Courses

Our students choose any two courses on the following pages, one as a MAJOR course and one as a MINOR (WORKSHOP in New York, Boston, and at UCLA). Major courses meet six mornings a week and, depending on the course, include in-class time for fieldwork, labs, workshops, guest speakers, group discussions, and one-on-one instruction. They also include homework and require project and preparation time outside of class. Minor courses meet three afternoons a week, with no homework and all work contained within the class session. A Minor course offers a sample of a different subject than the Major and most students find their Minor a welcome opportunity to try a new subject for the first time.

Humanities

  • Using America’s oldest university and the revolutionary hotbed that was Boston as archives, students get to grips with the primary sources that map out the making of the world’s superpower. They study its triumphs – democracy, freedom, mass-immigration, assimilation, westward expansion, startling economic growth. At the same time they come to terms with its failures – the treatment of Native Americans, the enduring nightmare of slavery, and the violence of civil war.

  • Students become historical detectives as they reconstitute the daily lives of ancient civilizations through a mixture of lab work, investigating artifacts in museums such as the Pitt Rivers, and visits to local digs. They learn how to read evidence and design their own research projects, even exploring how an archeologist of the future might view us.

  • The city’s museums and galleries become classrooms as students move between the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, and the Guggenheim, and from paintings and sketches to sculptures and installations, learning how to read works of art and familiarizing themselves with the range of tools historians have developed to assess, analyze, and critique art.

    This course introduces students to Classical, Medieval, Renaissance, Romantic, Realist, Impressionist, and Modernist art. Working in museums, students learn how to read masterpieces by Michelangelo, da Vinci, David, Delacroix, Manet, Rodin, and Monet, as well as important works by prominent Surrealist, Cubist, and Pop artists. They take regular advantage of the city’s remarkable resources, including the Louvre, Centre Pompidou, and Musée d’Orsay.

    Through frequent visits to museums and galleries to study canonical works, students receive a broad introduction to major schools of art and art theory, with special emphasis placed upon exploring a variety of critical and analytical approaches. Students learn to read works of art and analyze them according to different historical, cultural, and visual criteria.

    Through frequent visits to museums and galleries to study canonical works, students receive a broad introduction to major schools of art and art theory, with special emphasis placed upon exploring a variety of critical and analytical approaches. Students learn to read works of art and analyze them according to different historical, cultural, and visual criteria.

  • This course explores some of the key moments in British history from Roman times to Brexit. Alongside carefully planned visits, students use primary, literary, archeological, and artistic evidence to analyze the contexts of epoch-defining events in British history.

    A tour through the most dramatic and pivotal moments of British History, exploring off the beaten track to examine the forgotten, the strange, and the controversial. From Pictish warlords to Reformation heretics, through questing knights, witches, spies, scientists, sportsmen, and soldiers, to the ordinary men and women engaged in shaping ‘Britain’ and the British past. The course will examine how Britain was constructed, politically, economically, and culturally, and will explore the tensions this created to provide an understanding of Britain and its historical presence in the 21st century.

  • This course examines the literature, philosophy, history, art, and scientific thought of Ancient Greece and Rome. From readings of classical authors to tours of the Ashmolean and local Roman sites, students receive an imaginative introduction to Greco-Roman civilization, and explore why the classical world has been admired for millennia, and how it continues to influence society today.

  • Taking inspiration from the city’s quirky history students seek to master different genres. They experiment with comedy, drama, horror, realism, satire, and tragedy, as well as memoir and poetry. They also tackle technical principles like characterization, dialogue, and narrative structure. One day is dedicated to the machinations of publication. Topics include copy-editing and manuscript preparation in different media. Students leave Oxford with a budding corpus of work.

    Taking inspiration from the city’s quirky history students seek to master different genres. They experiment with comedy, drama, horror, realism, satire, and tragedy, as well as memoir and poetry. They also tackle technical principles like characterization, dialogue, and narrative structure. One day is dedicated to the machinations of publication. Topics include copy-editing and manuscript preparation in different media. Students leave Oxford with a budding corpus of work.

