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Welcome!

Congratulations on being selected to participate in the English for Graduate Studies Programs for Fulbright Scholars. Syracuse University and the English Language Institute are very pleased that you will be joining us in Syracuse this summer. While at Syracuse, mornings will be spent in academic courses with afternoons devoted to sociocultural programming. You will be able to use all of the University’s resources and have the opportunity to meet a variety of people from many different backgrounds.

We are looking forward to your arrival and will meet you at the Syracuse Airport. We are here to assist you in any way we can before and during your time at the ELI.

Logistical Information

The ELI will send you information by express mail and/or electronic means to prepare you for the US sojourn. You will be sent the following documents: 1) An admission letter, 2) a health form, and 3) the Pre-Arrival Form. Students should arrive on July 16 so as to attend initial orientation and proficiency assessment on July 17.

You are required to submit items 2, 3, & 4 to the ELI (Please note, we will accept your completed Department of State Academic Exchanges Participant Medical History and Examination Form in place of (2). You will be subjected to a TB test upon arrival as required by New York State.

Prior to arrival, students will be contacted and provided with information regarding the university and the ELI as well as staff contact numbers.

  1. Admission Letter
  2. Health Services Form

    Be sure to forward a PDF scan of your completed Health Form or Department of State Academic Exchanges Participant Medical History and Examination form to Darlene Carelli at dkcarell@syr.edu.
    Syracuse University Health Form

  3. Arrival Information Sheet

    Be sure to complete and forward a copy of the Pre-Arrival Form to Darlene Carelli at dkcarell@syr.edu as soon as your flight arrangements have been made and no later than 3 weeks before your departure from your home country. Make a copy of the completed arrival information form to carry with your immigration and travel documents as it contains useful instructions and contact information.
    English for Graduate Studies Pre-Arrival Form

  4. JPG Photo

    Send a JPG photo of yourself (headshot only) to Darlene as well. This will allow us to have your SUID card ready for you when you arrive.

 

Housing

 

Kimmel
Kimmel Hall

311 Waverly Avenue

Kimmel Hall houses 113 men and women on three floors. Rooms within the building are of single gender and are coed by alternating floors. All rooms in this building are open doubles.

Move-in date is Saturday, July 16. Move-out is Saturday, August 13.

 

 

 

Meals

Ernie Davis Dining Hall

Ernie Davis

You will have a full meal plan. The summer dining hall (Ernie Davis) is less than a block away from Kimmel and offers a large selection of food items. Students with special dietary requirements will be accommodated. Dining Services will provide boxed lunches on request for students.

Syracuse Hancock International Airport (SYR) is a secondary airport. When you arrive from abroad, you will first land at a major airport (New York Kennedy (JFK), LaGuardia (LGA), Chicago O’Hare (ORD), San Francisco, (SFO), Los Angeles (LAX), Newark (EWR), Washington DC, Dulles (IAD), Washington DC, Reagan (DCA).  Those major airports are your first port-of-entry and where you will go through immigration and customs.

1)   Present your documents at immigration (passport, DS 2019, university admission letter, and Terms of Appointment letter). You should also have had a customs form given to you on the plane.

2)   Continue on to the baggage claim area to collect your bags.

3)   Take your bags through Customs. Green line means you have nothing to declare; Red line means you have items to declare. The Customs agent will collect your customs form.

4)   As you exit Customs, you have to transfer your bags to the next flight and airline. Your airline should have booked your bags through to your final destination and this should be indicated on your baggage claim tickets attached to your bags. If you are on the same airline as you started, you should be able to leave your bags with an airline agent outside of customs. At some airports, you may have to transfer terminals WITH YOUR BAGS and check in again. Ask before you make any decisions.

5)   Locate your connecting flight and go to the appropriate terminal and gate. You may have to go through security again, so be sure to dispose of any liquids.

