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Activities and Excursions

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Learning English is more fun when there are interesting activities to share with your new friends at the ALI. Travel to historic places in the region, winter skiing and ice skating, and museum trips are just some of the activities planned throughout the academic year.

Activities for ALI Students

The ALI staff plans events that give ALI students opportunities to learn about life in the United States, both on and off the university campus. We encourage students to check the activity board in Eicher for announcements and to sign up for events. Day trips and longer excursions are planned to cooincide with the seasons throughout the year; and of course, ALI students are encouraged to participate in all IUP campus events.

One-Day Field Trips and Local Attractions

In addition to longer weekend excusions, ALI students visit attractions in the Indiana area. Day trips and activies include: a visit to Smicksburg Amish Country; bowling, skiing and ice skating; pumpkin carving at the local Autumn Festival; a visit to the Jimmy Stewart Museum; and celebrating the end of winter on Groundhog Day.

Pittsburgh University and Cultural Districts

Pittsburgh and the Duquesne Incline

Pittsburgh has been transformed from the time it was known as the “Steel City” into a city of museums and cultural attractions. The Andy Warhol museum, the Frick Art Museum, and Carnegie Science Center are several of the famous attractions in the city. Take the Duquesne Incline for a spectacular view of downtown Pittsburgh.


Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater

Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater

Considered by many people to be one of the best examples of American architecture, Fallingwater was built over a waterfall and incorporated into its woodland surroundings. Originally the summer residence of Pittsburgh’s Kaufmann family, the home is now a museum honoring both the family and Frank Lloyd Wright, the architect who designed it.


Johnstown Flood Museum and Memorial

Downtown JohnstownVisit the Johnstown Flood Museum and Johnstown Flood Memorial to learn more about one of the worst disasters in United States history. The memorial and museum display historic photos, artifacts, exhibits, and models telling the story of the Great Flood of 1889, which nearly destroyed the city of Johnstown.


Grove City Premium Outlets

Grove City Shopping OutletsThis is an open-air shopping mall located in Grove City, Pennsylvania. About 50 miles north of Pittsburgh, Grove City Premium Outlets includes more than 130 brand-name outlet stores, a food court, and one of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ official team stores. It is one of the largest outlet malls in the United States.


Hershey Park

Hershey ParkOpened in 1907 by Milton S. Hershey as a picnic and pleasure grounds for his chocolate factory employees, Hershey Park has more than 65 rides and attractions, featuring 12 roller coasters, live daily entertainment, games, food, and shops. Admission to Hershey Park also includes ZooAmerica, home to more than 200 exotic and endangered animals.


Weekend Excursions

Longer excusions are scheduled over weekends so student class schedules are not disrupted. Trips to other destinations to experience local festivals and national holidays may be scheduled throughout the year in response to student requests.

Springtime in Washington, D.C.

Washington Cherry Blossoms

Enjoy the beauty of the spring season in the U.S. capital. Important sites include Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, and the White House and Houses of Congress. The Smithsonian Institution (the world’s largest museum and research complex) includes 19 museums and galleries and the National Zoological Park.


Niagara Falls in the Summer

Niagara Falls, New York

Visit one of the wonders of North America, Niagara Falls. See the power and majesty of the falls up close. Explore the Niagara Gorge on a variety of hiking trails. Take the Niagara Scenic Trolley Ride or enjoy Niagara Falls State Park. Put on a raincoat for a close-up view of the American and Bridal Veil Falls on the Cave of the Winds.


Autumn Colors in Philadelphia

Philadelphia in Autumn

Visit historic Philadelphia, known as the birthplace of America, during the beautiful fall foilage season. Independence Hall, the National Constitution Center, Elfreth’s Alley, Reading Terminal Market, and the Liberty Bell are just some of the important historic sites to see in Philadelphia.


The ALI reserves the right to cancel a trip or substitute an advertised destination with another location.

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