Fulbright Pre-academic Program

This program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Only participants selected by the sponsor are eligible for the program.

Welcome

to the University of Kansas Applied English Center.  We are excited to meet you and work with you during your time in Kansas.  Your program will provide you with a variety of experiences and study opportunities to prepare you for the demands of your studies in the U.S.  Through structured and informal learning activities, you will enhance your English skills, deepen your understanding of American society and the parameters of research activities, and get to know the American Midwest and its citizens.

To assist you in your adjustment to the American cultural reality, cross-cultural awareness and an appreciation of the dimensions of cultural diversity in the U.S. will be a component of the program.  You will also have opportunities to meet a variety of members of the university faculty and local community in support of this intellectual and personal adjustment.

We hope the information on this site will answer all of your questions.  If you need more information, please email your question to glamer@ku.edu.

Expect to be busy, learn a lot and have fun in

Kansas

This six-week English and orientation program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE). Only participants selected by the sponsor are eligible for the program.


Travel Information

The Pre-academic Program arrival date is July 1, 2017.

It is very important that you arrive on time for your program.

As soon as you receive your itinerary, please email a scanned copy of your complete itinerary to Geri Lamer at glamer@ku.edu.

Arrival at Airport

  • Once you have gotten off the plane, an AEC staff member will be waiting for you at the gate with a sign that reads: UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS WELCOMES SUMMER FULBRIGHT STUDENTS.
  • The staff member will help you find your luggage and catch the next shuttle to Lawrence. In some cases, you may need to wait at the airport for an hour or so.
  • The staff member will have a welcome packet full of information for you and will be happy to answer any questions you have while you wait.
  • If you have a delay at any point on your journey, please contact Geri Lamer at 1-785-764-2781. She will reschedule you on a later shuttle and make sure a staff member meets you when you land.
  • There will also be an AEC staff member at the residence hall where you will be living to help you get checked in when you arrive in Lawrence.

Departure date:  For planning your travel from Kansas at the end of your program, the official departure date is Saturday, August 12. We will provide shuttles back to the Kansas City airport on that day for your departure flights.

We hope your journey is a safe one and we look forward to meeting you.

Program Information

Housing and Meals

HOUSING

Students will live with a roommate in a double occupancy room in Naismith Hall on the University of Kansas Campus.

We will contact you two weeks prior to your arrival with the name and contact information for your roommate so you can be in communication prior to starting the program.

Naismith Hall Amenities

  • Every Resident Room Is Suite-style With Attached Semi-private Bath
  • Vanity And Sink In Every Resident Room, With Regular In-room Housekeeping
  • Lobby Lounge With 9-ft Fireplace, Large Screen TVs, Pool And Ping Pong Tables
  • Swimming Pool And Sundeck
  • Community Kitchen For Resident Use
  • On-site Fitness Center
  • Free On-site Tutoring
  • Fully Air-Conditioned
  • Basic Cable, High Speed Internet And Free Wifi Included
  • 24-hour Computer Lab
  • On-site Laundry Facilities

MEALS

  • Fulbright students will be provided 19 meals per week. Breakfast will be provided at Naismith Hall and other meals will be provided at Mrs. E's on Daisy Hill.
  • A message to our Muslim program participants

    To help you prepare for what to expect during your time at the University of Kansas, we have prepared this fact sheet.

    1. There is one place in Lawrence where you can purchase Halal beef to prepare for yourself should you wish to do so.  We will show you where it is located and orient you to the bus route you can use to go there.
    2. Due to limited availability, in addition to storage and preparation requirements involved with Halal meats, the housing dining facilities will not be able to provide Halal meals for you.
    3. Your residence hall is located just across the street from the Lawrence Islamic Center.
Health

In case of sickness, you should first go to the Watkins Student Health Center on campus.

WATKINS STUDENT HEALTH CENTER

  • As a student at the Applied English Center, you will be eligible for the full services offered by the Watkins Student Health Center at KU. You must have your KUID with you to receive medical treatment.
  • There is a charge for many services, including medications, x-rays and minor surgery. You or your health insurance company must pay these charges.
  • Prescriptions filled at the Student Health Center are not free, but they are less expensive than other pharmacies.
  • Dental care is not available at Watkins.