6)   Someone from the English Language Institute will meet you at the airport PROVIDED we have the flight information in time. If you come after midnight, you will NOT be able to enter the residence hall. In that case, stay at the Best Western Hotel located at the airport. There is a Best Western van that can pick you up (315-455-7362). Someone from the ELI will pick you up the following morning. Syracuse University is a 15-minute drive from the airport. http://bestwesternnewyork.com/hotels/best-western-syracuse-airport-inn

7)   Prepay taxis are also available at the airport. Pay inside the baggage claim area. A taxi to Syracuse University is about $30.

Problems/Questions? Call or email Darlene Carelli, Assistant to the Senior Associate Dean

  • Phone: 315-433-7991
  • Cell: 315-263-0208
  • Email: dkcarell@syr.edu

Also, visit the EGS Fulbright at Syracuse Facebook page for updated information!

More On What We Offer

Orientation

On July 17 all newly arrived students will receive orientation to the University including use of the Internet and Blackboard, the IIE introductory material (i.e., about Fulbright, US State Department role, IIE function, and the IIE website). If IIE representatives are on hand, they will conduct the session. Information sessions from Health Services and Public Safety http://publicsafety.syr.edu/ will be provided. The ELI Student Handbook providing rules and regulations as well as useful information will be distributed and discussed. Students will have received ID cards and will be shown how to access the public buses. Students will also be provided with personal lockers located in the Student Lounge on Monday, July 18.

On the first day of class, instructors discuss the course requirements, the syllabus, and the course calendar. Expectations for successful course completion including active participation and assignment submission by set deadlines will be discussed.

Proficiency Assessment

The assessment process takes place on the Monday (July 18) before the core courses begin (Tuesday, July 19). Results are based upon an oral interview, a writing sample and a diagnostic grammar instrument. The results will be shared with you and will provide the instructors with baseline information. At the end of the program, similar instruments will be used so that you can quantify your improvements.

The Program

You will have a special academic and sociocultural program. The core courses in textual and oral communication will meet five days a week in the mornings. The overall objectives of the morning core are to improve academic English language proficiency by providing an academically rigorous and intellectually challenging course to enhance understanding of American society and culture and to develop critical thinking skills. Given the importance of discipline specific work, whenever possible, you will be grouped as much as possible into disciplinary areas for the formal coursework so that instructors may focus on the writing formats, citation styles, and vocabulary appropriate to your fields. A University librarian will provide sessions on academic integrity, citation protocols, and library research skills including working with subject matter librarians. The cultural and supplementary components (except the computer literacy and pronunciation sessions) will be delivered to the group.

You will receive ongoing feedback from instructors not only through scores utilizing rubrics but also through qualitative commentary providing specific suggestions and strategies for improvement. These comments may be delivered in writing or verbally in individual conferences. All instructors provide information on academic integrity and plagiarism.

There are breaks in the mornings and at lunch, and in the afternoons in which you can meet with instructors for additional help or make use of the computer labs. For students without personal computers, computer labs are available on campus, in residence halls, and in the University College building where the English Language Institute (ELI) is housed.

 

Mornings

Textual Communication will use as its text Exploring Options in Academic Writing, Effective Vocabulary and Grammar Use (Jan Frodesen and Margi Wald, 2016).  Lessons will focus on helping students to improve vocabulary learning and grammatical accuracy as well as develop the skills necessary for academic reading, writing and research.  Reading skills (including skimming, scanning, and reading for information, text organization, enumerators, and semantic markers) will be emphasized utilizing texts from relevant fields of study.  Essential rhetorical patterns for academic writing (such as definition, cause-effect, process, problem-solution, summary, critique, and research paper writing) will be studied through text analysis and produced through writing assignments.  Research skills (including search engine tools, in-text citations, referencing, and source integration skills) will be improved through classroom work, instruction with a Syracuse University librarian, text analysis, peer review, written feedback on writing assignments, and revisions.

