Can I study here?

If you're interested in attending Riverside's intensive English classes, follow the directions below.


To be considered, you must be:

✓ 17 years old
✓ Living in New York City
✓ An applicant for permanent residence or asylum
✓ A refugee, asylee or green card holder for less than 24 months
✓ Be able to attend classes full time, Monday to Friday, 9am-3pm, for 6 weeks


Come to a lottery:

Because we have more applicants than spaces, we must hold lotteries before the beginning of each class cycle. Space is not guaranteed. Lotteries begin at 10am, at 270 West 89th Street in Manhattan. Please don't be late.

Lottery Date Class Dates
August 8, 2018 August 20 – October 10, 2018
September 26, 2018 October 11 – November 30, 2018
November 14, 2018 December 3, 2018 – January 25,2019
January 16, 2019 January 28 – March 20, 2019
March 6, 2019 March 21 – May 13, 2019
May 1, 2019 May 14 – June 28, 2019

What to bring:

1. Proof of status: bring one of the following: Immigrant Visa, I-94, Passport, Green Card, Employment Authorization card, a copy of your application for permanent residence or political asylum, etc.

2. Photo identification


Other options:

If you are not eligible for classes with Riverside Language Program there are still many low-cost or free options for you to learn and improve your English in New York City.