United States


Chicago is the largest city of Illinois State and the 3rd most populous city in the USA after New York and Los Angeles, with nearly 2.7 million residents. Located in northeastern Illinois at the southwestern tip of Lake Michigan, Chicago does have it all, with less of the hassle and infrastructural problems of its coastal rivals.

Resting within the humid continental climate zone, Chicago’s summers are hot and humid, and its winters are cold, snowy, and windy. Its two popular nicknames are “Windy City”, and “Chi-town”.



Chicago was founded in 1833, near a portage between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River watershed. It developed by serving as the main connection between the established east coast cities and the wide open Wild West frontier. This unique position made the city into a crucible of innovation. Many aspects of modern life, from skyscrapers to suburbia, had their start, and perhaps their finest expression, here.

The history of modern architecture is stamped on Chicago’s dramatic skyline, where the world’s first skyscrapers now stand in the shadow of sleek corporate monoliths. It features the likes of the Frank Lloyd Wright houses and the 110-story Sears Tower, which was the world’s tallest building until 1997, when it was topped by Malaysia’s Petronas Towers. The Sears Tower offers rather stunning views from its observatory.

Strolling through Oak Park, the lush suburb once home to Ernest Hemingway and Frank Lloyd Wright, you will find with Hemingway memorabilia at the Historical Society, and several of Wright’s key buildings, including the stunning Unity Temple. The Loop downtown holds the head offices of many major US companies and some of the nation’s most important commodity markets, which together handle the buying and selling of one-third of the world’s agricultural and industrial products.

Despite burning to the ground in the legendary fire of 1871, Chicago boomed thereafter, doubling in population every decade and reaching two million by the 1900s, mostly with by Irish and eastern European immigrants. Chicago is known to have the largest Polish population in the world outside Warsaw, and the largest Romanian American community in the US. It has a nearly even percentage of European Americans and African Americans as well as sizable populations of Hispanics and Asians.

Today, the city retains its status as a major hub for industry, telecommunications and infrastructure, and is listed as one of the world’s top ten Global Financial Centers.

For visitors, Chicago offers the Art Institute of Chicago and a wide range of excellent museums renowned trove of Impressionist and contemporary paintings. However, its strongest suit is live music, with a phenomenal array of jazz and blues clubs packed into the back rooms of its amiable bars and cafés. There are many flavorful nightclubs around town, especially along Halsted Street, Lincoln Avenue and Clark Street on the North Side, and at the intersection of North Broadway and Lawrence just Uptown.

Two great ways to enjoy the city are to head out to Chicago’s ivy-covered Wrigley Field on a sunny summer afternoon to catch baseball’s Cubs in action, or take a cruise boat under the bridges of the Chicago River at sunset.

There are a multitude of attractions, events, tours, and recreational activities happening throughout the city, every single day.

Intrax Centre: Located on the world-famous Michigan Avenue, known for its prestigious dining, shopping and historical and architectural landmarks. The spacious center occupies the second and third floors of a four-story building, which features 20 classrooms, a convenient student lounge and kitchen, free wireless internet and 2 computer labs where students can practice their English by using various language learning software.

It is just a block away from Millennium Park, a unique architectural and landscape design jewel covering 10 hectares of majestic gardens, distinctive sculptures and outdoor concert venues.

New York City or “the Big Apple” is most typified by the diversity of its over 18 million residents and their cultures. It is every country’s home away from home, where diversity works harmoniously together to make it the major financial, trade, communications and cultural center of the United States.In the 17th century, New York’s lower Manhattan was first named Nieuw Amsterdam by its Dutch founders. The English in honor of the Duke of York later renamed it. It originally consisted only of the Island of Manhattan but was rechartered in 1898 to include the five (5) boroughs of the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and Staten Island.



The majority of New Yorkers live in Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx, with their neighborhoods of brownstones and apartment buildings, while the lesser populated and greener Staten Island is dominated by single-family homes and town homes. There are many things to see and do in these boroughs where visitors can easily immerse in the vibrant life and culture. The character and personality of each neighborhood change every few blocks under the influence of the diverse ethnic population dispersed across its boroughs and representing the various African, European, Asian, Caribbean, and Arabian global communities.

Manhattan features the fast-paced business atmosphere, trendy store strips, and the bohemian Greenwich Village. Here you will find Fifth Avenue and the Midtown Shopping District, the world-class Broadway and the Theatre District, SoHo and the Artist’s District, and the Wall Street Stock Exchange in the Financial District.

It is a shopper’s paradise; you can find anything and everything in the many stores throughout the city with lots of added bargains. It has some of the world’s finest department stores, glossy couture houses, fashionable boutiques, renowned antiques dealers, plus several Flea markets around the boroughs.

New York is renowned for the finest selection of entertainment, museums and fantastic restaurants in the world. It features magnificent architecture, the world’s greatest theatre district, world-famous galleries and museums, cultural events and famed landmarks in the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the Statue of Liberty, the Flat-Iron Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, etc.



The average temperature in New York City ranges from 36-54 F in the winter and 60-70 F in summer. During springtime, the parks and botanical gardens in every borough burst into bloom, with daffodils, cherry blossoms, azaleas, tulips and other glorious flowers, bringing everyone outdoors to enjoy free film festivals, opera and other music performances, and beaches.. Winter can be quite cold but New York becomes magically beautiful after a heavy snow with all the Christmas decorations. You may even enjoy outdoor ice skating at one of the rinks in Central Park, Prospect Park, or Rockefeller Center.

The ‘city that never sleeps’ has probably the most vibrant nightlife with always something to do. Whether you plan to hang in Queens, Bronx, Brooklyn or Manhattan, there are many trendy hangouts, several laidback lounges, classic jazz joints, and boîtes. Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn features several lively Hip-Hop and reggae spots. Brooklyn is also the place for rock and roll, with clubs in Williamsburg and Park Slope. Parts of the Bronx, Brooklyn, and ‘Spanish’ Harlem feature a number of Latin dance venues. There are plenty of weekly publications to keep you informed about the social scene.

