A.C.E. - Associates in Cultural Exchange

Reconnecting with A.C.E. Alumni in Seattle

This past Monday, teachers and staff at A.C.E. Language Institute at SPU were treated to an unexpected visit from A.C.E. alumni Ayano from Japan and Ramona from Romania! In the months that have passed since Ayano and Ramona graduated from A.C.E. Level 6, both of these star students have moved onto exciting new ventures.


Welcome back to A.C.E. Ayano and Ramona!

Ayano has returned to Japan last summer to continue her undergraduate studies. While visiting with her former teachers at the A.C.E. office, she confessed, “Before I studied at A.C.E., I was afraid to argue. But after I learned to debate at A.C.E., now I feel confident to debate in my classes.” Ayano hopes to come back and visit us again in the future.

Ramona still lives in Seattle with her husband. She shared that, “[they] love Seattle, so we extended our stay here.” She spends her time volunteering, and has plans to pursue a Master’s in communications at the University of Washington in the future.

Alumni visitors

A.C.E. alum with their former teachers outside the Language Institute office

We are very excited to have our alumni return to A.C.E. and visit with us. Keep in touch and see you next time!

A.C.E. Students Give Back to Bozeman Community

By: Maxine Pond, A.C.E. at MSU Instructor, Special Correspondent to the A.C.E. Blog


A.C.E. student preparing for their Food Donation Party


Sometimes the best way to learn is by doing. That is just what the Community Involvement Class from A. C. E. at MSU in Bozeman did in Fall 2014. Not only did these international students learn about food security issues and the local food bank, they actively participated in the Montana State University food drive by collecting over 150 pounds of canned goods from other A.C.E. students and staff. What pleasure they brought to the director of Gallatin Valley Food Bank when the class traveled to the food bank to deliver the last box of food personally! Intently, the international students listened to a food bank employee give them the grand tour and observed the power of a small, volunteer organization to serve its community.


By hosting and funding their own party, the students in the community involvement class encouraged other A.C.E. students and staff to learn more about the food bank and to donate canned goods. Yousei, a student from Japan, encouraged other international students when he said, “The people in Bozeman often hold a party for international students and help us. This is a great opportunity to give it back to the community. We hope to see you all at our Food Donation Party.”

Furthermore, they used and expanded their English skills to research the local volunteer service organizations on the web, present orally and in writing what they learned, make announcements in other A.C.E. classes, write emails and thank you notes to the food bank, and to create informational posters for the A.C.E. classrooms. Students reported that the opportunity to participate and tour the food bank was a meaningful life learning experience as well. One student shared that she had volunteered in her home country and had wanted to become involved at MSU. The Community Involvement class gave her just the “push” she needed to get out there and find a way to give back to her new “community” in Bozeman. Another student indicated he hoped to take back to his country what he had learned about helping those in need.



Wonder what it was like to attend A.C.E.’s food donation party?  Take a look at our student’s perspective video, here!

For more information on community engagement at A.C.E. Language Institute at MSU, please visit our website at www.cultural.org/esl/msu.php

Tecnológico Nacional de México Delegates Visit A.C.E.

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The delegates met representatives from the Mexican consulate and A.C.E. staff at the A.C.E. Language Institute at Seattle Pacific University.


On January 22-23, 2015, A.C.E. hosted two delegates from Tecnológico Nacional de México (TNM). TNM is an integrated system of public institutes that covers all 31 Mexican states. Encompassing a network of over 410,000 undergraduate students, the goal of TNM is to train high level, competitive scientists and technological leaders, capable of contribution to the solution of relevant problems of society.

A.C.E. and leaders from our partner programs met with the guests to discuss possible collaboration relating to group programs, as well as recent government scholarship initiatives. A.C.E. welcomes opportunities to engage with Mexican partners and students.

Visiting sites in Seattle

Visiting sites in Seattle

Students and teachers from A.C.E. Language Institute at Seattle Pacific University

Guests at A.C.E. Central Office

A.C.E. staff and guests met with leaders from Seattle Pacific University and the Mexican Consulate.



A.C.E. Transfer Partner Highlight: Student Centered Learning at Western New England University

Western New England University (WNE) is a leader in integrated professional and liberal learning. Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, this small private university promotes visionary thinking, leadership, and creativity through experiential learning beyond the classroom and beyond the book to prepare their 3,800 students to become informed, responsible leaders in the global community. Take a virtual tour of Western New England’s gorgeous campus!

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Students who complete Level 6 of A.C.E. can transfer into undergraduate or graduate programs at Western New England University with no TOEFL required! To learn more about conditional admission to WNE, click here.


On this picture-perfect New England campus, quaint brick architecture houses modern learning facilities

A Focus on Student Development: 

The hallmark of the Western New England (WNE) experience is an unwavering focus on each student’s academic and personal development.  You won’t find lecture hall style classrooms at WNE; with 51% of classes having fewer than 20 students and no class enrollment exceeding 50 students, WNE takes great pride in the personal attention each student receives from faculty and staff.
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A.C.E. Transfer Partner Highlight: Texas Wesleyan University – Smaller and Smarter

“Smaller” and “Smarter” are two adjectives used by Texas Wesleyan University (TWU) to describe their student-first approach towards higher education. As a small, private liberal arts school, Texas Wesleyan University’s special attention towards each individual’s personal and professional development is what sets them apart from larger universities.


Students who complete Level 6 of A.C.E. can transfer into undergraduate or postgraduate programs at Texas Wesleyan with no TOEFL required! To learn more about conditional admission to TWU, visit their international student admissions page.

With a longstanding connection to the Dallas-Forth Worth Community in Texas, throughout its 125-year history, Texas Wesleyan University has been notable for its intimate classroom and campus environments that have shaped a higher education experience where students can thrive. About 99% of entering undergraduate students receive scholarships and/or grants.


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