ISX @ UAlbany – (UAlbany Students)

  • Albany, NY, United States
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ISX @ UAlbany is a non-credit learning experience that brings topics to life by incorporating excursions, community service, seminars, and intercultural workshops into one dynamic program that you will not forget. You will be able to select from several learning tracks, such as Hot Topics in Technology, American Politics and Civil Rights, Cross-Cultural Business Communication, the Arts and Social Justice, and the American Cultural Experience. Each ISX track is conducted by engaging and distinguished faculty at UAlbany. Two-week and One-Month options are available. You will meet students from all over the world as you connect, explore, and learn.

Students from colleges or universities outside of the United States: Please CLICK HERE to apply and to view other requirements.

Application Deadline

Apr 15 2019

Program Start

Jul 14 2019

Program End

Aug 9 2019

Partner University

City

  • Albany, NY

Program Term

  • Summer

Language of Instruction

English

Program Details

Program

The International Summer Experience Program (ISX @ UAlbany) is a non-credit learning experience that brings topics to life by incorporating excursions, community service, seminars, and intercultural workshops into one dynamic program that you will not forget. You will be able to select from several learning tracks, such as Hot Topics in Technology, American Politics and Civil Rights, Cross-Cultural Business Communication, the Arts and Social Justice, and the American Cultural Experience. Each ISX track is conducted by engaging and distinguished faculty at UAlbany. Two-week and One-Month options are available. You will meet students from all over the world as you connect, explore, and learn.

ISX Learning Track Descriptions:

Track A: American Politics and Civil Rights

Get ready for an exciting and intellectual journey with unexpected twists and turns as you and your ISX peers discuss the debates over ideas about freedom, authority responsibility representation, civil and political rights, and consent, which resulted in the creation of the United States constitution and government. You will examine the duties, powers, and limitations of the three branches of government and we will see how those divisions are mirrored in New York State’s governmental structure. You will explore the history of the civil rights movement in America and how these rights have been established, protected, and reinterpreted by government over time. While on our travels you will visit the New York State Capital, where our laws are created; the New York State Education Building, Albany’s City Hall, and a host of other historic sites that highlight the history of politics and civil rights in America.

Track B: The American Cultural Experience

What does it mean to be American? The United States is arguably a microcosm of the world. We have forest encircled lake regions and arid, desert plains, There are beachfront communities and areas where snow-capped mountains can be seen year-round. Cosmopolitan metropolises, like New York City, Miami, and San Francisco, juxtapose vast rural farmlands. Every region and state has a unique flavor and culture that is inextricably connected to an idea and the history of America. On this track, you will explore the American story.

Using literature, film, music, live performances, and field trips, you and your ISX peers will explore stories from a diverse group of individuals from all over the United States of America. You will be challenged to think about how these varied stories connect and intersect to form a national narrative and national identity that we call “American.”

Track C: Hot Topics in Technology

Technological advances have revolutionized almost every aspect of our lives. They have also brought about a new set of ethical and security challenges. On this track, you and your ISX peers will engage in discussions, activities, and field trips, which will allow you to explore emerging technologies, robotics, virtual reality, cybersecurity, and cross cultural privacy issues.

Track D: Cross Cultural Business Communication

On this track, you and your ISX peers will learn how cultural norms and values affect verbal and nonverbal communication patterns, expectations, management styles and negotiation approaches, especially in business settings. You will explore business communication traditions of several countries, examining how those traditions can differ by industry and region. Together, we will talk about how globalization and other social, political, and economic changes affect cross-cultural communication. We will examine various barriers and ethical challenges to cross-cultural communication.

Track E: The Arts and Social Justice

Over the course of history, the arts have been a vehicle to ignite political, economic, and social transformation. In particular, the arts have been used to pursue social justice. Through their works, artists have offered critical commentary on local, national, and global society. Examining the works of 20th and 21st century artists and the activities of artist collectives, we will explore the relationship between art and the pursuit of justice. While focusing on artistic movements in the USA and their impact, you and your peers will be encouraged to examine and share examples of artistic activism throughout the world. You will explore how the juxtaposition of individual and collective identity are represented in social justice art. Finally, you will have the opportunity to work on artistic pieces of your own for a ISX special exhibition that will be held in the community.

Your Learning Track Facilitators 

All learning tracks are facilitated by UAlbany or UAlbany affiliated faculty. 

Track A: American Politics and Civil Rights

Dr. Anne Hildreth from our, highly ranked, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy will facilitate the American Politics and Civil Rights learning track. Rockefeller College is recognized by US News & World Report as one of the top programs in the United States. In other words, you will learn from the best scholars in the country and from prominent alumni. 

