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THE OLDEST, MOST ADVANCED UNIVERSITY READINESS CLASS IN THE WORLD, TAUGHT ONLINE, WORTH EARN 3 UNIVERSITY CREDITS!
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“This on-line course will provide the keys to success for studies in the United States. From how to effectively apply to your school of choice to strategies of how to integrate on campus when you first arrive, Tara and her team will guide you through the entire process.” Susie Askew, Director at the University of Nevada, Reno Office of International Students and Scholars
“Knowing culture before coming to U.S. decreases anxiety for adjusting to new country. Just for my culture, I think it’s really mandatory, before.” — Minjae L., Seoul, South Korea
“This study is helpful for me. It helped mentally prepare me studying and to meeting new friends.” — Wei C., Shanghai, China
“Knowing culture gave me confidence to talk, get involved, and participate.” — Wayne L., Beijing, China
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We improve the quality of life for international students by teaching U.S. academics and culture. International students can more easily navigate U.S. university classrooms, campuses, and social networks to achieve academic, social, and professional goals.
Since 2010, our team has been on the forefront of pre-departure research and instruction to support students pursuing study abroad. We teach pre-departure and post-arrival classesthat help international students manage cultural and academic challenges associated with adjustment in new schools.
Through curriculum design, international teaching and presentations, online webinars, research, and publications, we provide international students with early, effective, and practical education so they live healthier, more successful, and happier lives.
I had an AMAZINGLY successful educational tour throughout South Korea and China promoting the world’s first online university course for international students worth 3 course credits on a U.S. transcript.
Locations: Seoul, South Korea; Daegu, South Korea; Shanghai, China; Beijing, China
Organizations: U.S.Embassies; EducationUSA; Fulbright; International Schools, ICEF Monitor; AIEF Conference; Student Recruiting Agencies
We’d like to thank everyone we met and worked with along the tour for introducing their students and friends to the class. Our new school and agent partners are helping us to improve study abroad and international education through early college-level education.
Pass on the online class, “U.S. Academics and Culture” to international students and their parents.
This is the topic I will be discussing during Wednesday’s webinar entitled Developing Cultural Competence at the College and University Level hosted by the Berlitz Training Management Corporation on June 17 (7:00 am PST).
Join the webinar and learn about how online cultural training is applied in U.S. universities. Hope to see you Wednesday online. ~ Tara
Interested in learning why U.S. higher education is now offering pre-departure academic and cultural college prep courses to international students in foreign countries? Student success, international recruitment, and retention rates are definitely some benefits.
This video provides a 3 minute introduction to the research that led to today’s revolutionary international study abroad prep-classes.
First tested at a U.S. research university, then applied to HLSL Institute’s 2014 International Education Tour in South Korea and China, and now offered at U.S. schools, “U.S. Academics and Culture”, is an online or hybrid pre-departure school readiness class that strengthens academic performance, communication skills, and cultural adjustment. This student support effort also helps international students be healthier, safer, happier, and more professionally prepared in the U.S.
Because this classes teaches international students more accurate expectations about study, life, language, and work during first year experiences in the USA, high schools and universities can provide it simultaneously address recruitment, integration, and retention issues. Research findings indicated that international students are more confident (less stressed) to leave home and study in the USA, gain U.S. cultural knowledge and U.S. academic skills, better communicate with US natives and build more U.S. friendships, gain networking and small-talk skills, and better understand the importance for campus engagement and support resources.
U.S. institutions are now offering and/or requiring this class to prospective and newly admitted international students and domestic students before study abroad. Sierra Nevada College was the first private college who made the online class available to any international student in efforts to welcome and encourage them to the USA.
P.s. This class can also be effective for first-year international students who are already in the U.S. to aid with their transition, adjustment, and integration.
Contact me to learn how your U.S. high school or university can offer a pre-departure class like “U.S. Academics and Culture”.
After many years of teaching university students, the most powerful and influential lessons the undergraduates and graduate students preferred were the assignments which encompassed personal reflection and experiential learning. These students described that studying the course’s learning objectives with personal exploration pedagogies, challenged their original worldviews, felt liberated from previous subconscious mental programs, and more confident to apply their new knowledge in everyday life decisions. Many students reported that the self-awareness contributed to a clearer understanding of how they would move forward after the course to intentionally advance their professional and academic careers.
One student’s evaluation submission summarized the consensus nicely,
“For the four years of college courses I have experienced, this was by far, the most rewarding on every level and one of my favorites. I have never experienced such valuable information in a class that comes up in everyday life. The extremely eye-opening experiences and class material helped me stretch myself as an individual during the papers and class activities. I came out of this class with observations and feelings that I never knew I had. I not only gained knowledge to apply to my future career, but I gained more self-confidence and really pushed myself to grow as a person.”
As an educator, there is no greater joy than witnessing my students demonstrate new skills, knowledge, and self-awareness. Although my courses focused primarily on law, educational leadership, multiculturalism, and societal studies, many of the students reported that their experience was the closest thing they had ever had to a formal Self-Study course.
Instead of waiting until adulthood to formally study the Self , what if actual “Self-Studies” courses were incorporated into elementary, middle and high school educational programs alongside required subjects like reading, writing, and math? Would it make a difference on the student’s development, their worldview, ethics, community engagement, health, grades, career choice, interpersonal relationships, financial stability, emotional intelligence, and long-term achievements? How would studying the Self influence the educational system, the city, state, nation, and planet?
Before we go any further, let’s understand the term “Self-Studies” to represent a formal course, grounded on legitimate peer-reviewed, tested, published research, and facilitated by well trained and highly qualified instructors whose aim is to foster individualized identity development and personal growth through self-reflection and experiential learning to encourage emotional intelligence, purposeful living, goal achievement, healthy lifestyles and interpersonal relationships, environmental awareness, and community contribution.
Based on that definition, that not one of my own alma maters had offered a Self-Studies course in my programs of study. That’s a big deal considering that I have earned a high school diploma, college degree, and multiple graduate degrees (M.A.; Ph.D.). How much more powerful would my academic, personal, and professional contributions be if my primary and secondary schools had offered courses like Mindfulness; Personal Habits and Behaviors; Core Principles and Values; Family and Cultural Influences; Healthy Relationships; Emotional Intelligence; Identity Exploration; My impact on Modern Society and the Environment; My Culture and how it Compares to others; and Financial Goal Planning? If I, as a young person, had studied where I came from, what I stood for, who I believe I am, how I would contribute my value to society, and who I wanted to share my life with, how would things be different today?
Only now, after 31 years, I’ve finally completed my first formal Self-Study program and recognize the tremendous power it provides. The self-discoveries are tremendously helpful to grasp why I live the way I do and how I want to live from this point forward to achieve a clear, laser-focused goal. We are seeing a movement across the United States of personal success courses emphasizing self-study, goal planning, networking, communication, and professional skills development to generate healthy, happy, skilled members of our society and workforce. PSI Seminars, is one personal success educational organization that provides Self-Study courses that teach personal exploration to enable students to live with a better understanding of who they are, what they want, and how they can apply their unique abilities in daily life and achieve long-term goals. Another organization, called One Life Fully Lived, is an example of personal development through self-study aiming to develop identify, core values, and personal life goals.
Because I’m an academic junky and educational advocate, I recommend Self-Studies as an early means to generate self-awareness that supports a lifetime of academic, professional, spiritual, social, emotional, physical, and financial successes.