Augustana to Launch New English Language Center on Campus
Augustana today announced plans to launch a new English Language Center on campus, an initiative designed to enable more students from around the globe to achieve their dreams of higher education.
Once launched in Fall 2016, the Center will serve academically qualified students who need to grow their English language skills before beginning their American college careers.
The initiative is a partnership with English Language Schools (ELS) Educational Services, a global organization providing English language programs and university placement for students from 175 countries around the world.
Augustana’s English Language Center will offer qualified students conditional admission to Augustana upon successful completion of the program.
Once launched, the Center could also serve the needs of English language learners throughout the city and region-wide who want to further their academic English language skills. ELS also provides executive short-term programs in partnership with local and regional companies and organizations.
"We are pleased to announce this new partnership with ELS Educational Services, one of the largest and most successful providers of intensive English language programs in the country," said Donn Grinager, director of Augustana's International Programs Office. "Augustana will take full advantage of ELS’s worldwide network to strengthen our relationship with students, parents, schools and universities around the globe."
This fall, Augustana will be home to 153 international students from 36 countries, several of whom had a chance to meet city Mayor Mike Huether last week.
Augustana will open the 2015-16 academic year and officially introduce Augustana University during its Opening Celebration event beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1, in Kirkeby-Over Stadium. All students, faculty and staff, alumni, parents and friends are invited to attend.