English as a Second Language (ESL) Information & Advisement

Hudson Valley Community College is one of only a few accredited schools of higher education to offer credit-bearing English composition classes to non-native speakers. The college also provides classes for those who need basic communication skills as well as for those who are interested in mastering their English.

The English, Foreign Languages and English as a Second Language Department faculty consists of experienced instructors with advanced degrees that include teaching English as a Second Language.

ESL Course Offerings

The college strives to meet the needs of students and members of the community with a range of both credit and non-credit classes.

Credit Courses

  • ENGL 100E: Enhanced English Composition I for English as a Second Language Students
  • ENGL 101E: English Composition I for English as a Second Language Students
  • ENGL 102E English Composition II for English as a Second Language Students

Course Descriptions & Schedules

Non-credit Courses

  • English as a Second Language: Level I
  • English as a Second Language: Level II
  • English as a Second Language: Level III

For a schedule of non-credit course offerings, contact the Office of Community, Professional and Workforce Development at (518) 629-7339 or communityed@hvcc.edu 

ESL Advisement

The ESL Advisors provide information, guidance, and support for prospective and current students to help them make well-informed decisions when they register for classes through their program advisor.

Advisement is available by appointment. Appointments can be made for meeting in person or remotely via Zoom by using the contact information below.

Email: esl@hvcc.edu
Office: BRN 035
Phone: (518) 629-4775

Additional Resources

Hudson Valley Community College also has partnerships with the following organizations that could help non-native English speakers:

Capital Region Educational Opportunity Center (EOC)
A division of Hudson Valley Community College

Troy Location: 431 River Street, Troy, NY 12180
Albany Location (HVCC South): Capital South Campus Center, 20 Warren Street, Albany, NY 12202
(518) 273-1900

RISSE – Refugee and Immigrant Support Service of Emmaus
Emmaus United Methodist Church, 715 Morris St., Albany, NY 12208
(518) 621-1041

Every Campus A Refuge (ECAR)
HVCC Contact: Catherine Willis at c.willis@hvcc.edu 

Get in Touch

Department or program information:

Tony Podlaski
Brahan Hall, Room 035

Program admission information:

Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223