After a successful transition from on-campus to virtual programming in 2020, the Institute of International Education (IIE) has announced that the Fulbright English for Graduate Studies Program (EGSP) will continue virtually in 2021. The program has been increased from 3 weeks to 4 weeks this year, and the ELC’s program will run from July 10 to August 7, 2021. In 2020, the ELC virtually hosted 99 students from 46 different countries, and those numbers are expected to increase in 2021.
ELC faculty recently attended IIE’s “Virtual EGSP Planning Workshop”, along with faculty from Drexel University, Syracuse University, and the University of Arkansas, where they discussed the challenges and successes of the 2020 program and their plans for 2021. While all 4 schools expressed hope for a return to on-campus programs in 2022, they also acknowledged the many benefits of the virtual program and its greater accessibility to international students wanting to improve their knowledge of academic English and culture before arriving in the U.S. to begin their graduate studies.