Summer Fulbright Institute: Academic Features

Lasting four weeks, the Institute offers two interrelated courses: an advanced English as a second language course, "United States Cultural Diversity" and an interdisciplinary course, "Problem and Promise in American Diversity." Fully funded by the Fulbright Commission, students develop their English skills while exploring American culture. New York State becomes the classroom as university residential living, excursions, and interactions with campus and local communities contribute insight into U.S. culture. The theme of Diversity in the US stimulates interactions between Binghamton and Fulbright students that directly link global engagement to the goal of creating a campus culture that addresses diversity issues through respectful, reasoned discussion. In addition, since German students bring different backgrounds to discussions (raising fresh questions, drawing unexpected comparisons, revealing misunderstandings), our instructors develop new teaching strategies which they then adapt to their internationally and domestically diverse classrooms.


Problems and Promise in U.S. Diversity. 2.5 hours daily, 3 days per week, plus field work and site visits.

In this class, we will examine the challenges and joys that people confront in a society that is ethnically, religiously, politically, economically, sexually, and linguistically diverse. We will focus on several events in upstate New York in the last 250 years, specifically Binghamton and nearby towns. I have selected these events because they are legendary in this region – some of them are surprising, others are funny, and some are tragic. But we can use all of them to think about the forces that have shaped the United States (capitalism, freedom of expression, inequality, patriotism, racism, and innovation) and how its people have dealt with the realities of diversity. Syllabus


U.S. Cultural Diversity (ESL). 2.5 hours daily, 3 days a week. plus field work and site visits.

Building on the topics covered in the American culture class, students will learn and apply a variety of language skills that are key to academic success in a U.S. university. Because class participation in discussion is a dominant feature of our system, this course will concentrate on oral activities; academic presentations and discussions as well as conversation. Syllabus



The Fulbright summer program for German students will take place from July 23, 2014 to August 15, 2014. For a detailed schedule, click here

Last Updated: 10/19/16