  • How might the rise of the “selfie stick” be related to the popularity of first-person video games? What does our obsession with professional sports say about us? And why exactly is Kim Kardashian famous? This course analyzes the strange phenomena that define contemporary society through radical postmodern philosophy. Students will be challenged to engage with writers from Jean Baudrillard to Slavoj Zizek as a means of critically reassessing the world around them.

    How might the rise of the “selfie stick” be related to the popularity of first-person video games? What does our obsession with professional sports say about us? And why exactly is Kim Kardashian famous? This course analyzes the strange phenomena that define contemporary society through radical postmodern philosophy. Students will be challenged to engage with writers from Jean Baudrillard to Slavoj Zizek as a means of critically reassessing the world around them.

    To what extent do people unconsciously take on ideas from the society in which they were raised? Are we all unwitting products of forces we did not choose? This university-level course combines philosophy with critical theory to examine why the world is the way it is. Students call on a range of thinkers to analyze the political and societal trends that define the 21st century. They learn to interrogate information, discuss controversial topics sensitively, and construct persuasive arguments.

  • Students learn the history of Empires, from the Akkadian to the Mongol to the Third Reich. But they also interrogate the concept of Empire itself. What, if anything, do Empires have in common? Do all Empires share fundamental characteristics? How are they established and why do they collapse? Calling on examples from the contemporary to the ancient worlds, students cross disciplinary boundaries and blend subjects as diverse as anthropology, drama, and the social sciences.

  • Guided by a member of the English faculty, students are introduced to some of the greatest writers and poets in the canon. Every day they discover and learn how to analyze a scene, chapter, speech, soliloquy, or poem drawn from a classic before situating it in the author’s broader oeuvre and literary history.

    Guided by a member of the English faculty, students are introduced to some of the greatest writers and poets in the canon. Every day they discover and learn how to analyze a scene, chapter, speech, soliloquy, or poem drawn from a classic before situating it in the author’s broader oeuvre and literary history.

    This course examines some of the great works of English literature amidst the evocative surroundings of Oxford. Students engage with a wealth of writers in the literary pantheon to improve their skills in close reading and clear, informed writing. Each student engages in a close study of a Shakespeare play and presents a special project in the final week.

    This course examines some of the great works of English literature amidst the evocative surroundings of Cambridge. Students engage with a wealth of writers in the literary pantheon to improve their skills in close reading and clear, persuasive writing. Each student engages in a study of a Shakespeare play and presents a special project in the final week.

  • 1789 revolutionized the language of politics just as industrialization was beginning to revolutionize the way mankind lived. Working from primary sources, students discover how different parts of Europe reacted to these twin challenges, focusing on revolutions, on the devastating conflicts that, so often, pitted new against old and, in the twentieth century, descended into madness and mass murder. At the same time they discover how society adapted to change, with the emergence of universal education, parliamentarianism, and massconsumerism. As a final project, students debate the future of Europe in the wake of Brexit and the ongoing refugee crisis.

  • This course covers the major political and social movements that have shaped European history. Using Paris as their monumental archive, students unravel the forces that spawned the continent’s Roman, Medieval, Revolutionary, and Napoleonic moments. They move on to assess the twentieth century and the development of the European Union. Daily readings and debates held at historic sites bring the past to life. 

  • Students enhance their own expatriate experience by dialoging with the great writers, artists, and musicians who once traveled great distances to call Paris home. Focusing on the twentieth century, this course traces the Parisian terrain of expats such as Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Picasso, Julia Child, and David Sedaris, exploring how and why Paris proved such a fertile breeding ground for their diverse forms of creativity. The most important “textbook” is Paris itself, which is studied via visits to the museums, cafés, markets, and bookstores that inspired these illustrious emigrés.

