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The aim of the Country Study program is, over the course of a full academic year, to take a wide-ranging look at a specific country or region under study from its earliest history right up to current events. It is our belief that in order to understand and appreciate other countries and cultures, one needs to employ a broad lens and engage the “other” on a myriad of levels. The program allows faculty and student participants, and community guests to break down stereotypes and connect across cultures. The Year of Country Study program uses a multidisciplinary approach in order to provide our audiences with a richer, more complex sense of place and community.

Academic Programs:
Each academic year the program focuses a series of lectures, performances, exhibits and films on a specific country or world region. These public programs are linked to credit-earning special topics courses. In addition, working with the General Education Council, the program offers a grants program to encourage general education faculty to produce discipline-based modules on the country under study, use them in their own classes, and disseminate them among colleagues. In this way, new instructional units are infused throughout our general education curriculum.

Community Involvement:
All events are free and open to the public. Attendance at the Year of Country Study program averages over 1,500 per year. The program provides valuable networking opportunities between KSU and the international communities of North Georgia. Each year the advisory committee for the program establishes a valuable working relationship with consular officials, business leaders, and expatriates from the country under study. We also work with local school districts to provide professional development opportunities and staff development units to area teachers.

2013-2014 Year of Japan (Academic Year)

2012 - 2013 Year of Ghana (Academic Year)

2011-2012 Year of Peru (Academic Year)

2010-2011 Year of Romania (Academic Year)

2009-2010 Year of Korea (Academic Year)

2008-2009 Year of Turkey (Academic Year)

2007-2008 Year of the Atlantic World (Description)

2006-2007 Year of Kenya (Fall 06) (Kenyan Diaspora Conference) (Bibliography)

2005-2006 Year of China (Fall 05) (Spring 2006) (The SINO-American Education Consortium 2006 Education Trip to the People's Republic of China) (Bibliography)

2004-2005 Year of France (Fall 04) (Spring 05) (Community trip itinerary)

2003-2004 Year of Spain ( Academic Year)

*Kennesaw State University's selection of specific countries within the Year of Country Study Program does not in anyway connote an endorsement of the laws and policies of the country under study.





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