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Students from South Korea learn about America

High school and undergraduate students from South Korea recently participated in a summer camp at Valparaiso University that allowed them to experience American culture and take classes on campus.

The 2010 Korea/USA Youth Program, sponsored by South Korea’s Ministry of Gender Equality and Family, brought 22 students to Valparaiso University’s campus for eight days in July.
   
As part of the program’s academic experience, the students took a week of classes at the University’s School of Law and learned about similarities and differences between the legal systems of the United States and South Korea.

Students also experienced everyday American culture – including a weekend trip to visit Chicago museums and attractions, a barbecue at Indiana Dunes State Park, a local water park and an IMAX theatre.

“The program offered students a chance to experience what it is like to live and study in the United States,” said Jonathan Lee, coordinator of international student services at Valparaiso University.

One of the program participants noted in a survey that , “This camp was very unique, helpful and inspiring. I hope the relationship of Valpo continues with Korea!”
   
Valparaiso University is committed to encouraging global learning and a welcoming campus environment for international students. The number of international students on campus has more than tripled since 2003.