The English-Speaking Union of the United States: Education. Scholarship. Understanding.


Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center

The Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center  (ARNIC), is a FREE program that helps recent immigrants participate fully in American society.

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

  • ENGLISH IN ACTION: one-to-one English conversation practice sessions
  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE "TUNE-UP" CLASSES: short structured English classes at higher intermediate to advanced levels on various aspects of business English such as grammar, writing, reading and speaking
  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE BOOT CAMP: three-week intensive English classes two times a year
  • WORKSHOPS: training and information on practical issues like college applications, job search, medical insurance and other
  • CULTURAL INTEREST PROGRAMS:  cultural programs, networking events, excursions and field trips to museums, theater and sporting events.

Who can apply

Criteria for a FREE one-year membership:

  • NEW IMMIGRANT: US. Lawful Permanent Resident (a "green card" holder) or asylee/refugee for 2 years or less*
  • INTERMEDIATE ENGLISH: ability to speak and understand intermediate English
  • TIME COMMITMENT: able to dedicate at least 5 hours a week to Center's programs, events and activities
  • LOW-INCOME: no income or income less than $15,000/year per person

* Asylum-seekers may also qualify.

How to Apply

Prospective members need to attend an orientation session. There are upcoming sessions on:

  • Friday, January 20, 2 pm
  • Friday, January 27, 2 pm 

If you cannot attend either of these dates, please email or call 212-818-1200 x 234 to set up an appointment. 

You will need to bring documents confirming your eligibility (i.e. Green Card, proof of asylee status or proof of application for asylum).

The English-Speaking Union is conveniently located near Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan.  The New Immigrant Center's activities take place Monday through Saturday.

For more information, email or call 212-818-1200 x 239.