University of Windsor opens centre for international students

Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Windsor Star/Kelly Steele

International students hoping to brush up on their english proficiency skills have a new welcoming portal.

University of Windsor’s Vanier Hall, previously a catering facility dedicated to Claire and Anne Winterbottom, has been completely transformed. The WinClare annex will be a Centre for English Language Development and contains four state-of-the-art classrooms, office space and student lounge.

“This is a new home for our English training programs,” said Alan Wildeman, president of the University of Windsor. “Those are programs that attract students from all around the world as a first step toward becoming a student at the university. We have students from more than 50 countries that come and study English here.”

The Centre welcomes over 300 students from such countries as China, Brazil, India, Iran, Korea, Libya, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, and Turkey. Forty per cent of students at CELD are pursuing graduate studies, while the remaining 60 per cent are pursuing undergraduate programs.

Since 2009, the University has had a CELD off campus at a small building located on Wyandotte Street. This second location makes is easier for students who live on or near campus. 

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