A Bold Idea – rewarding academic credit for hardworking students
A Bold Experience – intensive summer academic training with rich culture & history as well
With Bold Rewards – provides academic and cultural immersion experience to better equip those who want to study in US private high school, college or university.
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BOLD USA is a 3-week summer academic institute for international students. We offer 2 diverse academic subjects: COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT and AMERICAN LITERATURE. Each class is taught in English by certified American teachers.
2018 Summer Session Dates: Sunday, July 15- Sunday, August 5
ARE YOU READY TO BE BOLD?
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Do you have hopes of studying in a US high school, college or university?
Are you ready to challenge yourself academically and culturally in this English immersive setting?
Are you ready to learn in a collaborative classroom designed to strengthen your communication, collaboration, critical thinking and problem-solving skills?
BECOME BOLD — JOIN US AT BOLD USA
Accepting the challenge to BECOME BOLD is a brave step to securing your future. BOLD USA offers international students the opportunity to earn academic credit to an accredited top 50 private Christian School in the United States. With an excellent academic reputation, Plumstead Christian School has been educating bright minds since 1948.
BOLD USA is an excellent pre-immersion experience for those who have goals and dreams to study in a US private high school, college, or university. Learn from innovative and creative teachers and experience first-hand what it will be like to study in the US. To be BOLD takes courage and you will be glad you did!
- Learn in an American style classroom taught by certified American teachers.
- Improve your English grammar and conversational skills in this ALL ENGLISH learning environment.
- Earn high school academic credit from an accredited US private high school!
- Receive 1 free one-on-one evaluation feedback session with a international educational consultant.
- Experience the rich history and culture of America through our weekend trips and events.
- Experience curriculum enhancing trips to solidify and connect to your academic learning
- Improve your conversational English speaking and presentation skills
- Receive a certificate certifying the course taken and high school credit earned.
- Take the confidence learned through this pre-immersion experience to consider studying for longer terms in a US private high school, college or university.
Develop and apply crucial education skills such as collaboration, critical thinking, improved writing, reading, public speaking and presentation skills along with improving your conversational English language skills.
BOLD USA Executive Director: Steve Haines 267-261-4098, Advantage-USA@comcast.net, WeChat: SteveHaines
BOLD USA Academic Dean: Patrick Fitzpatrick
BOLD USA Program Details
BOLD USA students should possess English language fluency sufficient to learn course material taught in English, be able to respond to teacher questions and prompts in English or conduct themselves in conversation and discussion using English speaking skills. We understand language proficiency does vary from student to student but this would not be an appropriate program for those who cannot understand spoken English nor for someone who cannot speak in English.
Successful completion of the coursework is determined by the grades earned as the result of student assessment and evaluation by the lead instructor and from the guidance of the Academic Dean. Form of assessment may include, but not limited to, written student response, verbal response, project based work (independent or group), classroom participation or other. Upon earning a passing grade (C- or better) student will be provided with a certificate and transcript document indicating the successful completion, name of course completed, outline of course syllabus, name of certifying instructor and accredited school, name of Academic Dean and amount of credit earned.
We cannot guarantee students will earn a passing grade. There are no refunds provide for any reasons, including student withdrawal (sickness or other), expulsion or due to poor academic or behavior performance. Any student expelled for disciplinary reasons from the BOLD USA program may NOT remain on campus. Any incurred expenses related to such disciplinary campus and program removal shall be at the expense of the student and their family. All students must sign a student code of conduct at the time of registration.
Students are expected to purchase STUDENT TRAVEL INSURANCE that is approved and recommended by BOLD USA (available from our website). This insurance is for the protection of the student in the unlikely event they become sick or injured while in the program. This policy also includes repatriation possibilities should the student need to return back home. Please check and read all details and exclusions to the policy.
Summer 2018 Sunday, July 15-Sunday, August 5 | Tuition $4,495
- Students are expected to arrive on campus between 3:00-5:00 p.m. on July 15
- Students must depart the campus by 10:00 a.m. on August 5th.
- Comparative Government (View the course description) (PDF) [Coming soon!]
