The English-Speaking Union of the United


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

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 on:

  • Friday, December 8 at 2:00 pm
  • Friday, December 15 at 2:00 pm
  • Friday, January 12 at 2:00 pm
  • Friday, January 19 at 2:00 pm
  • Friday, January 26 at 2:00 pm

You do not need to register in advance for a session. Sessions last two hours. Please arrive at 2:00 pm. Latecomers cannot be accommodated!

If you cannot attend one of these sessions, please email Karl Hart, 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.