The English-Speaking Union

Education Programs

Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center (ARNIC)

How to Apply

Because of the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we are not accepting new students until further notice. If you are interested in joining our program, please fill out our waitlist form. We will contact you as soon as we start accepting new students again.

The Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center (ARNIC) is a free program that provides recently arrived immigrants 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.

Since 2012 ARNIC has empowered more than 1,500 immigrants from 92 countries.

ARNIC offers a range of activities to facilitate members' full integration into U.S. society:

  • 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
  • Professional Development Opportunities: opportunities to familiarize members with all aspects of U.S. professional life, including the job search process, networking and workplace culture. Members develop the skills and confidence to building meaningful, fulfilling careers in the U.S.
  • Community Integration: workshops and field trips help members integrate into their communities. Workshops focus on topics such as financial literacy, stress management and access to healthcare. Field trips allow members to learn more about U.S. culture, history and politics. 


Who can apply

  • 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 5 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