MSA will not provide any test-oriented English training for students to apply for foreign university admissions. In MSA, students will be immersed in English learning and using environment, the English support program ESL will also help students establish a solid language foundation. With the online learning platform, students can autonomously learn TOEFL, SAT, ACT, and other standardized test courses.
In MSA, there are four phases in each semester:
• Orientation Week: With a duration of one week, it aims to initiate the establishment of MSA culture and the teacher-student relationship, formulate the regulations of MSA through the joint efforts made by teachers and students, and match the students with their mentors;
• Boost Weeks: With a duration of three weeks, students are expected to adapt to the new learning methods and school lives through immersive and intense learning experience; they will be hopeful about their future development in MAS via intensive experience; and they will plan for the whole semester to select courses in Regular Weeks;
• Regular Weeks: With a duration of 11 weeks, it will provide students with various courses covering all academic fields to meet their learning demands; Moonshot community will be constructed by teachers and students together; and the mentors will update and adjust the OKR on a regular basis;
• Celebration Weeks: with a duration of three weeks, student-initiated PBL projects will be carried out and the periodical results of the semester will be demonstrated.
In MSA, our faculty, experts in their own academic fields, have been trained on teaching expertise; the student-faculty ratio is around 7:1 when the number of students in a campus reaches its limitation (300 students).
In MSA, while the curriculum system does not directly support the cultivation of students' specialties that are at high professional levels, students in MSA still enjoy bigger room for development compared with whom in traditional schools. They could communicate with their mentors, and choose courses of MSA according to their future development. Meanwhile, MSA will also seek excellent social resources for students to support their individual development.
When the forms of offline learning are interactive project- or discussion- based learning rather than one-way teaching, the physical space should be redesigned. Therefore, MSA works with Crossboundaries, a top architectural office, to redefine the learning environment.
In MSA, a standardized learning space will cover an area of about 5,000 square meters and accommodate 300 students for learning. The per capita usable area of the space is about 15 square meters, more than three times that of the joint office space. Compared with classrooms in traditional schools, the space of MSA is more like the offices of Google Inc., and it supports self-study & preview, project-based learning, experiment & hands-on operation, conference & discussion-based learning, artistic creation, fitness, recreation and other scenes.
With strategic cooperation with “Shixiseng”, the largest domestic platform for interns, MSA provides students with the information and resource platform for interns. Mentors will assist students to explore the directions for internship and the targeted enterprises. However, students should pass the interviews to obtain the internships through their own efforts.
In MSA, the dormitory is not only a place for "sleep", but also an important scene in the establishment of the Moonshot community culture and lifestyle. Therefore, MSA works with the domestic top designers of associated-living space to design the dormitories, and create an independent accommodation in a pattern of associated-living space around the campus.
MSA will offer several shuttle buses commuting between the campus and the dormitories from Monday to Friday to ensure a convenient and safe commutation for students.
Accommodation life is an important scene for establishing the Moonshot community culture and lifestyle, and the implementation of many activities takes dorm life as the carrier. Therefore, new students are required to lodge in MSA for the first academic year. If there are any physical or psychological problems, it is necessary to communicate with MSA to find a solution together.
MSA will establish dining space for serving the three meals of a day both in the campus and the dormitories. Both the campus and dormitories locate in the zones with comprehensive infrastructures, such as shopping malls, restaurants, supermarkets and so on, and students could also eat out of the academy.
Life instructors will initiate various activities relevant to accommodation within a semester. For example, your classmates, teachers and you could be grouped to design and decorate your dorm, cook or taste foods around the world in the living-space of MSA, or hold a party of reading or viewing together, and you could even apply for launching an activity together with your instructors. It's up to you.