Deepak Uniyal’s ESL Story

1 (2)Deepak Uniyal was a student in our Intensive English Program almost three years ago. He recently earned his third master’s degree: an MS in Human Resource Development from University of Houston.

Deepak, we are so proud of your accomplishments and are delighted that you chose to share your most recent success with us!


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Deepak (sitting in front) gathered with his Rice ESL teachers and classmates to celebrate his birthday.

“I am working as an Instructional Designer at Lincoln University, Missouri. I design, develop and implement online courses for the university. I must say that enrolling in the Rice University ESL program was the best decision I made in the first three months after arriving in the United States. Little did I know that this decision would change my career completely. The ESL Program at Rice has impressive learning resources—i.e.: brilliant teachers, teaching materials, cutting edge education technology, learning environment, cultural events—and a diverse pool of international students and staff that made studying here an unforgettable & unique experience.

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Deepak proudly poses next to University of Houston’s mascot, a cougar named Shasta.

The advanced learning classes equipped me with active reading, coherent writing and sound communication skills that incredibly prepared me for the GRE, TOEFL, and academic writing. My favorite part was learning about the American culture, which helped me acclimatize in the United States. Nonetheless, it was the guidance I received from the teachers on the selection of the correct major and the college what placed me at the top of my academic career. The fact that I graduated from the University of Houston with a 3.92 GPA and was able to secure a job before graduation, defines the impact ESL made in my life.”

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