Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Pre-Academic Program



to the University of Kansas International Short Programs.  Congratulations on your award of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship.  We are looking forward to meeting you and working with you during your time in Kansas. 

Your program will provide necessary English language training, and academic, professional and cultural orientation to assist with your transition into U.S. academic and professional settings.  Through structured and informal learning activities, you will enhance your English skills, deepen your understanding of American society and the parameters of research activities, and get to know the American Midwest and its citizens.

To assist you in your adjustment to the American cultural reality, cross-cultural awareness and an appreciation of the dimensions of cultural diversity in the U.S. will be a component of the program.  You will also have opportunities to meet a variety of members of the university faculty and local community in support of this intellectual and personal adjustment.

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

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


This eight-week English and orientation program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE). Only participants selected by the sponsor are eligible for the program.


Director's Welcome

Greetings to all of our wonderful Fellows in the 2019 Cohort!

The International Short Programs team and your teachers at the University of Kansas (KU) are happily preparing for this summer’s Hubert H. Humphrey Pre-Academic and English Program. That preparation includes the important steps that we need to complete at the very beginning of the program, including mandatory check-ins, orientation, enrollment, language testing, and so on. According to KU policy, orientation and matriculation steps must happen before you are allowed to begin your program classes.

Tuesday, June 4 there are several important orientation responsibilities. June 4 is also Eid al-fitr, a holiday for Muslims around the world. The timing is unfortunate. We are trying to finish orientation activities that day around 3:30 p.m. We can provide transportation to a specialty Middle Eastern market called “The Mediterranean Market” and a regular grocery store after the orientation sessions. Everyone will live in an apartment on campus that has a kitchen. So, those who want to buy some special treats or cook something will have time to do that. Who knows? A little party or celebration might break out among the group!

The blending of different cultures and societies seems to present all of us in international education with surprises and the unexpected. But, the rewards of being together with bright and wonderful people from all over the world more than make up for it!

My best and see you soon!

Margaret Coffey
International Short Programs Director
Director of the 2019 Hubert H Humphrey Fellowship Pre-Academic English Program


Travel Information

The Pre-academic Program arrival date is June 1, 2019.

It is very important that you arrive on time for your program.

As soon as you receive your itinerary, please email a scanned copy of your complete itinerary to Geri Lamer at

Arrival at Airport 

  • An ISP staff member will be looking for you at your airline's baggage claim area with a sign that reads: UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS WELCOMES SUMMER HUMPHREY FELLOWS.  Please do not leave the baggage claim area even if you have located your luggage.
  • The staff member will help you find your luggage and catch the next shuttle to Lawrence. In some cases, you may need to wait at the airport for an hour or so.
  • The staff member will have a welcome packet full of information for you and will be happy to answer any questions you have while you wait.
  • If you have a delay at any point on your journey, please contact ISP at 785-521-5944. We will reschedule you on a later shuttle and make sure a staff member meets you when you land.
  • There will also be an ISP 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.

Housing and Meals


Fellows will live in Stouffer Place Apartments on the University of Kansas campus.

Each Fellow will have a private bedroom with a privite bathroom.  Amenities include the following:  furnished with bed, desk and chair, dresser and closet; full kitchen (including dishwasher), washer & dryer, wireless internet in apartment and common areas; bus service; 24-hour card swipe security.

You will be provided with bed linens, a pillow and a towel.


  • Fellows will have a Breakfast/Dinner meal plan and will eat their meals at the South Dining Commons. South Dining Commons features “food court-style” service, where different stations offer specialized items such as pasta, salads, sandwiches, a pizzeria, and a grill. Diners can choose from 8-10 different entrees at each meal.
  • You will be provided with Dining Dollars on your KUID cards so that you will be able to eat lunch on campus. There are a variety of restaurants available on campus for you to choose from.
  • For those observing Ramadan
    • Unfortunately, South Dining Commons does not provide meals with Halal meat though they will have vegetarian options at every meal. There is, however, a Housing dining facility where your meal plan will work called Mrs. E's and halal meals are available there. During Ramadan, AEC staff will drive you there to pick up a halal meal for you to have after sundown.
    • The Islamic Center in Lawrence is very close to Stouffer Place Apartments and will be an easy walk on Friday evenings for the breaking of the fast if you would like to join the Lawrence Muslim community for that meal. 
    • Also, for your information, summer days in Kansas are quite long!  During the time you are here, the sun will rise before 6:00 a.m. and set around 8:30 p.m. 


