The Intercollegiate Master Program and Cultural Training is designed to give university students from the Pacific Rim the opportunity to increase their English language skills and broaden their knowledge of American culture through classes and practical experiences. The main goal of this program is to get students to actively participate in American life by giving them unique opportunities that otherwise would not be available to them. The program also opens doors for students to make meaningful relationships with Americans during their time in the U.S., with the intent that they will see many perspectives of American culture and return home with a more significant experience. All MITI programs integrate the philosophy of living English to enhance cultural and language skills in a unique way.
- Major-specific courses: Program participants will take a five-week class focusing on their major field of study. Taught by MU professors, these credit-bearing courses allow the students to experience American classroom culture while improving their English skills and major-specific vocabulary. The courses cover topics requested by the home university, and provide students with an authentic American experience, ensuring not only personal growth, but intellectual growth as well.
- Intensive English classes: These classes provide students with a variety of real-life speaking situations, and are designed to be interactive, challenging and fun. The classes are structured to give students a communication experience that differs from what they are used to in their own country. The activities are focused on increasing speaking confidence and professional communication skills. Curriculum includes professional presentations, group discussions, interview projects and written assignments. The classes are designed to create a safe environment for language learning and to build group cohesiveness and leadership skills.
- Academic site visits: Students will visit sites relevant to their coursework and major field of study. In the past, these visits have included the Columbia Sanitary Landfill, Environmental Health and Safety Office, Missouri Department of Conservation and University of Missouri Power Plant.
- Cultural field trips: During the program, students will go on local cultural excursions and will visit other cities near Columbia, possibly including St. Louis, Kansas City, Hermann, Hannibal and Jefferson City.
- American ambassadors: The program opens doors for students to make meaningful relationships with American college students during their time at MU, with the intent that they will see many perspectives of American culture and return home with a more significant global view.