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Article text: On April 12, 2016, Esol Education entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Stanford University, allowing exceptional students at Esol Education schools around the world to attend Stanford Pre-Collegiate International Institutes, a prestigious, two-week residential summer program at Stanford University, ranked among the world’s top 5 universities.
The program includes advanced content and skills development delivered by Stanford affiliates selected for expertise in their fields, with courses ranging from sciences and engineering to writing and humanities and themes and concepts such as creativity, leadership, design-thinking, problem-solving, and communication. Students who participate in the program will share their interests and abilities with other international students and will be given opportunities to enrich and accelerate their academic pursuits.
Weekend field trips will include visits to UC Berkeley, Golden Gate Park, Monterey, and other San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley neighborhoods and landmarks. Students will also learn about the US college admissions process and about resources and services available to international students at US universities.
As part of the agreement, selected students will be part of the Esol Education worldwide cohort, traveling to Stanford with chaperones who will assist in their arrival and provide support in residential life. Limited spaces are also available for external students, based on merit. The students will have the opportunity to meet and bond with others who share their intellectual interests and vision to advance their education in the US.
As Stanford’s educational partners, Esol Education schools will conduct the selection process and review all applications, which must include an essay, academic work samples, teacher recommendations, academic records, external test scores, and a personal interview. “We are proud to have been selected by Stanford as a collaborator for its Pre-Collegiate International Institute. This is a unique opportunity for our students to fully experience the ideals and values of American college education at one of the world’s leading universities,” said Mr. Walid Abushakra, Chairman. “With rigorous, accredited American and IB academic programs, offering a balanced curriculum, Esol Education graduates enjoy excellent academic success at the world’s best universities”
Esol Education’s American International School in Cyprus (AISC) is the first school to offer this opportunity to its students in 2016. “With our high academic standards and holistic educational program, AISC students are reputed to be the best among their peers. We have also reached out to public and private schools across the island for their best and brightest, as well as other Esol Education schools around the world, to nominate their exceptional students for this unique opportunity to experience American college life at one of the world’s finest universities,” shared Dr. Michelle Kleiss, Director at AISC.
Demonstrating its commitment to the collaboration, Esol Education will provide a total of one full scholarship (US$4500) divided equally between two successful applicants - one half to an AISC student, and the other to a successful non-AISC student applicant.
For more information, please visit: www.esoleducation.com/stanfordsummer2016/