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30 English Language Schools in New York Ranking 2024

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Best English schools in New York by category - student age group, value for money

TOP Rated by
Students < 18 years
OHC English
Students < 18 years
4.7

Rating: 4.7

(7)
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TOP Rated by
Students 18-30 years
OHC English
Students 18-30 years
4.5

Rating: 4.5

(11)
TOP Rated by
Students 31-49 years
EC English
Students 31-49 years
4.8

Rating: 4.8

(5)
TOP Rated by
Students 50+ years
EC English
Students 50+ years
5.0

Rating: 5

(2)
TOP Rated by
Students all ages
EC English
Students all ages
4.5

Rating: 4.5

(10)
TOP Rated by
Quality of teaching
EC English
Quality of teaching
4.9

Rating: 4.9

(9)
TOP Rated by
Leisure programme
EC English
Leisure programme
4.1

Rating: 4.1

(7)
TOP Rated by
Value for money
EC English
Value for money
4.4

Rating: 4.4

(9)
TOP Rated by
Location of school
Rennert International
Location of school
5.0

Rating: 5

(16)

New York language school ranking

based on student ratings
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New York ratings & opinions

How our students rated their experience in New York

4.8

Rating: 4.8/5.0

Overall attractiveness of New York
381 authentic ratings from students who reserved a course with us in New York
Nightlife
4.4

Rating: 4.4/5.0

Friendliness of locals
4.1

Rating: 4.1/5.0

Interesing things to do
4.7

Rating: 4.7/5.0

Geographic setting
4.4

Rating: 4.4/5.0

Public transport
4.3

Rating: 4.3/5.0

Climate
3.6

Rating: 3.6/5.0

Cleanliness
3.1

Rating: 3.1/5.0

Affordability
2.7

Rating: 2.7/5.0

Shopping
3.7

Rating: 3.7/5.0

Safety
3.7

Rating: 3.7/5.0

What our students said about New York

5.0

Rating: 5/5

The city is very attractive for the cultural activities it provides, but, except for visiting parks and a few other tourist attractions, many activities can be costly and ends up limiting our participation (entrance fees to museums and theaters without discount for foreign students is frustrating).

Dalva Maria
Brazil
1.0

Rating: 1/5

New York is amazing. Too bad my kid didn't get to feel it. I'll have to take her to the Met, Ellis Island museum and Statue of Liberty again - she didn't learn a thing from her silent tour with this school.

Maria
Russia
5.0

Rating: 5/5

A super great city with great amount of activities and sights, would definitely like to come back. However, it is very dirty and a high rate of homelessness.

Hannah Frederike
Germany
5.0

Rating: 5/5

A city of magnificent architecture, superbly designed green spaces, rich museum collections - extremely inspiring.

Olga
Poland
3.0

Rating: 3/5

New York is a city we have visited often is a truly fascinating

Veronica
Italy
5.0

Rating: 5/5

Fantastic city, but hardly affordable for a longer stay.

Antje
Germany
4.0

Rating: 4/5

Costly but worthwhile place to study a language.

Chihiro
Japan
3.0

Rating: 3/5

New York is definitely a city to visit.

Viktoriia
Italy

What school directors said about New York

Take a bite out of the Big Apple, and study English in downtown New York; the city with something for everyone.

James PeeverDirector of OHC English
Rich Ambler

New York is a dream come true! After seeing it on TV and in movies it is amazing to be living it. It truly is the city that never sleeps and there is so much to do, in every season.

Rich AmblerDirector of English Outdoors, lives in New York since 2007

Most recent student reviews of language schools in New York

EC English 30+

Everything was great, committed teachers, it was easy for the students to get in touch with each other. In my course, it was no problem to be a little older (60 plus).
It was fun!

12 October 2023
Course: General English 20 - 1 week
Student age: 65 years

5.0

Rating: 5

| 1 review
Rennert International

Level of teachers, interestingly conducted lessons. The school makes every effort to ensure that each student is placed in a group appropriate to their level and subject area.

14 August 2023
Course: Intensive English 20 - 2 weeks
Student age: 48 years

4.0

Rating: 4

| 184 reviews
EC English

Very nice teachers, location is very central

7 August 2023
Course: General English 20 - 1 week
Student age: 32 years

4.5

Rating: 4.5

| 10 reviews
Kings

Very friendly and helpful teachers and staff, mostly good and varied lessons.
I was very happy with everything and had a great time; Kings is definitely to be recommended. It was especially cool to live on a campus with real American students and share the school building and cafeteria; you won't get that chance again so quickly.

15 May 2023
Course: Vacation English - 4 weeks
Student age: 20 years

5.0

Rating: 5

| 1 review
Hannah FrederikeKings
Rennert International

The teaching is adapted to the level of the student and the teacher listens..
I chose the right school, I'll go back

1 February 2022
Course: Semi-Intensive English - 2 weeks
Student age: 55 years

4.0

Rating: 4

| 184 reviews
Sandrine CassouRennert International
LSI - Language Studies International

The quality of the lessons, the teachers, and the location were absolutely impeccable. After a placement test on the first day, the class started at 11 a.m. A unit is worked through every week and the teachers are happy to provide information outside of the box. The togetherness in the class was pleasant. At the end of two weeks I go complete my course with an improvement in my language and new friends.

