Center for Engaging the World
High school students can have the opportunity to spend a week having an Asian Summer Experience and earning college credit for it in July at Westminster College in Fulton, MO.
The six-day course will run July 15-20 and teach students about the history and politics of Asian nations, introduce them to the Chinese language and culture and allow them to interact with Chinese high school and college students visiting campus.
The experience will also include fun activities such as swimming, movies, field trips and evening leadership speakers.
"In keeping with our emphasis at Westminster in preparing global leaders, we offered this program last year and it was so successful that we are offering another chance for high school students to enjoy this special experience," says Dr. Kurt Jefferson, Director for the Center for Engaging the World (CEW), which is sponsoring the program. "This year we are even planning a USA vs. China basketball game between the students from the two continents."
At the same time as the Asian Summer Experience, 19 college students from Beijing Union University will be on campus to learn about the American way of life and campus life as a part of the Westminster College American Summer Leadership Program.
"By bringing students from our two cultures together for this week, great friendships are established," says Dr. Jefferson. "Many of our students from the program last year are staying in touch with their Chinese counterparts."
The program is open to all high school students (rising freshman through senior class) as well as all those entering college as freshmen in the fall.
The cost for the program is $550 and includes room, board, tuition/fees and all activities. Participants will receive one hour of college credit.
"The Asian Summer program really made my passions grow as I learned, lived and excelled at Westminster," says David McDermott, from Grubville, MO, a Westminster sophomore who participated last year. "It was well worth the money for the wealth of knowledge, student interactions and excitement I received. The staff was fun and informative, meeting international students and listening to their stories or eating out with them were amazing opportunities and the friends I made I still talk with today. I can't recommend it enough."
Founded in 2008 as an integral part of the Churchill Institute on campus, The CEW serves as the home to Westminster's global academic programming (such as transnational studies and international studies majors), international co-curricular programs (such as Model United Nations teams and Global Issues Forums), and its global engagement arm (which includes the College's study aboard and off-campus office and academic and non-academic activities carried out in and with other countries.
For more information about the program, students and parents should contact Dr. Kurt Jefferson at 573-592-5266 or e-mail him at Kurt.Jefferson@westminster-mo.edu.