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ESL/Fashion Business Program

Summer 2016 program dates are Tuesday, June 28 - Wednesday, July 20.

Applications for Summer 2016 will be available October 15, 2015.

Do you want to improve your English language skills? Are you interested in fashion design, promotion, retail buying, fashion trend forecasting or global fashion business development? Would you like to spend several weeks in New York City?

Then FITís ESL Summer English as a Second Language and Fashion Business Program is for you!

This summer, FIT's Center for Continuing and Professional Studies is offering a unique English as a Second Language program. This three-week intensive session offered in partnership with FIT's Educational Skills department includes an ESL course, activities in fashion business and design topics, and field trips around New York City. Attendees meet a variety of fashion-related industry experts in the classroom and at special events. Earn a Professional Studies Certificate of Completion.

Summer 2016 Program Schedule
Tuesday, June 28 - Wednesday, July 20

Cost and Housing

Application Deadline
May 1, 2016

Applicants must have successfully completed a secondary (high school) education, be 18 years of age and have intermediate proficiency in English. The Program is not suitable for students who have never studied English before or have very limited knowledge of the English language.

1. Complete and submit the online English Language Study application form.

2. You will be notified of acceptance into the program within one week. If accepted you will be required to submit a nonrefundable $50 (U.S.) application fee at
     I.   Click on ESL Programs
     II.  Choose ESL/Fashion Business Program Application Fee
     III. Submit Payment


Accepted students will be sent a student ID number, username, password and the International Student Financial Statement (IEL ISFS). Students requiring an I-20 from FIT are required to pay the full program fee immediately upon receipt of their student visas. Students who do not need a new I-20 or hold a Green Card or U.S. Passport must pay for the program in full upon acceptance.  

Accepted Students
If you require an I-20, you must submit a copy of the biographical page of your passport and the IEL International Student Financial Statement (IEL ISFS) and supporting documentation demonstrating sufficient funds ($5,000 USD) to participate in this program. Upon receipt of a properly submitted IEL ISFS, the I-20 will be issued. When you receive the I-20 you must submit the program fee online at Note that the program fee is separate from the cost of housing that can be reserved by visiting

1. Click on ESL Programs
2. Choose ESL Fashion Business Programs
3. Choose the Track you wish to register for
4. Submit Payment

If you are applying for an Elite/Accelerated Track you must also send your professional resume and one page essay describing your fashion employment and experience to Your acceptance will be acknowledged quickly. If denied, you will be offered your choice from the Standard Tracks.

For additional information contact Professor Charlotte Brown at

FIT reserves the right to request additional information and reject students who do not demonstrate an adequate level of proficiency in English.

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