Abdulrahman Alsulaiman

Abdulrahman Alsulaiman, a student in the Intensive English Language Program (IELP), came to Temple from Saudi Arabia.

Name: Abdulrahman Alsulaiman

Country: Saudi Arabia

Why did you choose IELP?
One of my friends recommended Temple’s IELP to me. When I did some research, I learned that the program has many different nationalities, which is a great thing because you can learn about many cultures, including the American culture.

What did you learn during the program?
I learned English but I also learned about 16 different cultures. I made friends with classmates from many other countries.

Did anything surprise you about the program?
While I was on my way to the United States, I felt many negative feelings. I thought that I will be alone, and I will feel lonely in the USA because I left my family. However, when I arrived in the United States, and in the first day of the orientation week, Dr. Fiore, the director of the IELP, said that the IELP staff members treat their students like their own children. I felt that she was only saying that to make me and my new friends relax, but a couple of weeks later, I had a problem and I went to the IELP office. They helped me just like Dr. Fiore said they would.

What advice would you give another student who is thinking about signing up for the program?
Do not hesitate—sign up.

What was your favorite experience at Temple?
I had a lot of amazing experiences. One of them was a trip to New York City with all of my classmates.

What is your favorite thing to do in Philadelphia?
My favorite activity is hiking. There are many parks in Philadelphia, and they are huge, which makes me feel like I am in a jungle.

What is your favorite Philadelphia food?
Chinatown—it is only a 10-minute subway ride from Main Campus.

What are your plans for the future?
I plan to finish my bachelor’s degree with an excellent GPA at Temple University’s Fox School of Business. Then I will go back to my country and be a successful businessman.