Common language: English Language Program alumni share how they reached their goals

The word "hello" written in various languages on a blue background.Being bilingual is widely recognized as a necessary skill the world over. For many, that means speaking English in addition to their native language.

Since the founding of the English Language Program at Virginia Commonwealth University in 1989, it has helped hundreds of students enhance these skills. Many have gone on to pursue bachelor’s, master’s or other degrees in the U.S. or their homelands, while others have used their improved English to advance their careers or simply enhance their everyday life.

We recently spoke with several ELP alumni who shared how the program helped them reach their goals. Here’s what they had to say:

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