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
I will not forget these last two semesters in TIEP. There were a lot of happy experiences as well as improving my English.
-I Sak Kim (Isaac), South 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
The teachers at TIEP, all of them, are excellent. One of the most important things I have learned at TIEP is to speak without being afraid. I have also learned to be consistent in my studies and to ask a lot of questions.
-Veronica Lucia Cordero, Mexico
I lacked the ability to communicate well in English, so I came here to study at TIEP... Now I’m getting ready to go back to my home country where I will finish my university degree... I’m planning to come back to a graduate school here in the United States to study microbiology.
-Myeongwon (Brighton) Kim, Korea
[TIEP] was one of my most tremendous and memorable life experiences. TIEP provided me with a high standard of education... I have obtained a bachelor's and a graduate school degree in the States; and, I am currently employed as an engineer in Los Angeles, CA.
-Po Ju Yen, Taiwan, R.O.C.
had been dreaming about going to the United States since junior high school. Now my dream has come true. English is a valuable language for me to make friends from all over the world and to live my life fully.
-Makiko Ishikawa, Japan
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
I was lucky that I chose TIEP. It was really joyful days for me to study English for about four months. You taught us living English not only energetically but also interestingly.
-Hiroaki Fujimoto, Japan
The teachers are wonderful, kind, and helpful. Before my English class I couldn't understand English very well. Now I'm improving my English every day. I can go out without fear.
-Angela Livano, Colombia