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International students choose to study in the U.S. for many reasons — some want to improve their English proficiency, others seek to enroll in a degree program, and many just want to experience life on an American college campus. Global Launch provides a community that gives you the support you need and the opportunities necessary to achieve your goals, no matter what they are.
Basic knowledge of the English language is necessary to understand the information in a conversational setting, but if you want to be successful at a top American university like Arizona State University, you will need to learn how to interact with your classmates, speak to your teachers, give presentations and more.
These university skills cannot be measured or taught through tests like the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE. In fact, research shows that students who learn these extra skills do better in their university classes than other first-time ASU international students.
Learning a new language is difficult, especially when you are away from your home country. When you participate in Global Launch academic success activities and volunteer opportunities, you will learn to use your new English language skills to participate in every-day conversations, help other students and make a difference in your new home here at ASU.
Cultural and language immersion is very important when learning a new language. This means that while classroom learning can give you the skills you need to learn a new language, you must practice using that language in your community to help you build confidence and remember the language better. Global Launch provides Connect Activities to help you use your language outside of the classroom every single day, improve your academic performance and make friends! These events include:
Learn more about the Global Launch CONNECT activities here.
For videos and photos of our many Global Launch events, visit our Facebook page!
Global Launch provides free tutoring services to all Global Launch students who need additional help outside of the classroom. These tutoring services are provided by Global Launch educators and top-quality members of ASU's Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MTESOL) degree program.
Global Launch students who earn all A's and B's and attend all of their classes are invited to join the Global Launch A-Team. A-Team students are student leaders who help new international students during Welcome Week and in Connect Activities. A-Team students also earn valuable volunteer experience to add to their resume/CV and improve their English language skills through service to others and to the rest of the Arizona State University community.
Thirty students from Tokyo, Japan practiced their English and learned more about airline hospitality and customer service communication y helping airline passengers at one of the busiest airports in the U.S.
When Lee-Fang Chen and Selina Wang first arrived in Arizona, all they had was their luggage, each other and a common goal: to learn English.
For over 40 years, Global Launch has helped students from more than 160 countries learn English and become a part of the American community. Many Global Launch alumni are accepted into one of Arizona State University's top degree programs after completing their English-language training.
Houria Alabbas and Sebastian Cordova, alumni from Global Launch's Intensive English Program, share their experiences with the program and how it prepared them for success in the classroom and beyond.
This summer, Global Launch — a global training unit at Arizona State University — welcomed students from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia, via the Institute of International Education, and students from the University of Guadalajara in Mexico, to learn about entrepreneurship and communications.