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
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
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
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
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
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
You upgraded our command of English. However, we all learned more than that. You gave us a special present, the unforgettable and invaluable memories.
-Dongjae (Justin) Lee, Training Program for Local Government Officials Development Institute (LOGODI) - Republic of Korea
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
If you are an international student who wants to study in an American university, I suggest you to come to study at TIEP. You can lay a solid foundation in English and make a lot of friends from different parts of the world.
-Yuan Xue, China
...I would like to thank our teachers for unselfishly sharing your time, talent and knowledge with us. You really put in the effort to make lessons more interesting to us so we wouldn't just tune out. And you demanded excellence from us. And I would like to give a big thanks for our lovely advisor, the queen Victoria, we call her like that, who helped us with everything, not only with school issues, but even with our problems that we face outside school.
-Sulaiman Alghaith, Saudi Arabia
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, Brazil