A new program for international students in China is being launched this summer at Shawnee State University. “Discover America Up Close” has been developed through the Center for International Programs and Activities (CIPA).
Twelve students, most from South China Normal University in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong province in the People’s Republic of China, will be participating in the program.
“One of the goals is to help them learn about small town America,” Barbara Bradbury, special project coordinator for CIPA, said. “Also, we want to introduce them to urban America.”
Bradbury, along with Professor Xiaodan Huang and Director of CIPA Rita Haider, worked on developing the program.
The students will be taking several trips around the United States to visit different places. The final days of their visit will be touring in Washington, D.C.
The students will visit The Ohio State University in Columbus and George Washington University in D.C. In Columbus, the students will be touring German Village and the Short North among other sites.
The Chinese students will arrive July 18 and stay until August 10 leaving from Washington, D.C. on their final trip. They will also have a service project at Shawnee State Park and one weekend the students will be free to travel.
Kate Kerr, adjunct faculty, is the instructor for the classes. She is planning the syllabus and will introduce them to the museum and the Appalachian culture.
Kerr worked abroad and has designed many educational training and professional development experiences for a wide variety of people internationally.
The program is a balanced approach of academic instruction augmented with guest presentations by experts from diverse fields. Field excursions to local areas of interest are also planned. Topics will include history, music, literature and arts of the region.
“I’m excited to collaborate with CIPA and the community on this pilot project,” Kerr said. “It’s wonderful to have this opportunity to help students from China discover the rich American culture here in Southern Ohio.”