ELI News

International Fulbright Graduate Students to Present Research at Bird Library

Fulbright graduate students from around the world will be presenting a wide range of scholarly research topics on Aug. 11 at Bird Library from 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

This year, 37 masters and Ph.D. students from 23 countries are attending a pre-academic program at Syracuse University’s English Language Institute before matriculating into their degree programs at institutions across the United States. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs as part of its Fulbright Program and administered by the Institute of International Education, scholars spend this time participating in a variety of workshops, field trips, and textual and oral communication courses. The scholars will incorporate the resources and skills they have acquired during their time at Syracuse into their poster presentations.

“The poster presentations provide a unique opportunity for the Fulbrighters to field questions about their research interests from people who are not necessarily well-versed on the subject,” says David Lind, director of the English Language Institute. “The event marks the culmination of a program that provides them with the confidence they need to embark on the next leg of their academic journey at different host institutions across the country.”

To learn more about the event, visit https://calendar.syracuse.edu/events/2023-aug-11/fulbright-scholar-poster-session-95576/.

About the English Language Institute

The English Language Institute, a department within the College of Professional Studies, at Syracuse University is a pre-degree program that prepares international students to succeed in their undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Established in 1979, this immersive year-round program allows international students the opportunity to learn English and culture in the heart of New York state.

English Language Institute Global Partnership Officer to Present at Expositions in Asia

For the first time in years, Syracuse University’s English Language Institute (ELI) is traveling to Asia to promote its programs.

Global Partnership Officer, Jeff Jiang, will attend a series of study abroad expositions from March 18-23, which includes stops in Bangkok, Taipei, Guangzhou, and Beijing. Additionally, Jiang will be meeting with ELI alumni to build connections and share updates about the ELI and Syracuse University.

If you are interested in visiting the ELI booth at the expos in these cities, please contact Jeff Jiang at jwjiang@syr.edu or on LinkedIn.

We look forward to connecting with you!

Ukrainian Student Finds New Opportunities Through English Language Institute

It started with an opportunity. Eduard Gusak sat down with his family and friend as they presented the life altering news to him. Months had passed since Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022, and Gusak was unsure of what his future held, but he knew he had to move forward.

“They told me I had an opportunity to study in the United States,” Gusak says.

With a bachelor’s degree in political science from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Gusak dreamed of continuing his education at Syracuse University. He wasn’t sure if he would ever be able to attend, but the U.S. government pathway program “Uniting for Ukraine” gave him the chance to see his future clearly.

“It’s so important to provide educational opportunities because it will have an influence on Ukrainian society in the future,” Gusak says. “I’m so thankful to Syracuse University for all that they have given me.”

Although well-versed in the English language, Gusak knew it wasn’t enough to thrive in an educational setting. He needed to go back to the basics and become knowledgeable about the language academically. Gusak enrolled in the English Language Institute at the College of Professional Studies to further improve his fluency.

Just around the corner from Marshall Street, the English Language Institute is an immersive pre-degree program that allows international students, like Gusak, the opportunity to learn English before diving into their undergraduate and graduate programs.

“I want to study public administration, but to be a student one can be proud of I knew I needed to become fluent in English,” Gusak says.

Now in his second semester, Gusak has adapted to life in America and is becoming connected to a variety of communities while also keeping in touch with his roots.

In just five months, Gusak has completed the Department of Public Safety’s community police academy and joined the University’s club swim team and Ukrainian club while he continues to learn English. When Gusak isn’t participating in University activities, he is found volunteering at Ukraine 1991 Foundation, a nonprofit corporation committed to providing resources and assistance in Ukraine.

Instead of taking time to reflect on the past year, Gusak prefers to concentrate on how his future will evolve. Volunteering and advancing his education are how Gusak continues to stay proactive. As an international student, Gusak’s motto is to always trust yourself and keep moving forward.

“We need to do everything we can to change our future,” Gusak says.

Gusak has applied to the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, which he hopes to attend after completing the Academic English program at the English Language Institute. After completing his studies in the U.S., Gusak will return to Ukraine and work in public administration.

“I now understand who I am and who I would like to be,” Gusak says. “There are people in Ukraine who sit without electricity, and even sometimes without food, who said it is more important to be in a democracy country than to have food. That gives me motivation. Every time I see a Ukraine flag, I’m reminded of why I’m here.”

About the English Language Institute

The English Language Institute, a department within the College of Professional Studies, at Syracuse University is a pre-degree program that prepares international students to succeed in their undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Established in 1979, this immersive year-round program allows international students the opportunity to learn English and culture in the heart of New York state.

By Hope Alvarez

English Language Institute Students Participate in Department of Public Safety’s Community Police Academy

English Language Institute students participated in the first Department of Public Safety (DPS) community police academy on Oct. 26 and gained an inside peek at the workings of the organization.

For international students, earning an education in an unfamiliar environment while adapting to cultural change can be a stressful experience. The DPS eases those burdens by hosting a community police academy that educates the Syracuse University community on campus safety protocols.

“When international students arrive on campus, the cultural change can be uncomfortable for them,” said Officer George Wazen. “The community police academy exists to work on bridging gaps and strengthening relationships and is a forward-thinking method of community engagement and crime prevention.”

