Professional English is an essential tool that makes a difference when it comes to promoting employment. Improving skills like this and learning new skills and knowledge (also called upskilling) help achieve career goals.

Banco Santander continues its commitment to continuous learning and language training as a lever for employability. Through Santander Universities, it launches 1,000 Santander Languages ​​Scholarships | English to Boost your Career – University of Pennsylvania with the aim of enhancing the professional English of those interested in advancing their careers and improving their employability.

The 1,000 scholarships are aimed at people over 18 years of age, non-native speakers of English, nationals or residents of 13 countries (Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, USA, Spain, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom and Uruguay ), with a minimum level of English B1.

The call has been launched in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn), one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the world: a member of the Ivy League -the most relevant network of American universities- and a regular of the ´Top 20´ of the best world universities according to rankings such as THE (Times Higher Education) or QS.

The training program will allow participants to choose between three courses based on their professional goals:

– English for Career Development : designed to help participants learn to face the selection and interview processes in English, thus increasing their employability opportunities. It will also give your students the opportunity to explore the career path they want to develop while improving their English vocabulary and skills.

– English for Business and Entrepreneurship : for those interested in business and the global economy. Participants will learn English adapted to market research analysis, writing business plans, attracting investor attention and financial support as well as exploring the practices of global entrepreneurship.

– English for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics : participants will learn to handle the language of cause and effect in English, write research strategies, analyze data from experiments? They will also use the issues associated with climate change as a use case for scientific-technical language.

For Javier Roglá, global director of Santander Universities, “language skills, particularly English, are a fundamental requirement for employability and professional development, especially in an environment that is being digitized and internationalized at high speed. transformation such as the one we are experiencing, enhancing professional English seems key to, for example, increasing the chances of success in selection processes, something in which the University of Pennsylvania has a lot of experience “.

Jack Sullivan, director of English Language Programs at the University of Pennsylvania, emphasizes that “one of our objectives is to promote agreements that allow us to reach students from all over the world using the most appropriate technology. We are delighted to collaborate with Banco Santander, leader worldwide in support of higher education, to offer free online lessons that will help students and recent graduates to do their best in the increasingly competitive job market. ”

The course, 100% online, will be carried out through the UPenn online training platform and will offer individual activities (questionnaires about articles and videos, knowledge through games or make own recordings as practical exercises) as well as activities in group in real time (conversations, comments and questions with teachers and colleagues about the tasks carried out, which will sometimes be mentored by internationally renowned specialists).

The course will begin in January 2022, will last 5 weeks and will be taught by UPenn’s English Language Programs department. The call will remain open until November 23 at this link .

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