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Minh Trang TangMinh Trang Tang says the University of Windsor’s English Language Improvement Program has introduced her to new experiences.

Leaving her comfort zone opens student to international experience

The English Language Improvement Program has proven more valuable than she bargained for, says Minh Trang Tang.

She came to the University of Windsor from her home in Haiphong, Vietnam, on the recommendation of an aunt already living in Canada, who praised the country’s education system.

“Before I came here I thought just to improve my English, but I have found more than that,” Tang says. “I have found a wonderful welcome.”

She plans to pursue an MBA in human resources at the Odette School of Business in the fall, and says she has benefited from Windsor’s cultural mix.

“I have met people from many countries here,” she says. “Windsor has fewer Vietnamese people, so it forces me out of my comfort zone.”

The city is smaller than she is used to, but she notes that has an upside, too: “It’s quiet and so I have a chance to study.”

The Centre for English Language Development will celebrate international language students and their contributions to campus and community on World Student Day, Friday, July 20. UWindsor faculty, staff, and students are invited to join in free activities, entertainment, and a lunch on Turtle Island Walk from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.