Friends of Fulbright - Argentina

Friends of Fulbright - Argentina Program

January 15 - March 3, 2018

This program is sponsored by the Argentine Ministry of Education, U.S. Embassy, Argentina, and private donors. Only participants selected by the sponsor are eligible for the program.

WELCOME

to the University of Kansas Applied English Center.  We are excited to meet you and work with you during your time here.  Your program will provide you a cultural experience of academic and campus life in the United States.  Special emphasis will be on bringing you and KU’s regular student population together in a variety of contexts.  Through structured and informal learning activities, you will enhance your English skills and deepen your understanding of American society.

We hope the information on this site will answer all of your questions.  If you need more information, please email your questions to glamer@ku.edu.

Expect to be busy, learn a lot and have fun in

Kansas


Travel Information

The FOF-Argentina Program arrival date is January 16, 2018.

Arrival at Airport

  • Once you have gotten off the plane, an AEC staff member will be waiting for you at the gate with a sign that reads: UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS WELCOMES FOF-Argentina.
  • The staff member will help you find your luggage and catch the shuttle to Lawrence.
  • If you have a delay at any point on your journey, please contact Geri Lamer at 1-785-764-2781. She will reschedule your shuttle and make sure a staff member meets you when you land.
  • There will also be an AEC staff member at the residence hall where you will be living to help you get checked in when you arrive in Lawrence.

We hope your journey is a safe one and we look forward to meeting you.

Program Information
Housing and Meals

HOUSING

Students will live with a roommate in a double occupancy room in Naismith Hall on the University of Kansas campus.

Naismith Hall Amenities

  • Every resident room is suite-style with attached semi-private bath
  • Vanity and sink in every resident room, with regular in-room housekeeping
  • Lobby Lounge with 9-ft fireplace, large-screen TVs, pool and ping pong tables
  • Swimming pool and sundeck
  • Community kitchen for resident use
  • On-site fitness center
  • Free on-site tutoring
  • Fully air-conditioned
  • Basic cable, high speed internet and free WiFi included
  • 24-hour computer lab
  • On-site laundry facilities
  • There is a small kitchen available for use in Naismith Hall if you wish to do some cooking on your own. You will be responsible for buying the food supplies you will need for this.

MEALS

  • Students will be provided 19 meals per week in the Naismith Hall dining center. The dining center provides three meals a day on weekdays and 2 meals a day on weekends.
Health

In case of sickness, you should first go to the Watkins Student Health Center on campus.

WATKINS STUDENT HEALTH CENTER

  • As a student at the Applied English Center, you will be eligible for the full services offered by the Watkins Student Health Center at KU. You must have your KUID with you to receive medical treatment.
  • There is a charge for many services, including medications, x-rays and minor surgery. You and your health insurance company must pay these charges.
  • Prescriptions filled at the Student Health Center are not free, but they are less expensive than other pharmacies.
  • Dental care is not available at Watkins.

Regular office hours are:

  • Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • Saturday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Sunday: Closed

During student breaks, hours are:

  • Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 4:30pm
  • Saturday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Sunday: Closed

Appointment Line: 785-864-9507
Pharmacy: 785-864-9512
Automated Line: 785-864-9500
Emergency: 911

Health Insurance

You will be covered by KU student health insurance.

As a student at the AEC, you will be able to see a doctor for free while you are at KU. 

Any medical tests, medications or treatments you receive will be partially covered by your insurance but you will also be responsible for part of these costs.  The exact distribution of charges will depend upon which tests, medication or treatments you require but, in general, insurance covers about 80% of your medical charges.

Medical Check-in

As a short-term program student at the AEC your medical requirements will be:

  • Two (2) Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination
  • Answering a Tuberculosis questionnaire

If you have an official vaccination record that shows you have already taken the MMR vaccinations in your home country, you can bring it with you. The record must be in English, show the date you took the vaccination, and be signed by a doctor.

If your vaccination record is not in English, you can print the form found at this link and ask your doctor to fill it out and sign it.

In the U.S., the MMR vaccination contains three vaccines – one each for Measles, Mumps and Rubella.  In your country each of these vaccines might be given separately.  Your records must show two vaccinations for each disease.

The Tuberculosis test must be taken in the U.S., so any test results regarding TB that you bring from your country will not be accepted.

If you do not have the correct vaccination record, you will be required to take the vaccinations here. 

Courses
Students will attend two types of courses during their program at KU. There will be three English Language Courses taught by Applied English Center faculty. Students will also audit KU courses in their major field of study.

Communicating in English

This course will help students improve their communication skills in English, particularly with regard to increasing English proficiency in classroom and professional contexts. Communication skills will be practiced in theme based units. This course also includes a weekly one-hour pronunciation enhancement session targeted for Argentine students.

English for Academic Purposes

The main goal of this course is to develop students’ ability to use English to acquire and (re)construct key concepts in their fields of study. Special emphasis will be place on improving participants’ vocabulary and fluency.

Technology for Cultural Outreach

This workshop-style course will explore a variety of digital platforms that program participants can use to (1) document and share their program experience; (2) share their understanding of the United States culture and society; and (3) maintain connections with KU students, teachers, and staff after the program ends. During the course, each student will learn foundational skills to build a website, using a drag and drop website builder. The instructor will also address the important topics of legal, responsible, and ethical use of technology systems, information and software, as it pertains to creating one’s own website. By the end of the course students will have built a website that they can access and use upon their return home.

Auditing KU Courses in field of study

Students will audit 3 to 6 credits (equivalent to 1 or 2 courses) of KU coursework. Students must have completed at their home institution the equivalent of any listed prerequisite coursework in order to be granted permission for the selected courses.

Attending these KU courses will allow students to compare and contrast the Argentine and American approaches to their disciplines, discuss discipline-specific topics with American students and faculty, and strengthen their command of English in relation to their areas of study.

Sample Schedule

Cultural Field Trips and Cross-cultural Programming

The cohort of Argentine students will participate in our regularly-scheduled programming. International Student Services (ISS) offers several cultural enrichment activities that the students can take part in and have the opportunity to lead, if they choose.

Examples of programming include:

International Coffee Hour is a bi-weekly program at which internati0onal students present about their home culture to an audience of international and domestic students, faculty, staff, and community members. The Argentine cohort will have the opportunity to present on Argentina, as well as to attend others’ presentations.

Life in the U.S. is a seminar series that guides international students in topics of American culture and success in the American classroom.

English-language conversation groups are offered daily by the Applied English Center. They allow students to practice their English conversation skills with other international students. The groups are led by both graduate and undergraduate with a native level of English.

In addition, there are two cultural field trips to Kansas City planned.

            January 28th – Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.  (https://nelson-atkins.org/) The Nelson-Atkins Museum is “where the power of art engages the spirit of community . . . a gathering place for people to share and contemplate the greatest creations of humankind.”

            February 18th – Kansas City Mavericks Game.  Known as the Orange Army, the Kansas City Mavericks are a professional hockey team from Kansas City.  You will attend a game and cheer for the team!

Optional Activities
Contact Information

The office is open from 8:00am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday. You may call the office to contact Geri Lamer or an AEC instructor during those hours. During the evenings or weekends, if you need to speak with someone from the AEC, you should call Geri Lamer.

Geri Lamer (Contact for emergencies)
Office:
(785) 864-1321
Mobile: (785) 764-2781

Margaret Coffey
Office:
(785) 864-1307

Aaron Huerter
Office:
(785) 864-5316
Mobile: (785) 845-5043

Mindy Van House
Office:
(785) 864-1496
Mobile: (517) 605-4998