September 17th marks the return of the International Office’s U.S Academic and Culture Immersion Program (ACIP). Thirty students from Yangtze University will spend three weeks at UT in this intensive program centered around five main components: American culture & intercultural communication, exploratory academic content, leadership workshops, community service, and civic & cultural activities
The IO’s ESL Services will introduce students to American culture and enhance their English language skills via an intercultural communications course. The College of Liberal Arts’ Global Initiative for Leadership & Education has arranged three academic mini-courses focusing on liberal arts, science & business.
Participants will engage in leadership & team development through an excursion to the Georgetown Challenge Course and a series of workshops led by UT’s own Leadership & Ethics Institute. The groups will served the Austin community through volunteer efforts at the Central Texas Food Bank and Shoal Creek Conservancy . The group will take a break from their intensive studies & service projects with a fun-filled day at Six Flags Fiesta Texas.
And of course no trip to Texas would be complete without a little education on local culture and history, so the group will trek to the LBJ Presidential Library & Museum, Texas State Capitol, and Bullock State History Museum as well as take a sunset cruise on Ladybird Lake to see Austin’s famed Congress Avenue Bridge bats. Finally, ACIP 2016 will wrap up with with certificate ceremony at Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que in downtown Austin, followed by a trip to the eastern seaboard led by the students’ sponsor, Severn Institute.
We’re looking forward to an intense but fun-filled three weeks with this Yangtze University crew!