UNC-Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School is launching a new program to help foreign students who want to launch their careers in the U.S.

Master’s of business administration students can participate in a suite of offerings called HEELS. The acronym stands for Honing Executive English Language Skills.

Included are assessment of English-language skills, feedback, and specially designed courses to improve those skills.

Kenan-Flagler is working with linguists at The World Company, a Raleigh-based company, on the project. The school and The World Company developed the program along with corporate recruiters.

The program will begin when students arrive at the university.

“HEELS helps students achieve a standard to which they can aspire to improve their skills if they want to work in a specific U.S. industry,” said David Hofmann, associate dean of the MBA Program at UNC Kenan-Flagler. “They can learn from the recruiters’ valuable feedback and will no longer have to guess whether their language capability could hinder their ability to secure the types of jobs they want in the United States.”

The World Company provided test design, a nine-level proficiency scale and other information and support.

“We are pleased to provide the resources to help UNC’s international students improve their English-language skills,” said Clodagh Lyons-Bastian, director of The World Company. “Proficiency in English is paramount for these global students to embark on a successful career in the United States.”