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Global Certificate Program

3 week program

About the Program

This program is designed for international students to experience American culture, familiarize themselves with the American education system, and enhance their English language skills.

The Global Certificate Program is an in-person, residential program and students are required to live on campus.

Course Description

Participants will enhance their English language and presentation skills while learning about and experiencing American culture. 

This course offers an overview of contemporary American society and events important to American history. Present-day issues and perspectives will be examined through readings, multimedia, and communicative activities. Participants will work individually and in groups to prepare and deliver presentations in English. Students will learn to organize their thoughts in order to effectively communicate their ideas to an audience.

Topics may include:

  • Pop Culture
  • Film
  • Television
  • Idioms
  • Music
  • Sports
  • Landmarks
  • Food

Schedule (Tentative)

  • Classes meet Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.
  • Three special lectures by distinguished faculty or administrators will be offered from 1:00 - 2:30 pm and all students are required to attend. 
  • On Fridays and weekends, participants will attend optional field trips and events planned by GSI and will have free time to enjoy activities of their own choice.


Participants will attend weekly special lectures by distinguished faculty or administrators on a range of topics. Speakers will be announced in the spring.