There are also several major events and parades to see throughout the year, such as, St. Patrick’s Day, Greek Day, the U.S. Tennis Open, the Caribbean Day Parade, the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade, the New York City Marathon, New York Film Festival, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and the lighting of the tree in Rockefeller Center in the fall.

Regardless of when you choose to visit, you will find lots to enjoy here.

University Plaza LIU: Located in the heart of downtown Brooklyn since 1926, among commercial district, and Fulton Shopping center with its many stores. Easy access to the metro and buses to reach Manhattan and other New York City areas. The campus houses a student residence, library, computer centers, gymnasium, cafeterias, and several spacious classrooms with cooling and heating.

Blue Data Centre: is conveniently located in the heart of midtown Manhattan close to the Empire State Building and Madison Square Garden with easy access to Times Square, Lincoln Center, United Nations, Broadway, Central Park, and Downtown Manhattan. There are computers available for free Internet access.



ALCC Centre: is centrally located in the heart of Manhattan, just across the street from Madison Square Garden and 10 minutes walking to Times Square. It is near all major subways, commuter trains and buses. Students have easy access to all of New York’s many attractions: Central Park, Times Square, Broadway theaters, New York City’s museums, and the Greenwich Village area.

Situated just 120 miles south of Los Angeles, San Diego is on the coast of the Pacific Ocean in Southern California, with the Anza-Borrego Desert and the Laguna Mountains to its east, and immediately adjacent to the Mexican border. It is California's second-largest city and one of the fastest growing cities in the United States.



The city is famous for its active outdoor lifestyle, including boating, surfing, parks and professional sports. It has a mild year-round climate, natural deep-water harbor, extensive beaches, is also the birthplace of California.

Historically home to the Kumeyaay people, San Diego was the first site visited by Europeans on the West Coast. Portuguese-born explorer, Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo claimed the entire area for Spain in 1542, forming the basis for the settlement of Alta California 200 years later. The Presidio and Mission of San Diego, founded in 1769, formed the first European settlement. In 1821, San Diego became part of Mexico after the Mexican independence from Spain, and in 1850, San Diego became part of the United States following the Mexican-American War and the admission of California to the union.

The city is the seat of San Diego County and is the economic center of the region as well as the San Diego–Tijuana metropolitan area.

A perfect temperature of 72 degrees keeps the sun always shining, accompanied by gentle breeze off the Pacific. It is one of California's most vibrant and delightful cities, that has a true sense of the laid back lifestyle.

There are a variety of things to do while in town:
San-diego2The Gaslamp Quarter is Southern California's premier dining, shopping and entertainment district, where you'll find a eclectic blend of food, fun and culture all within this historic area; QUALCOMM Stadium hosts a variety of events, including major league sports and concerts; the World-renowned Balboa Park is home to fifteen museums, various arts and international culture associations, making it one of the nation's largest cultural and entertainment complexes, it also houses the most famous animal park - San Diego Zoo with over 4,000 animals, and some of the world's rarest wildlife including giant pandas, and koalas; and finally, there is SeaWorld which has hosted more than 100 million guests since 1964.
Schools Facilities:

ntrax Centre: Located in a fun area of downtown, called "Little Italy", this centre features, 14 classrooms with TVs and computers, 2 computer labs with 28 computers and free wi-fi, a convenient student lounge with sofas, a foosball table, vending machines with snacks and drinks, a student kitchen, and a Career Counseling and University Advising center.Nearby, you will find the student housing, shops, restaurants, art galleries, museums, theaters, and the best nightlife in the city. The school also offers easy connection to many bus and trolley lines.


United States Information

Visa & Travel information for USA

The following information below is here to assist travelers in understanding their options as they travel to and through the United States.

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The schools we represent are authorized by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) to issue the I-20 form. Students not living in the U.S. can use an I-20 form issued by our schools to apply for an F-1 Visa from their home country.

Students currently attending another school in the U.S. can transfer to one of our schools.

The Visa Waiver Program
Citizens of the following 34 countries, with an ordinary passport, valid for a minimum of 6 months,  are allowed to travel to the U.S. for tourism or business purposes for up to a maximum of 90 days DO NOT NEED A VISA:Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Monaco, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom.Participants entering the United States on the visa waiver program may not enroll in a course of study for more than 18 hours per week.
Student Visas
The F-1 visa is a category of student visa given by U.S. citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).The “F” visa is reserved for non-immigrant wishing to pursue academic studies and/or language training programs. F-1 Visa applicants must enroll in the English program of 18 hours per week or more, for a minimum of 4 weeks. Please note that many Embassies and Consulates require an in-person interview for new F-1 visa applicants.All students applying for an F-1 student visa must obtain an Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) I-20 document from our school. You must provide the following documentation to receive your I-20:- Copy of your current passport
- Completed application
- Copy of financial certification showing sufficient funds for your tuition and living expense
- Paid registration depositThe SEVIS I-20 form can only be issued after you have submitted these documents and completed your application. Once you have been issued your I-20 form you must pay the $200 SEVIS fee before you can apply for your F-1 Student Visa.
Financial Certification can be one of the following dated no older than 60 days old:- A current bank statement or letter from your bank (in English).
- A letter of support from your parents/sponsor stating that they will be responsible for your expenses during your stay, and a bank statement or letter verifying their financial ability to meet your expenses (in English).
- A letter guaranteeing financial support from a sponsoring organization (in English).
- A scholarship letter from your government (in English).When you fax documents to us, be sure to take the original documents to your F-1 visa interview in your home country and also when you arrive in the USA. The U.S. consular officer will need to see your original financial documentation when you apply for a student visa (F-1), so we suggest that you make sufficient copies of all documentation for both us and visa application purposes.
If your application for an I-20 form is submitted less than 4 weeks prior to your course start date, we strongly recommend that the acceptance packet is sent by Express Delivery. There will be an extra charge of $65 for this service and it will ensure that the student receives their acceptance materials in a timely manner. Please note that for certain countries Express Delivery is always recommended.
For more details on the F-1 Student Visa, please refer to the U.S. Department of State website.
B-1 and B-2 VISITORS

B-1 and B-2 Visitors are typically non-immigrants visiting the United States for shorter lengths of stay. B-1 and B-2 Visitors may not sign up for a full time course of study, usually more than 18 hours per week.

