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Playful Costumes Set the Trend at Our Halloween Party

On Tuesday, we had our traditional Halloween Costume Contest and Pizza Party. From the comical to the playful, the costumes we saw this year were more cute than scary. Just to give you an example, our contest winner this year … Continue reading

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ESL Students “Strike” Up New Friendships at Bowling Night!

With classes meeting four hours daily for seven week sessions, we often think we know our Intensive English students very well by the middle of the session…but sometimes they still surprise us! Last week, we discovered that a number of … 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: 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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Magic and Popcorn at Intensive English Program Movie Night

On Wednesday our ESL students experienced what nerds across the world have known for years: Harry Potter brings people together. Just like magic! The newest installment of the Harry Potter movie franchise, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, did … 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: 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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