January 27, 2014



A.C.E. at Montana State and Seattle Pacific join INTERLINK

Dear Friends of INTERLINK and A.C.E., We are delighted to announce that as of January 1, 2017, the A.C.E. Language Institutes on the campuses of Montana State University and Seattle Pacific University have joined INTERLINK Language Centers. Decades of close cooperation between the two organizations enable us to recommend each other to you with unqualified[…]

In The Eye of The Storm

In the Eye of the Storm: Reflections on my way home from Washington, DC by David Woodward, President at American Consortium of Universities What many refer to as a “surreal” week in the U.S. is particularly striking to see from the air as I fly between the political poles of Washington, DC, and Seattle, Washington.[…]

“All Are Welcome in This Place”

INTERLINK partner institutions are closely monitoring the implications of the January 27 Executive Order and will respond as needs indicate. As ever, INTERLINK instructors sensitively and thoughtfully work with their students and welcome private or class discussion about their worlds, their perspectives, and their feelings. Directors and other center staff are prepared to listen closely[…]

INTERLINK Partners with St. Ambrose University

In a press release issued on July 1st, 2016, St. Ambrose University  (SAU) announced its promising new partnership with INTERLINK Language Centers. With the goal of enrolling additional international students, St. Ambrose will be providing exceptional English language training through an on-campus training center operated by INTERLINK Language Centers. SAU will “Not only…provide for our students’[…]

Recognition of INTERLINK at Al Yamamah Graduates

A personal thank you to INTERLINK at Al Yamamah teachers by CEO and staff of the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu on completion of a six-level course: “English for Business and Professional Purposes”. Yet another job well done – congrats INTERLINK staff and grads!   

Seeking Ramadan Connections: A Reflection by INTERLINK’s Executive Director

“Ramadan kareem!” The world’s 1.6+ billion Muslims will be greeted this way during the coming month. The Arabic greeting and its English equivalent, “Happy Ramadan,” conveys a friendly, serious, and respectful greeting during this monthlong expression of faith. Outside Islam, it may be known as that time when Muslims fast during daylight hours. Incomprehensible to[…]

INTERLINK/YU Students Set Guinness World Record

As promised, we are pleased to follow up on our former news post “INTERLINK Students excel in YU’s Eco Challenge,” and announce that Al Yamamah University has set the Guinness World Record for the “Largest Mosaic Made from Recycled Items.” Made from plastic and glass bottles, soda cans, colored plastic tins, and other such materials, the mosaic was[…]

INTERLINK Alum featured on UNCG’s #GlobalUNCG series

GLOBAL UNCG: South Korea’s Hyelim Shin Relishes UNCG for Education and Opportunity Published January 21, 2016 Author: UNCG Now International student Hyelim “Heather” Shin shares her story about leaving Wonju, South Korea, to pursue a degree in psychology at UNCG. She said the assistance from faculty makes a huge impact on the lives of students[…]

INTERLINK Students excel in YU’s Eco Challenge

Al Yamamah University Eco Challenge December 10, 2015 Reported by Nebila Dhieb, General Director of INTERLINK at Al Yamamah Under the auspices of the Al Yamamah College of Business, YU/INTERLINK students on the INTERLINK women’s campus worked together to promote recycling in Saudi Arabia. They created unique items by recycling ordinary products and materials and[…]

Saudi philanthropists make generous donations to ISU’s community and global engagement efforts

Saudi Arabian philanthropists support Indiana State University’s international education efforts Musaed Alzouyhra, a goodwill ambassador to the United Nations who is active in real estate as well as service in Saudi Arabia, has pledged $200,000 to support international education and community engagement programs at Indiana State. Abdullah Dokhan, a Saudi businessman, and Hazim Allihyan, president[…]

INTERLINK’s YU Students Win Again at EEG’s Public Speaking Competition

Reported by Asaad Al Asaad, Director of Student Activity Center Student teams from Al Yamamah University took part in the 15th Inter-College Environmental Public Speaking Competition, organized by the Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) in Dubai, on November 25-26, 2015.  Participants included students from 57 universities from nine GCC and MENA region countries. Students competed in[…]

At UNCG, a Tea Social with INTERLINK students invites conversation

A Taste of Tea By Sonali Kathuria, INTERLINK UNCG Student Assistant All humans can relate to one thing – food and drinks! Thanks to globalization we have seen foods and drinks originate in one place and surface in another, with variations on them from the new culture. At UNCG, INTERLINK students sampled different snacks and[…]

Bonfire Bonding at INTERLINK Indiana State University

By Dhruvinkumar Patel, INTERLINK ISU student Last spring, I was able to participate in a very fun, social activity with fellow students and teachers from the INTERLINK at Indiana State University (ISU) program. We built a bonfire and had time to spend with each other hanging out, talking, eating, and playing games. The bonfire was[…]

GO Teachers Reflect on their time at Valparaiso

The GO Teacher Generation Through INTERLINK By Romulo Arciniega B., GO Teacher participant and INTERLINK Graduate Six years ago the government of Ecuador started a program to improve the quality of Ecuadorian education. One of the most important and strategic aspects of this project was the training of English teachers in universities in the United States. Valparaiso[…]

Project-based Learning at TVTC Produces an Environmental Fair

INTERLINK Students at TVTC Spearhead an Environmental Fair By Adelina Holmes Assistant Country Director, Technical and Vocational Training Corporation Published September, 2015 In partnership with the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation, INTERLINK runs an intensive English Language program in various colleges in Saudi Arabia. The method of instruction focuses on Project Based Learning (PBL), which[…]

