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On July 4,1942, Haitians and Americans founded a bi-national center to reinforce friendship and cultural ties between their two countries. Located in the heart of Port-au-Prince, the Haitian-American Institute has enjoyed decades of continuous community service and remains faithful to the ideal of its founders.

The Institute has two goals: Teaching English, and Promoting Culture.

Teaching English. With the dedication of our teachers, approximately 2,500 students per day attend classes. To date, over 100,000 students have studied English and successfully pursued a wide variety of professions, both locally and abroad. The faculty plays a leading role in hosting English teaching seminars. Also, the Institute is the official Testing Center for the TOEFL and SAT tests, and also offers GRE and PRAXIS exams.

Promoting Culture. On January 7, 2010, the newest addition to the campus was inaugurated. A beautiful 4-storey multi-use building, its top floor is dedicated to cultural events. In conjunction with the Grand Hall (completed in 2002) which can serve as a ground-floor reception and exhibit area, the Institute is an important center for cultural affairs and activities held in mid-town Port-au-Prince. Check our Special Events page for a dynamic assortment of art exhibits, food and craft fairs, concerts, special films and conferences as the Institute develops programs to serve the local and international community.

2011:  A Message from the President of the Board 
Our focus this year is on improving the Institute in many different ways. 

We are working toward the realization of a mutli-use building that will, in addition to providing needed classroom space, house the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Library.  In our aim to continue providing quality English & Creole language instruction, we are exploring resources that will enhance our Testing Center's capabilities, and hope in the near future to offer Distance Learning and other online programming.

Another exciting development will be the launching of the Haitian-American Institute Alumni Association!  For the first time, former HAI graduates will be able to join the Association and, for a nominal fee, stay connected with their Alma Mater and receive potentially valuable networking information, to name a few benefits.  This will be a dynamic venue driven by member interest and involvement.  We invite YOU to become a Charter Member!
On behalf of everyone at the Haitian-American Institute, I wish you a wonderful New Year, and one in which the Institute plays no small part.  A heartfelt thanks for anything you can do to help bring the Haitian-American Institute "WHERE IT NEEDS TO BE" .
--Patricia Tanner Convery, President of the Board

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The Haitian-American Institute functions everyday except Sunday. Our doors are open at 6:00 in the morning. We have five different English-language programs: the Regular and Accelerated Programs from Monday to Thursday, the Friday Program, the Saturday Intensive Program and the Saturday Program for Young Adults ages 10 - 16.

In addition, there are preparation classes for the TOEFL and the SAT.

We also offer an Introduction to the Computer class and a Learning Creole class.

Our Evaluation Exam is worthwhile for new, incoming students who already speak some English. It serves as a way to evaluate placement.

An identification badge is required for every student. Cost is US $8 for new students and US $5 for returning. Passport photo and one piece of identification are required.

Regular Program (JANUARY 10, 2012)
The course span 11 weeks, there is class four hours a week for a total of 44 class hours. Classes begin at 6:50 A.M. and end at 7:00 P.M. and last 55 minutes. Program is completed in 2 years. These classes consist of 1 hour per day of instruction, Monday - Thursday.

6:50 to 7:45 A.M.
7:50 to 8:45 A.M.
9:10 to 10:05 A.M.
10:10 to 11:05 A.M.
11:10 to 12:05 P.M

Lunch break for everybody

12:50 to 1:45 P.M.
1:50 to 2:45 P.M.
2:50 to 3:45 P.M.
4:00 to 5:00 P.M.
5:00 to 6:00 P.M.

Accelerated Program (JANUARY 10, 2012)
The course span 11 weeks, there is class eight hours a week for a total of 88 class hours, which enable one to complete the program in half the time of the regular program. This class runs Monday - Thursday, 2 hours per day. Two sessions are available.

10:10 A.M. to 12:05 P.M.
4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.

The Friday Program (JANUARY 13, 2012)
This program is designed for people who do not have time to come to the Institute four days a week. It spans 11 weeks and also totals 44 class hours. Program is completed in 2 years. Two sessions are available.

