Summer Program Offers Chinese Students Experiential Learning in VA

April 25, 2019

2019 will be the 15th year of VCU's American Studies Program. Launched in 2005, the American Studies Program (ASP) was designed for Chinese students who already have a strong command of English but want to test their English ability in a real-life university environment. ASP is a four-week academic/cultural immersion program that includes lectures from university professors and tours of local cultural and heritage sites. Many VCU history faculty will be involved with teaching the students about the history of Virginia, colonial America, indigenous peoples, the Civil Rights Movement, and much more. The American Studies Program director is history professor John Herman. Additional history faculty who will be leading some of the lectures include professors Daugherity, Dickinson, Eastman, Meacham, Raymond, Shivley, Smith, Smithers, and Thurber. 

In addition to the academic lectures, the program will incorporate visits to historic Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia Beach, Monticello, Washington DC and New York City, as well as networking and English conversation with current VCU students.

This year's program starts July 8 and runs through August 2. For more information about the program, and to register, please see or contact Professor John Herman at (804) 828-2856.