Archive for May, 2009

Mercer’s 2009 Quality of Living

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

The results are out, and LSI is pleased to let you know that Zurich, Vancouver and Auckland all ranked in the top 5 cities overall for quality of living. Zurich came 2nd behind Vienna, and Vancouver and Auckland were tied in 4th position. Why not take the opportunity to come and study in one of the Top 5 cities in the world!

We are also pleased to announce that Frankfurt ranked 8th, Toronto 15th , San Francisco 30th , Paris 33rd , Brisbane 34th, Boston 35th , London 38th , and New York 49th !

New Residence available for LSI New York

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

bedroom in the Chelsea Apartments accommodation at LSI New YorkLSI New York students now have the opportunity to live in newly renovated and furnished apartments in Chelsea, one of Manhattan’s most popular downtown neighborhoods. Galleries, clubs, restaurants and shopping are all just outside the door. And LSI is just 20 minutes away by subway. This new residence provides single rooms with shared kitchen, bathroom and living room, as well as a roof deck where you can hang out with friends. The LSI apartments in Chelsea are a really welcome addition to the great New York accommodation options we have to offer at LSI.

A Farewell Message from a Valued LSI Colleague

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Helen Davaran, school director at LSI Berkeley, will be leaving us after 27 wonderful years at LSI. Helen wanted to send the following message to her many friends and colleagues at LSI.

Helen Davaran

Helen Davaran

“I am writing to tell you that I will be stepping down from my position as Director of LSI Berkeley at the end of April. I will continue working on some projects for LSI from home on a part-time basis until the end of the year.

When I began at LSI Berkeley, in February 1982, I could never have imagined that I would have remained for 27 years. I thought it would be a temporary assignment, and my husband and I would return to our life and teaching in Iran, where we had lived for almost 7 years, prior to and following the Iranian revolution; I actually lived very close to the American Embassy throughout most of the American hostage crises, which was quite an exciting time. Obviously we never returned there and stayed on in Berkeley.

Time really does fly! When I first arrived at LSI, Berkeley was the only LSI school in the USA. I have had the opportunity to be involved in the growth and development of the USA schools with San Diego opening in1989, followed by Boston and New York. As some of you may recall, we also organized and operated very successful summertime programs on various college campuses in Florida, Los Angeles, as well as in New York City in those early years. Additionally LSI itself has grown worldwide and become internationally recognized and accredited.

I want to thank all of you whom I have worked with; while I will miss the daily interaction with my colleagues, as well as with our wonderful students and agents, I am looking forward to taking it easy and enjoying some free time. Hopefully I will have the opportunity to travel and perhaps visit with some of you in the future.

Again, a big thank you to all of you, and please feel free to keep in touch with me. I would love to hear from you.”

As a parting farewell , LSI Berkeley held a party for Helen. Why not see how the party went by viewing our YouTube video.