7 September 2021
Course: General 20 - 2 weeks
Student age: 25 years

4.3

Rating: 4.3

| 17 reviews
LSI - Language Studies International

Location of the school and the teachers.

11 August 2021
Course: General 20 - 4 weeks
Student age: 19 years

4.3

Rating: 4.3

| 17 reviews
OHC English

The involvement of the teachers
At the end of August the school empties out

5 September 2018
Course: General English - Tourist Visa - 3 weeks
Student age: 22 years

4.5

Rating: 4.5

| 33 reviews
CRISTINAOHC English
Rennert International

The fast response to questions / complaints etc. They always tried to clarify everything as soon as possible.

30 August 2018
Course: Rapid Progress 30 - Intensive Course - 3 weeks
Student age: 26 years

4.0

Rating: 4

| 184 reviews
OHC English

I liked the course structure, the presentation of knowledge. It varied and was interesting.

31 July 2018
Course: General English - F1 Visa - 4 weeks
Student age: 19 years

4.5

Rating: 4.5

| 33 reviews
Rennert International

The lessons were very exciting and entertaining, I could benefit a lot from them. There is also an activity program that you can participate in if you want.

29 May 2018
Course: Rapid Progress 30 - Intensive Course - 4 weeks
Student age: 27 years

4.0

Rating: 4

| 184 reviews
Rennert International

The treatment and the attention
The teachers changed too often

30 April 2018
Course: Rapid Progress 20 - Standard Course - 4 weeks
Student age: 57 years

4.0

Rating: 4

| 184 reviews

Information about New York

Why New York? New York, also known as the Big Apple, is the largest, most vibrant city in the United States. With over 20,000 eclectic restaurants, 150 world-class museums and more than 10,000 stores brimming with brand names and bargains from across the globe, New York really does have something for everyone. The cultural diversity stemming from the city's rich history contributes to its importance as a multicultural capital. New York is an excellent place to visit at any time of year, although it is particularly pleasant during the spring and fall.
What we like about New York

New York is known as the city that never sleeps! It is vast, with an excellent subway system. This makes it easy to get around and explore top sights such as the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge. Do not neglect to walk the streets as you may well come across a pop up concert or celebrity spot. It is often the unplanned events that hold the best stories! The city is safe for a large city in the USA, as long as you are sensible and stick to the crowds, particularly at night. Despite having the reputation of a concrete jungle, there are a large number of parks. Why not escape the city chaos with an afternoon in Central Park. It’s all there waiting for you!

What we dislike about New York

New York has a high density population of both locals and tourists. It should not surprise you to see long queues outside the best venues. As mentioned before, there is a lot to do here and you will not be able to do it all,so plan wisely. It does give you a perfect excuse to come again another year.

Population:   8,805,000
Elevation: 10 m. above sea level
Time zone: +5h. (GMT -5)
Region: New York,
Currency: USD
Visa: Nationals from USA do not require a visa for travelling to USA and attending a language course. Check visa requirements for nationals from other countries.
Visa requirements data last updated on 01 Dec. 2022 (Source)
For the most up-to-date visa information please consult with the embassy or consulate of USA in your country. List of embassies and consulates of USA on the official website - U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Consular Affairs.
High season: July
Low season: December
Average course price per week (High season): 945 US$
Average course price per week (Low season): 423 US$
Cost of Living:
* 100 = prices in Saint Petersburg
  • Price index excluding rent: 137* (37% more expensive than Saint Petersburg)
  • Price index including rent: 174* (74% more expensive than Saint Petersburg)
  • Price index food only:138* (38% more expensive than Saint Petersburg)
Mains electricity:
  • Plug Type A
  • Plug Type B
  • Residential voltage: 120 V
  • Frequency: 60 Hz
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Night-time Temperature
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Hours of Sunshine
5.25.86.97.58.38.68.78.77.36.854.5
Water Temperature
37.4 °F35.78 °F38.66 °F45.86 °F55.4 °F64.94 °F71.06 °F73.22 °F70.34 °F62.24 °F52.16 °F42.8 °F
Rainfall
81mm71mm102mm102mm97mm99mm114mm104mm94mm97mm86mm91mm
Best time to take a language course in New York
February
Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year

10 February 2024New York's Chinatown is a great place to celebrate. The annual Lunar New Year Parade & Festival is a colourful, vibrant affair with dragon dances, floats, fabulous street food, and lots of events for the whole family.

June
Mermaid Parade
Mermaid Parade

24 June 2024Coney Island's Mermaid Parade is a fun and informal parade celebrating the onset of summer. Marine themed costumes with occasional nudity are the order of the day. The parade features a king and queen (merman/mermaid) who are usually well-known celebrities of film or music.

July
Fourth of July
Fourth of July

04 July 2024Traditional events for this day usually include barbecues and picnics, but the big event of any Independence Day Celebration is the fireworks display and the one over the Hudson river in NYC is absolutely stunning.