Regular office hours are:

  • Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • Saturday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Sunday: Closed

During student breaks, hours are:

  • Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 4:30pm
  • Saturday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Sunday: Closed

Appointment Line: 785-864-9507
Pharmacy: 785-864-9512
Automated Line: 785-864-9500
Emergency: 911

Health Insurance

You will be covered by KU student health insurance.

As a full-time student at the AEC, you will be able to see a doctor for free while you are at KU.

Any medical tests, medications or treatments you receive will be partially covered by your insurance but you will also be responsible for part of these costs.  The exact distribution of charges will depend upon which tests, medication or treatments you require but, in general, insurance covers about 80% of your medical charges.  During the break times between semesters, there will be a charge for visiting a doctor but your insurance will help pay for that charge.

Medical Check-in

As a short-term program student at the AEC your medical requirements will be:

  • One (1) Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination
  • Answering a Tuberculosis questionnaire

If you have an official vaccination record that shows you have already taken the MMR and/or Meningitis vaccinations in your home country, you can bring it with you. The record must be in English, show the date you took the vaccination, and be signed by a doctor.

If your vaccination record is not in English, you can print the form found at this link and ask your doctor to fill it out and sign it.

In the U.S., the MMR vaccination contains three vaccines – one each for Measles, Mumps and Rubella.  In your country each of these vaccines might be given separately.  Your records must show two vaccinations for each disease.

The Tuberculosis test must be taken in the U.S., so any test results regarding TB that you bring from your country will not be accepted.

If you do not have the correct vaccination record, you will be required to take the vaccinations here. 

Courses

Written Communication for Graduate Study

Students will concentrate on graduate writing skills including how to write a critical summary, produce a technical report, build an argument, and draw a conclusion. They will also be introduced to U.S. academic expectations for graduate-level research papers. They will learn the conventions of research documentation including the conventions of source annotation and plagiarism policies and creating a bibliography.

Communication Skills for Graduate Study

This course will help students develop and practice their oral presentation skills related to the grantees areas of study.  In this course, grantees will also participate in seminar-style discussions in a wide variety of graduate-level academic situations. This will provide opportunities to practice common forms of oral exchange in graduate courses such as reporting, presenting cases, debating, posing and answering questions. A pronunciation lab in one of the university’s digital language labs will provide pronunciation support for course tasks.  

A key component of this course will be a poster session activity. Students will work through the steps of experience of creating and presenting a poster on a topic in their area of study, very much like they would do at a professional conference. AEC and university faculty and staff will attend the poster sessions.

Reading Skills for Academic Study

In the first few sessions of this course, students will use authentic graduate-level academic articles for class material. During those sessions, students and the instructor will read a few articles together, discussing reading strategies, such as SQ3R, for graduate-level reading.

For most of the course, students will read on a topic in their field to create the content for the poster session mentioned directly above. Students will choose an appropriate topic.

Building Grammar Accuracy & Fluency for Graduate Study

At the beginning of the program, the instructor will give a diagnostic test to assess each participant’s specific areas of grammatical weakness. The course will be structured to allow grantees to work on their individual areas of difficulty. In addition, there will be whole-group discussion and explanation of topics needed for grammar control at the graduate level. These include transitions for cohesion, subordinate clauses to combine sentences, coordination and subordination, proofreading, balance of brevity and specificity in language, format for essays, format for emails to professors, organizing paperwork and time, quotations, paraphrases, and summaries.

Graduate Research Skills

The objectives of this course are to prepare Fulbright students to adapt quickly to the graduate school environment and succeed in their research. The course will focus on hands-on research skills such as: learning how to utilize library resources including databases, hardcopy materials, interlibrary loan, and librarians; finding, evaluating, and synthesizing sources from the library and the internet; and writing thesis statements for a research project, thesis or dissertation and the importance of integrating research into the “big picture.” Additionally, to extend their research skills, the course will cover how to construct materials to disseminate data such as conference proposals, presentations, and posters; the process of submitting work to journals and learning the requirements, types, and tiers of peer-reviewed academic journals in the U.S.

American Culture

Information about the U.S. academic culture is integrated throughout all components of the program, as discussed in this proposal. In addition, the program will offer a series of guest workshops and lectures that covers this area in more detail and provides ample opportunity for discussion and questions. Instructional methods will include guest speaker lectures, whole group discussion and questions, small group discussions, and a panel presentation.

