English in Action: The English-Speaking Union

Education Programs

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 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 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 $17,000/year per person (i.e. a married couple could qualify with an income of $34,000/year)

* Asylum-seekers may also qualify.

How to Apply

We are currently registering new members. If you would like to join ARNIC, you must attend an orientation session.

We will have orientation/registration sessions starting again in August. Check back soon for more information! 

You do not need to register in advance for a session. Sessions last two hours. Please arrive on time. Latecomers cannot be accommodated!

If you cannot attend one of these sessions, please email Karl Hart, khart@esuus.org to set up an individual appointment.

The English-Speaking Union is conveniently located near Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan at 144 East 39th Street (between Lexington and 3rd Avenues). 

Program activities take place Monday through Saturday.