International Partner Visits Sacramento State
Kyung Hee University Celebrates American Language & Culture Program

Dr. Stephen Yong-Seung Park joins students in the American Language and Culture program on a field trip to the California State Capitol.

The American Language & Culture (ALC) program at Sacramento State saw its largest enrollment in spring 2016 with 55 students, thanks in part to a successful partnership with Kyung Hee University in Seoul, South Korea.

The university’s dean, Dr. Stephen Yong-Seung Park, paid a visit to our campus in January to discuss the possibility of creating and implementing more programs at Sac State to attract international students. “When it comes to education, I enjoy developing creative initiatives, such as integrating a career component into academia or directing students toward making social contributions during their time as a student or after graduation,” Dr. Park says.

In addition to enrolling in the American Language and Culture program, a handful of Dr. Park’s students also travel to Indonesia every winter as part of an intercultural exchange, and they visit Korean companies to learn about various career paths. “I’m interested in ensuring that all students have a good sense of corporate socio-responsibility, but I believe that the university as a whole has an obligation to also be socially conscious.”

Dr. Park toured Sac State’s campus and was greatly impressed when he learned that the WELL earned a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification from the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. He also remarked how the Fit for Green ellipticals, which return residual energy back into the grid, exhibit the technological innovation that makes Sac State unique.

Dr. Park believes that striving for diversity and internationalization should be integral to every university’s mission and purpose. “From what I’ve seen, Sac State’s commitment to diversity, internationalization and sustainability shows that we share the same spirit.”

The American Language and Culture program is hosted by the College of Continuing Education. For more information, please visit