Interview with an INTERLINK student

By Jairo Patricio Galarza Pucha, INTERLINK student at Valparaiso University Source: INTERzine Vol. 1, Issue 1, May 2015   Pedram Etebari studied at INTERLINK three years ago. Now he is studying Exercise Science at Valparaiso University. He also works as a desk attendant at the Fitness Center and is a student ambassador at the Office of[…]

YU Participates in the G200 Youth Forum 2015

Written by the INTERLINK Home Office, based on a report submitted to the YU administration by Team Leader, Asaad Al Asaad. An annual, international event, the G200 Youth Forum brings together young leaders from some 200 countries to discuss a wide array of global issues. The congregation of academics, parliamentarians, business leaders, and civil society[…]

INTERLINK students from Al Yamamah win first place in the regional 8th Henkel Innovation Competition, Dubai

Ohoud AlArifi accepting the award for the student duo INTERLINK at Al Yamamah University students Ohoud AlArifi and Maha Aba AlKhail won first place overall in the 8th Henkel Innovation Competition held in Dubai, February 19th, 2015. This win makes the students eligible to compete in the finals held in Vienna in April, 2016 where[…]

Al Yamamah Students Rank among the Top Winners at EEG’s Public Speaking Competition

Student teams from Al Yamamah University took part in the 14th Inter-College Environmental Public Speaking Competition, organized by the Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) in Dubai, November 26-27, 2014. They returned home triumphant. One team took first place in one of four categories, and another team took second place in the overall competition. The competition consisted[…]

INTERLINK at ISU hosts Proyecta 100,000 students

Sixteen students from Puebla, Mexico studied at the INTERLINK Language Center at Indiana State University for four weeks in the Fall of 2014. They were participating in the Proyecta 100,000 scholarship program sponsored by the Mexican government. During their time at INTERLINK center they participated in many activities including: two public school visits, a symphony[…]

INTERLINK Language Centers at Al Yamamah University hosts the first international Conference on Motivation in ELT

Saudi INTERLINK Language Centers at Al Yamamah University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, hosted the first international Conference on Motivation in ELT, followed by post-conference Signature Event workshop days, November 15-17, 2014. More than 250 people from ten countries participated in the one day of workshops, plenary sessions, and presentations of peer-reviewed research papers, reports, and posters.[…]

ACU Participates in the American Embassy/Amideast Fair in Kuwait, November 2014

At the invitation of the American Embassy, the American Consortium of Universities (ACU) took part in the Amideast fair in Kuwait city. ACU was among a select group of ten institutions whose attendance at the fair was approved by the Kuwaiti Ministry of Higher Education. Dr. Nebila Dhieb-Henia, Director of Saudi INTERLINK Language Centers and[…]

Q&A with Umme-Kulsoom Saiyed, an INTERLINK site director at the Madina Al Manawara Women’s Campus

A Day in the Life: A Q&A with Umme-Kulsoom Saiyed, an INTERLINK site director at the Madina Al Manawara Women’s Campus There is a lot of uncertainty on the part of many female applicants who are concerned about what life is “really” like for women who live and work in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.[…]

ACU Participates in Oman’s EduTraC Fair, September 2014

Dr. Nebila Dhieb-Henia, Director of Saudi INTERLINK (SILC) and Regional Director for the American Consortium of Universities (ACU) represented ACU at EduTrac, one of Oman’s largest higher education, training and career exhibitions. EduTrac serves as a multi-sector recruitment event for approximately 150 universities, centers, ministries, and other agencies to provide an opportunity for students, graduates,[…]

Q&A with Samantha Lee Ragan, an INTERLINK site director and testing coordinator

A Day in the Life: A Q&A with Samantha Lee Ragan, an INTERLINK site director and testing coordinator, on What Life is Really Like in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia There is a lot of uncertainty on the part of many female applicants who are concerned about what life is “really” like for women who[…]

Isaac Johnson: Living and Thriving in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

This is the third in an ongoing series of INTERLINK employee profiles aimed at highlighting the accomplishments  of our current staff and providing insight to all prospective INTERLINK employees. This article is based on an interview with Isaac Johnson, who shared his stories, insights, and tips for teachers on what it takes to succeed in[…]

Summer Socials at INTERLINK at UNCG

During the nine-week summer session at INTERLINK at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), students had the opportunity to participate in a number of INTERLINK-led activities. These included: a shopping trip; an ice-cream social; a World Cup viewing event; a game night (with UNCG conversation partners); a presentation on Ramadan and late-night potluck[…]

Cultivating Conversations through Technology

By Natasha Moodley Fire Pans Used for Roasting Coffee- Best Photograph in First TVTC/INTERLINK Photo Competition Today there is no debate about whether language learning can take place in the context of using social-media tools and campaigns. At TVTC/INTERLINK in Saudi Arabia (KSA), we turned to Instagram – an online, photo sharing and social networking[…]

INTERLINK alum Patommavat “Note” Thammachard is an up-and-coming star!

When Note arrived in the U.S. in 2012, he needed to boost his English skills before entering Indiana State University’s music program. Over the course of a year at INTERLINK, he learned the academic, linguistic, and cross-cultural skills needed to be successful at the university. While at INTERLINK, people gravitated toward Note because of his genuine[…]

A Day in the Life: A Q&A with Nelressa Stallings, an INTERLINK Teacher, on What Life is Like in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

There is a lot of uncertainty on the part of many female applicants who are concerned about what life is “really” like for women who live and work in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Who better to provide INTERLINK’s female applicants with an accurate picture of life in the KSA than our female, Saudi teaching[…]

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