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ACES (ESL) Program

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The American Culture and English Studies (ACES) Program is a comprehensive English as a Second Language (ESL) program with year round intensive language instruction and cultural immersion. The program is designed to prepare students to enroll in a degree program, enter a competitive job market, or simply improve their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. In our Intensive English Program, full-time students study for 23 hours a week and must enroll for a minimum of four weeks. Classes are kept to an average of 10 students to ensure students receive a lot of personal attention. In addition to classroom learning, a college campus provides a total immersion experience; ESL students can interact with American students, live in the residence halls, participate in clubs, sports, campus activities and explore NYC.  Felician's ACES program also offers short term camps and programs, in addition to the traditional IEP program.

ACES Programs

Intensive English Program

Year round and intensive, students are challenged to progress quickly by studying for 23 hours a week. The Intensive English Program offers four, 16 week levels from beginner to advanced. Non F-1 students may also choose to study our Intensive English Program part time, if your schedule does not permit the full course of study.

Program Highlights

  • 23 hours of English instruction per week
  • Small class size
  • Classes in reading, writing, conversation and grammar
  • Elective classes such as US Culture, Film, Vocabulary, and Pronunciation
  • Four levels of instruction; 16 weeks per level
  • TOEFL preparation
  • Placement exam upon arrival
  • Cultural activities including trips to New York City and Philadelphia
  • Customizable programs
  • Scholarships for undergraduate study
  • Conditional Admission
  • On campus housing with other American and international students

Part-Time Intensive English Program

Non F-1 students have the option to study in our ESL program on a part-time schedule.  Part-time students can choose to study between 1 to 3 English core courses and/or 3 hours of elective courses at their appropriate English level.  Students who are part-time can only study less than 18 hours per week.  Costs for this program can be found under ACES Tuition & Fees.

Short-Term University Programs

University students on winter or summer break can participate in an ACES four-week intensive English program.  This program is designed to combine English instruction and cultural activities in one complete package.  The Winter Program generally occurs in January/February and activities include ski trips, hockey games, ice skating and camp fires.   

The Summer program for 2014 will occur in the month of July, dates TBA.  Activities will include Broadway show, Statue of Liberty, Woodbury Common outlet shopping, Six Flags Amusement Park, & a day trip to Philadelphia or Amish Country.  If interested, please write to to find out more!

Customized Programs

Schools and universities can work with ACES to design customized programs for groups of students.   Past programs have been designed to meet the needs of students with a variety of goals by combining English instruction, college level content classes and cultural activities.  Feel free to contact the Office of International Programs for more information. 

Conditional Admission to Degree Programs

Successful completion of Felician's ACES program (including passing an internally administered proficiency test) will allow students to enter our degree programs without taking the TOEFL or IELTS. Students who have not taken the TOEFL/IELTS or with low scores can be admitted to a degree program with this conditionally admit status.

Scholarships for College

The ACES Alumni Scholarship is awarded to outstanding students who complete all five levels of the ACES Program and would like to attend an undergraduate program at Felician College.  Students who qualify can receive a minimum of $5,000 to put towards Felician College tuition and fees for any of our undergraduate programs. Programs include nursing, education, communications, English, criminal justice, computer science, biology, and many more.  To find out more about international scholarships, please visit our scholarships page.


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