Town Halls

In the US, the expression “town hall” refers to a time when an entire group gets together to discuss important issues. In our Fulbright Pre-Ac program, we have Town Hall once a week. Based on feedback from past groups, the most popular use of that time is to share information about our countries. Because we typically have quite a few countries represented, 15-20 on average, each country’s session has to be kept to 15-20 minutes. That way every country has a chance to share. We hope that you will start thinking about your country’s session before you get to Kansas. Everyone from your country will participate. So, you might want to start communicating with other grantees from your country via email or the KU Fulbright Pre-Ac Facebook page.

Topics:  In such a short session, it is obviously not possible to present everything about your country. What works best is to focus on one area of interest. Below are some questions that were used by grantees in the past to help frame their session. You do not have to use any of these. They are to help get you thinking. 

SOCIAL ISSUES IN OUR COUNTRIES

  • Financial barriers in my country and how we are working to overcome them
  • How does our country’s government support development in our country?
  • How does our country avoid/fight climate change?
  • Empowering women in our country

CULTURAL TRADITIONS & VALUES

  • What is the most important cultural issue in our country (religion, music, politics, sports…) and why?
  • What are the core values in our country or culture?
  • Certain cultural practices or features that we believe are unique to our country

COUNTRY ATTRIBUTES

  • Places not well known about my country but should be
  • A major holiday and its significance in my society

Computer Skills for Graduate Study

This course covers skills to enhance and speed up graduate research using technology.  It will start with Microsoft Word and formatting long documents.  Grantees will also have the option of learning how to use the built-in reference system in MS-Word.  Additionally, the course will introduce EndNote, reference software offered by most universities to import and organize sources and automatically insert citations and create the works cited page.  Grantees will learn how to create a poster in PowerPoint to be used in their poster session presentation.  In Excel, they will practice sorting and organizing data for easy input into statistical packages, create graphs, and learn how to interface Excel and Word.  Grantees will also be given the opportunity to update and get feedback on their CVs.  

 

Sample Schedule

Field Trips

Trip to Topeka

  • At Old Prairie Town you will experience five and one-half acres of living history, including a restored 1870 Victorian Mansion, wood cabin, train depot, one-room schoolhouse, stone barn, gift shop, general store, church and the two-and-one-half acre botanical gardens.
  • You will also visit the Brown v Board of Education National Historic Site. The U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education (1954) is one of the most pivotal opinions ever rendered by that body. This landmark decision highlights the U.S. Supreme Court’s role in affecting changes in national and social policy. Often when people think of the case, they remember a little girl whose parents sued so that she could attend an all-white school in her neighborhood. In reality, the story of Brown v. Board of Education is far more complex.

Trip to Kansas City

  • The American Jazz Museum is a mirror and contrast of characters, color and sound that celebrates the unique sounds of such jazz greats as Charlie "Bird" Parker, Ella Fitzgerald, Jay McShann and many more. The museum not only outlines the great musical moments in jazz - swing, bebop, cool, but it also describes the interplay of this American form of music and the history of African Americans.
  • The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is internationally recognized for its outstanding collection of more than 33,500 objects. From ancient times to modern day, this encyclopedic museum is one of the best in the country, offering visitors the opportunity to explore civilization through the eyes of painters, sculptors, craftsmen, and many other artists. The Nelson-Atkins is free to all visitors.
  • The Plaza's popularity and reputation has been recognized around the country. The entire 15-block district, with more than 150 shops and dozens of fine restaurants, makes The Country Club Plaza Kansas City's premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination.
Douglas County Fair
Every summer throughout the US you will find county fairs that give local citizens a chance to display their animals, equipment and skills in competitions. In Douglas County, children from local farms will show their farm animals (cattle, sheep, chickens, etc.) and women will compete in cooking, quilting, knitting, etc. You will be able to see the results of these competitions in the form of colored ribbons. There will also be games, entertainment and plenty of “fair food” to try.
Day at Clinton Lake
We will visit a local lake for a relaxing day. We will have a picnic, play volleyball and soccer, and have a chance to go for a swim in the lake.
Optional Activities

Contact Information

The office is open from 8:00am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday. You may call the office to contact Geri Lamer or an AEC instructor during those hours. During the evenings or weekends, if you need to speak with someone from the AEC, you should call Geri Lamer.

