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D’Youville Launches Intensive English Program

D’Youville Launches Intensive English Program

Beginning in January 2019, D’Youville will begin offering an Intensive English Program (IEP) to international students who want to study at an American university or college. The IEP program will equip students with the academic language skills they need in order to be successful students and gain insight into American classroom culture and academic expectations.

The cultural exchange and shared learning teaches us all to be better citizens of the world.

“We are very excited to launch our Intensive English Program and welcome students from all over the globe,” said Laryssa Petryshyn, associate vice president of global education. “The IEP program allows our international students to position themselves to matriculate into a degree-seeking program that will situate them for early career success.”

Many international students face a barrier getting into college because of low scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). By completing the advanced level of the program, the program will fulfill the language proficiency requirement for D’Youville admission and students will not need to take the TOEFL or IELTS.

This path to being able to study at D’Youville not only benefits the student, but the campus as whole. “International students bring so much to our campus and community,” said Meghann Perry, assistant director of the Intensive English Program. “The cultural exchange and shared learning teaches us all to be better citizens of the world.”

What makes D’Youville’s IEP program unique is the hands-on learning the students will complete. With incorporation of technology and exploration of communicative language, students will be prepared for the world outside of the classroom, as well. 

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An international student views artwork at a local museum.

“Students will have opportunities to create digital content to share in class such as podcasts, presentation tools, videos, and social media to improve their English language skills while becoming more critical thinkers and engaged learners,” said Perry.

Students enrolled in the IEP program can also take advantage of D’Youville’s Center for Global Engagement for support and advice. They can connect with other students through events, learn through experiences outside the classroom, and find assistance from an experienced, professional staff.

D’Youville’s location makes it an ideal place to offer the course. “We are minutes from downtown and the Canalside district,” said Perry. “Music, arts, and parks are all a short walk from campus. Buffalo’s Westside is home to the most diverse community in Western New York. Students can enjoy food and cultural celebrations from around the world, right here, in our neighborhood.”


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