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Students from five foreign nations will have the opportunity to live and learn in the United States thanks to a new program at Keystone College sponsored by The Professor Jay Nathan, Ph.D. Endowed Cultural Immersion Program Scholarship.

Beginning in the summer of 2016, The Dr. Jay Nathan Endowed Cultural Immersion Program Scholarship will host 5-10 college-aged students from the nations of Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Kozovo, Nepal, and India for a three to four week period. The students will live in Keystone residence halls and participate in educational programs and discussions on campus and throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania. They will also visit other cities such as New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Washington, D.C.

The cultural exchange program is being made possible through funding and expertise provided by Professor Jay Nathan, Ph.D., a long-time resident of Clarks Summit, Pa.

Dr. Nathan has a long and distinguished career in international business and in helping students from poor and developing nations – especially those who are economically disadvantaged – experience the benefits of cultural diversity. Among his accomplishments, Dr. Nathan was a Fulbright Scholar to Kazakhstan and a visiting professor and doctoral adviser at Eurasian National University in Astana, Kazakhstan. He is an Honorable Professor at Karaganda University of Economics in Kazakhstan and is a recognized author and expert on the Kazakhstan economy and culture.

The cultural immersion program will enable international students to visit the United States to improve their English skills and explore this country’s history, government, and culture. They will receive instruction in topics such as reading and vocabulary, writing, grammar, and language. Students will also experience American history and culture through a variety of day and weekend activities locally and in other East Coast cities.

“We are looking forward to hosting students from other nations during the 2016 initial year of The Professor Jay Nathan, Ph.D. Endowed Cultural Immersion Program Scholarship,” said Keystone College President Dr. David Coppola. “We are sure the students will enjoy their experience on our beautiful campus and learn a great deal about life in the United States. Just as important, we will also learn more about their lives and their respective cultures and countries during their time on campus.”

Dr. Nathan developed the idea of a cultural immersion program while in Kazakhstan, a newly developed independent Central Asian nation, during his Senior Fulbright Scholarship. He realized how such a program would help people of different cultures appreciate American life and history. His expertise and involvement helped the project become a reality.

“We are extremely grateful to Dr. Nathan, and looking forward to hosting scholars from Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Nepal and India,” Dr. Coppola said.