A.C.E. Language Institute at the University of Rhode Island
Study English in the USA at A.C.E. Language Institute at the University of Rhode Island. This institute is currently only for students who plan on attending undergraduate programs at the University of Rhode Island but do not meet the University's English proficiency requirements. International students who meet the University of Rhode Island's academic requirements but do not meet URI's English proficiency requirements can receive undergraduate "conditional admission" to URI to complete A.C.E.'s program and then enter URI directly with no TOEFL score required. A.C.E. students spend 18-21 hours a week in intensive English language classes.
Located in the historic village of Kingston, the University of Rhode Island is close to the ocean and major beaches. Just 30 miles south of Providence, URI is within easy reach of Newport, Boston, and New York City. Kingston is only 10 minutes to the beach, 90 minutes to Boston and 2.5 hours to New York City. It has convenient access to a train station only one mile from campus. The climate is humid continental, with warm, humid summers and cold winters.
The University of Rhode Island is a major research institute in a small, beautiful place with really big thinking. URI received the prestigious Simon Award for Campus Internationalization.
- URI has 13,000 Undergraduates and 3,000 Graduate Students
- Over 115 years old, URI was founded in 1892
- More than 80 majors, among the seven degree-granting colleges:
College of Arts & Sciences
College of Business Administration
College of Engineering
College of Environment and Life Sciences
College of Human Science and Services
College of Nursing
College of Pharmacy
- Public research university with land, sea, and urban grant heritage
- 45 states and D.C. represented
- 58 nations represented
You can visit the University of Rhode Island website here: http://www.uri.edu/
Fees may change without notice. One A.C.E. session is equal to half of a URI semester. Students are required to pay tuition and fees for a full semester. If a student elects to leave after one A.C.E. session, only the Intensive Program Tuition for their second session will be refunded.
|7.5 week session cost||15 week semester cost|
|Intensive Program Tuition*||$3000||$6000|
|Student Services Fee**||$784.50||$1569|
|Health Insurance****||Varies; see below||Varies; see below|
* Optional pickup is available from Providence airport or Kingston Amtrak for $60.
** Fee includes transcript, registration, health services, technology fee, orientation, and other student services provided by URI and A.C.E. Fee includes URI study skills course for credit, which meets one elective requirement towards the bachelor's degree.
*** Residence Hall fees are approximate and vary depending on location. Students will pay residency fees after arrival. See details on URI campus living here.
**** Students should enroll in the health insurance plan stipulated by URI. Students beginning in the Fall should enroll in 12 months coverage for $1,636. Students beginning in the Spring should enroll in 8 months of coverage for $1,014.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
"Cancellation" means informing A.C.E. in writing before the first day of classes of a given prepaid session that the student will not attend. No refunds are offered after the session has started. There is a $250 cancellation fee applied for all cancellations regardless of the number of prepaid sessions. However, all sessions' tuition and refundable charges will be refunded if cancelled before the start of the session. Students must submit a completed Cancellation and Refund Form to A.C.E. No refunds are issued if a student is dismissed for disciplinary reasons. No refunds are issued for application or housing placement fees. Portions of requested refunds may be issued to agency organizations that the student selected. Refunds can also be applied to tuition and fees in future sessions by student request. Should there be any change to the cancellation and refund policy, the policy that was in place at the time of the student's prepayment shall be maintained until the end of the prepaid term.
Financial Documentation for F-1 Visa Students
The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) requires that students have sufficient financial resources to meet school and living costs while in the U.S. The student, parents, or a sponsor must provide a current bank statement or an official letter from a bank verifying sufficient funds.
Students should expect to buy books at a cost of $100-$200 per session. Students should budget additional money for personal expenses such as travel or entertainment. These expenses will vary.
Payment of Fees
A.C.E. will accept payment by traveler's check, personal check drawn on a U.S. bank, cashier's check, credit card, or wire transfer. To pay by wire transfer you must add a $30 wire transfer fee to the amount invoiced.
|Spring 2014 Session 1||January 17 - March 7||November 1|
|Spring 2014 Session 2||March 17 - May 9||Not Available|
|Summer 2014 Session 1**||May 19 - June 20||April 1|
|Summer 2014 Session 2**||June 23 - August 8||May 1|
|Fall 2014 Session 1||August 27 - October 24||July 1|
|Fall 2014 Session 2||October 27 - December 19||Not Available|
The A.C.E. Language Institute sessions closely match the schedule of the university during the school year. During the summer, there is more variation to the schedules, due to shorter university summer terms.
* Applications after the deadline may be considered individually on a space available basis, as time permits for housing and visa processing
** Summer session 1 is an extra intensive 5-week course, with additional hours to match the standard 7.5-week curriculum. Tuition remains the same, but housing will be prorated.
A.C.E. Language Institute Holidays at URI
|New Year's Day observed||January 1|
|Spring Break||March 10 - 16|
|Memorial Day||May 26|
|Independence Day||July 4|
|Labor Day||September 1|
|Columbus Day||October 13|
|Veterans Day||November 11|
|Thanksgiving||November 27 - 30|
|Christmas observed||December 24 & 25|
A.C.E. students at URI can live in a campus dorm, or in a homestay.
Dorm cost: Approximately $2070 per 7.5 week session. Click here for detailed rates.