J-1 students may study in an English program, but participants are responsible for maintaining the terms of their J-1 Visa status.
F-2, J-2, L2, H2, etc.
Dependents of visa holders may study part-time or full time, depending on the visa type. For more information, please refer to the United States Customs and Immigration Service website.
Individuals currently in the U.S. can change their visa status to an F1 Student Visa through our school should they have all the requirements. When you are accepted into our program, a completed I-20 form and a letter of acceptance will be given or sent to you. The Designated School Official at the school will assist students residing in the U.S. by processing their change of visa status or their application for a transfer from another U.S. school and by having all required documents forwarded to the Immigration and Naturalization Service.
O’Hare Internationals Airport / Midway International Airport
Chicago has two international airports:O’Hare Internationals Airport located north-west of the Chicago metropolitan area, and Midway International Airport situated south of the city. You can take a flight to reach Chicago from almost any where in the world. The city has direct flights from some 280 cities in the United States and abroad. Almost all the renowned air lines fly to Chicago, putting them amongst the busiest airports in the world.Gary/Chicago airport is another airport which serves the region.
New York City
New York City has 3 major airports. All Airports serve both domestic and international destinations. All three airports provide access to the city via taxis, buses, subways and trains.
Other metropolitan area airports include Stewart International Airport (SWF), Westchester Airport (HPN) and MacArthur Airport (ISP).
John F. Kennedy International Airport
John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) is New York’s largest, serving more than 90 primarily international airlines. Located in Queens at the south end of the Van Wyck Expressway, it primarily handles international flights; it has a one mile long “international zone”, which is run by the United Nations. Around the airport, AirTrain is free to transfer between the different terminals. It also connects to the subway system (Subway: A, E, J & Z) at a cost. $7.25 ($5 for the AirTrain from JFK, plus $2.25 for the subway).
LaGuardia Airport
LaGuardia Airport (LGA), also in Queens (on the Grand Central Parkway) is New York’s second-largest airport, with more than 20 airlines serving mostly domestic destinations, Canada and the Caribbean from four passenger terminals. Bus: M60, Q 33
Newark Liberty International Airport
Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), with more than 30 airlines (both domestic and international), is across the Hudson River in Newark, New Jersey,16 miles from Midtown Manhattan. It is normally less crowded and has more modern facilities. AirTrain Newark provides easy connections to the NJ Transit and Amtrak rail services from Newark Liberty International Airport, and it provides connections for traveler among the different terminals for free.
Stewart International Airport
Stewart International Airport (SWF) is just 60 miles north of the city and offers modern amenities, comfortable size and easy access to roads and public transportation.
San Diego
San Diego International Airport
San Diego International Airport (SAN), also known as Lindbergh Field, is located 3 miles northwest of downtown San Diego, California. It is the busiest single-runway commercial airport in the United States, and the second-busiest single-use runway in the world after London Gatwick with about 465 scheduled operations carrying 48,000 passengers each day.The airport has domestic flights, as well as international flights to Canada, the United Kingdom, Mexico, and Japan. It has three terminals. Terminal 1 has gates1–18; Terminal 2 has gates 20–51. All international arrivals are handled in Terminal 2′s gates 20, 21 and 22. and then there is the Commuter Terminal which has 4 gates, numbered 1–4.
San Francisco
San Francisco International Airport
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) located 13 miles south of downtown San Francisco, near Millbrae and San Bruno, is the largest airport in the Bay Area and the second busiest in California. It houses the Louis A. Turpen Aviation Museum.SFO is owned and managed by the City and County of San Francisco, and features flights throughout North America and parts of Europe and Asia. The airport has four terminals (1, 2, 3, and International) Terminal 1(gates 20 -48), Terminal 2 (gates 50 -59), and Terminal 3 (gates 71 -90), handle domestic flights (including precleared flights from Canada). The International Terminal is the largest such terminal in North America built to protect against earthquakes. It handles all international arrivals and departures flights (except flights from cities with customs preclearance) and some domestic flights.

LOW PRICED AIRLINESThese airliners provide inexpensive flights across the continental US, and to popular US cities. It can help you mix your flight connection city or entry city into the US in order to locate a lower cost trip.


New York City
New York City has two main rail stations: Grand Central Terminal (Subway: 4, 5, 6, 7 and S) on the East Side of Midtown Manhattan and Penn Station (Subway: A, C, E, 1, 2 and 3) on its West Side. Metro-North Commuter Railroad, which goes to 120 station in seven counties in New York State (Dutchess, Putnam, Westchester, the Bronx, New York (Manhattan), Rockland and Orange) and Connecticut (New Haven and Fairfield), Connecticut and New Jersey, serves Grand Central. Penn Station serves the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) to Long Island; Amtrak, the U.S. national passenger railroad, serving many points throughout the U.S.; New Jersey Transit, a commuter line serving points in New Jersey; and PATH (Port Authority Trans Hudson), a subway line serving Manhattan and New Jersey (Newark, Harrison, Jersey City and Hoboken).
The easiest and quickest way to travel around the four of five boroughs is by public subway. Over 4.3 million people ride the subway system daily. Trains operate 24 hours/ 7 days. Free transfers are available between buses to subways within two hours of using your MetroCard. The subway does not travel to Staten Island but there is free ferry from Battery Park in lower Manhattan.The best way to get around is mass transit, made possible by the City’s transit system MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority) New York City Transit. It’s inexpensive, environment-friendly and a great way to see NYC. You can get a Single ride card for $2.50, Fun Pass or an unlimited MetroCard.
To JFK Airport

The New York City subways run to JFK. Take the A train going to Far Rockaway or Rockaway Park, and get off at Howard Beach. From there take the AirTrain.