Oral Communication will use a text entitled Speak Up, Third Edition (Douglas M. Fraleigh and Joseph S. Tuman, 2014), designed to help students hone their public speaking skills, which are essential for success in graduate school. The text includes more than 200 videos to help students visualize important concepts and provide models of student and professional speeches. In the morning class, instructors will frame the presentations and discussions so that disciplines represented by you will be brought to the forefront.  You will make oral presentations in your areas of study using a variety of academic conventions, such as argumentation, classification, definition, etc. In class discussions, you will work on acquiring seminar participation skills, such as posing and answering questions, interrupting, asking for clarification, and summarizing. Instructors will comment on your verbal and non-verbal communication skills and cultural appropriateness. Assistance with pronunciation, stress and intonation will be addressed both in class and individually, with feedback and materials as needed for further work. In the afternoons, outside speakers and workshops will provide practical information and/or application of the work/information/skills covered in the oral sessions. You will be exposed to a number of presentation styles through the afternoon speakers and audio/video recordings. As in the textual component, attention will also be paid to vocabulary building, framing an argument, and grammatical structure.

 

Afternoons

Invited Speakers

The afternoons are dedicated to numerous invited experts who will address a wide variety of issues (abolition, academic integrity, climate change and sustainability, gender and identity issues, global communication and international advertising discourse, library research skills, media and diversity, managing expectations, mental health and wellness, public safety, resources in the US health care system, sexual harassment, student expectations and responsibilities, student rights as non-US citizens, team building, technical writing, technology in the classroom, and the US higher education, government and legal systems).

Breakout Sessions

Facilitators will attend all afternoon presentations and events to provide additional discussion opportunities after the speakers have completed their sessions. The schedule allows for an hour discussion period.

 

Computer Skills

For the participants needing to enhance computer skills, there will be afternoon sessions using the Microsoft Office Suite. These will include instruction on formatting (e.g., creating a table of contents). These will be in addition to the presentation on PowerPoint.

Pronunciation Sessions

Optional pronunciation and intonation sessions will be offered to students who desire or are identified as needing additional practice. The ELI has a lab where students can practice using specialized programs.

Culminating Project

You will develop an electronic or print poster with a discipline specific topic to present as the final project for the course. The “PosterFest” will be held in the Student Lounge and afford an opportunity for you to speak to a wider audience which will include English Language Institute (ELI) students as well as guests (invited speakers, course instructors, community members, graduate student mentors, fellow Fulbrighters, and University staff).

The evenings are free for rest, socializing, studying, and exercising. We expect that you will be quite tired given the amount of programming planned.

Weekends

You will be kept extremely busy during the week and will need to have time for rest and relaxation. Nevertheless, a number of functions have been planned for the weekends and include a Welcome lunch, a BBQ at a private home, shopping trips, Niagara Falls, and Thousand Islands Seaway.

Contact with Americans

Through the Fulbright Association of Central New York, you will have opportunities to engage with Americans. You will also have regular interactions with the graduate students and some of their networks. Several social events will afford additional instances to engage with Americans.

Program Monitoring and Evaluation

Language acquisition is a continuous and cumulative process. At the end of the program, you will be given an oral interview and a writing test so that the initial placement scores and post program scores can be compared and used as a basis to gauge language acquisition. The final oral interview has a two-fold purpose: (1) to assess language proficiency gains and (2) as a program evaluation instrument.

Fulbright 4 Week Calendar PDF

July

Saturday, July 16

  • Arrival
  • Housing Check in Walnut Hall
  • Settle in
  • Dinner in Ernie Davis

Sunday, July 17

  • Breakfast in Ernie Davis
  • Intro use of Ernie Davis and how meal plans work
  • Orientation and Net ID

Monday, July 18

  • 8:30am–12:15pm
    Meet instructors, Essay and Listening Test, Program Overview, Registration, Locker assignment
  • Lunch
  • 2:00–3:15pm
    Tips for academic success in US universities
    Binh Huynh and Julie Walas Huynh
    3:30–4:30pm
  • Using the Fulbright Network: Making Connections
    Dr. Elane Granger,
    President CNY Fulbright Association
  • 4:15pm   Campus Tour with facilitators

Tuesday, July 19

  • 8:30am–12:15pm
    Core Courses: Textual and Oral Communication, Communication Assessment and course syllabi presentation
  • Lunch
  • 2:00–3:15pm
    Gender and Identity Issues, Cross-cultural awareness and adapting to US culture
    Erin Duran,
    Director of the LGBT Resource Center
  • 3:30–4:15pm
    Breakout Sessions

