“One of the huge benefits I got from ESL was, obviously, my English got much better,” says Stone Zhu, ESL + Design and Parsons BFA Photography ’18, “but the second thing is that my best friends are still those people I met at the ESL Program.”
The Schools of Public Engagement and Parsons School of Design together offer the ESL + Design Certificate program. This pre-enrollment program is designed for international students who plan to attend an art or design college in the United States but need to improve their scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or who wish to refresh their English language skills and adjust to university life in the United States before beginning art and design studies.
"In five or ten years my fantasy would be to become a really good, well known fashion photographer,” Zhu says. “Maybe not everyone knows me, but in the photography world, everyone will know Stone Zhu as a nice person who does a good job.”