AirTrain to Newark Airport

Newark Airport has recently connected their internal monorail to a new station servicing both Amtrak and New Jersey Transit lines. You can buy a ticket to the Newark International Airport Station, check your flight times or buy a ticket there, and be minutes away from your terminal. There are also Amtrak and New Jersey Transit vending machines in the station for your trip into the City.

There is a very efficient rail way network available to those who want to travel by train to Chicago. Amtrak trains arrive and depart from Union Station, 225 S. Canal St., on the western edge of downtown and the Northwestern Station.The Metropolitan Railroad operates 12 surface train lines serving the six-county area which hub into downtown Chicago from the outlying Chicago suburbs. Metra rail commuter trains serve several Chicago neighborhoods and hundreds of suburbs in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. Trains arrive and depart from Union Station, 225 S. Canal St.; Ogilvie Transportation Center, 500 W. Madison St.; LaSalle Station, 414 S. LaSalle St.; and Millennium Station, Michigan Avenue between South Water and Randolph Streets. Tickets can be purchased at the train stations or on the train for an additional fee. Fares are based on the length of the trip.Rapid transit trains run every 5-15 minutes during the day and every 15-60 minutes all night. Lines are color-coded and denoted by route rather than destination. The Howard-Dan Ryan is the Red Line; Lake Englewood-Jackson Park is the Green Line; the O’Hare-Congress-Douglas is the Blue Line; the Ravenswood is the Brown Line (whose trains circle the Loop, giving the area its name); the Evanston Express is the Purple Line; and the Skokie Swift is the Yellow Line.
From Chicago Airports
The cheapest and a reasonably fast way to get downtown is on the Chicago Transit Authority elevated (‘L’) trains. Follow the signs to the airport transit stations.


New York City
New York City’s yellow fleet of over 10,000 taxicabs is regulated by the Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC). The Yellow Medallion cabs are the only ones authorized to pick up commuters that flag them down. Available taxis generally have the numbers on the roof of the vehicle illuminated. Avoid “gypsy” cabs, these are regular cars that will take you from place to place, and usually cost more. Taxi cabs are required to take you to your destination inside the metropolitan area. Record the ID number from any cabs that you have problems with and report them to The TLC.Officially, taxicabs can take up to four riders, though the wider cabs will be willing to take 5 riders.Minimum metered fare is $2.50, which increases $0.40 every fifth of a mile or for each minute; there is also a New York State tax surcharge of 50cents per ride. Tolls are extra and added to the metered fare. Tips of 10-20% are common. If you are traveling to airports, there are set fees plus toll and tip.
From Newark Airport
Taxis into the city take anywhere from 30-60 minutes. They cost $45 “Flat Fare” to Manhattan NOT including bridge tolls and tip (these are an additional 10 dollars). Taxis are cash only. |You may tip at least a dollar per bag if the taxi driver assists you.
All Chicago taxis are licensed and recognizable by the numbered metal medallions attached to their hoods. Cabs can be hailed anytime in the Loop and other central neighborhoodsMinimum metered fare is $2.25 and increases 20¢ for each additional 1/9 of a mile (or 36 seconds). Plus, there’s a $1 charge for the first additional passenger, 50¢ for each additional passenger and a $1 fuel surcharge. Tips are accepted for good service.
Besides traditional taxi services, foot-powered taxis (pedicabs) are available seasonally.


New York City
New York Waterway
NY Waterway operates ferries from New York to Tarrytown, Weehawken, Hoboken, Jersey City, Long Island Queens, and the Liberty Science Center. They also offer sightseeing cruises. They have two docks in Manhattan, one at 38th Street and one near the World Financial Center.
Staten Island Ferry
The Staten Island Ferry is the free mode of transportation between the boroughs of Staten Island and Manhattan, passing Island and the Statue of Liberty on the way. Duration: 25 min. Cost: FreeThe ferry docks at the Whitehall Terminal at Whitehall St. and South St., in Lower Manhattan, and the St. George Ferry Terminal at Richmond Terrace, Staten Island. The ferry runs daily every 20 to 30 minutes around the clock though less frequent in the middle of the night.
Chicago’s Water Taxis
Chicago’s Water Taxis provide seasonal ferry service on the Chicago River, offering a convenient and uniquely scenic way of getting around downtown Chicago and surrounding areas.Wendella’s Chicago Water Taxi service links the Metra and Amtrak commuter train stations at Madison Street to the Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue and River North Arts District at LaSalle Street, with extended service to Chinatown on weekends. There are limited single passes and unlimited passes up to a month ranging from $2-$46Shoreline Water Taxis provides service during May 1 to September 30th between Union Station/Sears Tower and the Museum Campus, with stops at the Michigan Avenue Bridge. Daily services run from mid-April through mid-October.
There are one-way passes and multiple-ride passes ranging from $2-$20
Chicago’s River Bus

A River Bus (April-Oct) operates from the Michigan Avenue Bridge to Union Station on the river during rush hour. Duration: 8 mins. Cost: $2.


Holidays & Festivals in United States


New Year's DayMartin Luther King's Birthday

President Day

Memorial Day

American Independence Day

Labor Day/ Carnival - NY

Columbus Day

Veteran's Day

Thanksgiving Day

Christmas - Christian

Day after Christmas, St Stephen's Day, Boxing Day

January 1stJanuary 20th

February 17

May 26

July 4

September 6

October 13

November 11

November 27th

December 25th

December 26th


The United States, with its mixture of people from the various cultural backgrounds across the globe, has a tremendous amount of festivals and celebrations in each city, state and regions throughout the year.  We have decided to list a few prominent ones in places closer to us:

Chinese New Year and Parade occurs during the first full moon between January 21 and February 19. It is a loud, colorful occasion celebrated from noon to sunset around Mott St. Though dragons still dance in the street, firecrackers no longer chase away evil spirits because former Mayor Giuliani banned them for most events. The chances of getting a meal anywhere in Chinatown at this time are slim.

Location: New York


St Patrick's Day Parade, on March 17th, celebrates an impromptu march through the streets by Irish militiamen on St Patrick's Day in 1762, this has become a draw for every Irish band and organization in the US and Ireland. Usually starting just before noon, it heads up 5th Ave between 44th and 86th street. During this time, Irish pubs attracts the most parade viewers who keep the festivities going way into the night.

