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Custom Programs

The IELP works with universities, businesses, government agencies, teachers, researchers, and students to offer custom programs. Programs are designed to meet each group’s goals and objectives. Language, culture, and academic services can be delivered in New York, on-site around the world, or online.

See sample previous custom programs

Airline Hospitality Program
International Business School

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How do I get started?

We work one-on-one with universities, government agencies, and companies to create custom programs specific to your goals, objectives, time frames, and budgets. Contact Cathleen C. McCarthy, IELP Acting Director, at [email protected]

Programs for College and University Groups

IELP works with groups of students from colleges and universities. Group programs can be customized to meet areas of interest, special features, time frames, budgets, and groups of all sizes. Some of our unique options include:

  • English for specific purposes
  • Specific field trips
  • Community service projects
  • Company visits
  • Cultural exploration of the Northeastern United States
  • Customized capstone projects and activities
  • Homestays or on-campus dormitories

All participants who successfully complete one of our special programs receive certificates of completion from University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY).

Training Programs for Teachers: Intensive English Teacher Training

With experience in providing top-level teacher training to University professors and English language teachers from China, Indonesia, France, Iraq, Egypt, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Peru, Rwanda, Togo, and Vietnam, we serve real needs and develop skills. Here is a sample of group programs we can provide:

  • The Counterpart Program – short training programs for professors of any discipline area with a focus on English for publications, English for presentations, and English for teaching subject matter, along with counterpart meetings with UAlbany professors and the opportunity to watch UAlbany professors teach.
  • Teacher Training for teachers – workshops and seminars include: Key Concepts of Language Teaching; Teaching Approaches, Methods and Techniques; Best Practices for teaching ESL or EFL; Teacher Training Development; Communicative Language Teaching; Classroom Management; and Cultural Patterns of Language Learning.

Groups with a Purpose: English for Specific Purposes (ESP)

The IELP provides quality ESP group programs. In addition to learning general English, the IELP specializes in special group programs that focus on areas like English for Engineering, English for Science and Technology, English for Business, English for International Relations, and more. Engaging ESP field trips can be arranged. Some of our unique ESP program features include:

  • English for YOUR specific purpose
  • Specific ESP field trips
  • Research and service projects
  • Company and university visits
  • Cultural exploration of the Northeastern United States
  • Customized capstone projects and activities
  • Homestays or on-campus dormitories

Business Executive Programs - Earn a Professional Certificate

This program in partnership with IBS Americas offers practical insight into the American socioeconomic environment and helps students deepen their knowledge of management through training sessions with UAlbany business professors and visits to local companies. Certificates are available in Marketing, Project Management, Financial Management, and Strategic Thinking. Students can also focus on studying English for Business only. Learn more about the IBS program.
More information is also available on the IBS Americas website (

Group Programs for Government and Business

UAlbany has long-standing successful relationships with Ministries of Education and companies around the world. We work one-on-one with higher education ministers, administrators, and executives to create custom programs for employees, educators, and management teams.

Online ESL for Groups and Cohorts

UAlbany’s IELP has conducted Online ESL training for students, teachers, and medical professionals from Syria and Iran. The IELP offers Online ESL for groups upon request. English language levels of Online English include:

  • Low Intermediate English
  • Intermediate English
  • High Intermediate English
  • Low Advanced English
  • Advanced English

All levels focus on Reading, Listening, Communication, and Writing. All participants must take an Online English language placement test.


Contact Cathleen C. McCarthy, IELP Acting Director, at [email protected]

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