YFU Handbooks - Page 19

to complete the intended degree; 2. expenses for summer session courses to complete degree requirements by the scheduled end of the Degree Program.] Degree Program students electing to take summer courses should consult with their Campus Coordinator to determine the cost of housing, meals, airline penalty fees or cost of new airline ticket, extended health insurance coverage, etc. Status as a YFU student ends after two academic years which is defined as four semesters or six quarters. Degree Program students are subject to the same departure deadline established for all YFU community college students. Year Program. Students accepted into the Year Program will choose one of the following education options: (1) register for one of the college’s established certificate programs; or (2) design an academic or course program (with the help of college academic advisors) with clearly defined objectives. Only two semesters are included in the YFU program (Fall and Spring). Summer enrollment is not expected of YFU students, and would be the student’s expense if he or she chose to enroll in summer courses. ••Option (1). Established certificate programs offer students opportunities to gain knowledge or skills in one specific academic discipline or career field. Students who gain entrance into one of their college’s certificate programs need to submit the required schedule of courses to the Campus Coordinator. ••Option (2). YFU students developing programs related to their academic or career interests will work closely with their Campus Coordinator to construct a comprehensive and integrated plan. Goal setting will be a required part of the program development process. Proposed programs will often require approval from advisors in the chosen area of concentration. plan other ways they can improve their language skills. Goal setting will be a required part of the planning process. College Placement Exams and Other Requirements. YFU college students must respect colleges’ rules and regulations, including those governing student behavior, academic performance, English language proficiency, etc. Any student dismissed from her college because of a violation of the college’s policies will usually be dismissed from the YFU program. All YFU community college students are required to take placement examinations (English, mathematics, basic skills, etc.) once they arrive at their colleges. Transcripts (academic records) and CELT scores sent with the YFU application supplement these results. The types of examinations used at each community college may differ. Colleges require that all students—including YFU students—demonstrate adequate English language skills to take regular college courses. Students who score below mandatory proficiency levels for entrance into regular courses are required to take English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. Students who are required to take intensive ESL instruction will not be permitted to take regular courses. With the approval of the appropriate college dean and the Campus Coordinator, YFU college students taking advanced ESL courses may be allowed to take some regular college courses. Advanced ESL students may be limited to courses which do not require strong English skills. In addition to required placement tests, students may also request permission to take examinations to demonstrate their knowledge of particular subjects. Performing well on placement examinations in specific subjects can demonstrate they are academically prepared to take advanced courses in those subjects. Academic Semester Program. Students in the Academic Semester Program will work closely with their Campus Coordinators to develop a semester schedule focused on specific academic or career interests. Goal setting will be a required part of the course selection process. Alcohol English Language Program. Students in the English Language Program will participate actively in their intensive English language classes and work with their Campus Coordinator and English instructor to YFU college students of legal drinking age should not use alcohol in a manner which is excessive, inappropriate, or embarrassing to themselves, the host family, the college, or Youth For Understanding. The legal drinking age in the US is 21 years. If a student is found to be drinking illegally, program dismissal (see Involuntary Early Return, page 23) will be considered on the basis of the student’s attitude toward the incident and overall adjustment. CCP HANDBOOK - 19