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Alumni Spotlight: Natalia Laverde

Before moving to Houston, Natalia used to work as a communication consultant and corporate photographer for the oil industry in Colombia. When her husband was relocated to the Bayou City for work nine years ago, she was determined to improve … Continue reading

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Alumni Spotlight: José Adrián Viloria

José Adrián is an architect by trade, and the Intensive English Program at Rice University helped him pursue his dream of becoming…a chef and restaurant owner! Here is how the story began for this Venezuelan entrepreneur: Even though he always … Continue reading

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Alumni Spotlight: Ameera Aleissa

Ever since she was a little girl, Ameera was aware of the importance of English as a global language. When she decided to study information systems in her native Saudi Arabia, she knew that most of the program would be … Continue reading

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Alumni Spotlight: Henry Quiroz

Henry had a clear-cut goal when he decided to study English: he wanted to study and work overseas. With a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Chile and an MS in economics and finance from the University … Continue reading

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Alumni Spotlight: Asya Ozkizilcik

When she first came to the United States from Turkey, Asya was planning to stay for only six months. She wanted to improve her English but didn’t have a lot of time, so she needed to find a program that … Continue reading

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Alumni Spotlight: Priscilla Araya

Before coming to our Intensive English Program, Priscilla had studied business administration and marketing in Costa Rica. She started in level 2 of our six-level core program and studied with us for ten months. Now she is a global administrative … Continue reading

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Alumni Spotlight: Rice University Intensive English Program

We are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies (GSCS) and of our Intensive English Program this year. For the last 50 years, GSCS has been providing personal and professional development opportunities to the Houston community, … Continue reading

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Line Dancing Lessons Get ESL Students Rodeo Ready!

When you’re driving along a main street in Houston and find yourself surrounded by horseback riders and covered wagons, you know it’s time for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo! As Houstonians, this is one of our favorite events to … Continue reading

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ESL Students Cheer on Rockets for Another Win!

Our Houston Rockets are currently ranked 3rd in the NBA Western Conference, so our ESL students were ready for a good game when we watched the Rockets take on Orlando Magic last Tuesday! Watching the game was entertaining for our … Continue reading

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Gifts and Games Galore at the Rice Intensive English Holiday Party!

‘Twas the night before finals and all through the city, ESL students were studying most intently. They needed a break or their tired brains were done, So we were off to Dave & Buster’s to have well-earned fun!’ Yesterday was … Continue reading

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