By Kerri Weidler
New summer programs offered by Rider are allowing students to earn credits thousands of miles away from home or from the comfort of their own living rooms.
Over the last few years, Rider’s summer programs have been expanding and evolving to meet the needs of students. The additions of new and international courses, as well as affordable housing are making it easier for students to make the most of their summers.
“We have made a lot of positive changes that not many students are aware of,” said Assistant Dean of the College of Continuing Studies Angela Gonzalez Walker.
This summer, Rider will be offering 10 distance learning courses.
According to Walker, the distance learning classes are well received by students.
“It’s a lot of work because the students need to be interactive, but they like it because they can still keep their own schedules,” said Walker.
Also, students can take the summer Global Encounters courses where they can travel and study in London or China. Destination London is a three-credit study tour that allows students to take trips to many places including Stonehenge, Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon while learning about English history, literature, arts and politics.
Cultural Immersion and Tutoring in China (see page 2: “East Meets West, new course in China”) allows students to travel to China where they will take a one-week Chinese language/culture course, which is followed by a two-week internship where students will serve as English conversation tutors.
Also, for students who wish to take classes at Rider this summer and wish to stay on campus, housing has been made more affordable. For students who are taking at least six credits, the cost is $200 per session for summer housing.
Registration for summer courses starts Monday, March 26, and online registration starts Friday, March 23, at 5 p.m. Two free ice cream events will take place this semester to remind and encourage students to register.