October
Greenwich Village Halloween Parade
Greenwich Village Halloween Parade

31 October 2024Get ready for a spooky celebration in the heart of New York City! The Greenwich Village Halloween Parade is an annual event that brings together people from all walks of life for a night of frightful fun. Known as the largest Halloween parade in the world, it's a must-see experience for students who love the thrill of Halloween.

November
NYC Marathon
NYC Marathon

03 November 2024The biggest marathon in the world runs through all five boroughs in the following order: Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx, ending in Manhattan's Central Park.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

28 November 2024Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade is an important part of the holiday across the country. But in NYC you can see the floats, the big name performers and the massive balloons up-close, rather than on TV.

Carnegie Hall
Carnegie Hall
Empire State Building
Empire State Building
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Brooklyn Bridge
Brooklyn Bridge
Museum of the Moving Image
Museum of the Moving Image
Times Square
Times Square
The High Line
The High Line
Times Square Theater District
Times Square Theater District
Midtown
Midtown
Upper East Side
Upper East Side
SoHo
SoHo
New York
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La Guardia (LGA) - 13 km. from New York city center

Public transportation to city center:

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Every 15 minutes, 45 minutes.

Main stops: La Guardia Airport-Lga/Terminal B, Roosevelt Av/61 St + Woodside, Penn Station

Taxi: 20 minutes drive to city center of New York

Newark Liberty International (EWR) - 14 km. from New York city center

Public transportation to city center:

Every 20 minutes, 30 minutes.

Main stops: Newark Airport Railroad Station, Newark Penn Station, Frank R Lautenberg Secaucus Upper Level, New York Penn Station

Every 60 minutes, 40 minutes.

Main stops: Frelinghuysen Ave At Victoria St, North Area Trans Center-Port St, Port Authority Bus Terminal

Taxi: 25 minutes drive to city center of New York

John F. Kennedy International (JFK) - 20 km. from New York city center

Public transportation to city center:

Every 10 minutes, 35 minutes.

Main stops: JFK International Airport, Federal Circle, Jamaica AirTrain, Penn Station

Every 120 minutes, 60 minutes.

Main stops: JFK Airport, 40th & Lex

Taxi: 30 minutes drive to city center of New York

Q&A - Questions and answers about New York

  • Most courses for educational leave require over 18 hours per week. Unfortunately, this is not compatible with ESTA approval. Only courses with less than 18 hours per week may be attended with ESTA approval.
    Julia Von Vopelius-Feldt, LanguageCourse.Net - Oct 16, 2023
  • At the time of writing, all the courses offered in New York are organized in groups of students of mixed ages. There are no courses for 50+ students only.
    Ana Carolina Dos Santos, LanguageCourse.Net - Sep 07, 2023
  • As an international student, you can apply for an F-1 visa to study in the US for a maximum of 12 months. However, the duration of your course should not exceed the duration of your visa.
    Sawsan Zein, LanguageCourse.Net - Apr 17, 2023
  • If you are studying Business Management, it would be recommended to take a Business English course. Rennert International even offers Business English courses with a professional internship and a workshop on resume writing and interview skills. This could be an interesting combination for you and help you advance in your studies.
    Lisa Saskia Schiwy, LanguageCourse.Net - Dec 15, 2022
  • Your course and requested schedule are quite specific. It may be best for you to arrange a programme of private lessons to study Business English. Alternatively, we have partner schools in New York that provide Professional English (Part-time) or Business English (Part-time) programmes but the schedules may not be exactly to your needs.
    Fraser Provan , LanguageCourse.Net - Nov 28, 2022
  • Prices are normally the same throughout the year (Jan-Dec). In the last months of the year (Oct-Dec), all prices for the following year are published. Each school decides separately when the current and new prices apply, this is clearly indicated on each school profile. Good to know is that with only a deposit you can confirm the price and your spot in the course, thus avoiding a price change. Please let us know if there are any questions about this.
    Robin Rebecca Pietersma, LanguageCourse.Net - Nov 07, 2022

FAQ about schools in New York

  • Many of our schools in New York organise a programme of activities that will allow you to get to know the city's wonders and local traditions in addition to studying the language.
    Veronica Romualdi, Language Travel Consultant Italian from LanguageCourse.Net - Jan 08, 2024
  • Unfortunately, we do not currently offer an online TOEFL preparation course.
    Susan Wang, Language Travel Consultant Chinese from LanguageCourse.Net - Mar 31, 2023
  • If you are a beginner student, this course is not recommended, as you need at least a B1 level to participate. It is best to start with general English courses to reach this level.
    Madly Simba, Language Travel Consultant French from LanguageCourse.Net - Mar 02, 2023
  • We have a vast amount of courses in New York that may be suited to your needs. What kind of course would you like? I am positive we can find the best course for your needs, please let us know your current level of English, whether you require accommodation, and if you have any specific goals to achieve from your course, such as Exam Preparations or improving your speaking, and I shall send you over some excellent choices!
    Fraser Provan, Area Manager from LanguageCourse.net - Jun 17, 2022
  • Some of the schools in New York have courses specifically designed for the senior student. You can check this by using the filter at the top of the city page.
    Madly, FR Consultant from LanguageCourse.net - Feb 01, 2022

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