Geri Lamer (Contact for emergencies)
Office:
(785) 864-1321
Mobile: (785) 764-2781

Margaret Coffey
Office:
(785) 864-1307

Aaron Huerter
Office:
(785) 864-5316

Mindy Van House
Office:
(785) 864-1496

Pre-arrival Information

Climate and Weather

Lawrence experiences four distinct seasons. Temperatures during spring (March to May) and fall (October and November) can be quite mild, with more extreme temperatures on each end of these seasons. Summer (June to September) temperatures can be quite hot, and winter (December to February) temperatures can be cold, dropping below freezing on a regular basis.

Please keep in mind that the weather in Lawrence can be quite varied, with large temperature changes from day to day and even during the same day.

When packing, you may want to pack clothing that you can layer based on the day’s weather – and don’t forget an umbrella!

Below are some links to help you identify average temperature and precipitation patterns as well as see the current weather forecasts.

Climate:  http://www.usclimatedata.com/climate/lawrence/kansas/united-states/usks0319/2016/1

Weather:  http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/lawrence-ks/66044/weather-forecast/328846

Different Systems

Measurements

The United States is one place that does not use the metric system.

There are numerous websites to help you with that.

There are even apps for iPhone and Android that you can download and keep on your phone.

The mathematical formulas to convert temperature are:

Fahrenheit to Celsius: (⁰ F – 32) ÷ 1.8 = ⁰ C

Celsius to Fahrenheit: (⁰ C × 1.8) + 32 = ⁰ F

Here is a website that includes a quick temperature equivalency as well as a converter and other useful information: http://www.mathsisfun.com/temperature-conversion.html

Here are some charts for common measurements:  http://www.sciencemadesimple.com/metric_conversion_chart.html

Here is a website where you can convert between the metric system and the units of measure used in the U.S.:  http://www.sciencemadesimple.com/conversions.html

And finally, here is a currency converter:  http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/

Electrical power supply

The electrical current used in the United States is 110-125 volts AC (alternating current), 60Hz (cycles per second). This is different from that of many other countries.

If you bring appliances from home, you may need an adapter to make sure your appliances work properly.

Chargers for cell phones and computers may work on multiple power systems.

Make sure to check any electronic devices (computer) or appliances (hair dryer) that you are thinking about bringing to the US to see if you will need an adapter.

It is often easier to purchase an adapter in your own country. Even if you have an adapter or a device that works on both power systems, you will probably need a device that adjusts to the American outlet shape.

Here is a link for more information: http://www.howtogeek.com/168564/what-you-need-to-know-about-power-outlets-and-voltages-when-travelling-internationally/ .

Coins and currency

Like other countries in the world, the U.S. issues their own coins and currency. The coins, in particular, can be somewhat confusing because of their size and special names. Below are the common coins and bills you will see. (Note: There are additional coins and bills that exist but they are not common.)

Coins ¢

 

Currency (bills) $

Value

Portion of dollar

Name

 

1 dollar

1 cent

1/100

penny

 

5 dollars

5 cents

5/100

nickel

 

10 dollars

10 cents

10/100

dime

 

20 dollars

 25 cents

¼  or 25/100

quarter

 

50 dollars

 

 

 

 

100 dollars

If you would like to see the coins and bills you might see in the U.S., please visit the following websites:

Coins: 

https://www.usmint.gov/mint_programs/circulatingCoins/index.html Currency:

https://www.moneyfactory.gov/uscurrency.html 

https://uscurrency.gov/seven-denominations

Mail

The standard address format for mailing items to and within the U.S. is as follows:

Name

Street Address

(Additional information for the street address, if needed)

City, State (2 letter code)  zip code

On an envelope or package, you should include the sender’s name and address in the upper left hand corner in case the item needs to be returned to the sender.

The recipient’s name and address are in the center of the envelope.

If you would like to see what an addressed envelope should look like, you can visit: http://www.nhcs.net/parsley/curriculum/postal/envelope.html.

Services

Medications

Feeling unwell in a different country can be one of the hardest parts of travel. It is difficult to know how to treat various pain or illnesses without familiar medications or natural remedies.

