More than 50 international students have begun their American education at SUNY Canton.
Students and faculty members from the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina (AUBIH), Dnipropetrovs’k State University in Internal Affairs in Ukraine, Kazan State Finance and Economics Institute in Russia, and Lomonsov Moscow State University in Russia arrived in Canton on Sunday, July 11.
“We provide a rewarding educational experience for these students that allows them to remain with their peers while they are immersed in a new culture and environment,” SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy said. “We have developed outstanding international educational relationships with these students, faculty members and colleges. Our partnerships with institutions around the world are strengthened by the experiences these students have while on campus and in our community.”
Students from AUBIH have already begun their work for the summer program, taking part in SUNY Canton’s dual degree program with their institution. Students took two hybrid courses, risk management and ethics, via videoconferencing for the three weeks prior to coming to the College. They will finish their coursework while at SUNY Canton and are scheduled to graduate in 2011. They will be the second class from AUBIH to graduate from SUNY Canton, with the first class receiving their diplomas this past May.
Both Russian institutions will have students taking part in two programs: Global Finance, Economics and Culture, as well as English as a Second Language (ESL) and Culture. The Global Finance program was developed in conjunction with Moscow State University and will feature lectures focusing on financial management and global economics topics followed by workshops examining case studies and business application.
It’s the first time SUNY Canton has partnered with Dnipropetrovs’k State University in Internal Affairs in Ukraine. The students from Ukraine will take part in the American Legal and Criminal Justice System Program, which will reviews the American legal system, the foundation of American law as well as the criminal justice system and the role it plays in the American legal system. The lectures will be integrated with the visits to courts and other local authorities for practical portion of the program.
The students from Russia and Ukraine will earn certificates for completions of their respective courses at the summer program’s graduation ceremony on Thursday, July 29.
Students from each of the programs will also have the chance to immerse themselves in the North Country and the American way of life. In addition to the daily excursions for their respective programs, students will visit local businesses and farmers markets, the Remington Art Museum, the 1000 Islands, and The Wild Center in the Adirondacks. The students will also travel to Niagara Falls and Lake Placid and will conclude their experience with a four day trip to New York City.
Another part of the cultural experience is American Family Night, where families around the North Country welcome the visiting students to their homes for dinner, take them out for ice cream, and introduce them to American customs and traditions.
“These summer programs are rare on college campuses because of the time commitment, but we’re lucky to have some wonderful faculty and staff who spend so much of their time off working to make this such a great opportunity for both SUNY Canton and the students,” Fiacco said. “We are grateful for the people in this community who understand the value of this program, because it’s their passion that has kept it a successful one for the last several years.”
The international summer programs began in 2006 with an inaugural group of students from Moscow State University. Since, Fiacco said the number of programs offered has increased, as have the number of institutions who participate each year.
“One of the best parts is seeing all the students come together,” Fiacco said. “Last year, students from each country would have their own barbecues, and then they began inviting each other to them. They set up soccer and basketball games, pitting one country against another, and had so much fun. It was inspiring to watch them grow as a group together and knowing it was because of their experience here at SUNY Canton.”
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