- American Literature (View the course description) (PDF) [Coming soon!]
EARLY BIRD: SAVE $300!
To qualify and receive the Early bird discount rate of $4,195 registration and deposit must be completed by January 30.
The following steps must be taken:
- Register Online and pay the required $200 deposit (by January 30th) (please note that $250 of this deposit is NON-REFUNDABLE but total amount will be deducted from your final balance due)
- Email a photo of your passport to Advantage-USA@comcast.net
- Contact us once your tourist visa has been approved.
Once the deposit, registration and passport photo is received, we will send student a VISA INVITATION LETTER. The student shall take valid passport, visa invitation letter to apply for the B1/B2 Visitor Visa (for those countries who do not have a VISA waiver relationship with the United State. (A list of countries recognized as VISA WAIVER countries coming soon)
Deposit and Registration
If you miss or do not want to qualify for the Early Bird Discount, follow these simple steps:
- Click this Register online NOW: Register Online Now!
- Pay $200 deposit at time of registration. (this is NON-REFUNDABLE)
- Email or Wechat a photo of your passport to Advantage-USA@comcast.net WeChat:Stevehaines
Once the deposit, registration and passport photo is received, we will send student a VISA INVITATION LETTER. The student shall take valid passport, visa invitation letter to apply for the B1/B2 Visitor Visa (for those countries who do not have a VISA waiver relationship with the United States).
Currently, 35 countries participate in the Visa Waiver Program, as shown below:
|Germany||the Netherlands||United Kingdom|
Tuition Price includes: room and board, all classroom instruction, and materials, use of text books and provided learning materials. Price also includes all scheduled, non-optional, trips that are listed in the itinerary including admission fees and transportation
NOT INCLUDED: Airfare to/from BOLD USA. Airport pick up or drop off (USA or international origin of departure or return). (SEE TRAVEL ARRANGEMENT SECTION) Required passport or visa fees. Student travel insurance. Personal expense money for laundry, snacks, souvenirs, optional planned or scheduled activities, etc. It should also be expected that students may have two or three self-pay weekend lunches when the group is off campus.
Collaborative Student Projects – BOLD USA utilizes progressive, practical, and complimentary learning environments to support to 21st century educational skills. We seek to provide deep and meaningful curricular connections through collaborative student projects. The teacher assigned topics require deeper investigation, research, collaboration and applied critical thinking application by students. Project groups will be expected to exercise good presentation, public speaking, research, and problem-solving skills as they seek to provide practical solutions to complex problems.
CULTURAL, EDUCATIONAL & FUN WEEKEND TRIP ADVENTURES
Several pre-planned weekend trips have been planned. The cost of these trips (transportation, admission, and entrance fees) are included in the cost of tuition. BOLD USA campers will be reminded to bring spending money with them for any additional food, snacks, and souvenirs they may want. Visiting all the scheduled trip locations depends on the which session is attended and factors such as weather, crowds, or other unforeseen things. Several of these off-campus trips may require self-pay lunches such as when touring in the city or to the beach. Students will be informed of these meal expenses. There may also be OPTIONAL weeknight or weekend excursion trips that are NOT planned or listed on the itinerary. These optional trips are student self-pay trips if they care to attend. Costs of these events will be announced to the students and sign up for these trips are optional.
A historical trip of AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE and LIBERTY and the formation of government. Campers will travel back in time to experience and feel the historic wonder of America’s legendary fight for independence in 1776 as they visit nearby historic Philadelphia. They will visit the birthplace the US Constitution, see the Liberty Bell, experience the culture and charm of the Reading Terminal Market, tour the U.S. Mint, visit Chinatown and more. While in the city, we will visit one of America’s great universities: University of Pennsylvania.
A visit to our nation’s capital includes views of The White House, US Capitol, The Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials, National Monument and hopefully a meeting with a PA state Senator or Congressional Representative. This trip is also an application of applied knowledge to make deeper connections to curriculum studied during the course work.
NEW YORK CITY
Always a favorite destination, a trip to the ‘Big Apple’ This trip includes a stop at the reflection pools at the site of the World Trade Center, a walk down to Battery Park to view the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, South Street Seaport, The United Nations, East Side Tenement House, Fifth Avenue, Central Park, the Trump Towers and of course a stroll through the famous Times Square.
