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Course Features

Key Features:

  • Preparation for college (reading, writing, listening, speaking. study skills)
  • Intensive program: 20 hours a week in Fall and Spring, 25 in the Winter and 16 in the Summer semesters
  • Experienced, qualified ESL college teachers give you individual attention
  • Small classes: fewer than 15  students in a class
  • Daily computer lab for working on assignments and research
  • Field trips to NYC museums and other sites to practice English

All BLIIS students retake the CUNY tests in writing (CATW) and reading at the end of each semester.

Why do I need to take BLIIS when I can take regular ESL courses?

Here are some differences between regular ESL courses and BLIIS:

  • BLIIS meets for 20 hours a week; remedial courses meet for 12 hours a week
  • BLIIS costs $2,200 a semester; remedial courses with fees cost almost $4,000.
  • BLIIS students write their essays in class and in the computer lab
  • BLIIS students get individual attention from their teachers (not tutors) to help with writing in class; regular ESL students go to the writing center for tutoring

Registering for the Program

If you have any questions, call Lucia Marin at (212) 776-2424 or email

BMCC Language Immersion for International Students

25 Broadway, 8th floor (see map)
New York, NY 10007
Contact: Lucia Marin
(212) 776-2424

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.