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ESL Programs at the Institute for Language Education

Many international students choose to develop their language skills through an English as a Second Language (ESL) program prior to enrolling in courses at Southern New Hampshire University. SNHU’s Institute for Language Education (ILE) offers 3 programs that can help you advance your speaking, reading and writing skills.

Intensive English Program

Reach English proficiency faster in an immersive ESL program designed to prepare you for a degree program.

Undergraduate Language Studies

Make progress in both your ESL studies and your undergraduate coursework with a pathway program designed for accepted SNHU students.

Experience English

Open only to established groups, Experience English offers a 4-week summer program that balances learning English and experiencing American culture.

Debra Leahy

Dr. Debra Leahy

Dean, School of International Engagement

Dr. Debra Leahy joined Southern New Hampshire University in 2019. She previously served as a provost at New England College of Business and as an associate dean at both Emmanuel College and the New England Institute of Art.

Leahy earned her EdD in International Higher Education from Northeastern University. She also received an MA in English from Simmons College and a Master of Public Management from Suffolk University. Leahy earned her BFA in Creative Writing, Literature and Publishing from Emerson College.

Darbi Roberts

Dr. Darbi L. Roberts

Associate Dean, School of International Engagement

Darbi Roberts started at SNHU in June of 2017 as executive director of International Student Services and was promoted to associate dean of the School of International Engagement in November of 2019.

Since beginning her career in academia around 2007, she’s been published in academic journals over a dozen times. She’s a member of several honor societies and brings years of expertise in student and academic affairs.

Roberts received her EdD in International Education Development, alongside her MA in Comparative Education, from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to that, she earned her BS in Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University.