A PLUS for Campus
Lewis & Clark welcomed five students from Tunisia, Egypt, India, and Bangladesh last fall as participants in the Partnerships for Learning Undergraduate studies (PLUS), a program funded by the U.S. department of State. The students are serving as unofficial ambassadors for their countries as they participate in college life and hone their English-language skills.
"This program is very effective in bringing to Lewis & Clark students from countries and cultures not often represented on campus," says Joann Geddes, instructor and director of Academic English Studies. "The students have already contributed to a positive environment of educational and cultural exchange that enriches all involved."
The PLUS program is designed to reach a broad spectrum of college-age youth from diverse backgrounds and provide them with a greater understanding of U.S. institutions, society, and culture.
The PLUS students were enrolled in universities in their home countries before coming to Lewis & Clark as junior transfer students. They work toward completing a bachelor's degree from the College within two years. The PLUS program encourages students to share their American experiences when they return to their home countries after completing their U.S. studies.
From left: Soniya Deshmukh '07, Dorra Zairi '07, Greg Caldwell, director of international student services, Sahar Abu El Fath '07, Ashequl Haque '07, and Zied Manai '07.
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