About Us

Every year hundreds of immigrant adults from across New York City come to the University Settlement Adult Literacy Program to acquire the English language and technology skills needed to gain employment, further their education, understand and exercise legal rights and responsibilities, attain U.S. citizenship and otherwise participate in their communities. Our program includes a free 10-month course of study from September through June, an advanced creative writing course taught by the Professor Corinne Butta of NYUโ€™s Gallatin Writing Program, and other courses that enable students to build their English proficiency.

“Thanks to this program, I learned to write and read in English. I can communicate with my daughters and their teachers much better than before. I can participate in school meetings and I can ask with confidence about the progress of my girls.”

Ingrid, former student

“Formerly I didn’t know how to take the subway, so I often got lost in the subway, but now I understand it because the teacher taught us how to read the subway map, how to take the subway, and transfer trains. In the University Settlement Adult Literacy Program I really learned many things and now I know more about NYC.”

Huan Juan, former student

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