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Program of Study

All students attend morning English language core courses: reading, writing (grammar), speaking, and listening. Core courses meet Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am -1:00 pm. Two days focus on reading, writing and grammar skills; the other two days focuses on listening and speaking skills. Materials give students opportunities to use all of their language skills in authentic and engaging ways.

Sample Schedule

Sample Afternoon Electives:






TOEFL Preparation
(meets 2x/week)
*SXN 349: English for the Fashion Industry
ES 028 Oral Presentation Skills
TOEFL Preparation (meets 2x/week)
ES 027 English Conversation
*SXN 351: English for Artists and Designers
ES 025 Pronunciation
Possible Field Trip

*Students choose either SXN 349: English for the Fashion Industry OR SXN 351 English for Artists and Designers.

Friday field trips take advantage of NYC cultural institutions, popular neighborhoods, and iconic fashion-related places and events, such as New York Fashion Week. Trips in the past have included places such as Beacon Dia, the New York Botanical Garden, the Brooklyn Museum, the Hudson River Museum, the Cooper Hewitt, the Cloisters, MOMA, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the High Line, Brooklyn Grange Farm, and the UN.

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As an added bonus value, students may also choose from the optional courses below. Tuition waived:

Choice of 1:

SXC 010 Experience the Power of Color: Life, Business, and Career
SXB 250 New World Branding: Social Media Applications and Impact
SXF 400 Fashionspeak: How to Get What you Want ,When you Need It
SXF 810 The Great Designers

Choice of 2:

SXT 100 Insider's Guide to Tracking Trends in NYC
SXT 125 Fashion Designer Fundamentals: From Creating Designs to Running a Business
SXT 135 The Menswear Manifesto for Dressing Right and Looking Good
SXT 300 Williamsburg: What you Need to Know about Brooklyn as a Lifestyle Influence
SXT 810 Living a Green Lifestyle: The Best Fashion Retailers for Sustainable Products

In addition, students can participate in the full schedule of FIT student activities offered throughout the semester. Students can also register for additional HOT TOPICS Professional Development noncredit workshops and training programs held in the evening and on weekends. (Tuition is required for each HOT TOPICS program and not included in the IEL fee.)