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


  • 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 or 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

In order to be enrolled at KU, you must have:

  • two (2) Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination
  • one (1) Meningitis vaccination
  • a Tuberculosis questionnaire

If you have an official vaccination record that shows you have already taken the MMR and/or Meningitis 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 US, 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.

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

  • Your insurance will cover the cost of these required immunizations. 
  • If you think you have had these vaccinations but don’t have a record, the staff at Watkins will offer you the possibility of taking a blood test (called a titer test) to check your immunity levels. 



Communicating Effectively in Professional Academic Settings
This course focuses on skills in communication and discussion in a variety of contexts. You will develop and hone pronunciation and oral fluency using seminar and group discussion formats to practice common forms of oral exchange in professional contexts. Topics will be drawn from Fellow's disciplines and TED Talks.
Professional Presentation Skills Workshop

This course focuses on skills in (1) professional presentations.  You will develop and practice professional presentation skills as well as hone pronunciation and oral fluency using seminar and group discussion formats to practice common forms of oral exchange in professional contexts. Topics will be drawn from Fellow's disciplines and TED Talks.

Reading Strategies in Professional Academic Settings
This course prepares you for reading demands in U.S. higher education. The course introduces theories behind rhetorical reading. You will practice effective pre-reading, reading and post-reading strategies.
Writing Effectively for Professional Academic Settings
The final project for this course will be to produce a 7-10 page research paper. To that end, you will study argument development and support, American organizational schema, cohesion techniques and hedging language. Building academic vocabulary and honing written fluency and accuracy will be emphasized.
Grammar Skills Workshop


Research Skills for Professional Academic Settings

Using a workshop format in the University's library computer instruction center, you will be introduced to research process principles and best practices. You will learn how to identify a research topic, gather and evaluate sources from an academic library database, and then import them into a reference manager to synthesize research into a research question. Important topics of avoiding plagiarism and conducting ethical research will also be addressed.

Education Technology Workshop

Using a workshop format in a university digital computer lab, you will be introduced to a variety of internet search engines. To prepare for final presentations, you will learn customary accepted guidelines for PowerPoint slide formats in U.S. academic settings. The instructor will also include projects in digital literacy concepts such as using social media effectively and email netiquette. Introductions to requested software programs will be included as time permits.


Sample Calendar


Field Trips
Trip to Topeka
  • Topeka is the state capital for Kansas.  While in Topeka, you will visit the Kansas History Museum which is the state history museum. It presents Kansas history from the prehistoric to modern eras in 30,000 square feet (2,800 m2) of exhibits. The galleries feature a train (Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe locomotive with two cars), full-sized tipi in the Southern Cheyenne style, a 1950s diner, and many other large features. Major topics covered in the main gallery include Native American tribal history, westward movement on the Oregon and Santa Fe Trails, early settlers, the Bleeding Kansas and Civil War eras, and populism at the turn of the 20th century.
  • You will also visit the National Historic Site commemorating the Brown v Board of Education case.  The story of Brown v. Board of Education, which ended legal segregation in public schools, is one of hope and courage. The U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education (1954) is one of the most pivotal opinions ever rendered by that body. This landmark decision highlights the U.S. Supreme Court’s role in affecting changes in national and social policy.
Trip to Kansas City
  • The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is internationally recognized for its outstanding collection of more than 33,500 objects. From ancient times to modern day, this encyclopedic museum is one of the best in the country, offering visitors the opportunity to explore civilization through the eyes of painters, sculptors, craftsmen, and many other artists. The Nelson-Atkins is free to all visitors.
  • The Legends is an outlet shopping area where you'll find brand name stores with their merchandise at discount  prices.  There is also a large movie theater as well as lots of restaurants.
US Independence Day
  • On the 4th of July, you will have a chance to see how Lawrence celebrates US Independence Day.  After dark, you will join Lawrence families by the river for an ice cream social and a fireworks display with lots of patriotic music and fun.
Day at Clinton Lake
  • You will visit a local lake for a relaxing day. You will have a picnic, play volleyball and soccer, and have a chance to go for a swim in the lake.
Optional Activities
Contact Information

The office is open from 8:00am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday. You may call the office to contact ISP staff during those hours. During the evenings or weekends, if you need to speak with someone from the ISP, you should call 785-521-5944.

Emergency phone:  785-521-5944

ISP Office phone:  785-864-6161

Mindy Van House
Office: (785) 864-1496

Geri Lamer
Office: (785) 864-1321

Aaron Huerter
Office: (785) 864-5316

Margaret Coffey
Office: (785) 864-1307