International Students Fill SUNY Canton Summer Program

International Summer ProgramSome students have traveled more than 4,500 miles to take classes at SUNY Canton this summer.

Thirty-six students, including two doctoral candidates, in addition to two faculty members have traveled from their home universities to take multi-disciplinary courses with an emphasis on finance and business.

“We have three times as many students visiting SUNY Canton than when we initiated the program last year,” said SUNY Canton Associate Provost Pauline A. Graveline. “Students have come from their home universities at Lomonosov Moscow State University in Russia, Kazan State Financial and Economic Institute in Tatarstan, and Kherson State University in Ukraine to learn from our expert faculty. Many of the students have never been to the North Country or the United States before. They are all very excited to learn about U.S. culture and experience as much of it as they can.”

During their three-week stay, students take English as a Second Language and seminars targeted toward their individual career interests, according to Kathryn Del Guidice, Director of Extended Studies at SUNY Canton.

“Our students are interested in becoming investment bankers, entrepreneurs, business owners, and one is interested in developing his own energy company,” she said. “We are emphasizing that they find ways to bring the world to them, rather than leaving their homes in search of opportunities.”

Most recently, students have toured businesses including ALCOA in Massena and the Partridge Cafe in Canton to learn first-hand how area businesses operate. The program also enlists the college’s expert faculty to present special sessions on Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems and Financial Services, and Health Care Management among other SUNY Canton signature programs.

The students are joined by Alla Bobyelva, chair of the Department of Financial Management for the School of Public Administration at Moscow State University, and Olga Zinovieva, a State University of New York representative at Moscow State University. During her stay, Olga is developing an online class in Art History through SUNY Canton OnLine.

In addition to their studies, the students have many opportunities to experience the attractions available locally and in greater New York State. They will be touring Lake Placid, Niagara Falls, and plan to visit New York City before making the journey home. Most recently, the students visited Potsdam’s Summer Festival.

This is the second international student exchange built from SUNY Canton’s partnerships with foreign colleges. In the future, the College plans to send its on-campus students to its partner universities so that travel abroad can be an integrated part of their education.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 65 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

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