June 9, 2016

Services MaintenanceHackettstown, N.J., June 9, 2016 – Centenary University will again conduct its annual intensive Summer Culture and Language Program for international students to study American culture and the English language.  This program is open to all international college students and high school students who will be attending college/university in the United States, or who are interested in just attending a summer program.

From July 7 through August 18, 2016, 45 students from China, Korea and Poland will attend this year’s Summer Culture and Language Program.  Twenty-five of the summer students will remain at Centenary for the 2016-2017 academic year.  A number of the students will be attending from Centenary’s university partner institutions in China and South Korea, such as Dongduk Women’s University, Ewha Womans University, Hoseo University, Korea University and Yongin University (Korea), and from China Jiliang University and Ningbo University (China).  One international student from China, who recently graduated from Wardlaw Hartridge High School in Edison, N.J., will be participating and has accepted admission to Centenary beginning this fall.

“Centenary has offered this program since 1998, and over the years it has been extremely successful.  The program is designed to aid students in adapting to the American culture and to the American classroom environment,” says Dr. Joseph P. Linskey, Dean of the School of International Programs at Centenary University.  “We utilize innovative instructional methodologies to engage the students and infuse them with enthusiasm about the subject matter.”

A large part of this program is out-of-class projects including mock job interview sessions where students learn about the art of interviewing by participating in an interview situation with career experts, local human resources representatives and Centenary University faculty and staff.  Students also learn about the Hackettstown community and surrounding areas, as well as engage in cultural and educational trips to Washington, D.C., Boston, New York City and Philadelphia, where they will have the opportunity to see America’s pastime in the form of a Philadelphia Phillies baseball game.

To provide these students with the best support, Centenary intercultural resident directors and assistants assigned to work with these students are required to participate in a seven day intensive orientation to the program, which includes intercultural sensitivity and cultural understanding.  This staff and student life training will be coordinated by the SCLP Director, Mr. Patrick Cassidy. On the academic side, the students participate in an English language enrichment program, take a four-credit Intensive English as a Second Language reading, writing and pronunciation class, and a four-credit American Culture class.

Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary University is an independent, coeducational liberal arts and career studies college distinguished by an accomplished faculty, small class size and diverse student body.  Centenary is the only baccalaureate and master’s degree granting institution in northwest New Jersey.

Centenary University’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County).  The Centenary University School of Professional Studies offers degree programs online and in two locations: Parsippany and Edison, online and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.  The School of International Programs recruits international students for study at Centenary and Centenary students for study abroad.


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