New Partnerships Focus on Experiential Learning, Internationalization

Published: Apr 29, 2010
The University of Tampa recently announced the formation of two strategic partnerships that will significantly advance its longstanding educational goals in internationalization and experiential education.

First, UT will host an ELS Language Center on campus. ELS will offer English as a Second Language services to international students who, except for English skills, fulfill all requirements for admission to UT. ELS, which has cooperative agreements with more than 600 U.S. universities and colleges, will also partner with UT admissions staff to expand recruiting into parts of the world that have previously been hard to reach.

ELS has been the leader in international student recruitment and coordinates more than 50 centers in 37 states. Since opening its first center in 1961, ELS has helped more than a million international students from 140 countries around the world learn English. The ELS center will be located in the newly renovated building at 701 W. Kennedy Blvd. on campus.

Secondly, The University of Tampa has entered into an agreement with the National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE) to make UT a regional center for experiential education and a model for other universities.

Next fall, UT will host two workshops with the NSEE Experiential Education Academy to promote the development and improvement of experiential education programs. These workshops will highlight UT’s varied and numerous programs that employ experiential education, including internships, international education, service learning and undergraduate research. For more information about UT’s experiential components, see www.ut.edu/experiential.

NSEE is a nonprofit membership association of educators, businesses and community leaders, founded in 1971.