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Brazil Scientific Mobility Program

Fall program arrival date is June 18, 2015.

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 prepare you for your academic year in the US.  The BSMP program goals are to strengthen you English language ability for success in your academic program, help you become familiar with and comfortable in the American classroom culture, and give you social and cultural opportunities to learn about the American Midwest.

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

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

Kansas

 


 

Travel Information

Flying into Kansas City International Airport, Missouri (MCI)

Fall program arrival date is June 18, 2015.

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.

  • Geri will make arrangements for a shuttle to pick you up at the airport and bring you to the KU campus.   Do not take a taxi. The price for a taxi from the airport to Lawrence is $100-$150.
  • The Kansas City airport is a one-hour drive from Lawrence, Kansas where the University of Kansas is located.
  • The driver will know where to take you once you arrive in Lawrence.
  • There will be an AEC staff member at the dormitory where you will be living to help you get checked in when you arrive in Lawrence.
  • If you have a delay at any point on your journey, please contact Geri Lamer at (785)-550-8593. She will reschedule you on a later shuttle and make sure a staff member meets you when you get to Lawrence.

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

Housing and Meals

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

You will be provided with bed linens, a pillow and a towel.

Naismith Hall Aminenities

  • 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 9ft 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
  • You need to print and fill out the application at this link (Naismith Hall application), scan the completed form and email it to: Brian Haney at bhaney@bromco.com.
    • When filling out the application, you need only to do Parts One and Two. You do not need to fill out the Residential Data or the Credit Card Information.
    • Fill in only the information available in Part One – for instance, since you do not have a Social Security # you should leave that part blank.  For your home address, fill in your address in Brazil.
    • In Part Two you should fill in your parent’s name and telephone number.  Again, you should leave the Social Security # line blank. 
    • In Part Two you must select a Double Room under Room Types and All Meals under Meal Plans. 
    • In Part Two you should leave all of the Additional Options blank.
    • In Part Two you should sign and date the form, but your parents do not need to sign the Guarantor line. Your scholarship will cover all of the costs for Naismith.
  • Please complete this application as soon as possible and send it to Brian to make sure you will have a space secured at Naismith Hall.
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

In order to be allowed to enroll at KU, you must have:

  • two (2) Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccinations,
  • a Tuberculosis test, and
  • a Meningitis vaccination.

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

AEC Courses
What are the possible courses?

The AEC offers courses in 3 Skill Areas:

  1. Listening & Speaking for Academic Purposes
  2. Reading & Writing for Academic Purposes
  3. Grammar for Communication

Listening & Speaking for Academic Purposes

Course Objectives:

  • Increase accuracy of pronunciation
  • Develop spoken fluency
  • Expand every day and content-specific vocabulary

Reading & Writing for Academic Purposes

Course Objectives:

Improve academic reading and writing skills by refining core academic skills such as:

  • Note taking
  • Paraphrasing
  • Summarizing
  • Integrating ideas from several sources           

Grammar for Communication

Course Objective:

  • Increase grammatical fluency to allow better expression in both spoken and written English.
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) 550-8593

Margaret Coffey
Office:
(785) 864-1307

Aaron Huerter
Office:
(785) 864-5316

Marie Osterhaus
Office:
(785) 864-1496

Optional Activities


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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