Press Release

Bennett College Partners With American Language Academy

On Wednesday, June, 21 2017, American Language Academy (ALA) entered a Memorandum of Understanding for English Language Instruction Programs with Bennett College located in Greensboro, North Carolina, which will be in effect through Spring 2020.
The agreement was signed by both American Language Academy President Yuni Nguyen and Bennett College President Dr. Phyllis Worthy Dawkins on Bennett’s campus. The agreement allows ALA students who want to enroll at Bennett College the opportunity to demonstrate their English language proficiency through graduation from ALA’s Intensive English Program Level 5 course instead of by meeting the TOEFL, IELTS, or another English standardized test score requirement. Bennett will also provide a residential and cultural component to what ALA currently provides to its students in the Greensboro area.
Serving students for over 140 years, Bennett College was founded in 1873 as a historically black coed institution. In 1926 in it became a women’s only college. Since then, Bennett’s mission had been to provide “women an education conducive to excellence in scholarly pursuits; preparation for leadership roles in the workplace, society, and the world; and life-long learning in a technologically advanced, complex global society” (Bennett College).
Bennett offers 24 different areas of study in the fields of Education, Social Sciences, Humanities, and in Natural and Behavioral Sciences and Mathematics.
The addition of Bennett College brings the total number of ALA partner colleges and universities to over 75.
For more information about Bennett College go to or contact ALA at, or visit our Student Services office.

Official Announcement Release

[Written Summer 2017]

New Intensive English Language Program Open

The Center for Global Studies has worked diligently to begin production of an Intensive   English Language Program (IELP) on campus. The goal of this program is to provide English as a Second Language training to foreign students.

We are proud to announce that the Intensive English Language Center is now open!

Our new addition to the global studies team, Rosemarie Igbo will be the coordinator for the center.  Ms. Igbo has a wealth of international experience having lived and studied in Nigeria, the United Kingdom, Italy, and the United States, just to name a few. She speaks at least four different languages and has taught a number of foreign languages to students around the world. We welcome her to campus and look forward to the expansion of the Intensive    English Language program and bringing international students to Bennett’s campus in the near future.

We recognize the importance of having diverse voices on our campus and perhaps inspire domestic students to seek out their own study abroad experience.

The center is excited about this new initiative and how it will  contribute to the Bennett community.

[Written Spring 2017]


The Center for Global Studies is excited to announce we have a number of study abroad opportunities for students, both fully and partially funded available in the spring semester and summer period during 2017. Locations include Colombia, South Korea, Brazil, China, and countries in Europe and Africa. Location and dates are yet to be determined and selection will be based on factors such as major, GPA, personal essay, faculty recommendations, and summer availability.

[Written Fall 2016]

Official Announcement Release


Bennett College to Open Intensive English Language Center on Campus

The Center for Global Studies has worked diligently to receive approval to conduct an Intensive English Language Center on campus.  The goal of an operating Intensive English Language Center is to provide English as a Second Language training to foreign students. Now that Bennett has approval to conduct such training and issue visas, the center is working fast to build and develop the center, including recruiting  students from abroad. The goal is to have a small group enroll in the center for the spring semester and build from there. Ultimately, we hope to see students who complete this program to continue their undergraduate education as degree-seeking students at  Bennett College. We recognize the importance of having diverse  voices in our classes and perhaps inspiring  domestic students to seek out their own study abroad experience. The center is excited about this new initiative and how it will  contribute to the Bennett community.

[Written Fall 2016]


China 2016

Twenty Bennett College Belles will study clean energy in China this July, as part of the U.S. – China Women Clean Energy Program. The program is fully-funded by Wanxiang Group, China and will grant students the opportunity to study the Chinese language and learn about Chinese culture and clean energy initiatives. While conducting research, participants will visit the cities of Hangzhou, Beijing, and Shanghai.


Summer Travels

This semester Bennett College has five students that are studying abroad in countries such as Nicosia, Cyprus; London, England; and Zanzibar, Tanzania. These students say that they have been able to gain insight into their passion, develop a greater appreciation of other cultures and begin the effort to build an international network for future.

Ms. Lee Todhunter, Interim Director, for the Center for Global Studies, said, “The only restrictions for students wishing to study abroad is that they cannot be freshwoman or in their final semester of studies. In addition, a minimum GPA of 2.5 is required, although some programs require higher, and students must be in good academic standing.”

Todhunter said, “The center for Global Studies has also made an effort to partner with those who provide cost effective programs that match Bennett’s cost of attendance, including programs to countries such as Cyprus and Costa Rica and to help students identify a program that offers courses they can take for credit and one that they can also afford.”

Read the entire Press Release here: Bennett College Students Travel Abroad


Bennett’s Increase in Foreign Language

Bennett College will offer Portuguese language classes to its students for the first time this fall, through the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistantship (FLTA) Program of the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

It will compliment an array of other foreign languages the college offers, including Arabic, Chinese and Kiswahili. The deadline for the general public to register for credit for the foreign language courses is Sept. 4. The public also is invited to audit the course for self-enrichment at no charge.

“Bennett recognizes the growing influence of Portuguese as a global language and also the developing economy and influence of Brazil, particularly in the Americas, and the need to offer such a critical language to our students in order to better prepare them for the global workforce” said Ms. Lee Todhunter, interim director of the Center for Global Studies at Bennett.

The FLTA Program supports two semesters of academic teaching of Portuguese with an instructor from Brazil, Ms. Priscila Bordon, who also plans to develop cultural learning opportunities and help Bennett develop partnerships in Brazil, in addition to her teaching duties.

Rosalind Fuse-Hall, president of Bennett College, sees global education as one of Bennett’s priority academic areas and recognizes the value to students of gaining foreign language skills in critical areas.

“Such an array of languages exposes our students to critical areas of the world, increases their competitiveness for graduate school and the global workforce, as well as provides funding opportunities for prestigious scholarships and fellowships to study domestically or abroad,” said Fuse-Hall.

South Africa 2014

Twenty-six members of the Bennett College community, led by President Rosalind Fuse-Hall, will travel to South Africa from July 16 to July 28, 2014. The trip will forge partnerships that will mutually augment academics, scientific and cultural cooperation with colleagues in South Africa. Discussion areas of potential cooperation between the College, Witts University, and the University of Western Cape, will include faculty and students exchanges as well as collaborations with academic programs and research projects.

Read the Entire Press Release here: South Africa Press Release