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ESL/Fashion Business Program

Summer 2015 English as a Second Language/ Fashion Business Brochure (.pdf)

Applications are being accepted until May 22 for students who already have an I-20.
The application deadline has passed for students who do not already have an I-20.

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 2015 Program Schedule
Wednesday, July 1 - Thursday, July 23

Cost and Housing
The cost for the standard three-week program is $1,050. Elite/Accelerated-track program is $1075. There is an additional $5 registration fee and a $100 application fee (for accepted students) added to the cost of your program. Included in the cost is the ESL instruction, fashion business track, activities, field trips, special events, and one evening buffet and closing reception.

Housing is available in shared suites in FIT's residence halls. The cost for three weeks of housing from June 27 to July 29 (9am departure) is separate from the program fee and is $1,835. On-campus housing can be reserved as of April 1 by visiting

Registration Deadline
May 22, 2015 for students who reside in the United States and hold a Green Card, a valid I-20, or are a United States citizen needing English instruction.

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 $100 (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 either standard programs or elite/accelerated programs
3. Choose the track you wish to register for
4. Submit payment

If you are applying for the Accelerated track you must also send your professional resume and one page essay describing your fashion employment and experience to

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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