A.C.E. Language Institute at URI can refer you to homestay services, too! Living with an American family allows you to adjust to your new school and culture in a supportive and nurturing environment. Please contact Daniel Carniaux at firstname.lastname@example.org for information, rates and how to apply. A homestay provides the following:
- Private bedroom
- English Conversation practice
- An inside look at American culture
- A welcoming environment and lifelong friendships
Meet our Staff
Sarah Lopolito, Director
Although Sarah was born in Statesboro, Georgia, she grew up and attended college in Rhode Island. Her love of traveling and learning about different cultures began when she studied abroad at the University of Glasgow, Scotland and was further developed on her travels to France, Ireland, England, Italy, the Azores, Aruba, and Brazil. She began her career in education in 1997 and has been teaching ESL since 2009. She earned her Master of Arts degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from The New School in New York. Sarah enjoys using a variety of activities in her ESL classes in order to make sure her students are engaged in English in a fun and meaningful way. When she is not teaching, she enjoys gardening, running, reading, and spending time with her family.
Piotr Skuza, Curriculum Specialist
Piotr, Curriculum Specialist at the A.C.E. Language Institute at URI, was born and raised in Lodz, Poland. He now resides in the picturesque state of Rhode Island, his adopted home. He started traveling outside his homeland early on in his life, though. Apart from his native country, Piotr visited, studied, and worked in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg, France, Portugal, Brazil, and the USA. One of the direct results of those experiences is his ability to communicate in eight languages. He earned his M.A. in English (Linguistics) at Lodz University, Poland, and PhD in English (Literature) at the University of Rhode Island. In addition, he studied at Coimbra University, Portugal, and Jean Moulin Lyon 3 University, France. He is also an experienced academic teacher of literature, writing, linguistics, ESL/EFL, and French. Piotr devotes his leisure time to photography, languages, movies, books, music, and traveling.
Dan Carniaux, Program Coordinator
Meet Dan Carniaux, Program Coordinator for the new Language Institute at the University of Rhode Island. Dan recently moved from France, where he was pursuing graduate courses in Cultural Translation at the American University of Paris. He is an avid learner of language and culture, and considers travel equally formative to his career; past experiences have brought him to Quebec, Europe, Turkey, Hong Kong and China. He currently speaks Mandarin, French, German and Spanish. After several years of migration, Dan is now home in Rhode Island. As a native to the state's scenic "South County", he enjoys kayaking, fishing and hiking along the region's shores and interior hills. He also takes advantage of the local film and art scenes of Providence and Newport. Dan is eager to share his home state's natural and cultural resources with students, and hopes to make them an integral part of the American experience at A.C.E. He has several projects in store for the Language Institute, and looks forward to its continued growth at URI.
Laura Faria-Tancinco, ESL Instructor
Laura is a Rhode Island native who has been involved in the ESL profession since 2006. Her teaching days began in Quito, Ecuador where she lived and worked for 3 years. Before returning back home to RI, she traveled extensively through South America. Laura is fluent in Spanish and appreciates food, music and dance of all kinds. Here's what she says she likes best about being an A.C.E. instructor:
"My students teach me as much as I teach them. I am always thrilled to learn about the different cultures & ideologies of my students from around the world."
Vicky Holdridge, ESL Instructor
Vicky Holdridge is an ESL Instructor at the A.C.E. Language Institute at URI. Vicky earned a Masters in Teaching from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, VT, and has over ten years of experience teaching English to adult immigrants. She is the co-author of a text book series called Interactive English. Most recently, Vicky spent two years as the Senior English Language Fellow with the US State Department to facilitate professional development trainings for teachers in Peru and Bolivia.
Vicky is an interactive teacher who likes to get students participating, learning, and having fun all at the same time! Outside of class, she enjoys running, travelling, and spending time with her family. She is thrilled to be part of the A.C.E. team!
Diana Popa, ESL Instructor
Diana is originally from Romania, where she got her BA and MA degrees in teaching both English and French as a second language. She has over 10 years of experience in teaching ESL, focusing primarily on Academic English and English for Specific Purposes. She is the author of several text books on English in Medicine and English for Tourism. Diana received her PhD in 2005, and her doctoral work focused on a contrastive approach to American vs. British linguistic and cultural phenomena. Diana has presented at numerous national and international conferences all over the world, and she has worked and studied in Britain, France, Norway, and Japan before moving to the States. She is fluent in Romanian, English and French and speaks Italian, Spanish and Russian at an intermediate level. What she loves about being an A.C.E. instructor is that she may develop the intercultural dimension in language teaching.
Angela Potts, ESL Instructor
Angela recently joined A.C.E. as a full-time instructor after spending several years traveling and teaching ESL abroad. Growing up in small town in upstate New York, Angela collected post cards from anywhere and everywhere. Finally, while studying English at Saint Michael's College in Vermont, Angela had the chance to study abroad in Italy and sent her own weekly postcards. Travelling and learning about different cultures and learning languages were added to Angela's childhood dream to teach. Eventually, Angela enrolled in American University in Washington D.C. and simultaneously enrolled in the Peace Corps. Angela served as a volunteer in Malawi, Southern Africa as a Masters International student earning her MA TESOL while gaining international experience as a teacher/teacher trainer in a rural Malawian village. For the past three years Angela served as a State Department Fellow in Indonesia and Zambia. Angela is thrilled to explore Rhode Island and to witness current A.C.E. students navigating the challenges and thrills that come from cross-cultural experiences.
A.C.E. Language Institute at the
Taft Hall Room 102
University of Rhode Island
9 Lippitt Road
Kingston, RI 02881 USA
Phone: +1(401) 874-9845
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