Gould’s English Studies Program, which is designed to support and promote the development of English as a second or third (or fourth) language, is a vital piece of the International Program. The English Studies Program emphasizes reading and writing academic English, as well as conversational English, and most of our international students participate at some level.
A truly global community is vibrant, diverse, and synergetic. It is an ideal educational environment. To ensure that Gould lives up to this potential, the International Program also focuses on faculty development. Our faculty and staff understand that cultural differences exist and work to address, celebrate, and include this diversity in the classroom and in all aspects of Gould life.
A global community is also dynamic, and so is our International Program. We offer a comprehensive orientation upon arrival at Gould and informative meetings for international students throughout the school year.
The International Studies Program not only helps international families understand what it means to be a part of Gould’s community – within the Bethel community, and within the United States community – it offers assistance with visas and other documentation, health insurance, transportation, travel arrangements, academic placement, curriculum modification, and more. The program’s role is that of a problem solver. Sometimes, that means tracking down a SIM card or arranging a ride to a college interview. International students at Gould are welcomed as part of our family and we do everything in our power to help them succeed.
“The program helps international students make the most of Gould, both in terms of what they get out of it and what they put into it,” says Program Advisor Peter Moses, who directs the ESP and spent many years living abroad.