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American Language & Culture Summer Program
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American Language and Culture Program 2017

Summer Program at Michigan State University:

July 17 - August 5 

The American Language and Culture Program is a Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities project with support from the American Semester Program, the English Language Center, and the College of Arts and Letters. The program is 36 hours of class time over three weeks.

Advanced Intercultural Communication Skills In English: this course is designed to better prepare you to use and understand English in authentic day to day and academic situations. Classroom discussions and lectures will cover:

  • Real life listening and speaking practice (including individual and group presentation skills)
  • Academic writing techniques
  • Language and communication tools needed to more effectively function in another culture

American Identities in a Global Context: discussion classes and lectures will explore values, ideals, and debates that young people encounter in the United States. Sessions will combine short readings, video, and music with discussions and lectures that explore differences and commonalities across cultures. The course will help students develop critical perspectives and encourage them to express their thoughts about the ideas and perspectives that confront students in American society.

Professional Development for International Scholars:  lectures and discussions will prepare you for your 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. 

Learn more about the program:


Sample Schedule: Class is expected to run Monday through Thursday for three (3) hours each day from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Evening activities including excursions to local lakes, group BBQs, MSU’s own Dairy Store, and more are planned throughout the program. There will never be a dull moment! 

Students will live on MSU’s campus at Owen Hall and make new American and international friends from China, Australia, and various European countries. A meal plan is included.

Michigan State University Campus

Founded in 1855, MSU has a 5,200-acre campus with something for everyone!

  • Park-like beauty and naturally wooded areas
  • Opportunities for biking and walking
  • Swimming pools, tennis courts, fitness rooms, and gymnasiums
  • Plays, concerts, and dance performances at the Wharton Center Performing Arts

Many local sites and activities are available within walking distance of campus or are easily reached using public transportation.

  • Potter Park Zoo
  • MSU Horticultural Gardens
  • Native American Indian Museum
  • Abrams Planetarium
  • Michigan State Capitol Building
  • MSU sporting events

Program Fee for 2017:  $3750  


MSU Contact Information:

Dr. Russell E. Lucas
Director of Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities

Dr. Xiao-huang Yin
Special Adviser to the Dean on Chinese Affairs, College of Arts and Letters