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The Spanish Speaking Program (SSP) was established in 1972 as an initiative to provide access to higher education to Limited English Proficient (LEP) students. Through this program the students are offered college courses in Spanish during the first two years of their curriculum. Each semester the program offers subjects equivalent to the General Education component. These courses allow the students to make progress in their studies while they acquire the necessary knowledge of English through the English as a Second Language Program (ESL). During the Junior and Senior years the students continue their academic major in English becoming mainstream students.
In addition, the Spanish Speaking Program offers an arry of services aimed at improving academic performance, including:
- Academic Advisement (day and evening)
- Tutorial Services
- Library Resource Center
- Seminars, group discussions, focus groups, workshops
- Planning and implementation of cultural activities
- International academic exchange program
- Faculty advisement to student organizations
- Information Dissemination
- Collaboration with programs and departments in and out of the institution
- National and International Conferences
- Translation services of institutional documents
- Recruitment of students
- Employment outside of the university through Co-op Internships and Apprenticeships
With more aggressive recruitment efforts currently underway, it is our aim to increase student population and to continue serving the Hispanic community.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the SPANISH SPEAKING PROGRAM?
The program provides access to higher education to Hispanic Limited English Proficient students (LEP). Students are offered college courses in Spanish during the first two years of their curriculum. These courses allow the students to make progress in their studies while they acquire the necessary knowledge of English through the English as a Second Language Program (ESL).
What are the requirements to apply through the SPANISH SPEAKING PROGRAM?
1. The student must be Hispanic Limited English Proficient. Application for freshman admissions. The student must enter the code “SSP” as Special Admissions Program, pay the application fee and submit the application to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at Kean..
2. Secondary school official transcript or GED equivalent. Foreign documents must be translated and notarized.
3. The student’s secondary academic record should include at least 16 college preparatory courses, including:
English (4); mathematics (3); history (2); Lab. science (2); electives in social studies, sciences, mathematics or foreign languages (5). No SAT scores required.
What if I do not have the required 16 college preparatory courses?
Do not get discouraged!. You can apply to a community college, complete 30 credits and then apply to Kean University as a Transfer student.
What services does the SPANISH SPEAKING PROGRAM provide?
1. Academic advisement and support services to freshman and sophomore students.
2. Academic advisement and support services to all Spanish speaking LEP students seeking admissions as transfer, post baccalaureate majors (PBM) and second degrees.
3. Tutoring, internships and other opportunities.
Is financial aid available?
SSP candidates are encouraged to apply for financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine if you are eligible for any funding support. To apply for financial aid on line, go to the FAFSA website, www.fafsa.ed.gov. If you need help filling the form stop by the office (J-106) and one of the student ambassadors will assist you.