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Friday, March 13 2020 - 09:37
Minerva Establishes Visiting Scholars Year to Support International Students
SAN FRANCISCO, March 13, 2020 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

- Offering support for those impacted by visa, travel restrictions, or other 
issues for the 2020-21 academic year

Minerva Schools at Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) announces a Visiting Scholars 
year ( 
) to enable students who have been accepted into highly selective, 
English-speaking universities to begin their studies uninterrupted. In response 
to recent challenges related to COVID-19, visa restrictions, and other global 
concerns, many leading colleges and universities will be forced to delay, 
defer, or cancel enrollment for students from affected countries.

Minerva's Visiting Scholars year is intended for students who have been 
accepted into a leading college or university, but face enrollment challenges 
to attend in residence for the 2020–21 academic year. In order to begin their 
studies in fall 2020, Visiting Scholars will be able to enroll in Minerva's 
four Foundation Year courses remotely. Minerva Schools are part of KGI, which 
is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College 
and University Commission (WSCUC). As such, course credits may be able to be 
transferred to other higher education institutions. The full year of tuition 
and fees for the Visiting Scholars program at Minerva totals only $15,950.

"Minerva's first year courses are designed to enrich every student. Our 
foundational curriculum focuses on developing critical and creative thinking 
skills, as well as learning and practice in both effective communication and 
interactions," explains Ben Nelson, Founder and CEO of Minerva. "We think 
deeply about international students, as over 80% of the Minerva student body is 
from outside the US. The Visiting Scholars year was created to ensure other 
international students who are prepared for the rigor of the curriculum are not 
forced to curtail their learning during these uncertain times. The Minerva 
academic model is distinctly capable of supporting these students with its 
completely redesigned, remote-enabled, class experience."

Not only are Minerva courses extremely rigorous, but the Forum(TM) virtual 
learning environment offers highly engaging, live, video-based instruction, 
without the need for physical classrooms. The Fully Active Learning methodology 
enabled by Forum includes synchronous, discussion-based seminars taught by 
outstanding and experienced professors in every class session. Visiting 
Scholars will take the same four courses, taught by Minerva faculty, that are 
required for first-year undergraduates at Minerva Schools.

The Visiting Scholars year is designed for remote, online access to the 
first-year curriculum only. Attendance does not include the residential or 
experiential components typical of the Minerva undergraduate program, nor does 
it indicate admission to the Minerva Schools undergraduate degree program. The 
Minerva Visiting Scholars year ( 
) is accepting registrations starting March 12, 2020. 

About Minerva Schools at KGI 
The Minerva Schools at KGI ( 
) offer a reinvented university experience for the brightest, most motivated 
students in the world. Its programs offer an interdisciplinary curriculum with 
rigorous academic standards; an accomplished faculty, versed in the science of 
learning; and an interactive learning platform built with advanced technology. 
Minerva delivers an exceptional liberal arts and sciences education for future 
leaders and innovators across disciplines. The Minerva Schools at KGI were 
established in 2013 with Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) — a Western Association 
of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) 
accredited institution — in alliance with Minerva Project. The groundbreaking 
creation of the Minerva Schools at KGI is detailed in the book Building the 
Intentional University: Minerva and the Future of Higher Education ( 
) (MIT Press). 

For more information contact Junko Green at

SOURCE: Minerva Schools at KGI