Location: New York

Ukrainian Festival, this extravaganza fills a weekend during mid-May on E 7th St between 2nd and 3rd Ave with marvelous Ukrainian costumes, folk music and dance, plus authentic foods. At the Ukrainian Museum (12th St and 2nd Ave) there's a special exhibition of pysanky - traditional hand-painted eggs.

Location: New York, Chicago ( August )

Ninth Avenue International Food Festival in mid-May. The festival closes down 9th Ave between 37th and 57th street for the weekend and offers tantalizing food, delicious scents, colorful crafts and great deals.

Location: New York

Puerto Rican Day Parade takes place on the second Sunday in June. The National Puerto Rican Day Parade started in 1995; the Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City began in 1958. The parade features floats sponsored by businesses, singing, dancing and marching. Last year there were over 100,000 marchers and 3 million spectators at the parade. The largest of several Puerto Rican celebrations in the city, seven hours of bands and baton-twirling from 44th to 86th street on 5th Ave, then east to 3rd Ave.

Location: New York, Chicago ( June )

Harlem Month culminates with Harlem Day on the third Sun of August. It is a month-long celebration of African, Caribbean and Latin culture. It includes a children's festival, a dance show, a fashion parade, talent contest and other festivities, such as the Black Film Festival and the Taste of Harlem.

Location: New York

West Indian-American Day Parade and Carnival occurs on Labor Day/Carnival - NY (First Monday of September). For most, it is three-day weekend( Saturday to Sunday) marking the end of summer. This holiday was begun by immigrant New York workers struggling to live their hopes and dreams. Many call it the largest parade in North America with over 2 million spectators, thousands of paraders and dozens of bands. Kiddie parade on Saturday. Monday;s festivities begin on Sunday night with the revelers dancing along with music in the streets. The dancing continues along until the official parade on Monday.The day before, Labor Day/Carnival - NY Weekend Sunday are three Carnival theme festivals St. Lucia-USA Caribbean Family Day Festival. Brooklyn's largest parade, modeled after the carnivals of Trinidad and Tobago, features the Caribbean rich music, food and dance.

Location: New York

Broadway on Broadway occurs on the Sunday after Labor Day/Carnival - NY in September. It's the quintessential New York City event: 50,000 spectators at the Crossroads of the World, live numbers from Broadway shows performed on a giant outdoor stage, television cameras, a galaxy of celebrity performers, and a big finale with loads of confetti. Free performances feature songs by casts of virtually every Broadway musical, culminating in a shower of confetti; held in Times Square.

Location: New York

New York Film Festival occurs over 2 weeks from late September to mid-October. It is one of the world's leading film festivals unreels at Lincoln Center.

Location: New York

Greenwich Village Halloween Day Parade, In the 7pm procession on 6th Ave from Spring to 23rd street you'll see spectacular costumes, wigs and make-up. The music is great and the spirit is wild and festive.

Location: New York

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, New York's most televised parade, with floats, dozens of marching bands from around the country, the Rockettes, and Santa Claus's first appearance of the season. More than two million spectators watch it from 77th St down Central Park West to Columbus Circle, then down Broadway to Herald Square between 9am - noon.

Location: New York

New Year's Eve in Times Square, Some 200,000-plus revelers party in the cold streets. There are also spectacular fireworks at the South Street Seaport, Central Park and Brooklyn's Prospect Park. More family-oriented, alcohol-free First Nights with dancing, music and food take place throughout the city.

Location: New York

Chicago Blues Festival, the world’s largest free admission Blues festival, takes place in Grant Park of Downtown Chicago during the month of June. The festival annually salutes the masters. In years parst, the festivals has featured performers, such as Otis Clay, Nora Jean Bruso, C.J. Chenier, and the Fat Possum Caravan. The Festival is open from 11a.m.-9:30 p.m. daily (music begins at noon), and promises a good time for everyone. The four-day festival offers the best in national, international and local Blues entertainment on six stages with more than 70 performers, preceded by a month of Blues activities (Blues season) throughout Chicago. The Chicago Blues Festival brings people of all ages, from all over the world to enjoy the blues. More than half a million people attend this popular festival!

Location: Chicago

Chicago Jazz Festival in early September takes place in Grant Park of Downtown Chicago. The admission is free. You should join the celebration that has been named “America’s Classical Music,” jazz. The weekend is filled with prestigious jazz groups from the local confines of Chicago to the international level. Performances usually takes place on the Petrillo Music Shell Stage, the Jazz and Family Heritage stage and the Jazz on Jackson stage.

Location: Chicago

Chicago Outdoor Film Festival takes place on Tuesday nights during the months of July to August in Butler Field in Grant Park at Lake Shore Drive and Monroe. You can view seven weeks of classic films every Tuesday at sunset. This one-of-a-kind outdoor theater experience includes a gigantic screen (50’ x 34’) and a state-of-the art sound system. Admission is free, thanks to the generosity of sponsors. The festival also showcases short films done by Chicago area amateur and professional filmmakers.

Location: Chicago

Carifete - Caribbean American Carnival in August, takes place at the Midway Plaisance (6000 South) between Cottage Grove & Stony Island in Hyde Park. With its roots in the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival, it has become an international festival that features Jamaican reggae, Brazilian samba and African djembe rhythms alongside Latin salsa, Haitian zouk or urban sounds, all blended with calypso and soca vibes. Each year, the festival showcases a cultural extravaganza of art, music dance, cuisine and culture from the Islands of the Caribbean

The festive ambiance of this event is created through a colorful parade of costumed participants. Accompanied by mobile music (live, D.J's, or Steeldrums). The parade portrayals represent fictitious characters, brought to life. The theme chosen for each presentation lies within the domains of history, nature or fantasy.

