About the Vacation English Immersion Program
Welcome to Santa Fe! The Vacation English Immersion at Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) is an exceptional opportunity for university students and professionals to improve their English language skills in one of the most unique and picturesque cities in the U.S. With numerous galleries, museums, restaurants and shops, Santa Fe offers all of the luxuries of a big city while maintaining its southwest charm. The SFUAD campus is ideally located within walking distance of many stores and restaurants, and a quick bus trip to the historic downtown district.
Based on the educational philosophy of learning-by-doing, the Vacation English Immersion supports participants in improving their English language skills with an interactive, student-centered approach. The Vacation English Immersion is holistically designed so that participants get the full benefit of language learning opportunities while enjoying their time in Santa Fe. For a true immersion experience, participants attend communicative English Classes and Culture & Communication Workshops, as well as Extracurricular Activities.
2014 Dates: (tentative dates)
- Jan 21st – Feb 14th
- Feb 24th – Mar 14th
- Mar 31st – Apr 18th
- Apr 28th – May 16th
- July 10th – 30th
Other sessions available if there is space available on SFUAD’s premises and minimum enrollment of 30 students (15 per English level)
In the English classes, participants focus on developing their communicative English language skills in a comfortable classroom environment. Participants are grouped according to their proficiency level and work with highly trained, experienced language instructors who love to teach. Participants receive approximately 15 hours a week of communicative English language instruction. Participants actively learn through hands-on activities like scavenger hunts, role-plays and video projects. By engaging in fun and interesting language learning activities, participants see their language skills improving from the first day of class!
Culture & Communication Workshops
In the Culture & Communication Workshops, participants learn about and experience a variety of cultural traditions and themes. Through guest speakers, field trips and active lessons, participants not only use their English language skills, but also expand their intercultural understanding and competency. Popular topics include: Native American Traditions, Sports, Jewelry Making, Ethnic Food, Yoga, Film.
Extracurricular activities provide an additional opportunity to improve English language skills and lear about U.S. culture. Vacation English Immersion students are part of the SFUAD campus community and are encouraged to participate in university events and activities. Some popular events may include: art exhibits, movie nights, concerts, sports, and day trips. Students have ample free time in the evenings and on the weekends to take advantage of the SFUAD sponsored activities as well as explore Santa Fe on their own.
- Program offered for students, faculty and staff, and English Teachers
- 12 hours of English language instruction per week
- Participants grouped according to their proficiency level and work with highly trained, experienced English language instructors
- 3-hour Culture & Communication Workshops offered 3 times per week
- Weekly excursions allow participants to explore Santa Fe
All participants must complete the Laureate English Placement Test
B-2 visitor visa
When I arrived four weeks ago I understood 20%. Now I am able to speak and to write, and to articulate thanks. So thanks for all. I think it is a good experience for our teachers because it is important to know the English language" - Mariano D., Italy
"It was amazing because not only did I improve my English, I also met people from a lot of countries and I learned a lot of the culture of the United States. This experience was amazing!" - Ana Karen L., Mexico
"This was a fantastic experience for me. It changed my life in personal and professional ways. Thank you Laureate and UNIFACS for this opportunity. - Alessandro L., Brazil
To Apply for this program contact:
Mark Astrom, Santa Fe University of Art and Design
1600 Saint Michaels Drive
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505-7634