NC to welcome international students for immersive Summer English program

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At the conclusion of NC’s Summer English program, students present their experiences and demonstrate their understanding of Canadian culture, applying their English language skills. Pictured are three South Korean students from the July 2018 session posing in front of their trifold presentation board.

Niagara College welcomes its largest and most culturally diverse group of international students for the Summer English program this July and August.

As part of the NC’s conversation-based English Language and Culture (ELC) program, Niagara College hosts two sessions of its Summer English program; one commencing in July and the other in August. This year, NC will welcome over 98 students July 2 to July 26 and over 85 students July 29 to August 23, totaling over 183 students over the course of the summer.

The cultural diversity of the program’s students continues to grow. NC will welcome its first groups from Taiwan, in addition to groups from countries such as Japan, Spain, South Korea and Ukraine. Many of the students enrolled in the program derive from NC’s long-term international university partners and support student mobility opportunities.  This year, NC expanded its global partnerships with seven new university partners and two new study abroad partners. The incoming session will also welcome students who are supported by government-funded scholarships from South Korea and Spain to learn English and participate in study abroad programming as part of their country’s internationalization strategy.

“The growth in cultural diversity within our ELC Summer English program will provide students with invaluable exposure to languages and cultures from all over the world and allow those looking for an international education experience the opportunity to become more globally engaged,” said Guhan Ilgazli, School of English Language Studies associate dean.

Students enrolled in the program are either approaching high school graduation or are recent high school graduates who are in the process of deciding where to study for postsecondary. For many students, it will be their first-time having an experience overseas and being introduced to traveling abroad, a step in towards developing their intercultural skills. The Summer English program allows students to develop their language skills and utilizes a diverse range of learning methods, such as excursions and social and cultural activities, which take learning outside of the classroom. At the conclusion of the program, students will participate in a business symposium with topics on entrepreneurship, cross-cultural communication and teamwork in diverse groups.

During their studies, students will also live with local families as part of NC’s Homestay program. Experiencing the lifestyle of a local family helps international students become immersed in Canadian culture. At the same time, the experience serves to create a more globally and culturally engaged community.

New this year, students will have the option to choose between experiencing the beauty of Canada’s nature and wildlife through camping or immersing themselves in Canada’s other official language through a trip to Montreal.

The program is also a way for students to get a taste for Niagara College’s campus, facilities and community as well as to better understand the Canadian college system. Their experience in the ECL Summer English program may be a deciding factor of studying abroad in Canada, choosing to further their English studies in NC’s English for Academic Preparation (EAP) program, and/or enrolling in one of NC’s postsecondary programs.

Niagara College looks forward to welcoming its next cohort of ELC students through its Winter English program, taking place January 13 to February 7.

To learn more about NC’s ELC program, please visit: international.niagaracollege.ca/programs/cultural-program/

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