Wednesday, July 20

  • 8:30am–12:15pm
    Core Courses: Textual and Oral Communication
  • Lunch
  • 2:00–3:15pm
    Using digital tools:  e.g.,  Prezi and PowerPoint
    Dr. Karen Bull,  Manager
    Online Programs
    University College
  • 3:30–4:15pm
    Breakout Sessions

Thursday, July 21

  • 8:30am–12:15pm
    Core Courses: Textual and Oral Communication
  • Lunch
  • 2:00–3:15pm
    Bird Library ETC room 046
    Accessing library resources
    Tarida Anantachai,
    Bird Librarian
  • 3:30–4:15pm
    Breakout Sessions

Friday, July 22

  • 8:30am–12:15pm
    Core Courses: Textual and Oral Communication
  • Lunch
  • 2:00 -3:15pm
    Media and Diversity
    Dr. Charisse L’Pree,
    Assistant Professor,
    Newhouse School
  • 3:30–4:15pm
    Breakout Sessions

Saturday, July 23

  • Destiny USA
    Large Mall for additional shopping, entertainment, cell phone, and computer purchase opportunities

Sunday, July 24

  • BBQ de Berly residence
    1. invited speakers
    2. CNY Fulbright Association
    3. EGS students & instructors/staff

Monday, July 25

  • 8:30pm–12:15pm
    Core Courses: Textual and Oral Communication
  • Lunch
  • 2:00–3:15pm
    Technical Writing
    Dr. Mike Frasciello,
    Director, On Line Learning,
    College of Engineering
  • 3:30–4:15pm
    Breakout Sessions

Tuesday, July 26

  • 8:30am–12:15pm
    Core Courses: Textual and Oral Communication
  • Lunch
  • 2:00–3:15pm
    Intro to the US legal System
    Casey Sprock, JD.
  •  3:30–5:00pm
    Breakout Sessions

Wednesday, July 27

  • 8:30am–12:15pm
    Core Courses: Textual and Oral Communication
  • Lunch
  • 2:00–3:15pm
    Student rights as non-US citizens regarding police interactions, including arrest and detention
    Chief Bobby Maldonado,
    Department of Public Safety Syracuse University
  • 3:30–4:15pm
    Breakout Sessions

Thursday, July 28

  • 8:30am–12:15pm
    Core Courses: Textual and Oral Communication
  • Lunch
  • 2:00–3:15pm
    Bird Library ETC room 046
    Citation protocols and Academic integrity
    Tarida Anantachai,
    Bird Librarian
  • 3:30–4:15pm
    Breakout Sessions

Friday, July 29

  • 8:30am–12:15pm
    Core Courses: Textual and Oral Communication
  • Lunch
  • 2:00–3:15pm
    Syracuse and the Underground Railroad
    Angela Williams,
    MLK Librarian
    231 Sims Hall
  • 3:30–4:15pm
    Breakout Sessions

Saturday, July 30

  • 9:00am   Pick up for day trip
    Seward Museum and Harriet Tubman Home,
    Auburn
    Picnic Lunch in Skaneateles
    Boat Trip Skaneateles
  • 3:45 Leave Skaneateles

Sunday, July 31

  • Alexandria Bay

August

 

Monday, August 1

  • 8:30am–12:15pm
    Core Courses: Textual and Oral Communication
  • Lunch
  • 2:00–3:15pm
    US Government and party system
    Dr. Christopher Faricy,
    Political Science,
    Maxwell School
  • 3:30–4:15pm
    Breakout Sessions  

Tuesday, August 2

  • 8:30am–12:15pm
    Core Courses:Textual and Oral Communication
  • Lunch
  • 2:00–3:00pm
    Mental Health and Wellness-resources in the US health care system
    Thom deLara, Chair
    Marriage & Family Therapy,
    Syracuse University
  • 3:30–4:15pm
    Breakout Sessions