Carifete has been an integral part of Chicago's multicultural heritage. From the brilliant and dazzling costumes that add a myriad of colors to the city, to the pulsating rhythms of the steelbands, soca and calypso music that entices the onlookers to participate. Carifete entertains and excites. It draws young and old, Chicagoans and International visitor alike to witness one of the ultimate Caribbean experience.

Location: Chicago

Northcenter Oktoberfest occurs over the last weekend in September. The event takes place at Belle Plaine & Lincoln Avenue (just north of the Lincoln/Damen/Irving Park intersection). It celebrates one of the great German social traditions. Take in a dash of traditional German music blended with a strong dose of popular music and a round of beer...

Location: Chicago

Chicago World Music Festival occurs in late September. The best in international music converges upon Chicago. Organized by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, the week-long festival showcases both traditional and contemporary music from many of the world’s diverse cultures. Festival events include a mix of free and ticketed concerts, live radio broadcasts and educational workshops presented in museums, parks, cultural centers, plazas, theaters, bookstores, clubs and other venues throughout Chicago.

Location: Chicago

The annual festival was launched in 1999 to resounding critical and popular acclaim and is renowned for its innovation, quality and diversity in bringing international music to Chicago. It includes performers from dozens of countries and includes musicians currently based in Chicago and other cities in the U.S.

Events are scheduled at the Chicago Cultural Center, the Old Town School of Folk Music, the Museum of Contemporary Art, “Under the Picasso” at the Daley Civic Center, and various other performance spaces around the city.

Location: Chicago

New Orlean's Mardi Gras or Carnival actually begins on January 6, the Epiphany, or Kings Day. The parties and parades begin on a very small but widespread scale until the climax on the Wednesday before Lent which is Fat Tuesday. The celebrations feature thousands of street revelers to costumed riders on larger than life floats as they shower glittering trinkets over the scrambling crowd below. Parades--60 formal ones at last count and many other informal ones--fantastic costumes, elegant balls and intricately designed tableaux, all essential parts of Mardi Gras, one of the wildest celebrations in the country.

Location: New Orleans


A Certificate of Completion is offered at the end of the course, to students who meet the minimum attendance and academic requirements. The certificate displays course completed, dates and level obtained.

Start Dates

Non-Beginners can start any Monday of the year. Beginners may start on the first Monday of any month, in some location, twice a month. Contact us for appropriate dates.


School will be closed during Holidays. Holidays are not made up. Please view the holiday section to understand to help decide your travel time.


We offer you top-quality, affordable English instruction in very exciting cities within the United States. Our knowledgeable teachers are experienced, well-traveled, English speakers that will help you become a more confident English speaker.

Several courses are offered year-round for students who wish to improve their English communication skills or prepare for the TOEFL, TOEIC, or GMAT exams. There are several courses offered that are authorized under Federal law for foreign students.

Classes provide you with the opportunity to improve your conversational and written English through an exceptional curriculum and methodology, while you can actively practice speaking the language while living in the United States.

At our schools, one learns the language as well as, the grammar structures in a stimulating atmosphere at all levels. Your vocabulary will increase daily as you become more accustomed to the sound of the language.

The courses improve basic communication skills and English grammar. You will learn to construct simple to complex sentences and develop vocabulary skills to be able to participate in discussions. The courses develop your awareness of the relationship of grammar to meaning. You develop fluency in speaking and writing. Courses will enhance your ability to communicate with and understand English speakers.

As you progress, you will develop fluency in speaking, reading comprehension, listening and speaking, while attaining a high command of vocabulary words and idioms, and acquiring a stronger grammar foundation.

English Online

Individual lessons using distance learning for students with basic knowledge of beginner English. The course runs in blocks of a minimum of 10 lessons. It features general English lessons, high quality TOEFL and IELTS, Conversational and Business courses under professional training from well experienced native English teachers.

This interactive and professional comprehensive online programs is designed to help the student cover all sections of the language including practice tasks and questions, revision, study skills, tips and strategies  It is a revolutionary way to excel in the comfort of your home or office, at your own pace, in your own time. You will just need to sit in front of your computer in a comfort zone, sipping on coffee or a cold beverage, while enjoying your learning experience.

Location: All

Mini English

10 Classes of group instructed English Language per week from Monday to Friday. This course is recommended for students who wish to combine language learning with a real life experience of the English culture, thus, it allows enough time for students to get fully acquainted to the city and the English cultures surrounding it.

Location: New York                  Levels: All

Semi Standard

15 classes of group instructed English Language per week from Monday to Friday. It offers just a bit more than the Mini English but leaves you with sufficient time to immerse into the city life. Classes challenge students apply their knowledge of theory by means of various methods ranging from situation and role-playing activities to debates about current issues.

Location: New York                  Levels: All


18 hours of group instructed English Language per week from Monday to Friday.

In Chicago, the 18 hours course focuses on communication for all levels and includes two parts: Grammar and Conversation Skills. "Grammar" includes grammar, vocabulary, and reading. Skills are taught with an emphasis on interactive, productive use. Students practice grammatical skills and new vocabulary in authentic, spoken English. "Conversation Skills" is student-centered learning in a comfortable, supportive setting. Effective speaking and listening skills are reinforced through a combination of small group work and discussion. Students are helped and encouraged to organize and express ideas clearly and correctly.

In New York, it incorporates a weekly 15 hours of Spoken English in the morning, and 3 hours of writing classes. In the Spoken English classes, you will learn to discuss familiar topics, express opinions and thoughts more easily incorporating commonly used idioms, practice their conversation with up-to-date and realistic themes while expanding vocabulary. Writing classes incorporates exercises, which target the different elements of writing in English, in conjunction with daily compositions - all designed to improve the writing skills of the student in the shortest period of time.

Location: Chicago, Nueva York, San Francisco, San Diego                             Levels: All

Super Standard

20 hours of group instructed English Language per week from Monday to Friday. This course uses an integrated approach that covers: speaking, listening, reading and writing. It incorporates pronunciation, vocabulary building and conversation activities using grammar in context.

Location: Chicago, Nueva York, San Francisco, San Diego                 Levels: All

Standard Plus

Group instructed 25 or 28 Classes of group instructed English Language per week from Monday to Friday.

