Last month I had the pleasure of representing ESLi and Trinity Western University in China with Sarah Van Alebeek (Senior Director of Resource Management, ESLi WKU). Sarah and I were able to host seminars representing ESLi and our North American partner universities. We met with students and parents in Qingdao, Tianjin, Xi'an, Yan'an, Guangzhou & Shanghai.
The students were excited to hear that they would NOTEVER
be required to submit IELTS
scores to apply to ESLi and our partner universities. Students interested in future study in America were especially surprised to hear that NOSAT
scores would be required if they applied through ESLi.
They were also very interested to learn about SCHOLARSHIP
opportunities that are available to ESLi graduates.
We were able to visit several high schools in China and to answer questions about study in North America. Students were encouraged to think about what their final career/academic goal was and to come up with a strategy to achieve it. Most students that we met with plan to achieve a master degree from a famous university. We encouraged them to continue to work hard in their high school studies; strong grades will help them to qualify for admission and scholarships in their first university. We challenged them to apply to small universities in which they would not feel lost and in which they could build strong relationships within the community. Students in smaller classes taught directly by professors not only achieve better grades, but they receive mentoring as they build relationships with their professors. They may also have more opportunities for employment and internships, as there is less competition. These relationships and opportunities will be helpful in preparing for a master degree program at a well known university.
In addition to sharing information about our programs, we were also able to experience some amazing Chinese hospitality and culture. What a beautiful country! We were overwhelmed by the friendly people, fascinating history and geography, and all of the different flavors of each city. We are already looking forward to our next visit – right Sarah!!
Susan Priebe- Director of ESLi Trinity Western University