EXPERIENCE AMERICA’S FAVORITE PASTIME SPORT
Campers will enjoy a minor league baseball game in the scenic riverside stadium in Trenton, New Jersey to see the New York Yankees AAA affiliate team – the Trenton Thunder. Campers can enjoy a grilled hot dog, an exciting baseball game and watch the sun go down across the Delaware River! It is picture perfect American event.
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY & OTHER UNIVERSITY VISITS
Located just 20 minutes from Cairn University, Princeton University has a world-renowned reputation. We will take a casual stroll through the famous campus.
We also hope to visit University of Pennsylvania and Delaware Valley University.
Who doesn’t love shopping for great bargains at the outlets? The Jackson New Jersey is one of the most popular outlet shopping plazas around.
NEW JERSEY BEACHES
Americans love to spend time at the beach playing in the water, enjoying the sand, surf and more. The beach will be a relaxing day to enjoy in nice weather and with nice friends. This trip may require a self-pay lunch.
Take a look at the proposed daily itinerary (PDF) [Coming soon!]
Whereas participation in BOLD USA is voluntary, campers and parents need to understand that students are expected to abide by a sensible Student Code of Conduct. We will work hard to instill a sense of community within the camp. Towards that end, we expect campers and staff to work together in a spirit of mutual respect. Each camper needs to accept responsibility for his/her own actions but should also look out for the best interest of others as well. We understand that even good kids may make a bad decision or use poor judgment at times, and we will address those situations with care and concern for each individual involved. However, there are those extreme situations when campers will not be given a second chance and may be asked to leave BOLD USA.
The following are types of things that will not be tolerated: use of illegal drugs or alcohol, threats or acts of violence or aggression, stealing, leaving dormitory or campus without staff supervision and after curfew hours, consistent disrespect and disobedience, any inappropriate sexual relations. We will work very hard to handle each situation with care and concern and certainly do not expect any problems. Parent and camper must sign the behavioral contract on the registration form that clearly indicates that if a camper were to be asked to leave BOLD USA as a consequence for bad behavior, it would be at the sole expense of the family to immediately book and pay for a return flight. Student will be removed from campus and no tuition would be refunded. Please speak to your child in advance of departure so they understand these expectations.
Agreeing to this code of conduct is required at the time of registration and is considered a legal and binding agreement.
Those students who are not traveling as part of an organized group must arrange their own air travel to the United States. We have 3 international airports near us:
– Newark Liberty (EWR) 1 hour
– Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) 30 minutes
– John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK 2.5 hours)- because this is the furthest away from campus, although it may have less expensive flight options the airport pick up and drop off is most expensive.
Travel arrangements and all related costs (including airport pick up and drop off) are NOT included and must be arranged prior to travel. Students can find their own airport pick up and drop off transportation or we can provide for the following rates:
– Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) : $95 each way/ $180 round trip
– Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR): $105 each way/ $200 round trip
– John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK): $295 each way/ $565 round trip
*We can provide special pricing for groups of 5 or more students who are traveling together on the same flights. Please contact us at: Advantage-USA@comcast.net
It is very important for registering families to communicate all established travel plans at least 4 weeks prior to the start of your registered session.
Missing a flight or connecting flight. Once we have booked for and established airport transportation arrangements, those become a paid expense and no refunds will be given. If, for any reason, a traveling camper misses their originally scheduled flight or a connecting flight which causes previously established airport transportation to be cancelled or rescheduled, the cost to do so will be the full responsibility of the traveling campers’ family. Due to circumstances beyond our control, these rescheduled arrangements may come at an expense greater than those listed above. This expense must be paid for by the family of the traveling student.
Early Arrivals and Late Departures – We are unable to accept any early arrivals or accommodate late departures different from what is listed as the start and end dates & times of the sessions. We can provide a list of convenient hotels should some be traveling in advance or staying after the end of the summer institute.
BOLD USA is held at Cairn University located at 200 Manor Ave, Langhorne PA 19047. Cairn University was established in 1913.
