Eagles Explorer Program
Lock Haven University students have the opportunity to learn about local, state, regional, and national history, culture, and customs through the Eagles Explorer Program. This signature program is an affordable, safe, and smart opportunity for students to learn about the rich and diverse historical and cultural offerings in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania and beyond. The program consists of several educational tours to cities such as New York, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and more based upon the interest of our students. This diverse program is a hallmark of the Institute of International Studies at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania.
General Learning Outcomes
Lock Haven University (domestic and international) students will be able to:
- Prepare themselves to become global citizens by learning about the history, cultures, and customs of other diverse groups within the United States
- Demonstrate their knowledge of the history, cultures, and customs through application both inside and outside of the classroom
- Identify and recognize major landmarks, monuments, and geographic areas within the United States
- Contrast and compare diverse experiences of various geographic areas and groups of people
Benefits of the Program
- Strengthen bonds between the international community and domestic students
- Increase cultural awareness among all participants
- Allow growth, development, and learning to occur outside of the classroom to foster curiosity inside the classroom
- Incorporate knowledge from inside the classroom to real-life experiences
For more information about the Eagles Explorer Program and to register for events visit the IIS Office (200 Ulmer).
International Student Success Series
Each semester Lock Haven University international students are provided with a series of meetings, programs, workshops, and events that are designed to help them acclimate to the social and academic culture in Lock Haven. This is an extended orientation program designed to give students the tools for success at Lock Haven University. The purpose of this series is to help students experience what LHU and the surrounding community has to offer. The program combines workshops on special topics with social and cultural events designed to enrich international students stay at LHU and by assisting the University with retention. International students are encouraged to participate in all events (some are required). All events are free and some will require registration.
General Learning Outcomes
Lock Haven University international students will be able to:
- Establish connections with other LHU students, staff, faculty and the community
- Become familiar with important services offered by the Institute for International Studies and cooperating offices
- Recognize their rights and responsibilities under United States law in order to remain in status and an active student at LHU
- Be proactive in solving problems or issues during their time as a student at LHU
- Create opportunities relating to their academic career such as internships and work after college
- Increase academic success through knowledge of support services provided by LHU
To find out about current events happening with the International Student Success Series at the Institute for International Studies, please visit the LHU events calendar and refine your search to the “Institute for International Studies.”
International Friendship Program
Every year, thousands of international students study at American universities. Few of these students, unfortunately, ever have the opportunity to visit an American home, and even fewer get to really know an American family.
With more international students on our campus every year, the Institute for International Studies (IIS) would like to help our international students to have the best experience possible while in this country and building friendships with Americans and their families is an important part of this experience. Therefore, we invite you to participate in the International Friendship Program (IFP), where we match international students with LHU faculty and staff members who have volunteered to share American culture and traditions. These volunteers, in turn, have the opportunity to learn about the student’s culture and customs, and perhaps even some of their language.
Separation from family and familiar cultural patterns is often a very difficult and frustrating experience for international students. By helping our international students understand U.S. culture and offering friendship, volunteer hosts will ease the adjustment of our international students to Lock Haven and the United States.
The IFP does not require volunteers to provide any type of financial support or housing, but simply to share their lives and culture with the students. You may choose to do this by inviting your student to your home, including them in special events, such as holiday celebrations or birthday parties; taking them shopping and to the movies; having coffee with them once a month, or just by giving them periodic calls on the telephone.
If you are interested in being a volunteer host for the IFP, please complete the application form and return it to Mr. John Gradel at the IIS. If you would like further information, please contact the IIS at ext. 2140.
Rosana Campbell, Director
Institute for International Studies