When we leave the comfort of our home to face the challenges of living abroad, we grow. Sometimes it is really frustrating when you think that you are saying the words correctly, but the other person doesn’t understand you. Either because we say the wrong word or because of our accent. However, it is really rewarding when the person understands us, especially in restaurants. In the beginning, when we don’t know how to order, usually the waiter decides what we should eat, but when we increase our vocabulary, it is possible even to argue if the food is spicy or not. The list of challenges is really big: to live far from our family and friends, make new friends, adapt to the city, the traffic, the food, the weather, the measurements like miles, feet, Fahrenheit, ounces, inches, pounds! I’m really lucky because I’m from Latin America and that is why I really admire the efforts of the people from Russia, China, Japan, South Korea, or Saudi Arabia who have to learn a new alphabet as well. I believe that only all of us are winners. For me, I can say that all the efforts that I made at TIEP four hours a day were worth it! So, I’m thankful for all the teachers, all the TIEP staff, and all classmates because during this period I learned every day.
Sandra Marques Reis
After one semester in level 138 and half a semester in 158, my TOEFL score was 633! I'm positive that TIEP is one of the BEST schools for ESL in America!
-Lucila Barbosa, Brazil
I'll miss many things like new friends, teachers, and school. But I'm so happy because I learned many things: grammar, vocabulary, idioms, etc.
-Simone Reitao, Brazil
My father came to TIEP to learn English. He now has a masters and a Ph.D. from an American university. I studied English at TIEP, and I am now studying in a great university here in the USA. There is no doubt in my mind when I say that TIEP is the BEST English program there is in the world.
-Fernando Cordova, Mexico
Thanks to my year of studies at TIEP and the help of its instructors and staff members, I'm moving across the United States from Austin, Texas to Corvallis, Oregon where I will begin my undergraduate degree at Oregon State University next semester.
-Nasser Busbait, Saudi Arabia
I know now that my English is good, and I improved it a lot. I advise all other students who want to improve their English to come to TIEP because it is very exciting. It's very interesting because you find many nationalities and can add to your general culture.
-Kardiatou Sow, Senegal
Before I came to TIEP, I hadn't studied at an English school. In my memory Austin is a wonderful place. I am glad to come here and happy to meet all of my friends in TIEP.
-Chia-Chen Kang, Taiwan
TIEP gave me several wonderful experiences, understanding, skills, judgment, practice, anecdotes, that I will remember all my life... TIEP helped me to discover my potential... After my time at TIEP, I am stronger and confident to continue my goals.
-Kitty Garza, Mexico
Studying at TIEP is very interesting for several reasons... The teachers are well prepared; they have a lot of experience, and they are always ready to deal with different kinds of students.
-Danielle Barbosa, Brazil
...at TIEP I could get self confidence. Of course, I still make mistakes, but I'm not afraid anymore. I learned "Don't be shy."
-Gun Bae Park, Korea
I was a TIEP student in the Fall '93 and Spring of '94. I barely spoke any English when I started the program. But by the time I left TIEP I was well prepared to attend college (Economics and MBA) and pursue my successful professional career.
-Heidi Gil, Venezuela