Continuing Education Workshops

Summer International Education Institute

Offered by the School District of Janesville and The University of Wisconsin—Whitewater


When: July 19 - August 1, 2015

  • Improve your English
  • Attend fun educational field trips
  • Experience American culture
  • Learn skills for ACT and TOEFL testing
  • Study hands-on Chemistry and Robotics
  • Problem-solve through exploratory learning

The Institute curriculum emphasizes English improvement, and ACT and TOEFL testing preparations. Students use state-of-the-art technology. Additional learning opportunities are presented to students through computer programming and robotics.

International students receive devoted, kind, quality care in a dorm setting on the safe, beautiful campus of the University of Wisconsin—Whitewater. A rigorous course study is combined with cultural activities providing students with the full American experience. Local and regional field trips also provide cultural and social opportunities. Discover how international friendship bridges cultural understanding!

New York City Excursion Option:

August 1 - August 3, 2015

For an additional fee, students can attend a 3 day excursion to NYC

Space is limited so apply early to secure your spot and save!

The Institute is open to International Students grades 9th-12th

International Chaperones are welcome

Student Course Work

The Institute curriculum focuses on English improvement and ACT and TOEFL testing preparations. Students participate using state-of-the-art technology. They prepare for college with cross-cultural training while gaining a global perspective. Students discuss life in their home country and learn American culture and customs to help prepare them for education in the United States.

College readiness will be at the center of each lesson. Project-based learning in science, math, language arts, hands-on robotics provide learning in core subject areas and technology. In addition to the rigorous course work, students receive cultural and social opportunities on local and regional field trips. Join us for a full American experience!

Housing and Meals

The School District of Janesville has partnered with the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater to provide this phenomenal program. International students will receive devoted, kind, qualified care on the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater’s beautiful, safe campus. Students will stay in double occupancy rooms at Wells Hall and receive culturally appropriate, healthy meals each day. Students will have access to coin operated laundry facilities for taking care of their own laundry needs.

The University of Wisconsin – Whitewater was founded in 1868 and provides an exceptional learning experience for its students. From science exploration and artistic endeavors to entrepreneurship, the University is committed to community engagement. Their efforts have garnered national recognition from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. They have also been named one of the top 100 Workplaces in southeast Wisconsin. Summer Institute students will receive a campus tour, meet staff and faculty of the University and learn more about the respected education offered on this campus.

Activity Schedule

Arrivals and Departures:

Airport transfers to and from Chicago O’Hare International Airport are included in the tuition. Students should plan to arrive prior to 5pm on Sunday, July 19, 2015 where they will be greeted at the airport and transported by bus to the University.

Classes will take place Mondays through Fridays from July 20 through July 31, with special outings and field trips taking place on the weekend (July 25 and 26). Students will then be transported to their airport departures at O’Hare on August 1.

Students attending the New York City excursion will depart from O’Hare August 1 and return August 3. This excursion includes an overnight stay in Chicago on August 3, and airport transfer back to O’Hare the following day for their flight home. More information on the NYC excursion is included on the following pages.

Evening and weekend outings will include cultural activities such as swimming, bowling, scavenger hunts, campfires. Also included are field trips to Madison, Wisconsin, historical museums, local farms, Janesville High Schools, outdoor markets, shopping centers and much more.

Tentative Weekday Schedule

Time Activity
7:00 - 7:45 Rise and Shine
7:45 - 8:20 Breakfast
8:30 - 9:25 TOEFL / ACT Preparations
9:30 - 10:25 English Communication
10:30 - 11:25 Culture Ready / I-Movie (alternate days)
11:30 - 12:30 Lunch
12:30 - 1:25 Recreation
1:45 - 2:40 Hands-on Chemistry
2:45 - 3:40 Robotics Construction & Programming
3:45 - 4:40 Get Creative with Code
5:00 - 6:15 Dinner
6:30 - 8:00 On Campus Evening Activity
8:15 - 9:15 Study Hall
6:30 - 9:15 Off-Campus Evening Activity (no Study Hall those nights)
9:15 - 10:15 Showers / Quiet Time
10:30 Lights Out

Qualifications and Registration

Student Qualification:

  1. Student grades 9-12 (High School)
  2. English proficiency helpful
  3. Interest in American language and culture
  4. Healthy enough for international travel

In addition to student attendance, we encourage chaperones to assist in engaging the students in this cross collaborative learning experience while also practicing their English language proficiency. We will be accepting a limited number of Chaperones to join us. Priority placement will be given to Principals and Teachers. Chaperones will stay in a dorm setting with the students for the price of enrollment, or are welcome to secure their own lodging with a local hotel at their own expenses.

Chaperone Qualification:

  1. Respect and understand American culture
  2. Good English communication skills and adaptable to new environments
  3. K-12 teaching experiences
  4. Skilled in student management
  5. Healthy enough for international travel
  6. Assist with safety needs and guidance in adapting to American culture

Final Registration Deadline: March 31, 2015

Tuition Fees:
$2,500 USD by March 1 / $2,700 USD after March 1
Included: Institute tuition, activity fees, room and board, local field trips, meals, transportation for field trips and airport transfers.
Tuition Fees:
$700 USD by March 1 / $800 USD after March
Included: Room and board, meals, transportation for field trips and air-port transfers. To ensure flexibility in scheduling, chaperones are responsi-ble for field trip entrance fees and meals on those days.
Tuition Fees:
New York City Trip: (students and chaperones):
$2,200 USD by March 1 / $2,300 USD after March
Included: round-trip transportation from Chicago (airport transfer included) meals, transfers to excursions, hotel accommodations, visit to Columbia University
Not included: Airfare fees, passport and visa fees, finance charges, agency fees, notarization, health and travel insurance, medical expenses, laundry, communication, and personal shopping. The New York City excursion is additional programming, separate fees and registration required.

How do I enroll?

The online application is found by going to You will be directed to an additional link for the registration form at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater web site. Please answer the application questions in English and submit when complete. Once your registration is received, you will be notified of acceptance and sent instructions for fee transfers along with additional health forms and a student handbook that will require a signature. All funds must be received by the registration deadlines.