Boston University News Release

1st December, 2005

Boston University's CELOP Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary

(Boston) — Boston University’s Center for English Language and Orientation Programs (CELOP) celebrates its 30th anniversary this month. Established in 1975, CELOP helps international students bridge the language gap with a variety of English language programs for both students and professionals.

Says CELOP’s director, Margot Valdivia, “CELOP provides students with a good foundation in English and leads to better understanding of peoples from diverse cultures. To watch CELOP students gathering together is to see people from all parts of the world working and living together and, most importantly, understanding each other.”

Students also benefit from the relationships CELOP maintains with other schools and departments at Boston University, says Valdivia. “They experience life at a U.S. university – living in a residence hall, dining, studying, and socializing with American and other international students.”

From a modest beginning in 1975, CELOP has grown. This year the program has 15 staff members, 43 faculty, and 886 students from over 50 different countries. Students are predominantly from Asia, but also from Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and even North America.

According to Valdivia, world affairs also had something to do with CELOP’s growth. “After 9/11, our enrollment figures dipped,” says Valdivia. "Now foreign countries, especially those in the Middle East, are once again sending students to the U.S.”

The program is also a bridge to further education, says Valdivia. “CELOP is an academic unit of the university that prepares international students to study and work in the U.S. We closely monitor our students’ progress,” she says. “Our advisors check the English language progress of our students to help them determine when they are ready to go on to study or work in their chosen field.”

(Note to editors: Photos of Margot Valdivia are attached for your use.)

Margot Valdivia, CELOP director, discusses the program with Sun Young of Korea (left) and Cheng-Ya Chang of Taiwan.
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