Students from Incheon University in South Korea attend a lecture on American government and politics at Lander University as part of a five-week language and culture institute. Dr. Lucas McMillan, assistant professor of political science taught the class.
Students from the University of Incheon in South Korea are spending five weeks soaking up knowledge about the U. S. at the first American Language and Culture Institute sponsored by Lander University's Office of International Programs.
The group of 23 students arrived at Lander on June 25 and plunged right into the program the following day. Boyoung Roh, coordinator of International Programs, said the institute will expose the Koreans to an English-speaking environment. She said they can speak English, but the institute will make them more familiar with conversational English.
Each week of their stay at Lander is based on a theme. They will sit in on classes related to American government and political culture; early American history and culture; American art, architecture and music; American stories including poetry, tales of the Wild West, and southern and African-American literature; and American youth and pop culture.
When they are not engaged in learning opportunities on campus, the students will be taken on weekend trips. The places they will visit include Columbia for a tour of the state house, governor's mansion and the state museum; Charleston; Cherokee Indian grounds and the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina, and much more.
A year ago, four Lander students attended a similar learning and cultural program at Dong-A University, which, like the University of Incheon and eight other universities in Korea, China and Thailand, are Lander sister schools. Agreements are in place allowing students from Lander and the Asian schools to study on each other's campus.