The Summer in
Maryland Program (SIM) is administered in conjunction with the English Language Center at
Towson University and provides the opportunity for students from overseas to come to the
United States to improve their conversational English and experience American life and culture first-hand.
An English diagnostic test administered by the English Langauge Center to help
teachers provide appropriate
instruction for each participant's individual level.
English language classes taught by
the professional University faculty of the English Language Center. Students
attend daily classes and weekly conversation group sessions totalling 60 hours of language instruction.
Conversational groups with American students
improve general speaking skills. This practice helps
students gain self confidence speaking in
public and with other students in the program.
On-campus housing and access to Towson University services, including the campus
library, dining halls, athletic facilities, etc. Housing in residence halls is secure with
entry cards and security personnel are available 24
hours per day .
weekdays at Glen Dining Hall, where students can
choose from a variety of menus and can eat as much or little as they desire.
A weekend home stay with
an American family, allowing a unique and wonderful typical American family life experience.
Trips and excursions to Baltimore City, Washington DC, New York
City. (Note: the NYC trip is optional - additional fees may apply.)
A certificate of
completion awarded at the end of the program upon
successful completion of the SIM course.
Two Towson University credits earned at the completion of the program. These credits may be transferrable to a home institution.
Become a Host Family!
The Summer in Maryland Program at Towson University includes a weekend home-stay wherein international student participants are paired with local area American families. The home-stay represents a significant opportunity for cross-cultural sharing outside the classroom, and is often an invaluable experience for both the students and their gracious hosts. It is frequently considered one of the highlights of the program.
Host families are able to learn about foreign cultures and world languages, while at the same time teach and share their American culture and heritage. In addition to learning, sharing, and enjoying time together, lifelong friendships emerge.
To become a host family, please complete the form below and send it to the Towson University's Department of International Contracts.