In Chicago, the 28 hours is organized as 20 hours of Grammar & Conversation Skills + 7-hour Elective. The course is intended for students who wish to gain additional skills in a specific focus area, such as American Idioms, Pronunciation, or Business English. A variety of electives are offered every 8 weeks. For All levels: Pronunciation or Communication Skills. For High Intermediate to Proficient levels only: Accent Reduction, American Idioms, Business English, and College Study Skills

In New York, the 25 hours course encourages quick progress in English communication. It is best suited for people with little time and the need to practice even more in little time.

Location: Chicago, Nueva York, San Francisco, San Diego                              Levels: All


30 hours of group instructed English Language per week from Monday to Friday. Just for that student that wants a little more English. Designed to effectively achieve the most learning in the least amount of time.

Location: New York                  Levels: All

Individual (One to One) 

If you are interested in additional hours of instruction, or wish to have further improve distinct areas of your language skills (e.g. grammar, writing, pronunciation) these lessons are perfect for just that. You will have personalized session with qualified teachers outside of class hours.

Location: Chicago, New York, San Francisco, San Diego               Levels: All

Combined Cities

This program attracts the voyagers in students. It allows for students to choose from the list of courses that we offer in our schools and distribute the learning experience among the different locations. By combining a course from among these different cities, one will learn Spanish and have the opportunity to know the rich variety of Spanish cultures at the same time. Plus, it makes for great city hopping.

Location: Chicago, Nueva York, San Francisco, San Diego

Group Programs

  • For groups of 5 or more persons traveling together on the same package to the same destination, please contact our Group Department for a group discounted price quote at: group@nik-las.com
  • With a group of 5 or more persons, you may organize a program that fits your interests and trip desires. Contact our Group Department for more information.

Location: Chicago, Nueva York, San Francisco, San Diego


TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Preparatory Course

15 hrs, 18 hours, or 20 hours of classes per week can last from 8 to 10 wks. This is a course specially designed to prepare English students to take the national TOEFL exam in either of two formats: computer-based or paper-based. The TOEFL is required by American Universities and Colleges for Foreign Students to attend. It is perfect for advanced English students who are ready to pursue a university education in the US. It provides a very comprehensive review of all the components needed for the TOEFL test such as written structures (grammar), reading comprehension, listening comprehension and essay writing. It provides a thorough discussion on the techniques and strategies for taking the test.

Location: Chicago, New York, San Francisco, San Diego                               Levels: Advanced

TOEIC [Test of English for International Communication] Preparation

18 hours of classes per week. This course is well suited for individuals who need to improve their TOEIC score. The exam measures the ability to understand a business-related conversation in standard English as well as the ability to read English workplace manuals, correspondence, technical books and articles. Instruction will emphasize TOEIC test-taking strategies, vocabulary building, understanding business letters and memos, current business events and advanced grammatical structures.

Location: Chicago                 Levels: Advanced

GMAT [Graduate Management Admissions Test] Preparatory Course

18 or 20 hrs of classes per week. The GMAT is a university admissions requirement for any student pursuing an MBA in the USA. The course prepares you for the analytical and verbal sections of this important exam. You will study advanced English vocabulary, grammatical structures and practice test-taking strategies to improve your analytical writing and verbal reasoning skills.

Location: All                               Levels: Advance

Business Intensive English

15 hours of classes per week + 3 classes per on US Business English. This course is perfect for persons who wish to work in an English-speaking work environment or aspire to an international career. You will familiarize yourself with the relevant jargon, increase your knowledge of the field and learn specific skills of the trade. This course includes instruction in U. S. business practices, speech writing and oral business presentation skills for international business professionals. It enriches vocabulary and builds accurate grammar usage. It provokes and reinforces critical thinking by analyzing cases of success stories of various businesses in the U.S., and how they relate to other businesses globally. The students are led on field trips to financial and business districts, and they attain a better perspective of the business environment.

Location: New York                  Levels: All

Pronunciation and Accent Reduction I

This course will help you become more aware of your pronunciation and the pronunciation of native speakers of the US English.  It combines 15 hours of  English classes per week with 3 classes per week focused on Pronunciation and accent reduction.  You will be able to use various features of English pronunciation, know its rules and recognize sounds and exchange information with other students.

Location: New York                  Levels: All

Pronunciation and Accent Reduction II

This course reinforces speaking and listening skills. You gain the ability to understand and use the spoken language using good pronunciation and appropriate accent. It combines 15 hours of  English classes per week with 3 classes per week focused on Pronunciation and accent reduction.

Location: New York                  Levels: All


These 15-week programs are perfect for non-native speakers of English who wish to improve English language skills for professional purposes or to meet college entrance requirements. Class sessions are offered on these four basic skills:

- Conversation & Listening

- Grammar

- Reading & Vocabulary

- Writing

Subjects by dates:     i. Conversation & Listening: Mondays & Wednesdays (8h-10h / 13h-15h / 18h-20h)

ii. Grammar: Tuesdays & Thursdays(8h-10h / 13h-15h / 18h-20h)

iii. Reading & Vocabulary: Mondays & Wednesdays (11h-13h / 16h-18h / 20h-22h)

iv. Writing: Tuesdays & Thursdays (11h-13h / 16h-18h / 20h-22h)

Class Hours for Monday thru to Thursday:       Morning Classes -     8:00h - 13:00h

Afternoon Classes - 13:00h - 18:00h

Evening Classes -     18:00h - 22:00h

Program Start Dates:           2008:   Sep 8, May 12, Sep  15

2009:   Jan 26, May 11,Sep 14

Three programs are offered:             I. Intensive IEP 123

II. Intensive IEP 123/A

III. Intensive IEP 123/B


Intensive IEP 123

It is a 300-hour program over 15 weeks with 20 hours of classes, including Language Laboratory, each week. Students who enrolled in this program qualify for F-1 student visa. This program includes all four class sessions twice each week.

