BUFFALO, N.Y.—The University at Buffalo’s English
Language Institute (ELI) welcomes 13 students from universities in
the Mexican state of Puebla this summer to take part in its
six-week, Summer II Intensive English Program.
The students will arrive in Buffalo on June 29, and will join
the program’s 75 other international students, mostly from
Asia. They will spend 25 hours per week on UB’s North Campus
taking three intensive English courses: reading and listening,
grammar and speaking, and writing.
“It means a lot to us that SUNY was approached by the
State of Puebla to participate in this program,” says
Kathleen Curtis, associate director of ELI, a program that has
taught English as a second language to international students,
scholars and professionals since 1971. “Having students from
Asia and Mexico come together to study English in Buffalo gives us
an opportunity to diversify our program.”
The Mexican students will study at UB under a new SUNY-Puebla
Intensive English Program (IEP), which was created through a
partnership among SUNY, the U.S. Embassy in Mexico and the State of
Puebla. The program hopes to deepen the university’s
engagement with Puebla, and to bring enhanced global opportunities
to Puebla students.
The SUNY-Puebla partnership will bring 28 English professors and
25 students from 26 of Puebla’s public technical universities
to participate in simultaneous summer English instruction programs
offered on four SUNY campuses: University at Albany, University at
Buffalo, SUNY New Paltz and Stony Brook University.
This new partnership is one of the first efforts in Mexico to
take place under President Obama’s “100,000 Strong in
the America” education initiative, which aims to increase the
number of cultural and educational exchanges from the U.S. to Latin
America and the Caribbean, and vice versa.
This marks the first time many of the students are leaving
Mexico, and for some, their first journey outside of Puebla. To
make the most of their experience in Buffalo, the Mexican students
will dorm in Clement Hall on UB’s South Campus, a prime spot
to ride the NFTA metro rail and explore the city. ELI will also
lead weekend outings to the Walden Galleria Mall, Albright-Knox Art
Gallery, Taste of Buffalo and Niagara Falls.
Participation in the Intensive English Program does not offer
credit, but the skills the students gain will be invaluable for