Category Archives: Alumni Spotlight

Alumni Spotlight: Guillermo Riera

Guillermo Riera’s brother studied in our program in 2009. Seven years later, Guillermo decided to follow in his big brother’s footsteps and study English in the U.S. After looking thoroughly at the different ESL programs available in Houston, his father … Continue reading

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Alumni Spotlight: Vítor Andriotti

As a kid in Brazil, Vítor was always surrounded by American culture. Most of the movies, TV series, cartoons, comics and games he enjoyed were produced by English speaking countries. When he was 14, he became interested in software development … Continue reading

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Alumni Spotlight: Erhan and Reyhan Basaran

When they came to the Rice University Intensive English Program, Erhan and Reyhan were newly married. Besides getting used to their new life as a married couple, they were both trying to adjust to life in Houston and dealing with … Continue reading

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Alumni Spotlight: Michiyo Mikage

If you had known Michiyo when she was studying in the Rice University Intensive English Program, you wouldn’t have been surprised to know that she had been a radio and TV personality in Japan for 12 years. Her bubbly and lively … Continue reading

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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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