The free four-week program features weekly three-hour sessions where Syracuse University community members can get an idea of what it’s like to protect and serve the campus community. For international students, it’s an opportunity to learn about university policies, New York state and local laws, and ease the transition into their new environment.

English Language Institute student, Eduard Gusak

“This program builds trust between students like me and the community police,” said Eduard Gusak, English Language Institute student.

Gusak discovered the community police academy after meeting Wazen at an information session during orientation week. Gusak used this opportunity to better integrate himself into the community, but he soon realized the program’s advantages as an international student.

“After this program, I saw how the DPS works,” Gusak said “Now I feel more comfortable because I know that I study in a safe place.”

The community police academy incorporated safety training by utilizing scenario-based role playing. The curriculum offered transparency by showing participants how the DPS operates. The lessons included a range of procedures such as how to take photos of evidence, how to properly utilize a first aid kit and fire extinguisher, and how to write reports, said Farzad Amiri, English Language Institute student.

English Language Institute student, Farzad Amiri

For Amiri, the community police academy was the opportunity to better understand self-defense and how to properly protect his community.

“Through our lectures and practical trainings, we address concerns and situations that may arise,” Wazen said. “We advise and recommend the safest actions when confronting a challenging situation.”

To learn more about the community police academy, visit dps.syr.edu/services-resources/community-police-academy.

About the English Language Institute

The English Language Institute, a department within the College of Professional Studies, at Syracuse University is a pre-degree program that prepares international students to succeed in their undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Established in 1979, this immersive year-round program allows international students the opportunity to learn English and culture in the heart of New York state.

Syracuse University’s College of Professional Studies Celebrates 30 Years of Meaningful Partnership with Tokai University

by Cheryl Abrams

Arigato gozaimasu!

Photo of Satoki Awano in Dome
Satoki Awano, Tokai University student at Syracuse University

This Japanese expression of gratitude reflects how the students and leadership of Tokai University have felt about the English Language Institute (ELI) at Syracuse University’s College of Professional Studies for the past three decades.

“Syracuse University has always been very welcoming to the many students we have sent to Syracuse over the years,” says the Chancellor of Tokai University, Kiyoshi Yamada. “We have had the pleasure of hearing from students that they have learned a great deal and had a wonderful experience in a beautiful environment.”

Some Tokai University students are required to spend a semester abroad as part of their academic program. Their enrollment in ELI fulfills this requirement, plus provides rigorous instruction in textual and oral English skills, as well as grammatical accuracy. The students, primarily sophomores and juniors, attend ELI classes Monday through Friday, with scheduled breaks for birthday and holiday celebrations, pizza lunches, and other social activities.

“The college’s English Language Institute has provided access to meaningful academic instruction for students from around the world for many years,” says David Lind, director of International Programs at the college. “We are proud to have cultivated an enriching, mutually beneficial relationship with Tokai University for 30 years.”

International students have praised the education they receive through ELI. Kotaro Kishiguchi emphasizes the diversity inherent in the program. “Everyone at the ELI is so kind that I love studying here. Students come from different countries, so you can learn about many cultures.”

Dean Michael Frasciello points to the college’s long-time partnership with Tokai as an example of the University’s commitment to expand access to college through Syracuse University Global. “We have a proven track record in understanding the unique needs of students from varied nations and cultures,” he says.

Nonoko Omori, who recently completed the program, emphasizes how ELI’s specialized program builds skills in the academic setting that also enhance day-to-day living. “You can talk to students from different countries using English. You become confident in speaking, listening, reading, and writing in English through this experience.”

The ELI broadens horizons outside the classroom by providing opportunities for fun and socialization on the campus, in Syracuse, and around New York State, including sightseeing ventures to iconic destinations such as Niagara Falls. ELI students can participate in a weekly Conversation Club; immerse themselves in university activities; and build friendships by living in dorms or sharing off-campus accommodations.

“So far this semester, ELI has had so many events we can enjoy,” says current student Rio Hamada, “including sharing pizza with fellow students once a month and celebrating birthdays with cake.” Neiro Takeuji adds, “Apple picking was so much fun, and we learned about culture and made new friends!” One Tokai student, Yuta Kukita, even recently completed the Community Police Academy.

Students from all over the world come to Syracuse University not knowing much English or about the academic and extracurricular activities that comprise college life. “These young people want to meet new people and soak up every experience here that they can,” says Lind. This fall, ELI participants have become captivated by Syracuse football and sport their orange apparel proudly.

“We are truly grateful that our students have an enjoyable and meaningful experience at your university,” says Chancellor Yamada. “Syracuse University has been and continues to be an essential partner for us.  We look forward to an even stronger working relationship in the future to ensure that our students have great experiences.”

When students from Tokai University complete their studies in ELI, they also express thanks — “arigato” — for the extensive English language skills they’ve acquired, friendships they’ve made, and experiences in campus life and American culture that will enhance their lives for years to come.

To learn more about the English Language Institute at Syracuse University and ways to support activities for its students, visit eli.syr.edu or contact Jeffry Comanici, executive director of Post-Traditional Advancement in the College of Professional Studies, at JJComani@syr.edu.