Category Archives: Alumni Spotlight

Alumni Spotlight: Lucas Viana

Ever since he started his undergraduate studies in Brazil, studying in the U.S.A. had been Lucas’s dream. He knew he needed to learn English, but studying the language in Brazil was not as effective as he wanted because he didn’t … Continue reading

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Alumni Spotlight: Firdevs Ilci

Firdevs already spoke English before coming to the Rice University Intensive English Program. “Before I came to the U.S., my English was not so bad, but I was too shy to speak.” She was hired by Turkish Petroleum Corporation, Turkey’s … Continue reading

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Alumni Spotlight: Saka Yoshikawa

If you ever find yourself reading about the genetic significance of the Ryukyu wild boar, it might be thanks to Saka Yoshikawa and a small group of his fellow researchers. Now in the last year of his studies to complete … Continue reading

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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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