American Consortium of Universities (Interlink)

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The American Consortium of Universities (ACU) is a group of accredited institutions of higher education with superior programs and features. Its members serve the educational needs of thousands of international students from around the world. The scope of ACU’s offerings is varied, and far-reaching, ranging from associate degrees to doctoral programs in numerous fields, including advanced science, engineering and technology, and programs as diverse as accounting, engineering, law, business administration, textiles, nutrition and sports medicine.

ACU is not just about strong academic programs. International students flourish in institutions committed to international education, as evidenced by the resources — people, facilities, support services, etc.– they devote to it. That commitment stems from a mission, not only to help international students excel educationally, but to enlist their contributions to enrich academic and learning environments for American students. It also comes from ACU institutional programs to send American students to other countries to study; their cultural learning leads them to be better global citizens and fellow students with international students when they return.

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The American Consortium of Universities (ACU) facilitates international student admission to graduate and undergraduate programs at its member institutions, which offer a wide range of excellent academic programs and services. Assistance to students in achieving fluency in English and adjusting to the new academic and cultural environment is provided by the INTERLINK centers on each campus.

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Valparaiso University

Valparaiso University (Valpo) is a private university of 4,500 American and international students from the US and 40 countries worldwide. Consistently ranked as one of the Midwest’s top universities, Valpo is listed among those universities in the USA offering the best value for price. Valpo has had a long and proud tradition of welcoming international students of all cultural traditions and backgrounds. Aiming to foster true international education for its students and faculty, the university offers many programs that engage students and faculty in cross-cultural dialogues, cultural exchanges, study abroad and service-learning opportunities. Valpo is located only one hour from Chicago in a safe, friendly town of 31,000.

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) is a challenging, supportive, and engaged community that stands apart from other universities because of our shared value to “Do something bigger altogether.” We define excellence not only by the people we attract and the high level of achievement they pursue but also by the meaningful contributions they make. With a conviction to empower all, we have created a unique environment of collaboration and inclusiveness that fuels curiosity and passion. Our diverse community is joined together by an understanding that what matters beyond the lessons learned in the classroom is how they are carried forward to make a difference in our careers and communities.

Integrating intercultural and international experience and perspectives into every student’s learning experience, UNCG is a global university in which people of any racial or ethnic identity, age, or background can achieve an informed appreciation of their own and different cultures. It is a community of actively engaged students, faculty, staff, and alumni founded on open dialogue, shared responsibility, and respect for the distinct contributions of each member.

St. Ambrose University

St. Ambrose University (SAU) is an accredited, comprehensive university, well-known for its commitment to academic excellence, the liberal arts, social justice, and service. Rated among the top regional universities, SAU offers more than 70 areas of study leading to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The most common areas of undergraduate study for its international students are Engineering, Computer Science, Business, and Management. At the graduate level, the programs with high international enrollment are the Master of Accounting, Master of Business Administration, and Master of Science in Information Technology Management.

Indiana State University

Indiana State University (ISU), a public doctoral research university offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 majors, provides outstanding educational opportunities to students, enhances quality of life by disseminating knowledge through instruction and research, and fosters creative and scholarly programming.

INTERLINK Language Centers

Success in today’s world demands increased cross-cultural competence and effective communication skills. Proficiency in a second language, especially English, is vital for international students and business people. To that end, INTERLINK provides a unique curriculum, inspired by learning theories, research, and practical applications. The INTERLINK experience enables learners to participate actively in diverse linguistic, academic, and cross-cultural settings. Individual needs and progress are carefully monitored, and throughout this process, learners receive encouragement, support, and assistance.

Located on the campuses of top-ranked U.S. universities, INTERLINK offers its students full access to all facilities and many academic services, including assistance with conditional admission to these institutions. Additionally, students can meet American students and professors, audit or take classes for credit, and experience university campus life. Throughout the students’ stay, dedicated faculty and staff assist them with their personal, cultural, and academic challenges.

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Conditional Admission

Academically qualified students who do not have the required proficiency in English may be admitted conditionally to an ACU member institution if they enroll at INTERLINK prior to the start of their academic studies. After successful completion of the program and upon meeting the conditions as specified in the initial conditional admission letter of ACU’s member institution, they may be admitted as regular students. Some ACU member universities require that students submit completed application forms, official transcripts from schools previously attended, documentation on finances, and perhaps letters of recommendation. Other universities only need to review official transcripts to decide on the conditional admissibility of a student. In all cases, one of the conditions will be either to achieve a specified TOEFL or IELTS score or complete the INTERLINK program successfully. Assistance in applying to universities is available free of charge to all INTERLINK students.

