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Field Studies Program

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The Field Studies Program (FSP) is sponsored by the United States Government and is designed to familiarize international students with American society, institutions, history, and goals. It is funded from international tuition and includes numerous local and regional trips. Local events include the Monterey County Fair, the Salinas Air Show, and the Monterey Aquarium. We also sponsor quarterly trips to San Francisco, and visits to Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley. Three trips to our state capitol, Sacramento, are also conducted each year; as are several trips to our state parks to include one of our most picturesque national landmarks, Yosemite National Park. The program also includes two or three trips each year to our nation’s capital, Washington D.C., with side trips to the Gettysburg battlefield and the Naval Academy.

Field Studies topic areas include:
1. Constitution and Bill of Rights
2. Federal State, and Local Government Institutions
3. US Judicial System
4. Political Processes
5. Media
6. American Family and Community Life
7. Ethnic and Other Minorities
8. Industry, Agriculture, Environmental Protection
9. Economy
10. Labor and Labor Management
11. Education
12. Public and Social Welfare.

2. The International Graduate Programs Office sponsors a seminar covering these topics areas that is required to be taken in the first or second quarter of each student’s academic schedule. Seminar description is as follows:

IT1500 Informational Program Seminar for International Officers (4-0).
This class provides International students with an awareness and functional understanding of internationally recognized human rights and the American democratic way of life. Areas of emphasis introduced during the seminar include civil-military relations, human rights, relationships in a democratic society, and a comparative look at the U.S. free enterprise system. This is a graded course.
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All meals, lodging, entrance fees, and travel costs incurred during IP activities are funded by the International Office. These trips are offered on a voluntary basis to all International students and some of the trips include family participation.

FSP ACTIVITIES AND DATES TO REMEMBER

APRIL 09 – SEPTEMBER 09

APRIL 2009

  • 1 April Fool's Day
  • 4 Artichoke/Winery (Adults 21 yrs and older)
  • 10 Monterey Bay Aquarium (Family)
  • 17-19 Yosemite National Park (Family)

MAY 2009

  • 2 International Day (Family)
  • 8-9 Stanford/Berkeley Tour (Adults 18 yrs and older)
  • 10 Mother's Day
  • 15-16 Sacramento Gov't Tour (Adults 18 yrs and older)
  • 16 Salinas Valley Fair (Family)
  • 25 Memorial Day (Holiday)

JUNE 2009

  • 5 Graduation Dinner/Dance (Adults 18 yrs and older)
  • 14 Flag Day
  • 14 Father's Day
  • 20 Jun - 5 Jul - Summer Break
  • 21 New Student Report Date
  • 22-26 New Student Orientation

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

JULY 2009

  • 3 Independence Day (Holiday)
  • 6 Summer Qtr Begins
  • 18 Monterey Historical Walking Tour (Family)
  • 25 Annual Picnic (Family)
  • 31 Jul - 1 Aug - Stanford/Berkeley Tour (Adults 18 yrs and older)

AUGUST 2009

  • 12-16 Montrey County Fair (Family)
  • 21-23 Yosemite National Park (Family)

SEPTEMBER 2009

  • 4 Graduation Dinner Dance (Adults 18 yrs and older)
  • 7 Labor Day (Holiday)
  • 13 Report Date
  • 22-27 Washington D.C. Orientation Tour (Students Only)
  • 25 Graduation