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International Technological University (ITU) of San Jose, California, and ELS Educational Services, Inc. of Princeton, New Jersey announced an alliance in international education. Under the terms of the agreement, ELS will recruit international students from around the world, to attend a preparatory course offered by ELS at the San Jose campus of ITU. The ELS Center will open in the fall of 2016. While enrolled at ELS, students will receive an average of 360 hours of intensive training, including Four Skills English training, skills for classroom participation, research, expository writing, attribution of sources, and other language and study skills to ensure their academic success. Asked about the alliance with ITU, ELS President and CEO, Mark W. Harris, said: “ITU is a unique institution located in the heart of Silicon Valley, which offers graduate degrees and cutting edge training in the most sought after majors, including software engineering, digital arts, and electrical engineering. ELS students who qualify for admission to ITU will benefit through study of the most advanced curriculum taught by industry specialists, as well as through curricular practical training with Silicon Valley companies, such as CISCO, Intel, Apple and Facebook. When international students graduate, their ITU degrees and the practical experience they have acquired during their internships will give them a huge advantage when pursuing career opportunities back home.” Speaking about the ELS alliance, ITU President, Dr. Greg O’Brien, said: "We are very excited to form this alliance with ELS Educational Services. ELS is one of the world’s leaders in English language education and development, giving international students a great opportunity to learn and develop their English language skills. Those students will now have the chance to continue their professional development, through ITU's industry-linked programs. Last year alone, ELS enrolled students from more than 140 countries, and many of those students are looking for programs in STEM degrees, such as those offered by ITU." Once students complete their degrees at ITU, ELS provides them with training and guidance to help them find a job in their home country. Many of ITU’s international graduates also get offers to stay on in San Jose, for Optional Practical Training (OPT) programs of up to three years. Mr. Harris added: “We are confident that ELS will be able to find talent from developing higher education markets around the world, which will bring a rich diversity to ITU’s enrollment. ELS’s job is to give these students an ELS Soft Landing® and ensure that they have the language skills and acculturation which will help them thrive at ITU.” About ITU: ITU is a non-profit, STEM focused graduate university, located in San Jose, California. Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and College (WASC), ITU offers Master’s degree programs in the fields of Software Engineering, Computer Science, Engineering Management, Business Administration, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering and Digital Arts. To keep our focus both current and practical, our educational model draws on PhD educated engineers, and executives from Silicon Valley companies as our core faculty; students are expected to complete internships related to their degrees in these Silicon Valley companies, or other tech companies. Students can complete their Master’s degree in as few as 16 months, including part-time and full-time internships, as well as a capstone or thesis project. Contact Details: Daniel Keenan Email: press@itu.edu ITU Communications Writer Phone #: (408) 816-2420 For more on ITU: itu.edu About ELS: ELS Educational Services offers over 55 years of expertise in assisting international students. Since 1961, ELS has assisted over 1,200,000 international students achieve their personal and professional goals through English preparation and academic success skill preparation. ELS has the largest network of campus-based English language instruction centers in the world (ELS Language Centers), offering over 80 study locations, the majority on university campuses. Over 650 universities worldwide accept the ELS Certificate of Completion from the intensive English for Academic Purposes program as proof of the English proficiency required for admission. For more on ELS: ELS.edu | InternationalStudentRecruitment.org | UniversityGuideOnline.org