Location: New York                 Levels: All

Intensive IEP 123/A

It involves half the workload of the Intensive IEP 123 Program over the same 15-week cycle. It has 10 hours per week for 15 weeks. This program includes two of the four class sessions offered.

Location: New York                 Levels: All

Intensive IEP 123/B

It isolates a single skill area in the Intensive IEP 123. Students target one of the four skills for 15 weeks. The program is especially valuable for non-native speakers of English with a specific area of weakness in their English language skills. This program includes one of the four class sessions offered.

Location: New York                 Levels: All


Work experience is an exciting and challenging way to improve your English, gain insight into US working life and culture and learn new skills.

This is an invaluable opportunity to improve your English and to learn new skills. Designed for students, graduates and young job seekers aged between 18-35.

There is no salary because the objectives of the program are educational and offer a chance to gain professional experience. Many employers pay for daily travel and/or lunch expenses, but this is not guaranteed.


  • Age range 18-35
  • Fully monitored placements
  • The program is educational - work is unpaid
  • Placements in sales and marketing, business administration, tourism, information technology, hospitality,  Advertising, and Public Relation


The program lasts from 16 - 20 weeks. You begin with a minimum 8 weeks of English Course, followed by a internship placement of 8 - 12 weeks. That is,

  • 8 weeks Course & 8 weeks Work Placement (16 weeks)
  • 8 weeks Course & 12 weeks Work Placement (20 weeks)

Placement Fee: $2060 USD

Length:  16 or 20 weeks



Placements are organized so that students can:

  • Improve fluency & practice your Business English vocabulary at work
  • Develop specialized vocabulary
  • Improve intercultural understanding about workplace culture & etiquette
  •  Gain valuable knowledge of your industry in the US
  • Meet Americans in your chosen career field

The work you do will depend on your level of education and qualifications, your skills and experience, and your level of English. Placements are generally in companies in Chicago. Job specifications and workloads vary, but you can expect to have your own responsibilities and perhaps your own project. Companies will interview you during the English Study phase of the program. Students are monitored during their placement and given advice on handling work assignments.

We ask you to specify 2 different areas of interest on your application - flexibility is needed to find a worthwhile placement. We have internship opportunities available in the areas of sales and marketing, business administration, hospitality, tourism, Information Technology, Advertising, and Public Relation.

Length: 8 or 12 weeks at 40 hours per week


Your Language skill is an important factor in finding a quality work placement. Students must be Lower-Advanced or above to be eligible for the work experience programs. You can choose any of the following English courses: Standard, or Standard Plus. Most companies will want to interview you before offering you a work experience placement and you will need good English to get the most out of your experience. Minimum of 8 weeks English Course.

Length: 8 weeks

APPLICATION: required documents

  • Résumé either in English. (Example Provided)
  • Short essay (1-2 pages): the student has to focus on the kind of experience he/she wants to have, what he/she wants to learn, what kind of internship the student prefers, and why.
  • The student has to send the documents by e-mail to: intern@nik-las.com
  • Deposit of $250 USD
  • Send documents at least 2-3 months before arrival date


There are various activities and excursions offered during the year that helps you get to know other students and members of staff and enjoy the culture and entertainment of the United States. You may participate in short walks around the city While some activities may be free, for others, students are required to sign-up and pay in order to participate. Excursions may include visits to monuments, galleries, museums, and tours, while other's may include trips to other nearby cities. Here are examples of possible excursion destinations:

From Chicago

  • Sears Tower, John Hancock Building, The Art Institute of Chicago, Shedd Aquarium, Lincoln Park Zoo & Conservatory, Field Museum, Navy Pier, Wrigley Field Baseball Stadium, ESPN Zone, Great America Theme Park Lake Michigan beaches, world-class museums, parks, shopping centers, restaurants, theaters, sports facilities, etc.

From New York

  • Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Times Square, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Midtown, Bronx Zoo, Empire State Building, Long Island, SoHo, Brooklyn, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., etc


Bus Station, Train Station, Airports

This optional service is offered at a cost for One-way from/to arrival or departure spot in the United States. A representative meets and takes the student to accommodation or departure point. Please forward travel information at least 3 weeks in advance.

Location: Chicago, New York


NIK|LAS offers lodging during your stay in United States while you are taking part in one of our courses.

Accommodations are generally a 10 - 45 minutes by metro/ bus from the school or center. Shopping facilities are a short distance away. Electricity, gas and water are included.

Single Room (SR) - Private room.

Double Room (DR) - Shared Room between two students.

Suggestions: Take extra care with your behavior; keep common areas clean; moderate noise to a low level at night; respect apartment mates schedule and customs. In short, be responsible for yourself.

Shared Apartments

Apartments are simply furnished with a fully equipped kitchen with washing machine, living room with television, iron and 1 or 2 bathrooms. There are no telephones available in apartments. These 2, 3, or 4 Bedroom apartments are shared with other international students and/or locals so students can cook their own food and manage food budget. Bed linens are provided. However, you will need to bring towels and own personal toiletries. Room in a shared apartment with access to all communal areas of the house (kitchen, bathroom and living room). Single rooms options.

Homestay/Host Family

Staying with an English speaking Family is rewarding, in that, it encourages the natural use of social English. This helps to improve your language skills. Room with an English Speaking family with a meal option of breakfast(1 meal/day) or half board (2 meals/day). You are made to feel completely at home with their families and enjoy the unique opportunity to fully integrate oneself into an English speaking family life. Though, you will be free to do what you wish, you will be expected to adjust a bit to the rules of the house. You will receive your own house-key so you may come and go as you please. During your home-stay you will be able to receive phone calls. Bed linens are provided. However, you will need to bring towels and own personal toiletries. Single rooms options.

Location: Chicago, New York

Student Residence

We offer a variety of residential accommodation in different parts of New York city and Chicago. The residence houses several rooms with students also studying English. You have access to communal area of the fully equipped kitchen, dining room, living room with TV, video, as well as washing machines. It has an international atmosphere, where English is the common language. Bed linens are provided. However, you will need to bring towels and own personal toiletries. Single or double rooms options.

Location: Chicago, New York

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