Port of Entry English Language Development Program (POE)

About the Port of Entry Program

Port of Entry (better known as POE) is a unique, intensive language development program designed to provide international students and new immigrants with the language skills, knowledge, and experience necessary to succeed in higher education and professional careers in the United States. 

Students actively participate in the mastering of language skills and are taught by experienced faculty specializing in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL).  


key Key Components 

Communicative Language Teaching: This method emphasizes communication and encourages learners to actively use the language in real-life situations while building on practical language skills such as speaking, listening, reading, and writing. 

Personalization: POE recognizes that learners have different needs and learning styles and instructors try to customize content based on learners' interests, goals, and proficiency levels. 

Integration of Technology: At QCC, language learners have access to multimedia resources that can enhance the learning experience and make it more engaging and accessible. 

Cultural Awareness: Language learning is intimately connected to cultural understanding and at the classes at QCC, we incorporate cultural aspects to provide language learners with a connection to the greater Queens community. 

Long-term Focus: Learning a language is a gradual process, and that is at POE, we have a long-term plan in place for students. Not only do we support learners" development from beginner to advanced levels, but we provide them with ongoing opportunities for personal and career growth. 


check Quick Facts 

Intensive classes: 4 days a week (M-Th) from 9:30 am-2 pm (594 hours of instruction each year). 

Six levels of instruction that focus on specific language development needs (from true beginner to advance) 

College admissions: Seamless admissions to degree programs and certificate programs at QCC 

On-demand advisement and F1 student visa support through a dedicated team of program specialists 

Scholarship opportunities for language learners 

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Class Schedule, Fees & Registration

  • POE classes meet 4 days a week for 4.5 hours each day, from 9:30 am to 2 pm.
  • All classes are in-person. You are expected to be present for each class.
  • Placement Test and one-time non-refundable $50 Registration Fee are required for all new students. Please call or email for an appointment.

Summer 2024 Schedule

Classes start June 10, 2024, and end July 30, 2024 (skips 6/19 and 7/4)

Tuition for Non-F1 Student

  • $1045 (or $995 if pay in full by 5/24)
  • Full year special: $4800 (or $4500 if pay in full by 5/24) - Summer, Fall 2024 & Spring 2025

Tuition for F1 Student

  • $1145 (or $1095 if pay in full by 5/24)
  • Full year special: $5400 (or $5100 if pay in full by 5/24) - Summer, Fall 2024 & Spring 2025

Acceptable Payment Methods

Check, Money Order: Payable to QCC | VISA Card & Master Card | No cash will be accepted

How to Apply for the I-20 Forms (For F1 students only) 

Download the instructions

Instructors & Staff

Administrative Team

  • Maz Nikoui, Executive Director of English Language and Literacy Programs
  • Eric Feng, Director
  • Margaret Li, Administrative Coordinator
  • Patricia Chan, Office Assistant
  • Yesenia Pabon Villaran, Office Assistant

Instructional Team

  • Fernando Lee Lam
  • Paola Navas
  • Felix Rosado
  • Craig Stevens
  • Kate Wadia

How to Contact us

Hours of operation: Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

(718) 281-5460 | POE@qcc.cuny.edu

Location: Science Building, Room 216

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