When Murtadha Alnemer decided to pursue a master’s degree in the United States, it wasn’t hard to decide where to go first to strengthen his English skills. Studying at IEI is a family tradition for the Alnemers. In fact, Murtadha and his wife, Eman, were the tenth and eleventh members of the family to attend IEI since 2005.

Originally from ad-Dammam, Saudi Arabia, Murtadha graduated from King Saud University in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in administrative science. Over the next several years, he worked as a financial and a managerial accountant.

He started his journey toward a master’s degree by joining his cousin, Ali, who was already at IEI when Murtadha and his wife arrived in 2012. Murtadha’s main goal was to achieve a high score on the GRE (Graduate Record Examination), a standardized test required for admission to most American graduate schools.

“The best memory I have in IEI is when I achieved the required score on the GRE that allowed me to get admission to Belmont University,” he recalls. “I exploited any available time to study for GRE, especially in the reading lab.”

Today, Murtadha is in his last semester of study at Belmont University here in Nashville, where he is proud to have been the first Saudi student admitted to the Master of Accountancy program. “Accounting is a very important major since it tells investors the position of their investments and the performance of their business,” Murtadha explains. “It maintains their money and report the change in it fairly using specific standards and procedures. Additionally, it makes effort to maximize the profitability, build good reputation, and protect business from fraudulence and theft.”

We know that Murtadha’s family is proud to have another student achieve great things in the U.S. and launch the next stage of his career from International English Institute.