Salve hosts Chinese students exploring higher education opportunities in U.S.

Twenty-one high school students from China who are exploring higher education opportunities in the United States were given an in-depth look at Salve Regina when they visited campus July 10-14 as participants of Sakae Institute of Study Abroad.

Organized by the Office of International Programs, the visit introduced the Chinese students to a variety of campus life experiences, including classroom lectures, cultural tours and an educational exchange with local middle and high school students participating in Newport Community School programming. 

Kiyomi Donnelly, coordinator of Salve’s English for Academic Purposes program, presented ESL lessons; Dr. William Leeman, associate professor of history, gave a lecture on “Images of the U.S. Civil War;” and Dr. Timothy Neary, associate professor of history, presented a lecture on “The Modern Civil Rights Movement.” 

Jill Wynsen ’19, an education major working as a summer assistant in the Office of International Programs, helped coordinate the Chinese students’ itinerary, which also included meals at Miley cafeteria, recreational activities on campus, formal campus tours, and visits to Easton’s (First) Beach. 

“It has been our pleasure to welcome Chinese high school students from Sakae each summer as they explore university options in the United States,” said Ronn Beck, director of international recruitment and admissions. “We are honored to provide them with an opportunity to experience Salve—our campus and faculty—and Newport. This year, the interaction with students from the Newport Community School was an added bonus that, hopefully, gave both groups of students a fun taste of the rewards of cultural exchange.” 

Sakae Institute of Study Abroad provides an array of college advising and placement services to both Chinese and Japanese students, and has helped to advise 7,000 students on their way to receive undergraduate and graduate degrees in the U.S. The Sakae curriculum incorporates academic skill development and training in U.S. academic culture.

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