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Master of Science in International Commerce & Policy at Valparaiso University

Campus Full time 15 - 18 months September 2017 USA Louisville

The <strong>International Commerce & Policy program (ICP)</strong> provides training in the political, legal, cultural and social aspects of global commerce, business and economics. This 37-credit program, distinct from the MBA degree, is designed especially for international and U.S. students wanting to develop proficiency and understanding in areas related to international relations, politics, business, law and policy. [+]

The International Commerce & Policy program (ICP) provides training in the political, legal, cultural and social aspects of global commerce, business and economics. This 37-credit program, distinct from the MBA degree, is designed especially for international and U.S. students wanting to develop proficiency and understanding in areas related to international relations, politics, business, law and policy. The program, usually completed in 15-18 months if the student begins coursework in the fall, consists of a core of 25 credits. From there students may pursue one of several options, including a Commerce track, a Policy track, a non-specialized track, and/or a Thesis track. Students who are non-native English speakers may add English for Business to their core requirements. Up to 3 elective credits may be taken from language courses in the student’s non-native tongue. Especially for International Students The program is responsive to the needs and interests of international students, and approximately half of the students enrolled in the ICP program are from abroad (current and former international students come from: Belize, Brazil, Canada, China, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Ivory Coast, Japan, Nigeria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, The United Arab Emirates). Attractive features include: Exposure to key elements of international commerce, policy, administration, and law, Business English component for non-native English-speaking students, Wide range of course options that can be tailored to meet individual interests, Access to the resource of the INTERLINK English language center. Master's International - Partnership with the Peace Corps Valparaiso University's Graduate School has partnered with the Peace Corps to offer a unique opportunity for students who would like to earn their International Commerce & Policy degrees while also participating in the Peace Corps. The Master's International program integrates master's-level coursework with service abroad. Students begin by applying to Valparaiso University's International Commerce & Policy program, then completing the Peace Corps application after acceptance to the Graduate School. Students then complete 20-30 credits of graduate work at Valparaiso University, followed by 27 months of service with the Peace Corps. After returning from their Peace Corps assignments, students will complete their final course work at Valparaiso University and receive their degrees. Final projects, theses, or papers will often develop out of the students' experiences with the Peace Corps. Master's International students receive six academic credits for completing their assignments with the Peace Corps. They also receive monetary scholarships and preference for paid graduate assistantships. Criteria for Admission Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School as well as demonstrate adequate preparation for successful study in the program. Valparaiso University Graduate Application; An undergraduate degree or equivalent from a college or university. If you have received an undergraduate or graduate degree from Valparaiso University, you are not required to submit an official transcript from Valparaiso University; College level coursework in microeconomics and preferably comparative politics (or its equivalent); Recommendations from two faculty at the student's undergraduate institution; TOEFL score of at least 550, 213 computer version, 80 iBT version, or completion of comparable level of INTERLINK language instruction. Early Entry Option for VU Undergraduates Qualified VU juniors and seniors may apply to begin graduate course work in International Commerce & Policy prior to graduation. This unique program allows students to save time and money on their graduate programs. For more information, students should speak with their academic advisors and contact an admissions counselor at the Graduate School. Financial Considerations Students may be surprised to discover the affordable tuition rate at Valparaiso University. Please visit the Student Financial Services website for current tuition rates. Financial aid may be available for students taking 6 credits or more during fall and spring semesters. Are you interested in learning more? Request more information from the Office of the Graduate School [-]

Master of Science in International Economics and Finance at Valparaiso University

Campus Full time 18 months September 2017 USA Valparaiso

The Master of Science in International Economics and Finance (IEF) provides students with theoretical and analytical training in the economic, financial, cultural, and managerial aspects of global business and commerce. This 37-credit program is designed for international and US students seeking to develop skills to effectively recommend strategies and policies to upper management operating in a complex global business environment. [+]

The Master of Science in International Economics and Finance (IEF) provides students with theoretical and analytical training in the economic, financial, cultural, and managerial aspects of global business and commerce. This 37-credit program is designed for international and US students seeking to develop skills to effectively recommend strategies and policies to upper management operating in a complex global business environment. The program, which can be completed in 18 months of full-time coursework, requires study in the areas of finance, statistics, and global economics issues. Graduates of this degree program will be well-positioned to work in the profit, non-profit, and government sectors. Economic analysts are employed to perform the following duties for employers: Establish or recommend to management economic strategies, objectives, and policies for the organization; Contribute to the decision making process and accomplishment of tactical plans of the institution by counseling and advising on financial and business matters; Perform economic and statistical analysis on proposed projects or for policy recommendation; Evaluate operations on a systematic and regular basis. Early Entry Option for Valpo Undergraduates Qualified VU juniors and seniors may apply to begin graduate course work in International Economics & Finance prior to graduation. This unique program allows students to save time and money on their graduate programs as courses taken at the graduate level count toward both the bachelor's and master's degree. For more information, students should speak with their academic advisors and contact an admissions counselor at the Graduate School. Admission Requirements: Completion of one semester of college level calculus, one statistics or quantitative methods class, two semesters of introductory economics, and one introductory accounting course. Course content in introductory economics must include both introductory microeconomics and macroeconomics. An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 from an accredited university Two favorable letters of recommendation Official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions attended Two-page essay stating goals Application form with $30 fee for US students. International students must submit all materials listed with a $50 application fee, TOEFL scores, copy of passport and declaration of financial support. Financial Considerations: Students may be surprised to discover the affordable tuition rate at Valparaiso University. Please visit the Student Financial Services website for current tuition rates. Financial aid may be available for students taking 6 credits or more during fall and spring semesters. Are you interested in learning more? Request more information from the Office of the Graduate School. [-]

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INTERLINK Language Centers
890 W. Cherry St. Suite 200

Louisville, Colorado, 80027 US