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-on-one English conversation sessions
  • WORKSHOPS: practical assistance for survival skills and work readiness
  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE "TUNE-UP" CLASSES: pronunciation, writing, and business English
  • ESL BOOT CAMP: three-week intensive English classes
  • CULTURAL INTEREST PROGRAMS:  supported by the ESU of New York City
  • CITY AS LABORATORY:  excursions and monthly field trips to sites in New York City and beyond

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: demonstrated need

* The time requirement is waived for immigrants referred by partner organizations.

For more information:

For information on how to apply, please click here.

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, please contact Tanzilya Oren at or call 212-818-1200 x 239.