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Intensive English Program proves to be Huimin Yu’s bridge from old life in China to new life as tutor and future teacher

For Huimin “Winifred” Yu, the Intensive English Program at Eastern Mennonite University served as a bridge between life in China and as a massage therapist and life as a budding English-language teacher. Yu, a native of Canton in the south of China, holds a bachelors degree in business administration from Shenzhen University. In 2012, Yu came to ...More


EMU and Sichuan University of China sign cooperation agreement

Eastern Mennonite University and Sichuan University of Arts and Science, located in central China, signed an agreement on Jan. 13, 2015, to “promote academic exchanges, scientific research cooperation, and communication between teachers and students.” The signing occurred during a one-day visit to the EMU campus in Harrisonburg, Virginia, ...More

This is an architectural rendering of Roselawn after all of the planned renovations are completed. In 2014-15, the first floor of Roselawn will continue to serve the students, faculty and staff of the Intensive English Program. The two upper floors will house a large-sized classroom, medium-sized classroom, seminar room, gathering area, and offices.

Building on Solid Footing

EMU’s internal emails this summer were unusual – yet oddly heartening. The combined hubbub of construction projects and thousands of summer guests made for feelings of excitement – and of dislocation. There was this funny message: “History professors Mark Sawin and Mary Sprunger hope students will find them in the ...More

Larger space, word-of-mouth spur EMU program’s popularity

In just five years, new classroom space and growing interest has more than doubled the number of students enrolling in an Eastern Mennonite University program serving learners with limited English skills. The Intensive English Program, begun in 1989 to support international students wishing to study in America, now has 85 students, a marked increase ...More


Speakers of other languages flood into EMU’s English-language program, often preparing for college

A program to rapidly enable speakers of other languages to master English has reached record enrollment at Eastern Mennonite University. With 85 students this fall, EMU’s Intensive English Program (IEP) is fully utilizing its newly renovated space on the ground level of Roselawn, a former dormitory into which IEP moved in 2012. “Our long-t ...More

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Language Barriers Falling in EMU’s Intensive English Program

When Fanty Polanco immigrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic five years ago, she spoke no English. But three years in Eastern Mennonite University’s Intensive English Program has made the 31-year-old fluent in the language and ready to take the next step in securing a career. “Now, I have a big plan to become a dental hyg ...More


Mennonite Colleges Collaborate for IEP Students

Mennonite Education Agency (MEA) announced a new three-year agreement among all five colleges/universities of Mennonite Church USA that will facilitate the success of undergraduate international students. Bethel (Kan.) College, ...More