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Students come to the English Language Institute from around the world. 


Miguel Angel Jimenez

Miguel came to the University of Hartford from Madrid, Spain, and studied in ELI during the 2009-2010 academic year.  He says that learning English in an American atmosphere was very important and that his English skills have been instrumental in helping him find a job in Spain.  He has worked at Addeco Group (Lee Hecht Harrison, U.S.) and began a position as an external auditor at Ernst & Young in September 2011. When asked about his time studying in ELI, Miguel replied, “I have lived some of the best moments in my life studying in the University of Hartford. It´s a great opportunity to live with people who have other cultures. … It´s pretty cool to know that my year abroad wasn´t only for learning English, it was also a great experience to learn about other cultures, and grow as a better person.”


Haruka Tamura

Originally from Japan, Haruka spent two semesters in ELI (Spring and Summer 2010) before enrolling in the Hartt School at the University of Hartford as a dance performance major.  She loved dancing at Hartt and still found time to present her Japanese culture to students in area elementary schools. Haruka also worked as a Japanese assistant in the International Center on campus, and is currently dancing at the Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre in Massachusetts.  


Alp Eren Sahin

Alp came to ELI after completing his undergraduate studies in graphic design at Beykent University in Turkey.  He studied English in the program for two semesters during the 2010-2011 academic year and went on to enroll in the Information Design master’s program at Central Connecticut State University. Alp hopes to use his English and graphic design skills together as he pursues a successful future.