South Korean Students Visiting Husson University Enjoy Downtown Bangor “Foodie Tour”

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During a walking tour of downtown Bangor, Maine on Thursday, July 2, 2015, students from Kookmin University in Seoul, South Korea, sampled local food specialties and shopping opportunities. For many of the students, this was the first time they ever experienced American cuisine and shopping.

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Students from Kookmin University in Seoul, South Korea sample ice cream at Husson University in Bangor, Maine during their 2014 visit.

Students who develop cultural understanding and sensitivity have a better chance of achieving success in today’s multinational global economy.

Husson University’s Summer English Enrichment (SEE) program offers international students an opportunity to improve their English skills and understanding of American culture. As part of this educational experience, the University took 18 students from Kookmin University in Seoul, South Korea on a tour of downtown Bangor, Maine merchants where they sampled local food specialties and shopping.

Seven local merchants opened their businesses to these international visitors on Thursday, July 2 from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., as part of Husson’s “Downtown Stroll.” The students began their walking tour at Thai Siam and traveled down Main Street. Local merchants that participated in this tour included (in alphabetical order):

  •     The Juice Cellar
  •     Mexicali Blues
  •     Paddy Murphy’s
  •     The Rock and Art Shop
  •     Thai Siam
  •     Umami
  •     Verve

The Summer English Enrichment (SEE) program at Husson University began on June 26 and will run through July 18.

“Downtown Bangor is a rich and vibrant environment for our international guests to explore,” said Colleen Grover, director of international initiatives at Husson University. “The afternoon was not only fun for the students, it also provided local businesses with international exposure as these students share their adventures with family, friends and classmates back home.”

Students participating in Husson’s SEE program spend three hours each morning studying English in a traditional classroom setting. In the afternoon, they participate in activities that allow them put their English skills to use as they learn more about U.S. culture, customs and traditions.

Activities include everything from everyday experiences like riding the bus, visiting restaurants, and shopping, to taking in some of the sights at Acadia National Park. During their stay, students will have the opportunity to visit Freeport and Portland. They’ll even have a chance to test their skills on a ropes course.

The SEE program is part of an ongoing exchange program partnership with Kookmin University.

Kookmin is a private university located in Seongbuk-gu, Seoul, South Korea. It is the sixth largest university in Seoul with approximately 22,000 students, 800 faculty members and an administrative staff of 350 people.

As part of the exchange program, Husson student Taylor Evans studied at Kookmin during the 2014 fall semester. A scholarship from Tom and Mary Martz helped cover her international travel expenses. This year, Evans is one of the directors of the SEE program.

The Office of International Initiatives at Husson University helped create the SEE program and a partnership with Kookmin University. According to Grover, “Initiatives like these are an important part of today’s college experience. Students who develop cultural understanding and sensitivity have a better chance of achieving success in today’s multinational global economy.”

For more than 100 years, Husson University has prepared future leaders to handle the challenges of tomorrow through innovative undergraduate and graduate degrees. With a commitment to delivering affordable classroom, online and experiential learning opportunities, Husson University has come to represent superior value in higher education. Our Bangor campus and off-campus satellite education centers in Southern Maine, Wells and Northern Maine provide advanced knowledge in business; health and education; pharmacy studies; science and humanities; as well as communication. In addition, Husson University has a robust adult learning program. For more information about educational opportunities that can lead to personal and professional success, visit

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