Miami University's Dean of regional campuses Michael Pratt announced today a pilot program that will bring a cohort of international students from China to the recently established English Language Center (ELC) at the Middletown Campus. The pilot program is planned to begin in the fall 2013 semester.
“Consistent with the proposed Miami 2020 Plan of expanding the university’s global involvement, this pilot program will foster interaction and increase understanding of global diversity to benefit our students, faculty, staff and the community," said Pratt.
The ELC program is specifically designed to provide full-time intensive English language instruction and integration into university-level courses to qualified students who are conditionally admitted due to their level of language proficiency. The ELC prepares students for full admittance to Miami University’s regional campuses two- and four-year degree programs.
The first cohort of students from China will arrive at Miami Middletown before the beginning of the fall semester to participate in a week of orientation, assessment, advising and academic program orientation. Students will take classes designed to improve reading, speaking and writing, as well as courses in math and American studies. In addition to instruction, students in the ELC program will explore the surrounding area via excursions and trips and gain U.S. life experience on campus and in the Middletown area.
Students who successfully complete the fall 2013 intensive English language program will be admitted and may continue their studies at Miami's regional campuses in Middletown and Hamilton or at the Voice of America Learning Center in West Chester.
"Miami University’s regional campuses are uniquely suited for this type of program,” said Pratt. “We have the faculty, staff and campus settings to provide a wonderful introduction to college life in America. We hope that this will be the first of many cohorts from many countries that will start their U.S. university experience at Miami’s regional campuses.”
This new program is being developed through a collaborative partnership with Quest Holdings International, LLC, which will provide housing and related services for the Chinese students. The pilot cohort of students will reside in Middletown in housing provided by Quest Holdings near the Miami Middletown campus. Quest Holdings will also renovate the former Holiday House on University Boulevard as a dining and social center for the students. Quest Holdings is affiliated with Renmin University of China, a major research institution with 24,000 students.
“We are very pleased to be collaborating with the Miami University's regional campuses to provide students from China with more opportunities to study in the United States,” said Min Thu Maung, president of Quest Holdings. “For most of our students, this will be their first experience studying abroad, and we are fully confident that Miami University's regional campuses will provide a solid foundation for their future academic pursuits.”
Learn more about Miami’s English Language Center at www.regionals.miamioh.edu/elc.