Students live in air-conditioned dormitories. Each room is shared by 2 students and 2 connecting rooms complete a suite with a shared bathroom. Separate laundry facilities are located in each dormitory. The 115-acre campus also has a beautiful athletic center, tennis courts, playing fields, trees, trails, a pond, and easy access to some of our country’s greatest historical landmarks.
There will be some self-pay lunch meals when we are off campus on some day trips. We will let students know when those will occur. We suggest that campers travel with additional discretionary spending money. Every person’s spending habits are different. Please discuss with your child how they will/should spend the money they travel with. We recommend that each camper travels with between $400 and $700 in American currency. We will not tell campers how they can spend their money. We expect that all families will discuss spending habits prior to their arrival at camp. In addition, we recommend families send campers with a Visa/Debit purchasing card.
We highly recommend that students travel with a lap top. This will be necessary to complete academic coursework as well as conduct research for student projects. The campus does have wifi. We also suggest students bring a portable USB drive to share documents and work.
Advantage-USA has been designing and running domestic summer camps for more than 25 years (under the parent company Camp Concepts www.CampConcepts.org) President and owner Steve Haines is a career educator and the founder of Advantage-USA which also runs HORIZONS USA (for more than 10 years) a summer immersion camp for children ages 10-16. He is also serves as International Educational Consultant helping students find their ‘right fit’ school in America. Advantage-USA is an international educational consulting company that is authorized to place qualified international student seeking to attend Plumstead Christian School. www.Advantage-USA.org
BOLD USA Executive Director: Steve Haines, 267-261-4098, Advantage-USA@comcast.net
BOLD USA Academic Dean: Patrick Fitzpatrick
To reach us by business mail ONLY:
P.O. Box 304
Jamison, Pa. 18929
WeChat the Executive Director: SteveHaines
MEET US IN CHINA? Mr. Haines and Mr. Fitzpatrick will be making student recruiting trips to China. Reach out to us, let us know where you live and we can try to meet you in person.
Suggested Packing List
CLOTHING: Average summer temperatures in eastern Pennsylvania range from 80 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and 65-75 degrees at night. Dorm rooms are air conditioned.
Toilet kit for personal hygiene products
Small backpack for weekend day trips
Necessary converter/adapter for US electricity current.
Please be selective when deciding to bring irreplaceable valuables with you to camp. We cannot be responsible for lost or stolen items.
Personal Listening Devices: Laptops, iPads, and Phones
We encourage students to bring their laptops for to accomplish academic assignments. We also remind campers that they are responsible for these valuable items.
Luggage Weight & Packing Restrictions
Most airlines restrict the number of bags and the total weight of the luggage. Please check with your airline as to their packing limitations.
A typical weekday schedule may look like
BOLD USA instructional courses take place on Monday-Friday.
7:45 wake up
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Classroom Session 1
11:30-11:50 free time or meet with teacher
12:30-3:30 Classroom Session 2
3:30-5:00 *Collaborative Project Preparation / Symposium or Special Guest Speakers
5:00-5:30 Free time
6:30-7:45 Monday: Project Group Planning
Tuesday: Project Group Planning
Wednesday: Project Group Symposium Practice
Thursday: Student Study Hall- required of all BOLD USA students
Friday: Free time- Fun activity
8:00-10:00 Free time or planned or optional on- or off-campus activity or trip
10:00 Dormitory- quiet hours begin at 10:30 p.m.
11:00 Lights Out
* Collaborative Student Projects – BOLD USA utilizes progressive, practical and complimentary learning environments to support to 21st century educational skills. We seek to provide deep and meaningful curricular connections through collaborative student projects. The teacher assigned topics require deeper investigation, research, collaboration and applied critical thinking application by students. Project groups will be expected to exercise good presentation, public speaking, research and problem-solving skills as they seek to provide practical solutions to complex problems.
8:30 a.m. Wake up
8:30 a.m. Wake up
This schedule is given as a reference for a typical day at BOLD USA. Specific times may vary to accommodate for any needed changes or reasons. Students will be informed and reminded of all schedules and expectations.