In 2007 the Penn State New Kensington Campus began a “Country of Focus” study program. This program was intended to give our students glimpses into the richness and diversity of a foreign culture, to complement the campus’ active student travel program, and to help our students grow into “World Citizens.” Past countries of focus include Brazil, China, Ecuador, India, Spain, Kenya and Tanzania, Ireland and the United Kingdom, Canada, and Turkey.
The International Committee is responsible for the selection of the Country of Focus and for coordinating a schedule of associated campus events. Every year a series of speakers, films, food events, and dance and musical performances focus on aspects of our chosen country. A number of faculty also develop assignments and readings for their courses that focus on our chosen country, and when possible, we select a first year summer reading program book that is based in our selected country. The staff of Blissell Library work provides many resources to support these projects.