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Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities
American Language & Culture Summer Program
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Experience the excitement and culture of the United States of America and improve your written and conversational English skills at Michigan State University.

Designed for students with intermediate or advanced-level English proficiency, our Global Studies: American Language & Culture program combines classroom instruction, conversation workshops, regular interaction with our ASP ambassadors, and cultural excursions.

After taking an English placement test, students are placed in a section of Intensive English taught by the MSU English Language Center. English classes, combined with an American culture class, will provide a challenging, enriching, and fun academic program. Through an immersive three-week learning experience, students will not only have advanced their English language skills, but will have gained a deeper understanding of American lifestyles and culture on a true American style type campus. 

The American Language & Culture program is an excellent opportunity to experience an American college. Past participants of this program have gone on to attend graduate programs at MSU and other major American universities. Students should strongly consider attending this program if they are preparing to attend graduate school in the United States.

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This course is taught by Full-Time MSU Faculty and graduate students and Full-Time English Language Center faculty. Our faculty look forward to teaching ASP courses and often remain connected to students long after the course finishes. 

Accommodations

Students will live on campus at Michigan State University’s Owen Hall

To learn more about Owen Hall and see some photos, click here.

Accommodation Includes:

  • All students will be placed in single rooms, sharing a suite style bathroom with one other person of the same gender
  • Rooms are furnished with a bed, desk, chair, and dresser
  • Bed linens, pillows, and towels are provided by the residence hall and can be exchanged for clean linens weekly
  • Owen Hall has several common spaces including a take-out style restaurant and convenience store, cafeteria style seating, a media room, community kitchen, study rooms, a computer lab, music practice rooms, and a large outdoor patio
  • Air conditioning is not available in individual rooms, but all common spaces are air-conditioned. Students are provided with box fans in their rooms

Internet Access in Owen Hall

  • Wi-Fi is available in all rooms and common spaces throughout Owen Hall.

Owen Hall Security

  • Owen Hall has a service desk staffed 24-7. The staff can answer any questions residents have and can help resolve maintenance issues by contacting maintenance staff.
  • All students are given a key to their room and an access card upon check-in. Only residents can access the floor on which they live in Owen Hall with their access card.

Amenities

  • Students have access to IM East, the closest fitness facility. Access is only $3 per day.
  • Toilet paper and trash bags are provided free of charge by Owen Hall.
  • Sports equipment can be checked out from the service desk.
  • River Walk Market, a takeaway style restaurant, is located in the lobby and accepts Spartan Cash.

Activities & Excursions

Student Support

This Short Course is provided by the American Semester Program (ASP), a unit within the Office for Education Abroad at Michigan State University. ASP provides semester and year-long study abroad programs in addition to Short Courses offered in July and January each year. The small team of expert coordinators provides all ASP students one-on-one health, safety, and academic support and carefully designs programming that will integrate them into college life at MSU and in the Midwest United States. On this Short Course, students will be supported by the Short Course Coordinator and her team of interns who are on call 24/7 to support students and ensure a high-quality and fun experience for all participants.

Weekend Trip to Chicago

Students will have a whole weekend to explore ‘The Windy City’! Chicago is the 3rd largest city in the US and has one of the tallest skylines in the world with the Willis Tower (110 Story) and the John Hancock Center (100 Story) observation decks offering amazing views of the city. Chicago is home to over 250 theaters, however, our favorite is The Second City a comedy club with over 50 years of history some of the most famous comedians got their start right here including Bill Murray, Tina Fey, Joan Rivers, Steve Carell and Mike Myers.

Tour of the Michigan Capitol Building

Lansing is just down the road from MSU, and it is our state capital. Tour the historic building and learn about Michigan’s history and how our government works.

American Cuisine Demonstration

Learn about American cuisine while watching a demonstration by one of our chefs at Brody Square.

Visit to Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village

The automobile and the spirit of American innovation were born in Michigan. At the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, students will have a chance to immerse themselves in the stories of America’s greatest minds. Students will also step back in time in Greenfield Village. A living museum, Greenfield Village is set in the 1800s. Take a ride in a real Model T automobile, walk through walking farms, and much more while experiencing a first-hand view of American history and its traditions.

Lansing Lugnuts Baseball Game

The Lansing Lugnuts are Lansing’s own minor league baseball team, and we’ll go to a game and cheer them on! Experience the traditional American sport of baseball, eat hot dogs at the ball park, and try to get a picture with the Lugnuts’ mascot “Big Lug”. Before we go to the game, our interns will lead students in a game of kickball to help you understand the basics of baseball.

Graduation Ceremony

Celebrate with new friends the completion of the American Semester Program Short Course! Take part in an American style graduation (after decorating a graduation cap!) and celebrate with professors and friends.

Course Objectives & Activities

This program is hosted by the Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities Program in the College of Arts & Letters. Students will engage in the following activities on this program:  

  • Advanced Intercultural Communication Skills In English: this program is designed to better prepare students to use and understand English in authentic day to day and academic situations. 
  • American Identities in a Global Context: discussion classes and lectures will explore values, ideals, and debates that young people encounter in the United States. 
  • Professional Development for International Scholars: lectures and discussions will prepare students for future international educational opportunities.
  • Activities and Excursions: experience life as an American student on an international campus in the heart of America’s Mid-west and travel to Detroit and Chicago.

LOCATION 

Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 

Michigan enjoys all four seasons, and in July, MSU is typically very warm with lots of sunshine. Pictured here is an MSU landmark, Beaumont Tower.

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PROGRAM DATES

July 15 - August 2

• July 15: Student Arrival
• July 16: English Placement Test & Orientation
• July 19-21: Weekend in Chicago, IL
• July 27: Day trip to Detroit, MI
• August 1: Graduation Ceremony
• August 2: Student Departure

PROGRAM COST:

$3,700

Includes:
• Program Orientation and Tuition
• On-Campus Meals
• On-Campus single room housing
• Excursion to Chicago, Illinois
• Lansing Lugnuts baseball game
• Excursion to Detroit, MI
• Outlet Mall Shopping Trip
• Graduation Ceremony

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Apply online to this program through the online application system (click here). After creating your Traveler Profile, you can find this program and begin your application! English Proficiency is not required for this program. All participants will take an English Placement test upon arrival to determine their English level.

The application is simple! It asks for some of your personal and academic information, and only requires a Recommendation Form to be completed. The Recommendation Form will require you to have a professor, advisor, counselor, or supervisor complete the form recommending you for studying abroad.

The American Semester Program is looking for applicants who are in good standing at their home universities. Your application will be closely reviewed, and if you have several failed courses, you may be asked to submit additional materials to support your application. The faculty instructors of each course have the final admissions decision and they reserve the right to deny admission.

 Ready to join us this July? Apply Now for the Global Studies: American Language & Culture Program