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
So far my biggest achievement as a result of my involvement and dedication in TIEP, has being the acceptance at The University of Texas at San Antonio, to start my undergraduate program in Architecture in September 2013.
-Sarah Barrios, Venezuela
...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
...I’d like to seize this opportunity to say thank you for my classmates, teachers and schoolmates for even unwittingly showing me how possible and nice it is to live together with differences and, over all, how beautiful this world is. Thank you!
-Maria Joana Souza de Carvalho, Brazil
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
TIEP has been a great place for me. Even though I only stayed here for a semester and a half, but what I learned, done, and experienced in TIEP was great.
-Nizar Al Raisi, Oman
[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.
The teachers and advisers here have a wealth of experience and were able to help me with every single problem I had... It was surely their kind of highly praised words that helped me get into many good universities.
-Abdullah Alsaihati, Saudi Arabia
I've received acceptances from Cornell University, the University of Washington, and the University of Iowa, and I'm planning to go to the University of Washington to pursue a PhD in bio-mechanical engineering. In the foundation of my success, there was my education here at TIEP.
-Hwan Choi, Korea
I think the experience not only has broadened my vision, but also enriched my life. Actually, besides language, I did pick up a bunch of teaching skills from my class. Now I can't wait to tell my friends how worthwhile it has been to study at TIEP.
-Jowei (Molly) Shen, 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