IIC in Brief
IIC offers English language instruction in a friendly, creative and dynamic environment, and provides referrals to support services.
The Institute for Immigrant Concerns is a nonprofit organization that provides English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programs and support services to a diverse population of adult immigrants and refugees from all five boroughs of New York City and the surrounding area. In addition to learning English, our students receive one-on-one counseling on job search and career development from a multilingual, dedicated support staff. Our students acquire English language skills while celebrating a diversity of countries, cultures, and religions. Our students are highly motivated and supportive of one another as they discover their place in their new home.
The Institute works closely with a number of community organizations operating in New York City, including the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, the Isaac Center, and the Church of the Holy Apostles.
The mission of the Institute for Immigrant Concerns is to equip adult immigrants and refugees of all nationalities with English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) skills and referrals for social services, educational programs and immigrant support, empowering them to succeed in their quest for social and economic independence.
Since 1997, the Institute for Immigrant Concerns has served over 8,000 adult immigrants in New York City. Representing 110 nations, our students learn English to better embrace their new start in the United States. Our students gain vital cross-cultural skills and social awareness to effect positive change in their workplaces, homes, and communities.
Originally under the auspices of Marymount Manhattan College, and later, from 2005 to 2013, the College of Mount Saint Vincent, the Institute is now an independent non-profit corporation under the tax exempt 501(c)(3) status.
All are welcome and participants hail from a myriad of backgrounds and experiences. We welcome visitors to New York City, as well as those who have been here for years – from complete beginners to advanced students who wish to enhance their competence.
The Institute is especially proud of its work with
pre-literate individuals, refugees and political asylees, victims of domestic abuse and violence, and those fleeing torture and persecution in their homelands.