University College’s English Language Institute (ELI) hosts 37 Fulbright Scholars from 23 Countries

Fulbright Scholars visiting Green Lakes State ParkDian Purwanti, from Indonesia, was most impressed with the clean tap water. For Cyrille Zongo, from Burkina Faso in West Africa, it was the clean streets. Rawan Badarna, from Palestine, was amazed by the technology and diversity.

These bright, motivated individuals were among the 37 Fulbright Scholars who arrived on July 14 for a four-week English for Graduate Studies program administered through University College’s English Language Institute (ELI).

Zongo says he could see how much more developed the U.S. was as soon as the plane landed in Syracuse. These differences are dramatic for many of the participants, who came from 23 countries, including Algeria, Brazil, Cambodia, Ecuador, Mongolia, Russia and Turkey. Most noticeable of all, Zongo says, is the hospitality. “People in Syracuse are very friendly and welcoming.”

This is the first year of a renewed five-year contract between ELI and the Institute of International Education, which manages Fulbright for the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs (ECA).

Participants are professionals who will remain in the U.S. to pursue graduate work following their Syracuse University sojourn. The ELI offers academic English, designed for students who are conditionally admitted to Syracuse University, students who wish to study at another university in the United States and professionals who would like to improve their English to better succeed in their careers.

While on campus, the students study a wide range of topics, including academic integrity, the U.S. political system, copyright laws and building a respectful environment. Interaction with their peers provides a glimpse into different cultures and faith traditions throughout the world.

The students took note of the teaching style they found in the U.S. “I was forced to share my opinion, discuss topics with my peers and work in a group,” says Purwanti. “It made me grateful to be in this program and prepared me for my graduate studies.” Purwanti will be staying on at Syracuse University to earn a master’s degree in teaching and curriculum in the School of Education.

“The academic rigor is very high compared to my country,” says Zongo. “This shows how effective and efficient the education system in the United States is and I’m glad I can learn though this system.”

Badarna notes that her classes were student-oriented and interactive. “Because the students were from different countries, my experience was much more enriching,” she says. “The instructor and student relationship is open and friendly–you can express your opinions and criticize politely. This improves a student’s critical thinking skills.”

When not in class or studying, the Fulbright students explored the rich history of Upstate New York. They participated in a guided tour of historic downtown Syracuse and visited Alexandria Bay.

Badarna was especially impressed with seeing a ship from Canada during a boat tour. “I was surprised to see how easy it is to move between two countries freely,” she says. “We don’t have freedom of movement in Palestine.” Badarna says that when she went to see her family in Palestine, she often had to go through checkpoints. “It’s difficult and time consuming to travel from one city to another, which discourages us from traveling.”

Purwanti says a highlight of her Syracuse visit was visiting Green Lakes State Park and Alexandria Bay. “My jaw dropped when I saw how clean every place is. I hope that someday Bali can be that clean.”

Zongo was struck by the beauty of Syracuse and the important role the city played in the history of the United States, particularly in the Underground Railroad. “The city has been able to keep symbols of important moments of Syracuse’s life. This is incredible,” he says.

The students admit that it was difficult to be away from family, but Bardarna feels much better prepared now to move on to Loyola University in New Orleans to obtain an MBA. She found the English Language Institute program to be comprehensive and holistic, blending instruction, socialization and engagement opportunities with American society.

Purwanti was a bit afraid that her Indonesian dress would isolate her from the other students on campus. “But all the people here greet you, even though you don’t know them. They are very welcoming. The people in my group are open to our culture and our differences, which made it easier to adjust.”

Zongo, who will be earning an M.B.A. at Rochester Institute for Technology, says “Syracuse University’s English Language Institute is the best. In a short period of time, they were able to teach us the essential English skills we need as graduate students. I was very happy with my experience here,” he says. “I will miss Syracuse.”

