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Your Adventure Story: From Home to a US University is a Course

Your Adventure Story: From Home to a US University



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4+ hrs/week


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Certificate (free)


In this free massive open online course (MOOC), students will take a virtual journey that starts in their home country and ends at a US university campus. During this journey students will develop English language skills by listening to videos and reading articles on studying/traveling abroad to a US university. The content of this course will consolidate the massive amounts of information on studying abroad available to them in order to help minimize the anxieties and concerns in achieving this goal. In addition, students will use their own context by writing their own personal stories that include their academic ambitions and challenges to achieving the ultimate goal of studying abroad.


At the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the US higher education study abroad process from the initial research stage to program arrival.
  • Reflect, analyze, and synthesize personal experiences in well-structured academic rhetorical structures to aid in college entrance and financial aid applications.
  • Deploy newly acquired knowledge to identify possible obstacles and solutions. Create a plan of action and share with others topics learned.
  • Demonstrate the four English Language skills - listening, speaking, reading, and writing to converse on the study abroad process with perspective institutions and schools.

Requirements: The only suggested requirement for this course will be the English language level. We welcome all English language levels, but it would be recommended that the students have a CEFR of A2 and higher. Most materials will be created in house with a few outside readings and videos possibly used.

Target Audience: International high school to grad students looking to study abroad at a US university. Also, family members or other supporting individuals such as school guidance counselors or educational agents. Also, non-international students may benefit from some of the content as well.

Course is offered by the University of Denver.

Course Instructors

Tim Robinson

Tim Robinson

Associate Director

Tim Robinson is the Associate Director/Senior teacher of the English Language Center at the University of Denver, where he has been on the faculty since 2012. Read More.

He has a BA in Spanish from the University of Colorado, an MA in English with emphasis in TESOL from San Francisco State University, and an MA in communication management with emphasis in conflict resolution from the University of Denver. He has also received certificates in Leadership and other areas of communication development. He has extensive experience in all areas of English Language Teaching at for profit, non-profit, and university English language programs in the US and abroad. In addition he was an English Language Fellow for 2 years in Venezuela where he trained English language instructors at the university, promoted English language community outreach programs, and aided in the development of a post graduate program at his host university. He has presented at TESOL, TESOL related conferences, and Webinars in the US, Venezuela, and Costa Rica, as well as was published in the US State Department's English language journal. He is a strong advocate of personal development and educational access for all. In addition, he strives to help students reach their full potential and achieve ambitions to become empowered leaders in their communities.

David Parker

David Parker

Senior Teacher

David Parker is a Senior Teacher at the English Language Center (ELC) of the University of Denver. Read More.

He has taught at the ELC for over 3 years and at intensive English programs across the United States for 10 years. He has MA in TESOL from St. Michael's College of Vermont, and a BA in French Language and Literature from the University of Michigan. His current professional accomplishments and interests include student/program assessment and short-term program development. He has presented and written for many English Language Teaching conferences and publications. He has taught and studied overseas and is passionate about helping students maneuver through the linguistic web of second language acquisition.

Rachel DeDeyn

Rachel DeDeyn

Senior Teacher

Rachel DeDeyn is a Senior Teacher at the English Language Center (ELC) of the University of Denver. Read More.

She has taught at the ELC for over 4 years and at university English programs in Turkey. She has a MS in Leadership and Organizations from the University of Denver, a MA in Teaching English as a Second Language from Colorado State University, and a BS in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. She is a published author for TESOL and has presented at a variety of English Teaching conferences. Rachel is a life-long academic who loves working with international students. She has extensive knowledge of linguistics, behavior, and communication which aides in providing her students with the best possible learning experience.

Krystal Booker-Reusch

Krystal Booker-Reusch

Program Coordinator

Krystal Booker-Reusch is the program coordinator at the English Language Center of the University of Denver. Read More.

She works directly with perspective and current international students with the university admission process. She has a MAT in Secondary Social Studies with a Gifted & Talented Endorsement from Converse College, and a BA in International Studies from the University of South Carolina. Krystal is a passionate professional of international education and culture. She completed an education abroad experience at Ming Chuan University in Taiwan, and she has previously served as a Study Abroad Advisor for domestic and international college students seeking to study in more than 30 countries. In addition, she is extremely knowledgeable of the international student admission processes which include the challenges and obstacles many international students face before they are matriculated in a program. She is a global education advocate who takes great joy in providing the utmost support to international students.

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