UC San Diego’s English Language Institute has been rated the second-best such institute in the world, according to a Tokyo-based publication that’s closely aligned with Japan’s largest study-abroad program.
The designation is based on an annual survey conducted by the Ryugaku Journal of 500 Japanese students who have studied abroad, based on the following criteria: teaching and administrative support; lessons; accommodations; facilities; and environment.
There are known to be thousands of English language learning institutes in the U.S. alone.
UC San Diego’s program received two No. 1 rankings in the categories of variety of programs and promised improvement, as well as in environment and city location. It was rated second in the category of teachers and international student services support.
“We are deeply gratified to receive this honor,” said Roxanne Nuhaily, director of international studies at UC San Diego’s English Language Institute (ELI). “Our goal has always been to provide our students with the highest caliber curriculum along with a memorable living experience.”
The institute is part of UC San Diego Extension.
An estimated 11 percent of UC San Diego’s ELI students are Japanese. Courses are available both in short-term and intensive ELP (English Language Programs), along with professional certificates and the University and Professional Studies (UPS) program for university credit.
The institute receiving top honors was Hastings English Language Centre in Great Britain.
In 2013, UC San Diego was ranked No. 10 overall.