Nowhere else in the world packs in academic energy like Boston, Massachusetts. This thriving metropolis offers historical richness in addition to research excellence, and is one of the world’s best student cities.
International students take advantage of everything at Boston University—from access to the Fitness and Recreation Center, libraries, and dining facilities, to attending action-packed sporting events. Students from over 40 countries are nurtured by exceptional faculty and staff at the Center for English Language and Orientation Programs (CELOP).
Over 60,000 international students have studied English at CELOP since its founding in 1975. Most students come for semester-long programs that provide ample opportunity for formal language instruction, university academic orientation, interactive learning, and a wide array of elective opportunities. In recent years, CELOP has added a variety of specialized courses including four-week sessions to professional training in engineering, entrepreneurship, law, and more. A program for practicing English teachers offers skill building for both their language skills and teaching methodology.
“One thing that sets us apart,” said CELOP Partnership Manager Franklin Pesantez, “is that Boston University is one of the top-ranked universities in the US. This means that we attract some of the most talented and experienced English teaching professionals in the world. This remarkable quality is passed on to our students.”
CELOP has existing partnerships with multiple universities and institutions worldwide, including the Comunidad de Madrid, which collaborates with CELOP for an English teacher development seminar during the summer. Multiple Japanese universities have also established repeating programs for their students. No such partnerships exist yet in Latin America, and the leadership at CELOP hopes that universities and companies will choose BU as a partner for professional development and tailored coursework.
This program gives aspiring English language teachers the opportunity to build their confidence in classroom English and practice new teaching techniques. To apply, applicants should have an intermediate to advanced level of English and must submit a recent TOEFL or IELTS score or another indication of English proficiency.
At the conclusion of their studies, CELOP students can receive a Certificate of Completion and an evaluation describing their level of language achievement. Combined with excellent one-on-one University Admissions Advising, this positions students to continue their academic journeys with confidence. Students can even receive support for college applications.
One notable student success story is BSMP student Larissa Pontes, from the Federal University of Ceará in Brazil, who is now studying biotechnology at Boston University after completing CELOP.
From the BU campus to the greater Boston area, students are surrounded by opportunity. From a conversation partner program, soccer tournaments, volunteer activities, or academic development—BU has it all.