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From ESL to Undergrad: Winning Outstanding ESL Student of the Year is Only the Beginning for Zahraa

Let’s hear it for Zahraa, the first-ever winner of the Outstanding ESL Student of the Year Award! At the end of Spring 2020, Zahraa received a cash prize of $100. Zahraa, who is from Iraq, completed her first semester at UTC as an English as a Second Language student. She worked hard to improve her English, and this fall, she has returned to UTC as a biology major. During

Congratulations, Chenyu! CGE’s First Outstanding International Undergraduate Student of the Year

We’re so proud of Chenyu, the first-ever recipient of the Outstanding International Undergraduate Student of the Year Award! At the end of Spring 2020, Chenyu received a cash prize of $500. Chenyu is from China and just completed his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at UTC. He is a dedicated student and even made the Dean’s List while staying engaged with extracurricular activities, such as volunteering at the Chattanooga

Our First Outstanding International Graduate Student of the Year

Let’s give it up for Shahab, the first-ever winner of the Outstanding International Graduate Student of the Year Award! Shahab will receive a cash prize of $500. Shahab, who is from Iran, came to UTC in Fall 2019 to pursue his PhD in computational science. His focus is computational engineering. Shahab has worked hard all year, and he is still at it. This summer, he will travel to Sweden to

Student Spotlight: Ngan

Born in Vietnam, Ngan has lived in the United States for several years. She first lived in Chicago but joined family in Chattanooga two years ago. Ngan dreams of becoming a dental hygienist, and most U.S. dental schools require the TOEFL. Needing to improve her English, Ngan researched English as a Second Language programs online. “I saw that the ESL program at UTC was highly recommended by former students,”

Electrifying the Future

Meet Ha Vo. Ha Vo is from Vietnam and is currently an undergraduate student at UTC. She is studying Electrical Engineering with a specialization in Power Systems and is part of UTC’s Innovation in Honors Program. Ha Vo developed an interest in electricity after an incident she experienced when she was eight. She was shocked by 220 volts of electricity,  but fortunately, she did not have serious injuries. She

A New Chapter

The UTC English as a Second Language (ESL) Institute hosted a luncheon on December 8th, 2017 to celebrate the end of the semester. The purpose of this luncheon was to commend the hard work and accomplishments of the ESL  students. All of the students worked really hard during the Fall 2017 semester to not only learn English but to also learn about the U.S. culture. It is customary for

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Expanding Horizons

Ms. Patricia Lin- Steadman joined UTC Center for Global Education (CGE) as Senior Coordinator of International Student and Scholar Services. Patricia started her journey with us on December 1, 2017. As Senior Coordinator of International Students and Scholar Services, Patricia’s responsibilities  will include ensuring that the appropriate administrative infrastructure and services are in place to efficiently support International Students and Scholars at UTC. She will serve as the Designated

UTC International Students Brighten up MLK on PARK(ing) Day 2017

PARK(ing) Day is an annual global event where community groups and members showcase their work and temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places. Citizens, artists, and activists will roll out the green grass, set up tents, and display art or hand out sweets. It all started in 2005 when a San Francisco art and design studio converted a single metered parking space into a temporary

Go Global Community Events Connecting Students From all over the Globe.

The Go Global community has been busy in the past month since the commencing of classes. When the semester begins, many events are available for students to attend as part of Welcoming Week and these events were a great introduction to campus life for the international students. UTC Go Global is an LLC (Living Learning Community) and acts as a community in campus housing to group international students with

Meet, Emma from Tournai, Belgium!

What do you know about Belgium? Perhaps you are familiar with their beer, chocolate, and waffles, but I sat down with someone from Belgium to tell us more! Meet, Emma from Tournai, Belgium! She is enrolled at UTC as of August 2017 as a freshman on the UTC tennis team who has not yet decided on her major, but is thinking about studying business. When asked why she chose