The University of Texas at Arlington, 120 Years of Excellence
At the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), international students have the exciting opportunity to study at a major public research university known for 120 years of excellence. With an excellent business school and strong STEM programs (including electrical, biomedical, and aeronautical engineering) UTA attracts international students from around the world. Students enjoy state-of-the-art facilities, including a new engineering research building and modern student housing on campus.
Student Life at the University of Texas at Arlington
ESL students at the UTA English Language Institute (ELI) enjoy perks such as going on cultural field trips to Texas hotspots; participating in the Conversation Club, Conversation Partners, and Service Learning Club; and for eligible advanced students, taking UTA classes through the Bridge program. The university boasts 14 NCAA Division I athletic teams, an active Greek life, and a wealth of fun and unique campus traditions.
Students love living in strategically located Arlington, and nearby Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport offers convenient access to the southern states such as Florida and neighboring Louisiana. The English Language Institute Director, Keith Maurice described the benefits of living in Arlington: “Arlington is in the middle of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metropolis – between Dallas, Fort Worth, and Arlington. There is so much to do – whatever the students’ interests are. We have great music, arts, and sports.”
A Program for Every Student
UTA’s ELI offers four distinct programs to meet the needs of all students. Most of the ELI’s new international students begin with the Intensive English Program (IEP). The IEP is a traditional six-level program that meets for 20 hours per week and successful students may be conditionally admitted to undergraduate programs at the university.
The Graduate English Skills Program (GESP) is designed to prepare students who have already been admitted to, or who are currently enrolled in graduate degrees at UTA. Dr. Maurice explained, “They’ve already received admissions and some have already begun studying, but they come for polishing their language skills – especially writing skills for graduate study.”
Also designed for international graduate students, the Developmental English program for International Teaching Assistants (DE/ITA) is a 10-week course to polish the English skills of international teaching assistants at UTA. “The program works with graduate students for pronunciation, fluency in speaking, and presentation skills for teaching undergraduate students in an American classroom,” stated Dr. Maurice.
Finally, the English Language Institute offers flexible, custom-made programs for international groups of students or professionals, generally during the summer. The ELI looks forward to welcoming more Brazilian students to the University of Texas at Arlington and to all of its programs.
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