Morning--8:30 a.m. to 12:30 P.M.
Afternoon--1:30 to 5:30 P.M.

The Saturday Intensive Program (JANUARY 14, 2012)
This program is designed for the professionals who work during the week. It spans 11 weeks and totals 44 class hour. Program is completed in 1 year. Two sessions are available.

Morning--8:30 a.m. to 12:30 P.M.
Afternoon--1:30 to 5:30 P.M.

Saturday Young Adults (ages 10 - 16) Program
This class if for younger people wishing to learn English, one day per week on Saturdays.

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Introduction to Computer (JANUARY 11, 2012)
Hands-on instruction and practice. Introduction to the Internet, Microsoft Word, Publisher, Excel, Outlook

Monday - Thursday, 9:50 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

Advanced Computer Class
A new, in-depth class that focuses on Microsoft Word 2007 and ACCESS data bases.

Monday - Thursday, 12:50 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. & 1:50 p.m - 2:50 p.m.

Creole Class (JANUARY 14, 2012)
Learn about the history, culture and Creole language of Haiti in this introductory course aimed at teaching the basics.

Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Tuition for the Regular Program ranges from US $70 to US $90.00, depending on time slot --click here for more

The Accelerated Program is US $140
The Friday Program is US $80
The Saturday Intensive Program is US $120
Saturday Young Adults is US $120

Evaluation/Placement exam is US $20

TOEFL Exam preparation is US $250
SAT Exam preperation is US $200

Introduction to the Computer is US $95
Advanced Computer Class is US $95

Learn Creole is US $150

The Institute reserves the right to cancel any class without prior notice, to refund the cost of a cancelled class already begun, and to expell any student who does not abide by the rules of the Institute.

There will be no refunds after two weeks. A credit of 60 percent of the total may be applied toward the next session.

Due to limited space, on campus parking is strictly reserved for Haitian-American Institute personnel.


In 2008, the Board of Directors unanimously voted to fund allocation, design and logistical planning for an exciting new construction project that would enable the Institute to expand its English-teaching and cultural exchange services. Architect Fritz Benjamin was commissioned to design a new classroom wing that would provide 8 new classrooms, along with Academic & Accounting offices and a Cultural Hall. Mr. Benjamin also designed and oversaw construction of the 1997, 12-classroom addition building.

This new building was inaugurated on Thursday, January 7, 2010.

In February 2012, construction began on a building to house a library, administrative offices, translation department and a rooftop garden.

CLASSROOMS. Over the course of many decades, the Institute's campus has undergone numerous changes. The original building housed classrooms, adminstrative offices and the teacher's lounge. This building was destroyed by the January 12, 2010 earthquake. In 1997, a new wing of 12 classrooms was completed, greatly expanding the Institute's student capacity. And, in 2010, the Institute completed its multi-use administrative/classroom/cultural hall.

Finished building with Cultural Hall on top floor--January 2010


The Institute hosts a wide range of students from different backgrounds. All of them attend for one main reason: to learn English.

Many Institutions, both governmental and non-governmental alike, send their employees to the Institute to learn or improve their English.
Many high school students attend the Institute in the afternoon. Cadres, or trained professionals/administrators, frequent the Institute on Saturday morning and afternoon.

Young people between the age of 10 and 16 attend the Institute on Saturday morning. Their parents are proud to take them to that "English sanctuary" every Saturday morning or, in the Summer, every morning, where the atmosphere is pleasant and conducive to learning.

Much more information about the students to follow, such as Interviews, Pictures, Vignettes, and so forth. Please check back!



The Haitian-American Institute has launched The HAI Alumni Association.

HAI has formed this association to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of its alumni, to foster connections between alumni and supporters, and to become a portal serving the continuing needs of our past students both in Haiti and abroad. It is also hoped HAI Alumni Association can serve as a conduit for building a community of support for all Haitians.

The association plans to quickly provide benefits that include reconnecting with classmates, building connections to other alumni, fostering a broader Haitian community, providing a forum for making your voice heard and for sharing ideas on how to improve life in Haiti.

Become a Charter Member of the Alumni Association!


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