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Cultural Enrichment

The cultural enrichment program is designed for students seeking to develop and enhance their English language skills while living in the United States. Students engage in a variety of experiences and exercises in which they are given opportunities to learn through conversation, reading, and writing.

This unique program offers students the chance to design their own schedules, based on individual educational goals throughout the year. Our program is ideal for au pairs, international students, and non-native English speakers who are interested in new educational experiences in a college environment, allowing them to study a variety of subjects.

All classes are held on the University of Richmond campus and taught by highly qualified instructors who utilize a variety of educational methods to lead effective and rewarding class sessions. The total number of hours for course completion includes in-class instruction, as well as some work and assignments to be completed at home.

No language proficiency exams are required for this program. SPCS staff and instructors reserve the opportunity to recommend placement in appropriate levels where necessary, based on student levels of English proficiency and skills. We want to ensure that all students derive the maximum benefit from the course.

Course and Registration Information

Select the title below for course schedules and online registration.

An American in Paris Painting Movie Adventure
Course Offerings (1)
Friday, October 20, 2017; 
4:00 - 8:00 pm
Saturday, October 21, 2017; 
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday, October 22, 2017; 
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Instructor: Donna Allen
CRN: ART118.15
Fee: $295
$25 materials fee (included in course fee) is non-refundable in case of withdrawal.
Description
NEW! Inspired by the lure of Paris post WWII and the determined quest of wanna-be painter J. Mulligan (Gene Kelly,) students will explore the skills for painting street scenes, cafes, and dreamy nightlife in vibrant watercolors. Painting techniques will be explored step-by-step to complete 2 to 3 works of art. Drawing skills are not necessary for this class. Supplies provided. All skill levels welcome!

Art Weekend - Henri Matisse
Course Offerings (1)
Friday, November 3, 2017; 
4:00 - 8:00 pm
Saturday, November 4, 2017; 
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday, November 5, 2017; 
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Instructors: Corinne Nguyen Donna Allen
CRN: ART118.11
Fee: $295
Description
Explore the most productive years of Henri Matisse and his work with colorful paper cut collages. A 'Second Life' was what Matisse called his last fourteen years, and 'La Gerbe' 1953 is one of his last works. Exploring the fundamentals of color, shape and design, students will cut and paint lively multicolor forms, both abstract and figurative, to complete two works of art. No experience necessary! This is a fun weekend to earn au pair hours and learn something new.

Communication and Public Speaking Weekend
Course Offerings (3)
Friday, September 29, 2017; 
4:00 - 8:00 pm
Saturday, September 30, 2017; 
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday, October 1, 2017; 
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Instructor: Corinne Nguyen
CRN: COMM118.01
Fee: $295
Friday, October 20, 2017; 
4:00 - 8:00 pm
Saturday, October 21, 2017; 
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday, October 22, 2017; 
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Instructor: Corinne Nguyen
CRN: COMM118.02
Fee: $295
Friday, December 1, 2017; 
4:00 - 8:00 pm
Saturday, December 2, 2017; 
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday, December 3, 2017; 
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Instructor: Corinne Nguyen
CRN: COMM118.03
Fee: $295
Description
Explore a fun and educational weekend of learning and practicing special topics in public speaking and presentation skills. This is a wonderful opportunity to improve your communication abilities and develop your confidence in speaking during your time in the US. A variety of written and oral activities are planned for on campus sessions.

Service Dogs 101
Course Offerings (1)
October 8, 2017 through November 12, 2017
Sundays: 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Instructor: Bunny Young
CRN: PENR118.02
Fee: $169
Description
NEW! Course objectives include the fundamental understanding of service, guide, and assistance dogs. Participants will learn to identify the legislations, rules, and social expectations around service animals. An introduction will cover uses, breeds, disabilities, and cautions around service animals. A platform will be established for open questions and conversations about working with, supporting, and identifying with these unique populations and their families.

TOEFL Preparation
Course Offerings (1)
October 22, 2017 through November 12, 2017
Sundays: 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Instructor: David Reisenwitz
CRN: TOEFL118.01
Fee: $120
Description
REPRISED. Our four-day workshop is an excellent opportunity to prepare for the TOEFL exam. The course will include academic writing, speaking and listening practice, as well as timed activities and vocabulary tests. It is designed for international adult students, au pairs, and other non-native English speakers who may be taking the TOEFL exam in the future, as well as for students seeking to refine their English language skills. Course includes materials.

Contact Us

Mary C. Raymond, Manager
Enrichment & Youth
Professional & Continuing Studies
Special Programs Building
28 Westhampton Way
Univ. of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 289-8133
Fax: (804) 289-8138
mraymond@richmond.edu