Medications in the U.S. are tested thoroughly and are generally safe. Many common medications, such as pain relievers, stomach medicines, and allergy and cold medications are even available without a prescription.

Some medications can seem expensive to visitors from other countries. Other people prefer more natural remedies, which may or may not be available in the U.S. Still others need prescription medications for chronic medical conditions.

It is possible to bring medications into the U.S., but you need to do thorough research on your particular medication before bringing it.

Some general guidelines, which may or may not apply in your situation, are:

  • The item should be in the original container.
  • You should only bring enough of the product for personal use during your program. No more than a 90 day supply is allowed.
  • Prescription medications are often not allowed unless the medication has been approved for use in the U.S. or is for a serious condition for which there is no treatment available in the U.S. (there are many requirements for the latter)
  • If you have a prescription medicine, you should bring a prescription or doctor’s note in English about the medication and why you need it.
  • Natural remedies or medications which have ingredients from animals may be banned.

You can also start a more thorough search at:  http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm484154.htm

Currency Exchange

The airport in Kansas City is small and does not have any currency exchange kiosks. If your first stop in the U.S. is at a major airport, you may be able to exchange money there.

It can be difficult to exchange money once you reach Kansas. Although there is one bank in Lawrence that will exchange money, it can be a difficult and time-consuming process.

It is recommended that you bring either a bank card so you can withdraw money from an ATM (automated teller machine) or bring traveler’s checks (in U.S. dollars). Although both will likely involve some fees, these are the simplest and safest methods for accessing money.

Although it is a good idea to bring some U.S. currency to Kansas with you, it is not recommended that you carry large amounts of cash with you.

Once you arrive in the U.S.

What to expect when entering the U.S.

When entering the U.S., you will need to show your passport, visa, and KU I-20 (if F-1) or DS-2019 (if J-1). Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your arrival.

You may be fingerprinted, photographed, and an entry stamp may be placed in your passport. You may be asked to go to another line where they will look at your documents and ask additional questions.

Do not be scared. This is all normal.

This may take 2-4 hours or longer to complete. Allow enough time between flights to complete all steps.

Your arrival will be registered electronically.

What to expect in Lawrence

Transportation

The U.S., and the middle of the country in particular, has a car based culture. Most Americans who live outside of major cities have a car and bus systems are either unavailable or not as extensive or convenient as they may be in other countries around the world.

Lawrence does have a bus system. It is free to ride with a KU ID card. However, there is no service on Sundays and service in the summer, during university breaks, in the evening, and on Saturdays is limited.

Unfortunately, transportation to places outside of Lawrence, such as Kansas City, is very limited and can be expensive. Taxis, Uber, and shuttle services are all available but must be arranged ahead of time. Sharing the costs of these services with several other people can make them more cost-effective.

The K-10 Connector is a bus service that runs between Lawrence and Johnson County Community College (JCCC) in Overland Park, a suburb of Kansas City. From JCCC you should be able to take Kansas City buses into downtown Kansas City.

The K-10 Connector is primarily a commuter service and only operates Monday – Friday from about 6 am until 6 pm, with a couple of buses Monday – Thursday evenings. More details will be listed in the Handbook you will receive when you arrive.

Computers

As a KU student, you will be able to connect to the internet on your cell phone or computer using the free Wireless internet available in all campus buildings and residence halls.

Computers are available for use in the KU libraries and in several computers labs on campus.

Printing is available but does cost additional money - $0.08 for each black and white page (1 sided) and $0.48 for each color page (1 sided). Printing is connected to your KU ID card and can be purchased via credit card or cash. See your handbook upon arrival for more details on how to print on campus.

There are no public or pay phones on the KU campus. There are also no landline connections in the on—campus residence halls. To speak with your family and friends you will need to use an online phone service such as Skype, purchase an American cell phone, or have U.S. service set up on your cell phone from home.


Founded in 1964 as part of a Ford Foundation campus internationalization grant
One of the first 12 intensive English programs in the United States
The AEC comprises three units: the Intensive English Program, Short-term Programs, and KU Outreach Programs.
Each semester, the AEC enrolls about 550 students representing more than 35 countries on six continents
The Applied English Center offers field trips and conversation groups to our students
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