The English-Speaking Union

Education Programs

Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center

We are currently accepting new students! If you are interested in joining our program, please sign up for an information session here.

The Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center (ARNIC) is a free program that provides recently arrived immigrants a home-like setting where they can improve their English fluency, learn about American culture, network and find professional development opportunities as they begin to build new lives in America.

ARNIC offers a range of activities to facilitate members' full integration into U.S. society:

  • 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
  • Professional Development Opportunities: opportunities to familiarize members with all aspects of U.S. professional life, including the job search process, networking and workplace culture. Members develop the skills and confidence to building meaningful, fulfilling careers in the U.S.
  • Community Integration: workshops and field trips help members integrate into their communities. Workshops focus on topics such as financial literacy, stress management and access to healthcare. Field trips allow members to learn more about U.S. culture, history and politics. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, ARNIC continues to offer its full range of activities online. Read more about how we are responding to COVID-19 here.  

How to join our program?

We are currently accepting new students! The first step to join our program is to attend an online information session. Sign up for an information session here.   

Who can join our program?

  • 18+ years old 
  • Documented immigrant status (Green Card holders/applicants, asylum seekers, asylees and refugees are all welcome to join our program)
  • Resident in the U.S. for less than five years 
  • Demonstrated financial need (household income no more than 200% of the federal poverty level)
  • Intermediate-level English or above
  • Ability to commit to at least five hours a week to activities 

Hear about the experiences of some of our students