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International Summer Camp

International Summer Camp

International Summer Camp: American Language, Culture, and History

July 19-August 8, 2024

Join us for an immersion learning experience designed to introduce students to American language, history, and culture. This experiential learning program will be based out of the peaceful Saint Vincent College campus in the Laurel Highlands of western Pennsylvania. The academic component will involve 12-15 hours/week and participants will also take part in weekend field trips, local excursions, campus experiences, and active learning sessions. Participants will connect what they are reading and studying in the classroom with excursions and activities designed to make the coursework come alive.

Application: Please complete the application form at the link below.

· Applications will be accepted and processed on a rolling basis until May 31.

· Students will be notified within two weeks of the submission of their application if they are accepted for the camp and will have two weeks to complete the registration forms and make a deposit.

· Program tuition must be paid in full by June 1.

Program Objectives

  • Students will experience and learn about different facets of American culture and history.
  • Students will integrate lessons on American history, culture, and the arts into a trip portfolio.
  • Students will engage in classes taught in English, to provide opportunities for English reading, writing and speaking.

Program Plan

The program will begin with a welcome and orientation to Saint Vincent College. Following the orientation, students will participate in a varied schedule of activities that includes on-campus class sessions, campus activities, local field trips, regional field trips, recreational activities, and a weekend trip to Washington, D.C.

Potential excursions and activities include:

· A weekend trip to Washington, D.C., the capitol of the United States with visits to national landmarks and museums
· An overnight trip to visit the Pearl S. Buck museum and nearby attractions
· Tours of architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous Falling Water and Kentuck Knob residences
· Trips into the City of Pittsburgh for guided tours of the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History and the Andy Warhol Museum
· Hiking and exploring the Laurel Highlands region
· Caving expedition and Laurel Caverns
· Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historical Site
· Pizza-making workshop
· Fort Ligonier
· Ohiopyle and Linn Run State Parks
· On the field experiences with the Pittsburgh Steelers (American football team)
· Engage in programs on campus and locally, designed to provide active including the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve, a Gristmill tour, creative arts workshops

Program Faculty

Program Director: Dr. Sophia Geng

Program Faculty:

  • Dr. Elaine Bennett
  • Dr. Tim Kelly
  • Mr. Andy Julo
  • Dr. Jim Kellam
  • Dr. Michelle Duennes

Program Fees

Program Fee: US$4500


· Coursework
· All field trips and excursions (transportation, lodging, and entry fees)
· Room and board (including meals on campus)

Important Information:

· Participants must be 18 years or older by the beginning of the session
· Participants must be students at an institution of higher education and must provide verification of their student status during registration
· This program is not available for academic credits.
· While students do not need to demonstrate English language proficiency, all activities will be conducted in English and at least an intermediate level of English is strongly advised.

International Summer Camp Video - Mandarin

International Summer Camp Video - English