Students from Beijing Learn English at Osceola Campus’ International Village


The International Village at Osceola Campus hosted a group of 58 Chinese students, ages 12 – 15, from Beijing, Monday, January 25 – Friday, February 5, 2016. The students completed the English as a Second Language (ESL) for Teens program. As part of their visit, the group also participated in an English Winter Camp in Kissimmee and performed traditional Chinese music at Disney Springs.

These students were brought to Valencia through a special partnership between the International Student Recruitment and Global Engagement department, Brighten International and American Explorer Academy (AEA).

The college generally hosts students for the ESL for Teens program in January, June and July, but this was the first time receiving a group from China.

“The idea with these programs for teens is to build a pathway to Valencia College that will encourage them to consider coming back to study their degree with us,” said Andrea Houser, administrative manager, international program development. “This, in turn, helps to increase our international student population.”

Other groups that participated this spring have been from Korea and Brazil. This summer we are expecting students from Colombia, China, Korea, Turkey, Italy, Brazil and Venezuela.

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