501 Students Attend Syracuse University’s 2018 Summer College Program for High School Students

When Horane Daley from DeWitt Clinton High School in Bronx, New York, learned he was selected to participate in Syracuse University’s Summer College Program for High School Students, he was very grateful for the opportunity. “I was ecstatic (when I was chosen),” he says. “I was proud of myself for doing the essay and getting through the interview.”

Horane Daley

Horane Daley (center in helmet and harness) with other Summer College participants.

Daley was one of 25 students selected to attend Syracuse University through the generosity of the Price Family Foundation.

The Price Family Foundation, a philanthropic organization based in New York, provides funding for higher education, children’s services and hospitals. For three years, the foundation has provided opportunity to New York City students to attend the Summer College Program.

Summer College offers both credit and non-credit options for students to engage in rigorous college courses over a six-week period. While many of the students found the coursework challenging, they also learned the skills they need to be successful―managing their time, working hard, and having the discipline to follow through on assignments in a short period. This year, 501 students from 35 U.S. states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands―as well as 70 students representing 19 foreign countries―attended Summer College.

Daley took part in the Team and Leadership and Launching a Business programs. The Team and Leadership Academy challenges students to safely expand their comfort zone, test their understanding of what it means to be a member of a team, and develop communication skills. “The experience has been amazing,” says Daley. “I’ve met great people and have formed bonds in a short period of time. I’ve made friends that will last a lifetime.” Daley says the high ropes course taught him how to communicate in a team setting: “I learned to be a leader.”

Isaiah Hoyte

Isaiah Hoyte

Isaiah Hoyte, from New Explorer’s High School in the Bronx, took 3D Art Studio and Computer Animation and Game Design through Summer College.

Hoyte, who plans to major in computer engineering, thoroughly enjoyed making a 3D Bluetooth device in ComArt in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. “The creativity of the course allowed me to open my mind to different things,” Hoyte says. “The experience also gave me the opportunity to do a lot of networking. It’s been a wonderful experience, and I’ve met some wonderful friends.”

Both students believe that being away from home will help them navigate a college campus in the future. “The experience teaches you college readiness and the maturity you need to do the work,” Hoyte says. “The opportunity given to me by the Price Family Foundation warms my heart.”

University College Launches an Online Cybersecurity Administration Degree

University College is launching a 120-credit Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) degree in Cybersecurity Administration. The fully online program will provide the skills needed to manage people and technologies required to protect information, information systems and infrastructures. Applications are now being accepted for the fall 2018 semester. For more information visit the website.

UC Celebrates its Centennial Year

University College celebrates 100 years

2018 marks a century of bringing lifelong learning to part-time students who seek to transform their lives through education. For the past 100 years, University College has helped thousands of part-time students earn a Syracuse University degree.

UC hosted an Open House in April. Guests took a progressive tour, enjoyed refreshments and socialized with their partners across campus.

Upcoming Events:

  • September 7: a campus-wide picnic to welcome students, staff, and faculty back to campus. Specific details will be available on our website.
  • October 6: Centennial Gala at Goldstein Auditorium in Schine Student Center. A fundraising effort to create a Centennial Fund, to offer financial aid for everything from tuition and fees to class materials, computers, and childcare.

Watch for additional details on these upcoming events on our website.

Foundation Sponsorships Help Students Attend SU Summer Programs

Summer College for High School Students partners with more than a dozen organizations and foundations to support programs that serve youth who are at risk of not reaching their full potential – particularly youth in low-income communities.

Of the 457 students enrolled in Summer College courses in 2017, more than 130 attended at no cost to themselves or their families thanks to these established partnerships.  In the last eight years, 942 students have attended Summer College through these collaborations.

Two of the most significant partnerships are with the Charles Hayden Foundation (CHF) and the Price Family Foundation (PFF).  CHF students attend for six weeks, take two classes and earn six Syracuse University credits.  PFF students attend Summer College for four weeks and take two consecutive 2-week programs.

Syracuse University Summer College offers high school students the opportunity to explore college majors and experience college life with credit and noncredit programs.