Learn. Explore. Experience.
Dates: June 22 – July 6, 2018
Northwest Christian University, Eugene, Oregon, USA
- Get a taste of American university life, and stay in an American university dorm
- Learn practical American English with language specialists, enjoy classes in American culture and history, and choose from a set of elective courses focused on applied topics
- Enjoy mentorship programs, recreation and fun with American students
- Choose from a broad variety of cultural learning workshops
- Spend some free time exploring Eugene’s University District, or hop on a 5-minute bus ride downtown for local shopping and a variety of great places to eat
- Have fun with American students and professors during exciting tours and evening activities
- Breathe in Oregon’s clean air and amazing natural beauty
Classes & Workshops
Morning Session: Practical English & American Culture Classes
- The Basics… review and practice needed language for life in the USA
- Stories… elaborating on self introductions: sharing my full story
- Culture… sharing culture, differences at university and at home
- Environment… describing and presenting about the physical, natural & social environment
- Simon Says… expressing commands and talking about processes
- Communication… concepts and rules to help with better communication & pronunciation
- Travel… verb tense practice and using action words to talk about travel
- Etiquette… verbal and non-verbal rules, written language norms
- Marketplace… from shopping to the macroeconomy: practice and conversation
- Wild West… America’s history, thinking and feelings, and a whole lot of slang
- Small World… describing and discussing geography, language and world events
- Power Presentations… tools and language for giving top-notch English presentations
*Some classes may separate students by English proficiency level
Afternoon/Evening Mentoring & Learning Activities:
- Global Leadership… Overviews leadership concepts and skills that can be applied to become a more competent global leader
- Hispanic and Latino Culture in America… Presents the influence of Hispanic and Latino culture and the Spanish language on America’s politics, lifestyle, and culture
- American Sports & Leisure… Introduces the history and rules of America’s favorite sports (American football, baseball, basketball) and how those sports influence American society
- Literature: Words and Pages… Explores language in American literature, American news media, American poetry, and American song lyrics
- Film Studies: Hollywood Movies… Presents a forum for discussing Hollywood movies and comparing with movies from other countries
- Dogs and Society… Introduces the importance of dogs in American society, sharing direct experiences with dogs and presenting some dog training skills
- Resources & the Environment… Provides a forum for sharing news and ideas on protecting the natural environment and conserving resources
- Entrepreneurship… Presents a simulation for engaging in small business development in America
- Music Analysis… Explores concepts and applications for analyzing different sounds and instruments in American music
- Society: The Role of the Hero… Overviews America’s fascination with heroes and superheroes, presents a forum for comparing the traditions and evolution of different heroes
*Some elective course topics and/or content may change; courses will only open if a minimum number of students registers
- American Music
- Native American Crafts
- Cowboys & Wild West
- Outdoor Survival Skills
- Drama in English
- Pacific Northwest Nature Studies
- Western Style Cooking
- More to be announced during ACLP
*Students pay for each workshop separately; some workshops may change; workshops only open if a minimum number of students registers
Classes, electives and included sessions in the ACLP include learning equivalent to at least 48 hours of classroom education, or 3 semester credits of study.
Room & Board
NCU dormitories – 2 students per room; shower/restroom facilities; laundry facilities; leisure space (game & TV room); kitchenette with refrigerator; linens provided.
Breakfast – provided for all students at the NCU student cafeteria.
Lunch – provided for all students at the NCU student cafeteria.
Dinner – not included… many nearby restaurants offer a great selection of Western and international foods at varied prices; this is your chance to explore and use your English!
Tours & Activities
Included Tours & Excursions
Camping & Rafting Tour: Roast marshmallows over a campfire and look at the stars on this camping trip in the Cascade Mountains, joined by American students and NCU faculty and followed by a cool whitewater rafting trip down the McKenzie River! All expenses related to this tour are included in your ACLP tuition.
Eugene Saturday Market: Visit this weird and wonderful market in Downtown Eugene together with American students. All expenses related to this tour are included in your ACLP tuition.
Shopping Excursions: A van will leave campus for different local shopping venues (shopping mall, Walmart, etc.) several times during the program to give you shopping access free of charge.
World Famous Woodburn Outlets: Shop at Oregon’s most famous outlet mall with hundreds of name brand items on sale… and no sales tax! Transportation, dinner and Starbucks coffee are included in the tour fee.
Crater Lake National Park: See natural beauty like you’ve never seen before at America’s deepest lake inside a volcano! Transportation to and from the lake and a great lunch and dinner are included in the tour fee.
Oregon Coast: A wide-open beach with soft sand and clean ocean water overlooked by majestic sand dunes… this is our beautiful coast! Transportation, dinner, souvenir and ice cream are included in the tour fee… and get ready for some crazy beach games together with American students!
Minor League Baseball Game: Get some quick lessons in baseball and an overview of the history of America’s favorite pastime before heading to PK Park to watch our local team play (and, hopefully, win)! Baseball lessons, hot dogs and snacks for the game, and a team T-shirt are included in the tour fee.
*Students pay for each optional tour separately; some tours may change; tours only go if a minimum number of students registers
Other Great Activities
Global Showcase: Prepare to share your country’s culture with Americans on and around campus who are eager to learn about where you came from.
Presentations: As part of the Global Showcase, give a presentation in front of a small American audience, sharing differences between the USA and your home country.
Evening Programs: Enjoy various active programs hosted by American university students, including Debate Nights, Game Night, Quiz Night, and more.
*This is a tentative schedule; the program schedule may change
ACLP Fee: $2,295 (US dollars)
Includes class tuition (morning class session, afternoon elective session), some tours, evening programs, some excursions, shared dormitory room, all breakfast and lunch meals, some dinner meals, transportation related to included events and tours, transportation to and from the Eugene airport
Does not include Optional Workshops, Optional Tours, and most dinner meals
Optional Workshop Fee: $25 (US dollars) for each optional workshop
You will have a chance to register for Optional Workshops after applying for the ACLP. Pay your fee for each workshop during the ACLP orientation (June 22). Workshops will open based on registration; some workshops may be cancelled if minimum registration numbers are not met.
Optional Tour Fee: $50 (US dollars) for each tour
You will have a chance to register for Optional Tours after applying for the ACLP. Pay your fee for each tour during the ACLP orientation (June 22). Tours will go based on registration; some tours may be cancelled if minimum registration numbers are not met.
You must be a student in good standing at your home institution, have achieved an English test score (IELTS, TOEFL) or English language coursework to prove that you have a minimum level of proficiency in English, and hold or be eligible to attain a B1/B2 U.S. tourist visa or other visa allowing you to stay in the USA during the ACLP.
- Complete the ACLP application form and submit to your home institution’s international program coordinator (April 1)
- Make ACLP Fee payment (April 20)
- Receive ‘Letter of Acceptance’ from NCU (upon receipt of ACLP Fee payment)
- Apply for a U.S. tourist visa (if required) and purchase airline tickets (April 21)
- Receive ‘ACLP Student Information Packet’ from NCU (June 1)
- Make additional preparations to come to the USA (June 15)
- Come join us in beautiful Eugene, Oregon, USA (June 21)