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UNG offers new dual-enrollment program this summer

Chi-Hsuan Catterson, left, demonstrates Chinese characters during a summer language class at the University of North Georgia.

In the state's only summer dual-enrollment program for high school students, the University of North Georgia (UNG) is offering language courses – including a new, three-week program in Germany. Tuition is paid by the state's Accel program.

During UNG's Summer Accel Language Institute, which runs June 21 through July 30, students live in a residence hall on UNG's Dahlonega Campus and study Arabic, Chinese, Korean, or Russian. The German program, an addition to the university's successful Federal Service Language Academy (FSLA), runs July 5-24 in Berlin and students stay with a host family.

Both the language institute and FSLA-Berlin feature intensive, daily language studies and offer the opportunity to earn college and high school academic credit – giving students a head start on a degree.

Both summer programs are offered to Georgia high school students who will be juniors or seniors in fall 2015, including home-schooled students. Applicants must have a minimum 3.25 GPA and a minimum 970 SAT. Additionally, students applying for the FSLA-Berlin program must have had German 1 and 2 in high school.

Dr. Christopher Jespersen, dean of the College of Arts & Letters, said UNG's summer programs offer languages taught at few Georgia high schools.

"The Summer Accel Language Institute is the next exciting step at the University of North Georgia in expanding language learning opportunities for students around the state," Jespersen said. "We are eager to offer this program because of what it will mean to high school students interested in languages and how it will help develop the language skills of Georgia students in preparation for college life and the career paths the students choose."

Dr. Chaudron Gille, UNG's associate vice president for university affairs and academic services, said dual-enrollment programs like Accel can shorten the time it takes for a student to earn a college degree, one of several strategies identified in the statewide Complete College Georgia initiative.

"A student who begins taking Accel courses in his or her junior year could enter college as a sophomore, saving a year of time and tuition. It’s a great opportunity at a time when many families struggle to pay for college," Gille said.

The Accel program pays tuition for each program for Georgia residents, but doesn't cover the entire cost.

Remaining costs for the language institute total around $1,200, which includes room and meals for 40 days, books, and a $30 application fee. April 1 is the preferred application deadline for the Language Institute and the final application deadline is May 1. Application and other details are available online.   

The program fee for FSLA-Berlin is $3,500, which includes airfare, travel insurance, lodging, field trips and excursions, and breakfast and dinner each day. April 1 is the application deadline for FSLA-Berlin, at which time a $500 deposit is due. The second payment of $1,500 is due May first and the final payment of $1,500 is due June 1. Application and other details are available online.

High school students who wish to study languages this summer but not pursue college credit can apply for UNG's standard summer FSLA program, which is open to students from around the nation and world.

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