BRAC University’s (BRACU) Residential Semester (RS) at Savar campus is unique amongst higher education experiences in Bangladesh. The RS offers a holistic curriculum based on the principle of ‘experiential learning’, which cultivates a broad range of soft skills and qualities, to compliment the theoretical development that students undergo.
The curriculum’s intensive programs (delivered mainly in English) help to develop rounded individuals, whose improved leadership skills, ability to independently face challenges, and proficiency in English will better prepare them to face the challenges of higher education (and eventually give them a competitive edge in the job market).
The Residential Semester takes place at a specially designed campus in Savar, which provides a support system that aids students in becoming confident and self-reliant. For many students, living on campus is the first time they have lived away from home, so the Residential Semester emphasises four areas (that facilitate the adaptation process and foster the values detailed above):
- Improving communications skills, especially in English.
- Creating a strong sense of social responsibility and an awareness of each other’s rights and responsibilities as members of society and citizens of a nation.
- Developing firm principles that guide students in all of their actions, whether in the personal, social, or public spheres, and teaching them to respect one another.
- Providing a holistic education, through academic, extracurricular and experiential activities.