Published June 20, 2013
UB’s English Language Institute (ELI) will welcome 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, joining the program’s 75 other international students, mostly from Asia. They will spend 25 hours per week on the 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 are studying at UB under a new SUNY-Puebla Intensive English Program (IEP), created through a partnership among SUNY, the U.S. Embassy in Mexico and the State of Puebla. The program aims 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 at the University at Albany, SUNY New Paltz and Stony Brook University, as well as UB.
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 is designed 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 the South Campus, a prime spot to ride the NFTA metro rail and explore the city. ELI also will lead weekend outings to the Walden Galleria, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Taste of Buffalo and Niagara Falls.
Participants in the Intensive English Program do not receive credit, but the skills they gain are invaluable for their careers.