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Program Overview

PHILOSOPHY

Kennedy Catholic’s International Program aims to achieve the following objectives:

  • Facilitate an understanding of and respect for the United States and other world cultures
  • Transition students from EFL (English as a Foreign Language) classes into Kennedy Catholic regular-academic courses
  • Prepare students for continued and future academic success at universities throughout the world

These goals are achieved through the presentation of academic content and a focus upon the four language skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

ELEMENTS OF THE DEPARTMENT

English as a Foreign Language
Kennedy Catholic offers a special EFL curriculum for international students who need help in English language skills (speaking, reading, writing, and listening) with levels appropriate to their abilities and needs. Full credit is granted for successful completion of all EFL courses. International students will be placed into one of three areas of course studies based on the results of the Kennedy Catholic International Assessment.

International Student Housing
The more than 100 students enrolled in the International Program represent five of the Earth’s seven continents. Some say that the most powerful force in the promotion of international peace and understanding is mere exposure to different cultures. When we are familiarized with those different from us, the world becomes a smaller, friendlier place. All people, regardless of nationality, have the same basic needs. One of the most important of these needs is a safe, comfortable home environment. The International Program at Kennedy Catholic provides international students with the opportunity to become part of the Lancer Family. Some students choose to reside in our on-campus residence hall and some prefer to live as part of a Kennedy Catholic homestay family.