Wednesday, August 3

  • 8:30am–12:15pm
    Core Courses: Textual and Oral Communication
  • Lunch
  • 2:00–3:15pm
    Appropriate interpersonal relationships including sexual harassment in person and on line behaviors
    Sheila Johnson-Willis, JD, Director
    Equal Opportunity and Title XI Office
  • 3:30–4:15pm
    Breakout Sessions  

Thursday, August 4

  • 8:30am–12:15pm
    Core Courses: Textual and Oral Communication
  • Lunch
  • 2:00–3:15pm
    US higher education system & culture
    Dr. Geraldine de Berly
    Senior Associate Dean, University College
  • 3:30–4:15pm
    Breakout Sessions

Friday, August 5

  • 8:30am–12:15pm
    Core Courses: Textual and Oral Communication
  • Lunch
  • 2:00pm
    Building posters (electronic or print) Workshop
    Dr. Karen Bull,
    Manager, Online Programs
    University College
  • 3:30–4:15pm
    Breakout Sessions: Pronunciation/Computer Skills

Saturday, August 6

  • Free

Sunday, August 7

  • Niagara Falls
    8:00 AM departure from ELI returning 6 PM

Monday, August 8

  • 8:30am–12:15pm
    Core Courses: Textual and Oral Communication
  • Lunch
  • 2:00–3:15pm
    La Casita Cultural Center
    Tere Paniagua, Executive Director
    Office of Cultural Engagement, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Site Tour
    Bus pick up at Ernie Davis 1:45pm

Tuesday, August 9

  • 8:30am–12:15pm
    Core Courses: Textual and Oral Communication
  • Lunch
  • 2:00–3:15pm
    Tree of 40 Fruit
    Sam Van Aken,
    Associate Professor,
    Sculpture, VPA
  • 3:30–4:15pm
    Breakout Sessions  

Wednesday, August 10

  • 8:30am–12:15pm
    Core Courses: Textual and Oral Communication
  • Lunch
  • 2:00–4:15pm
    Climate Change Disruption
    Lecture and Site Visit,
    Center for Excellence (COE)
  • 1:45pm Vans at Ernie Davis
  • 4:30 pm Walnut Hall drop off

Thursday, August 11

  • 8:30am–12:15pm
    Core Courses: Textual and Oral Communication
  • Lunch
  • 2:00–5:00pm
    Completion of poster projects

Friday, August 12

  • 9:00am Set up
  • 9:30am Fulbright Poster Fest
    Final Presentations
    University College basement, student classrooms
  • 11:30am Closing certificate Lunch, Sheraton at the University

Saturday, August 13

  • Departure from Syracuse

Typical Monday through Friday Class Schedule

8:30-10:15 Textual Communication
10:15- 10:45 BREAK
10:45-12:15 Oral Communication
12:15- 1:45 LUNCH
1:45- 3:15 Invited Talks and Discussions -> Site visits as appropriate
3:30-5:00 Breakout Sessions with grad students/computer skills optional practice/instructor meetings/research/individual pronunciation practice

Students will be kept extremely busy during the week and will need to have time for rest and relaxation. Nevertheless, a number of functions have been planned for the weekends and include a welcome lunch, a BBQ at a private home, shopping trips, Niagara Falls, Auburn-Skaneateles, and Thousand Islands Seaway.

 

Examples of Student Trips

The Syracuse University Identification card (SUID) enables access to all university facilities. Facilities include libraries, computer labs, gymnasiums, indoor swimming pools, racket and basketball courts, tennis, and ice-skating. A summer recreational calendar will be posted. The SUID also enables students to use campus bus shuttles.

Throughout the summer there will be some University wide social events such as an ice cream social and free movies on the Quad.

In summer, the main dining hall is Ernie Davis.

Syracuse is a small city of about 145,000 people. Summers are lush, with lots of green vegetation, flowers and blue skies. Temperatures range from the mid-70’s to mid-90’s (F), sometimes in the same week! With the changing weather fronts, occasional thunder showers occur. Layers of light clothing are suggested along with comfortable shoes, a rain jacket and an umbrella.  Sweaters are also useful.

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