This is the VOA Special English Education Report.
We continue our series of reports about how foreign students
can study at an American college or university. This week, we
report about military education.
One American military college that welcomes foreign students
is the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia. It
is often called V-M-I. The students are called cadets. One-thousand-three-hundred
cadets are attending V-M-I this year.
V-M-I is a four-year military college for men and women. It
considers the learning of self-control to be an important part
of a college education. At V-M-I, new cadets learn from older
ones. One thing the older cadets teach is the honor system.
Cadets must not lie, cheat or steal. They also must not accept
lying, cheating or stealing from any other cadet. Cadets who
violate the honor system are expelled.
Chuck Steenburgh is with the office of public affairs at V-M-I.
He says international students come to V-M-I for the military
environment. This year, forty-three men and women from seventeen
foreign countries are attending V-M-I. They study business,
engineering, computer science, and other subjects. The cost
is about twenty-four-thousand dollars a year.
Another American military college that welcomes foreign students
is The Citadel, in Charleston, South Carolina. It also accepts
both men and women for a four-year program.
There are about one-thousand-nine-hundred undergraduate students
at The Citadel. Public affairs officer Patricia McArver says
the college offers a traditional military education. But, she
says, only thirty-eight per cent of its graduates enter the
military after graduation. She says international students attend
The Citadel to study in a structured environment.This year,
The Citadel has fifty-seven international students from twenty-seven
countries. They are studying mainly business, science, computer
science, mathematics and engineering.
It costs almost twenty-thousand dollars to attend The Citadel
for the first year. After that, the cost drops to about sixteen-thousand
You can use a computer to get more information about these
American military colleges on their Internet Web sites. V-M-I¡¯s
address is w-w-w dot v-m-i dot e-d-u.(www.vmi.edu)
The Citadel can be found at w-w-w dot c-i-t-a-d-e-l dot e-d-u.(www.citadel.edu)
This V-O-A Special English Education Report
was written by Nancy Steinbach, courtesy of VOAnews.com