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International Accelerator Program

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Ray Knight

Title: Assistant Academic Director
International Accelerator Program
Phone: 803-206-3004
Profile page for Ray Knight

Talk to Ray about:

  • Overall curriculum, and other academic issues


Ray has worked as an educator in the field of second language acquisition since 2002. He has a Masters of Arts in the field of Second Language Acquisition and is currently working on a doctorate in the same field. He is dedicated to helping international student achieve their academic goals with a high level of success.

Languages spoken: English, German, and a little Italian

International Experience 

Ray grew up in an international atmosphere. His mother is originally from what was then called Yugoslavia and his father is from the US. As a child in a military family, he spent 6 years of his childhood living in Germany. As an adult, he spent 9 years studying and working in Germany as an English teacher and language school administrator. He has travelled prolifically throughout Europe and hopes to be able to visit other nations as well. Ray has also worked as a coordinator of programs for international students and teachers from counties including Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, and many others!

Columbia Favorites 

Ray is very fond of Columbia and particularly enjoys taking advantage of the many natural attractions in and near Columbia including the Cayce/West Columbia Riverwalk, Riverfront Park, and the Congaree National Park. He also enjoys playing disc golf at the 4 local disc golf courses.


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