Monroe College's Bronx campus is an ideal urban campus located in the bustling Fordham section.

New Rochelle

Located in downtown New Rochelle, the Monroe College New Rochelle campus is nestled in a diverse, thriving suburban community in Westchester County.

St. Lucia

The scenic Monroe College St. Lucia campus in Barnard Hill Castries on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia combines the best of many worlds.


Monroe's Queens Extension Site is located in the heart of downtown Flushing, a vibrant and ethnically mixed district of Queens.

  • The English Language Learning Institute

    Monroe College's ESL program, called ELLI (English Language Learning Institute) located in New Rochelle, just 30 minutes from NYC, provides students whose primary language is not English with the reading, writing and verbal skill necessary for success in United States colleges and universities. Students will become fluent in English through language instruction, cultural immersion, intensive lab experiences, and courses in U.S. culture and the arts through drama, music, film, dance, and graphic arts.

    What makes Monroe College’s Language Learning Institute (ELLI) different than other language institutions?

    The Learning Institute at Monroe College is unique because it provides students with a well-rounded English-language curriculum and at the same time immerses them in cultural experiences. New York City and the greater tri-state area are the classrooms of ELLI.

    An English Language Learning student will not only gain the skills necessary to thrive in a college institution, but will also gain insights into the diversity of cultures that surround them in today’s global working environment. ELLI students truly become global citizens because the ELLI Program prepares them for the rigors of meeting not only the language needs of the world today, but also the cultural expectations that surround them.

    What do we accomplish from the academic and cultural trips?

    Experiential learning is a key component of the institute's curriculum. Students will not only receive a top-notch education within the four walls of a classroom, but will also utilize the environment around them to learn.

    Trips are organized and planned every semester, based upon the needs and interests of the current ELLI student body. Many of the trips planned not only reinforce concepts taught in ELLI classes, but also expose the students to the culture of the New York City area. Past trips have included excursions to the New York Botanical Garden, The Museum of Natural History and Central Park. We even go out to dinner together sometimes!

    Instructors may also opt to invite guest lecturers to their classes to further enhance the curriculum. Through exposure to a variety of individuals, students will further learn about the diversity of the world in which they live.

    Academic support services

    Monroe College boasts a variety of Academic Support Services, including a fully-functional Academic Center with tutors, both peer and professional. Writing resources are available on both the New Rochelle and Bronx campuses. Additionally, library resources are available on both campuses. English Language students have access to all of these resources as well as others at the college.

    What will I study?

    ELLI offers two levels of instruction. Each student’s level of English proficiency will determine the required level of instruction. Level I requires enrollment in two sessions while Level II, or ESL College Prep, requires enrollment in one session. The innovative and intensive English Language Learning Institute combines fundamental and core elements of language acquisition with an engaging, creative social and extra-curricular experience. 

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    ESL (ELLI I) ESL College Prep (ELLI II)