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Program Overview

Colgate University offers individuals from the Xiamen University community the opportunity to participate in a uniquely designed American experience program for four weeks. In addition to discussions and trips that familiarize participants with American culture, democracy, and financial systems, the program includes a language component that allows participants to experience and familiarize themselves with the English language.

Participants in the program do not receive academic credit from Colgate University.
American Experience students shake hands with President Jeffrey Herbst


Participants will be responsible for obtaining and maintaining their own proper non-immigrant visa/status for entry into the United States and participation in the activities of the program.

As for travel arrangements, participants are expected to pay for their own flights. The nearest airport to Colgate University is the Syracuse Hancock International Airport in Syracuse, NY. Colgate University will provide transportation for all programmed trips.

Dates: June 29, 2014–July 26, 2014
Fee: $4,995 per person

The fee encompasses all expenses related to the program, including housing, meals, trips, and health insurance coverage for international participants. Participants are responsible for incidental expenses.

Talks and Discussions

Each week, the program includes a variety of talks and discussions on American culture, government, and economics. Topics include:
  • American financial and political systems
  • American economic and social history
  • U.S. foreign policy and the U.S./China relationship
  • American culture
  • The role of religion in American politics
  • The American graduate school experience

English Language Opportunities

The program will provide participants an opportunity each week to engage in English speaking and listening comprehension as well as opportunities to build reading and writing skills.

Sightseeing and Travel

The program includes two overnight trips: one to New York City and the other to Washington, DC. Additionally, participants travel to Cornell University; Niagara Falls; and Cooperstown, NY.

In 2013, participants met several distinguished alumni during these trips, including Duncan Niederauer ’81, CEO of the NYSE Euronext; Rob Jones ’72, a senior advisor for Morgan Stanley; and Alan Frumin ’68, parliamentarian emeritus of the U.S. Senate.

American Experience students in Washington, DC

Other Opportunities

American Experience students receive an explanation from a Colgate student about his researchParticipants will have access to all of Colgate’s recreational and other facilities, including our state of-the-art library, fitness center, basketball courts, golf course, hiking trails, and swimming pool. The program also includes trips to Colgate’s visualization lab and stellar observatory.

Additionally, participants will have opportunities to connect with Colgate University students and the Hamilton community through different social events, such as lunches with the Hamilton Rotary Club and visits to local families.


At Xiamen University
Ying Huang
+86 (0) 592 2181915

At Colgate University
Cody Tipton