes prior to entering college. CLIP is also for students who have not been successful in their college ESL courses (did not pass one semester of ESL at the community college level or failed the same ESL course two times at a senior college).
When do classes meet?
Classes meet 5 hours a day Monday through Friday. We have day and evening schedules as follows:
DAY: 8:45 AM to 2:30 PM
EVENING: 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM
In the summer, we have a four day schedule, from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
How long can I stay in the Language Immersion Program?
You can enroll in the program for up to one year or remain one cycle only. This is a decision made jointly by the student and the instructor. There are 3 cycles of classes at CLIP each year, two sessions of 15 weeks each (in fall and spring), and a 6-week cycle in the summer. Students are given the Freshman Skills Assessment Test before living CLIP so that they will be placed in the appropriate classes when they return to their college.

Will I have to use my financial aid to pay for the Language Immersion Program?
No. During your time in the program, you will not be using your financial aid.
How much does the Language Immersion Program cost?
The cost for the program including books and materials is as follows:
  • $ 180 (Spring or Fall) or $ 75 (Summer) for those who meet one-year NY State residency requirement.
  • $ 45 (Spring or Fall) or $ 18 (Summer) for those who receive public assistance.
  • $ 450 (Spring or Fall) or $ 180 (Summer) for those who do not meet one year NY residency.
  • $ 45 (Spring or Fall) or $ 18 (Summer) for those in the SEEK and College Discovery Programs
  • Books and materials are provided with no cost to the student.
Will I be able to return to my campus after I complete the Language Immersion Program?
Yes. You will receive the assistance you need when you are ready to return to the college of your choice.

For more information or to register, please call (718) 518-6645 or come to 590 Exterior Street between 9:00 AM and 7:00 PM