The English-Speaking Union

Education Programs

Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center

The Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center (ARNIC), is a FREE program that provides immigrants, refugees and asylum-seekers a home-like setting where they can improve their English fluency, learn about American culture, network and find professional development opportunities as they begin to build new lives in America.

The center was founded in 2012 and named after the late Andrew Romay, a Hungarian Holocaust survivor who immigrated to the US in 1965. ARNIC has empowered more than 1,000 immigrants from 92 countries to realize their dreams and make positive contributions to American society.

ARNIC members enjoy exclusive access to events and classes throughout the year, including:

English in Action Conversations: one-to-one English conversation practice sessions

English Language Classes: short structured English classes at higher intermediate to advanced levels on various aspects of business English such as grammar, writing, reading and speaking

Workshops and Cultural Events: training on practical issues like college applications, job search, personal budgeting and healthcare, as well as cultural programs, networking events and field trips to museums, theater and sporting events.

Who can apply

Criteria for a FREE one-year membership:

  • New immigrants: Documented permanent resident status in the US (a "green card" holder) or refugee or asylum seeker who has been in the US for less than 2 years
  • Intermediate English skills: ability to read, write, speak and understand some English
  • Time Commitment: able to dedicate at least 5 hours a week to programs, events and activities
  • Demonstrated Financial Need

Testimonials from past members 

How to Apply

The first step is to attend a new member registration session. Click the button below to sign up.

Sign up for a free orientation session