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Degree Name

MA in International Education

First Advisor

Linda Drake Gobbo


This is a proposal of a program design for a three week summer program at Siena College for international students from Siena’s partner universities in Brazil and Columbia. The current trend of increased participation in short-term programs abroad has lead to the need for more programs. This is especially the case for thematic short-term programs for international students in the United States, as there is a lack of affordable options that offer college credit. The program’s curriculum is based on the Holistic and Emerging Adulthood development theories to ensure it meets the cognitive, interpersonal and intrapersonal needs of the students. It includes two credit-bearing courses in “Global Business English” and “United States Culture”. In addition to in-class coursework, the curriculum includes site visits to relevant local businesses and organizations and cultural activities and excursions. This proposal details the components and strategies for planning and implementing the Summer Institute as well as an evaluation plan for the program. The goal is to create a sustainable program that can be repeatedly implemented annually. With a sustainable base structure in place, it will also allow the program to easily grow and expand in number or participants and partner universities involved.


International and Comparative Education