Carmen Olivero

Carmen Olivero, a student from Venezuela, entered Temple University through the Conditional Admission (Access Temple) program in the Intensive English Language Program (IELP).

Name: Carmen Olivero

Country: Venezuela

Why did you choose IELP?

I heard that Temple University’s Fox School of Business is one of the best business schools in Philadelphia but I knew I needed to learn the language better before I could attend. Enrolling in Temple’s IELP helped me accomplish my goal.

What is your field of study?

I am studying international business in the Fox School of Business at Temple University.

What do you like best about studying at Temple?

Being surrounded by international students like myself. Also, the Temple staff is very professional, kind and compassionate.

What was your biggest surprise about U.S. life and education?

I was surprised by the number of international students in the U.S. But the educational system—classrooms, exams and group works—is similar to my country, so I wasn’t too surprised about that.

How have you handled language differences?

At first it was very difficult because I didn’t handle the language well, but gradually I learned. That helped me to loosen up. Now I don’t feel ashamed when I speak English; I feel comfortable.  

What are your activities at Temple?

Ice skating, hiking and shopping at the malls. Also, during the week, there are always meetings and activities led by students.

How easy or difficult is making friends in the U.S.?

Americans are very friendly to international students. It’s also fun because I’ve had the opportunity to meet people from around the world.

What is your advice to other international students who are considering studying English at Temple?

This is a unique experience, and if you have the opportunity to come, take advantage of it.