The English-Speaking Union

Education Programs

Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center

We not currently accepting new students into our program. If you are interested in joining the program, please fill out our waitlist. We will notify everyone on the waitlist when we are ready to accept students again.

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 not currently accepting new students. We will start accepting new students again in October. 

If you are interested in joining the program, please fill out our waitlist. We will notify everyone on the waitlist when we are ready to accept students again.

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
  • Ability to commit to at least five hours a week to activities 

Hear about the experiences of some of our students