A Welcome Letter from the Vice Provost of International Initiatives:

Welcome to The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Office of ESL Services. UTSA is one of the fastest growing universities in Texas with a reputation for excellence that is recognized worldwide.

I am here to raise UTSA’s international profile and reputation by building bridges between UTSA and top institutions around the world, and facilitating university-wide initiatives essential to international education, research and outreach.

UTSA is busy preparing our students to become global citizens. We do this by providing them the opportunity to learn in a diverse and globally integrated educational setting. In addition, we strive to ensure that every UTSA student is given the opportunity to travel and study in other countries.

As a designated Hispanic-Serving Institution in San Antonio, Texas, we harbor a natural, close identification and affection for our international neighbors in Latin America. As a demographer and former undersecretary of population, migration and religious affairs in the Ministry of the Interior in Mexico, I am both honored and proud to facilitate and promote UTSA international initiatives and collaborations with all of our wonderful neighbors to the South.

At the same time, UTSA recognizes that we all live in a big world made up of many countries, each offering incredible opportunities for advancing our academic excellence, research, and international outreach goals. In this light, UTSA has garnered an impressive and proven record of global-wide engagement across all areas of academic study and research, while establishing more than 70 formal and active international agreements with international universities and institutions located around the world. UTSA offers many academic programs and services that will support and enhance your international educational goals, programs, and research endeavors.

I invite you to come and collaborate with us.

René Zenteno
Vice Provost for International Initiatives

ESL Services Staff:


Paul Shively 
Director of ESL Services
MS 3.01.03




Lauren Heather
Assistant Director of ESL Services
MS 2.01.08B




Blanca Pokorney
Program Coordinator
MS 3.02.07




Stephanie Robinson
Administrative Assistant
MS 2.01.08




Diane Palomo
Administrative Associate II
MS 3.01.10




Alex Garibay
Administrative Associate I
MS 3.02.10





Rose Marie Reyez
Senior Administrative Associate
MS 3.02.07






The University of Texas at San Antonio Intensive English Program is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) for the period August 2017 through August 2021 and agrees to uphold the CEA Standards for English Language Programs and Institutions. CEA is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions in the U.S. For further information about this accreditation, please contact the CEA, 1001 N. Fairfax Street, Suite 630, Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 665-3400, www.cea-accredit.org.