American Studies and Media Summer Program


 Information Packet Summer 2014


Program Description

The summer program includes lectures on contemporary American society and hands-on media workshops focusing on issues in American Studies, plus field trips to New York City and Philadelphia. The program is held in late July to early August.


Admission to the Program

Partner universities are responsible for selection and nomination of participants, who should have sufficient English language skills. Recommended TOEFL scores would be 450-500 (‘old’ TOEFL) or 80-90 (‘new’ TOEFL). Equivalent scores of TOEIC are acceptable. Students admitted to the program will enter the United States with a J-1 visa.


Academic Program

The program combines lectures on various aspects of American society with hands-on workshops in media where students can apply their knowledge to create news magazine style media broadcasts. This includes interviewing techniques, writing for media, and technical skills. Classroom activities are further enhanced by field trips that are directly related to the topics covered in the classroom, including museums andprofessional media studios. Classes, field trips and guest lectures take place four days a week from Monday to Thursday.


Montclair State University issues an official Certificate of Completion to each student who successfully completes the program. Students do not matriculate in Montclair State University, pay regular Montclair State University tuition or receive college credit.


Course Descriptions:

The program weaves together two themes into a single course.

American Media: This theme focuses on news broadcasting in America and combines faculty and guest lecturers, hands-on workshops and visits to actual professional television studios.


American Society: This theme focuses on cultural, linguistic and ethnic diversity in contemporary society, issues in education and immigration, the role of sports in American society, and political change. It combines faculty and guest lectures, and guided tours of ethnic neighborhoods and museums.


Cultural Field Trips

In addition to the regularly scheduled classes and class-related field trips, the program includes  guided tours in the metropolitan area on Fridays. Field trips may include the New York City highlights such as United Nations, Rockefeller Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the State of Liberty/Ellis Island, and Philadelphia highlights such as the historical
district, the Constitution Center or the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Students also receive a New York City Explorers Pass which can be used for individual sightseeing on the weekends.


Campus Life- Accommodations, Meals and Recreation

Housing is provided in an apartment-style dormitory on the campus of Montclair State University with four students per apartment.    A meal plan is included which would cover
lunch four days per week in the cafeteria.  Students may purchase groceries to cook in their apartments, or purchase other meals in the cafeterias, as they wish. Students receive a Recreation Center membership and have access to indoor and outdoor swimming pools and gym facilities.



Items included in program cost:

  • Airport pick up and drop off if arriving as a group
  • Double occupancy dorm room for 21 nights
  • 12 meals on campus, and 1 group dinner
  • Orientation packet materials
  • Instructors and Guest Lecturers’ Fees
  • Opening and Closing Reception
  • Class-related half day field trips, including transportation and entrance fees
  • 2 New York City full-day field trips including transportation and entrance fees
  • 1 Philadelphia full-day field trip, including transportation and entrance fees
  • Use of Montclair State University Library
  • Use of Montclair State University Recreation Center
  • Montclair State University temporary i.d. card and email account
  • Office of International Education & Global Engagement Administrative Fee
  • Explorer’s Pass for New York City
  • Housing for staff in Global Guest House, if needed
  • Global Education Center Certificates 

Items not included in the program cost:

  • Airfare                                                             
  • Visa fees
  • Short-term U.S. health insurance                   
  • Some other meals
  • Expenses of a personal nature                       
  • Theater or Sports events tickets
  • Public transportation to/from New York City for personal sightseeing
  • Dorm Housing and Airfare for Escort Teachers (can be added if desired)

Estimated Program Cost: $3,000


Timeline and Terms of Payment

Payment would be in two lump sums from the partner university for all participating students.

April 1: Applications Due for processing of J-1 visas

April 15:  50% deposit

May 1: Visa documentation sent to partner university

May 15:  50% balance


Information Packet Summer 2014