FLUSHING, NY, March 30, 2012 – Many international students dream of coming to the U.S. and receiving a degree from an American college or university. Some meet all the academic requirements for entry into their target colleges—except for their English skills.
The English Language Institute (ELI), part of Professional & Continuing Studies at Queens College, City University of New York (CUNY), has become a high-quality, affordable place to enroll in intensive English language classes. Upon reaching a certain level of language proficiency, most of its students go on to apply to a CUNY college or another American college or university.
As of March 2012, Queens College is offering provisional acceptance into its undergraduate and graduate degree programs to qualified students who meet the minimum language requirements after studying English through the ELI.
This alternative admissions process, called QC/ELI Path (www.qc.cuny.edu/path ), is attractive for international students for many reasons. Investing in an education abroad can be costly, and this conditional acceptance increases the possibility that the student will go on to earn a degree. In addition, for students from certain countries, receiving an American visa is more likely if the goal is to matriculate toward a degree in the U.S.
"We're very pleased that we can now offer this new path to a degree," says Donna Gruber, Executive Director for International Teaching and Learning at QC's English Language Institute. "This can make a huge difference to highly qualified international students who would otherwise not be able to come due to their limited language skills. With our popular and successful ELI already on campus, this is a natural fit for us." ELI at Queens College, the oldest program of its kind in the CUNY system, has helped students improve their command of the English language for over 60 years.
Gruber, who says that the college will be actively recruiting international students for the ELI Path program, adds, "These students bring a rich, international perspective to the Queens College campus, whose student body is one of America's most diverse. By engaging in dialog with one another, all of the students enhance their global awareness—a necessity in today's globally connected job market."
Professional & Continuing Studies (PCS) at Queens College offers unique academic and international educational programs, technology training, and professional development opportunities. Options range from specialized classes within the ELI and membership in the Lifelong Learning Institute to project management, health care career training, ABA-approved paralegal studies certificates, and the Queens College Networking Academy.
Since its founding in 1937, Queens College has provided a premier liberal arts education to bright, ambitious students. From graduate and undergraduate degrees, honors and pre-professional programs to research and internship opportunities, its 20,000 students can realize their potential in countless ways, assisted by an accessible, award-winning faculty. Located on a beautiful, 77-acre campus in Flushing, Queens College enjoys a national reputation for its liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs. Each year the Princeton Review also cites Queens College as one of the nation's 100 "Best Value" colleges, thanks to its outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages, and relatively low costs. Dedicated to exploring our increasingly interconnected world, the college recently opened an Office of Global Education Initiatives. The Summit, the college's first residence hall, opened on campus in August 2009. More info on Queens College at www.qc.cuny.edu.