Twenty-two international students will visit UTC for a five-week academic program. (Photo: UTC)

Students from across Europe will be traveling to UTC to participate in a five-week academic program.

This the third year UTC has hosted this program.

The Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders from Europe is a program funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by Washington D.C. nonprofit human development organization, FHI 360, UTC’s Center for Global Education Coordinator Patricia Lin-Steadman said.

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There are three cohorts coming to the U.S. and one is coming to UTC, she said.

While the students are here they will participate in morning classes at UTC, leadership seminars, visits to different entrepreneurship’s and businesses.

The students will also get community service experience at places such as American Red Cross, Boys & Girls Club of Chattanooga, Northside Neighborhood House, Salvation Army and Life Care Center of Hixson.

They will have the opportunity to see many local sights Chattanooga has to offer such as Rock City, the Tennessee Aquarium and Lookout games and take one-day trips to Atlanta, Nashville and Huntsville.

On the last week of their stay they will also go on a study tour in New York City and participate in a capstone seminar in Washington D.C., Lin-Steadman said.

“For the Study of U.S. Institutes student leaders, this is a once in a life experience,” Lin-Steadman said. “The whole program is paid for and they not only get to learn from class work but also through the different activities we have planned out for them during the afternoons and weekends. They learn about entrepreneurship from a U.S. and from a Chattanoogan’ perspective.”

The students will have the chance to immerse themselves in U.S. culture while also participating in a homestay experience with a Chattanooga native and be paired with a Study of U.S. Institutes mentor, Lin-Steadman said.

“For the city, given that this is a grant funded by the U.S. Department of State, this a great opportunity to put both UTC and Chattanooga on the map,” Lin-Steadman said. “All the local businesses, attractions, and people we work with will get some type of recognition. Furthermore, this year, we are also catering food from local businesses which also helps with the local economy.”

The 22 student leaders come from 19 different countries including Belarus, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.

Savannah Bennett is a contributing writer. She currently attends UTC where she is a feature writer for the student newspaper, The University Echo. She is a double major in communications and English. Savannah was also a participant in the Disney College Program during the fall of 2017.

Updated at 1:20 p.m. June 25.

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