Track B: The American Cultural Experience

This track will be facilitated by a lecturer from our Department of English who are skilled in helping students to explore American culture through literature, film, theatre, and other forms of storytelling. More information about this track’s facilitator is forthcoming. 

Track C: Hot Topics in Technology

This track will be facilitated by Caroline Buinicky from our Department of Informatics, in our School of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and, and Cybersecurity. 

Track D: Cross Cultural Business Communication

This track will be facilitated by Dr. Rukhsana Ahmed, from our Department of Communication. Dr. Ahmed is an expert in health, organizational, interpersonal, and intercultural communication. The faculty give close attention to what makes messages and strategies meaningful and effective. Dr. Ahmed is an award-winning author and an expert in the field.

Track E: The Arts and Social Justice

The Arts and Social Justice learning track facilitator, Dr. Madison LaVallee, teaches senior-level studio art courses for our Department of Art and Art History. In addition to teaching art, this award-winning artist, directs several arts-based community development projects and has participated in many solo and group exhibitions.

Housing

During ISX, you will live in Liberty Terrace, overlooking our Indian Pond.  Each apartment is fully furnished, with four single bedrooms, two, bathrooms, a full kitchen, and a living room. There are laundry rooms and three lounges on every floor, and an exercise facility is available.

If you are a UAlbany student, living off-campus, and you will not need housing, there is an adjusted fee. 

Meals

While some meals are included in the program fee, you will be responsible for most of your meals. 

Transportation

Transportation and admission to and from all program related venues and Albany public transportation are included in the program fee.

Costs

The ISX program fee covers all learning tracks and intercultural workshop materials, transportation and admission to ISX related events, local bus fare, some meals, mandatory health insurance, and apartment housing. 

Summer 2019

You may select up to two learning tracks, one from each Academic Expedition.

For example, Track B from Academic Expedition 1 and Track D from Academic Expedition 2.

Academic Expedition 1
  • Track A: American Politics and Civil Rights
  • Track B: The American Cultural Experience
  • Track C: Hot Topics in Technology
Academic Expedition 2
  • Track D: Cross-Cultural Business Communication
  • Track E: The Arts and Social Justice

Please select only one track, per Academic Expedition.

Options

  • 2 Week Option (Includes Two Learning Tracks): $3,500 | UAlbany Students Who Do Not Need Housing: $2,750
  • 4 Week Option A (Includes Two Learning Tracks): $5,500 | UAlbany Students Who Do Not Need Housing: $4,750
  • 4 Week Option B (Includes One Learning Track): $3,500 | UAlbany Students Who Do Not Need Housing: $2,750

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Eligibility

Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors, in Good Academic Standing and Good Disciplinary Standing are eligible to participate. Students from all disciplines and majors are welcome to apply. Students must be at least 18 years old.

English Language Requirement

All of the components of ISX will be delivered in English. You must meet one of UAlbany’s English proficiency requirements. If you are from a college or university outside of the United States, please CLICK HERE to view the full requirements. 

There are no scholarships available for this program

Program Advisor

Moody, Rachel

rsmoody@albany.edu

About the City

Whether you dance at the free concerts at the Empire State Plaza, sample foods at local festivals, sing along to the musicals at Washington State Park, take a hike in the nearby, majestic Adirondack Mountains, or swim at one of the local state parks, Albany, New York is a fantastic place to spend your summer. As Capital of New York State and a hub of cultural, political and economic, activity, it is also a wonderful place to learn. Should you want to venture off campus during your free time, we are just a few hours away from New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Montreal, Toronto, and Niagara Falls. Remember, visits to some of these cities are already included in your program. We are a few minutes away from two large shopping malls, performing arts centers, museums, and other attractions. 

 

Program Dates

December 15

Application is Available

April 15

Application Deadline: $400 Non-refundable deposit is due.

May 15

Late Application Deadline: Non-refundable late application fee of $300 and the $400 non-refundable deposit is due.

June 1

Total payment and any application forms are due.

June 15

The last day to cancel your registration and receive a full refund, not including the deposit or any late registration fees.

July 1

The last day to cancel your registration and receive a 50% refund, not including the deposit or any late registration fees.

July 14

Arrival of Two-Week and One Month ISXers

July 15

Welcome, orientation, and introduction to your learning tracks, the ISX faculty, and staff.

July 26

Two-Week ISX Farewell Ceremony and Reception

August 9

Four Week ISX Farewell Ceremony and Reception
*Schedules are tentative and subject to change