Students around the world seeking an American college education can often face two main challenges: having a conversational and working knowledge of English and practical skills that lead to academic success.
As the University expands its global footprint, the English Language Institute (ELI), a department of the College of Professional Studies, is refining its mission that began 43 years ago: to provide pre-degree programs that prepare international students to the rigors of undergraduate and graduate degrees in the United States
“Syracuse University has long been considered a leader in international outreach and education,” says Michael Frasciello, dean of the College of Professional Studies. “For more than four decades, the College of Professional Studies has shaped and informed this leadership through the English Language Institute. The institute’s innovative language and culture programs continue to support the university’s recognition as one of four post-secondary institutions in the Northeast designated as a contractor by the U.S. Department of State as a host site pre-diploma for international students.
While today’s international students can try to hone their English skills through a variety of sources, ELI continues to provide top quality English language training, as well as a competitive edge for any student. potential – thorough academic programming and personal support.
Executive Director David Lind, appointed in 2017, understands the needs of prospective ELI students. In more than 30 years of teaching English, Lind, who holds a BA in history from Cornell University and an M.Ed. in Applied Linguistics from the Open University, has accumulated more than 20,000 hours of experience in this field outside the United States. He is also particularly adept at online study, having administered a live distance learning program that provided weekly English lessons to 80,000 students in the UK, Philippines, Argentina and Uruguay.
“What ELI offers non-English speaking students is precisely what they need to successfully navigate their chosen fields of study in the United States,” Lind says. “Language skills and academic reinforcement, plus discipline-specific professional programs and cultural orientation.”
Instruction is available year-round, both online and in-person on campus (when circumstances during the pandemic permit). Thematic courses include courses in architecture, law, medicine, information technology and management of sports venues and events. A flagship offering is the Fulbright Virtual English for Graduate Studies Program, which brings together scholars from around the world who plan to study in the United States.
Some students who attend ELI may not intend to continue their studies at Syracuse. “As one of four State Department host sites in the northeast part of the country, we don’t expect this,” Lind said. “Our mission is to help any international student wishing to study in the United States, no matter where they are.”
Two New York center partnerships aim to attract international students to our region. The College of Professional Studies has worked closely with Wells College in Aurora, New York, and Le Moyne College in Syracuse to introduce international students to their institutions before starting at Syracuse University. Last August, the University welcomed its undergraduate Pathway Program students who had spent their first year of college in Wells.
“The idea is to make it easier for our international students to transition into university life in a smaller, more intimate setting,” says Lind. The Mother Cabrini Foundation awarded Le Moyne a grant to assist immigrant students and asylum seekers in their efforts to complete their undergraduate and graduate studies, particularly in fields related to medicine, in the United States. United.
One wonders how the work of ELI benefits the academic community, central New York, and our nation. “Smart, talented individuals must be nurtured and educated to make our world a better place, regardless of which country students ultimately decide to live and work in,” Frasciello says. “We consider ELI to be an essential part of Syracuse’s commitment to global stability and sustainability.”
To continue the important work of helping international students with their immersion and education, consider making a donation to the English Language Institute. For more information on supporting ELI, contact Jeffry Comanici, Executive Director After Traditional Advancement, at email@example.com or 315.443.1409.