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Intensive English Language Program: About Brown and Rhode Island

Brown University is a leading Ivy League institution with a distinctive undergraduate academic program, a world-class faculty, outstanding graduate and medical students, and a tradition of innovative and rigorous multidisciplinary study. A commitment to diversity and intellectual freedom has remained a hallmark of the University since its establishment. Brown students are distinguished by their academic excellence, self-direction, and collaborative style of learning. Brown faculty are deeply committed to teaching, preeminent in their fields, and leaders in advancing knowledge that has broad scholarly, theoretical, and practical applications.

Summer programs at Brown host faculty, scholars, researchers and students from more than twenty-five countries around the world.

Brown is a place for sustained dialogue among the world’s leading thinkers. Students come to Brown to advance their knowledge of higher education in a global setting and many go on to study in English-speaking universities. Brown’s pre-college programs enable a rising generation of leaders to expand its knowledge while perfecting English skills.

Providence, Rhode Island

Brown University is located in Providence, Rhode Island, a city of 175,000 people at the head of Narragansett Bay. Founded in 1636, Providence is one of the oldest cities in the United States. Providence is rich in history, and is also home to a top culinary school (Johnson and Wales University) and a world-class design school (Rhode Island School of Design). As a result, Providence has a very active arts and restaurant scene.

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The State of Rhode Island

Rhode Island is located in the southeastern corner of New England within traveling distance of several major cities. Providence is one hour from Boston, Massachusetts, and four hours from New York City. Rhode Island is one of the thirteen original colonies to declare independence from Great Britain. Rhode Island is the smallest state in the United States but has 20% of the nation's historical landmarks. Rhode Island was originally established by Roger Williams in 1635 as a "lively experiment" in religious freedom. He had been expelled from Salem, Massachusetts for his radical ideas, some of which have become tenets of American values, including the separation of church and state. Despite its small size, Rhode Island has more than 400 mi/650 km of coastline, so the ocean plays a big part in Rhode Island's past and present. The southern section of the state is home to miles of white sand beaches and small towns. The city of Newport is in southern Rhode Island, home to a rich maritime heritage and the famous waterfront mansions of the gilded age.