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ESL Graduates Celebrate Success
What’s the first thing you do when you learn something new? Share it with a friend or family member. Lulu Alsalem, who graduated in 2016 from the ESL Academy, University of Colorado Denver, was pleased to discover how well the Academy had prepared her for university when she entered classes at CU Denver’s College of Engineering and Applied Science in Fall 2016. Naturally, she shared the good news with her younger brother, Doaij, who was living in Kuwait and interested in earning a dentistry degree in the United States. In May 2017, the siblings celebrated together, along with dozens of CU Denver friends, faculty, and staff, as Doaij and his Level 5 classmates graduated from the ESL Academy.
Sharing Friendship & Thanks at the University of Colorado Denver
Dozens of pumpkin pie slices, steaming trays of green beans, mashed potatoes and stuffing, and plenty of turkey slices (as well as pumpkin ravioli for vegetarians) were abundant at a festive Thanksgiving feast for international students, hosted by International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office at the University of Colorado Denver. Students came from diverse global regions around the world but all were focused on one thing: having fun.
Having Fun at the University of Colorado Denver
Where can you see clouded leopards leap 15 feet from tree to tree, arctic foxes with “built-in sunglasses”, and 150 pound komodo dragons that can reach speeds of up to 11 miles per hour? At the Denver Zoo! A special zoo day for international students and their families was enjoyed by more than 70 international students who are enrolled in a degree program at the University of Colorado Denver or at the CU Denver ESL Academy.
Hosted by the Office of International Affairs (OIA) , the event took place on a sunny October day and was attended by students from countries throughout the world, including India, China, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait.
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Lively conversations, laughter, and delicious Spanish tapas and wines accentuated an evening of fun and learning as the University of Colorado Denver celebrated the launch of its new CU Alumni Culture & Cuisine: Spain program. Whether the event-goers were seasoned world travelers or planning their first study trip abroad, all agreed that Barcelona is an excellent location for learning about the arts, architecture, history, and foods of the region.
Successfully Transitioning International Students to CU Denver
The creation of an environment that fosters academic success for international students poses unique challenges; but then, international students at the University of Colorado Denver bring notable qualities to meet these challenges. Patricia Mathews, an ESL Specialist at the CU Denver ESL Academy who also taught at the university’s International College Beijing, observed parallels in the dedication and focus of students at the ESL Academy and ICB.
Robert Rostermundt, Mathematics Instructor
Teaching at International College Beijing (ICB) is a unique experience – ICB students are engaged, hard-working, and among the brightest of student groups (20% make the deans’ list). The ICB teaching staff is equally hard-working in developing a strong curriculum while still making learning fun. Read more by clicking the tabs between the interview (Teaching Experience) and the reflection (Learning Experience) below:
Aaron Meininger, Economics Instructor
Chinese students enrolled in International College Beijing (ICB) enjoy learning from University of Colorado Denver faculty on both the Denver and Beijing campuses. For Aaron Meininger, PhD, landing a teaching position at ICB represented a convergence of three important areas of interest: teaching, traveling, and learning about new cultures.
Faculty Profile: Yungchih “George” Wang
By Lichao Sun
George Wang, associate professor of economics and academic director of the ICB program in Beijing, achieved multiple academic degrees and gained abundant occupational experiences before beginning his teaching career. As an international scholar, Professor Wang has years of experience teaching international students: from Canada, China, India, Taiwan, Vietnam and also the United States.
By welcoming international students to the United States and encouraging American students to study abroad, institutions are enhancing the competitiveness of the U.S. educational system, connecting future global leaders with American culture and business, and creating a positive impact on the national economy.
Alexander Engau is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences at the University of Colorado Denver. And is currently teaching as a visiting faculty member at ICB in Beijing. Having published in a number of international academic journals, his research focuses on the theory and methodology of mathematical programming, optimization, and decision making with a particular interest in interior-point methods and semidefinite relaxations for combinatorial optimization. In his spare time Alexander keeps busy with music, sports, and exploring the outdoors.