UNI Culture & Intensive English Program one of 12 in nation selected for special program

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Six international scholarship students will begin intensive English language study and academic preparation at the University of Northern Iowa, Monday, March 7.

Through the Partnerships for Learning Undergraduate Studies (PLUS) program, an initiative of the U. S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the students will participate in UNI's Culture & Intensive English Program (CIEP).

For the second consecutive year, CIEP is one of only 12 university English programs in the nation chosen to provide language training.

PLUS, part of the Partnerships for Learning initiative, provides scholarships for undergraduate students from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia to study in the United States.

'We expect six scholarship students to arrive for the CIEP term. They will stay until the end of July when they will transfer to other universities in the U.S., where they will do their undergraduate studies,' said Robert Pesek, UNI CIEP director. 'Two students will come from Morocco, and one each from Sri Lanka, Nepal, Tunisia and Syria. They will be staying in housing on campus so they can experience the sense of community in the residence halls.'

PLUS selects outstanding students who have completed at least two years of undergraduate study at a home institution. Students receive a full scholarship for enhancing their English language and study skills, and two years of study leading to a bachelor of arts degree from select U.S. colleges and universities.

'It is a real honor to have the Department of State choose UNI's Culture and Intensive English program to teach their scholarship students English for the second year in a row,' Pesek said. 'UNI is truly world class.'



Robert Pesek, International Programs, director of Culture & Intensive English Program, (319) 273-2853
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728