The Summer in
Maryland Program (SIM) works in conjunction with the English Language Center at
Towson University to provide
an opportunity for students from other countries to come to the
United States to improve their conversational English. SIM students
also experience American life and culture.
Highlights of the Summer in Maryland program include
English language classes are taught by
professional university faculty of the English Language Center. Students
will attend daily classes and a weekly conversation sessions with a total of
60 hours of instruction, which encourages confidence of speaking English.
diagnostic test of spoken English is administered to help
instruction for the individual level.
American students meet
with SIM students to participate in conversational groups,
that will improve general speaking skills. This practice helps
the student to gain self confidence speaking in
public and with other students in the program.
Students live on campus
in university housing and have access to the campus
library, dining hall, etc. Housing is secure with
entry cards and security personnel available 24
hours per day.
Lunches are provided
weekdays at Glen Dining Hall, where students can
choose from a variety of menus and can eat all they
Students attend a weekend home stay with
American families to experience typical American life.
Trips and excursions to Baltimore City, Washington DC, New York
City (optional- extra fees may apply) are offered as
part of the SIM experience.
A certificate of
completion is awarded at the end of the program with
successful completion of the SIM course.
Students earn two
credits transferred to their home institution
from Towson University.
Become a Host Family!
Towson University's "Summer in Maryland English Program" weekend
pairs students from different countries with American families.
The program represents a significant step toward achieving a true
intercultural experience life in a "typical" American home.
You will be able to: Learn about other cultures, teach
international students about American culture, give your family the
opportunity of meeting students from around the world, help
students to have a unique experience in the US, practice a non
native language, start a new friendship that could last forever....
To become a host family you will need to complete the form bellow
and send it to us.
"When I arrived in Towson I had many ways to think about my life. When I left Towson and now I have one point of view about everything, the right view. I found myself there, my way to drive my life. Now I have friends in South Korea, Italy, USA, France...
That was my experience, how it's gonna be yours?"
—Joao Ramil (Brasil).