  • This course teaches participants how to analyze, critique, and understand cinema. The ambitious syllabus covers movies from the 1920s to the present. Topics include the techniques, genres, and narratives associated with cinema, as well as the principal aesthetic, industrial, and technological developments in its history. Participants come away with a refined ability to critique film, improved analytical writing skills, and ideas for original movie productions.

  • Students use France’s rich and varied cinematographic heritage as a window into the nation’s cultural soul. They are introduced to France and the French as they are laughed at, and cried over, by the world’s oldest cinematographic industry, from the Frères Lumière to Mathieu Kassovitz, via the Poetic Realism of the 1920s, Vichy’s dark cinema, and the Nouvelle Vague. Students compare and contrast France’s versions of itself with those produced by Hollywood.

  • This fusion of international relations, law, political science, and war studies challenges students to understand the order and disorder of the modern world. Technological connectivity and the spread of democracy has streamlined and strengthened global culture. But the rise of rogue states and the clash of civilizations in the Middle East has presented more challenges to the unity of nations than ever before. The Major course builds toward a Model UN.

  • From The Epic of Gilgamesh to Joyce’s Ulysses, via Plato’s Symposium and Machiavelli’s Prince, each class addresses one of humanity’s canonical texts. By combining close readings of key extracts, examinations of the social and intellectual contexts that generated them, analyses of the authors’ intentions, of the texts’ reception, and of their long-term influence, students emerge with a renewed understanding of the history and evolution of the ideas that have formed the world.

    From The Epic of Gilgamesh to Joyce’s Ulysses, via Plato’s Symposium and Machiavelli’s Prince, each class addresses one of humanity’s canonical texts. By combining close readings of key extracts, examinations of the social and intellectual contexts that generated the texts, analyses of the authors’ intentions, of the texts’ reception, and of their long-term influence, students emerge with a renewed understanding of the history and evolution of the ideas that have formed the world.

  • Human culture and thought is inscribed in the texts that have defined societies. Students acquire familiarity with classical canonic thought and the revelation of its key principles in some of its most significant individual ideas. They critically examine case studies from fields including art theory, literature, philosophy, politics, religion, and rhetoric. Specific thinkers range from Plato to Nietzsche. The course culminates with an interrogation of historical great ideas and their place in contemporary international relations, law, and politics.

  • This course explores events and issues that have been concealed, little understood, or rarely studied. Students are introduced to local secrets, popular conspiracies, the machinations of conniving politicians and governments, and recent historical controversies and disputes.

    This course explores events and issues that have been concealed, little understood, or rarely studied. Students are introduced to local secrets, popular conspiracies, the machinations of conniving politicians and governments, and recent historical controversies and disputes.

  • This course is aimed at students who have never formally studied Latin but are interested to learn about it and its links to the modern world. From well-known Latin mottos to a closer examination of what exactly is printed on dollars and stamped on coins, via Roman graffiti, Latin curses, and some Church Latin, students explore Latin sayings, the Latin roots of English words, and even humorous poems and jokes written thousands of years ago.

  • Roman language, culture, belief, and artistic taste are examined through the ancient world’s greatest texts, notably Ovid’s Metamorphoses and Martial’s Epigrams. A central feature of the course is providing students with the opportunity to improve their facility for translation. Prerequisites for the Major: minimum two years of Latin and a letter of recommendation from your Latin teacher.

  • This course examines the masterpieces of four Oxford authors: J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia, Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, and Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials. Students examine their worlds, symbolic systems, and mythologies, as well as their influence on Harry Potter, through workshops, field trips, debates, and group readings. Prior knowledge of the stories is encouraged.

    This course examines the masterpieces of four Oxford authors: J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia, Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, and Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials. Students examine their worlds, symbolic systems, and mythologies, as well as their influence on Harry Potter, through workshops, field trips, debates, and group readings. Prior knowledge of the stories is encouraged.

  • Students are introduced to Mandarin’s basic structure through four portals: listening, reading, speaking, and writing. The course also covers aspects of Chinese history and contemporary Chinese culture. Participants can expect to gain good pronunciation, to be able to recognize and write over one hundred characters, and to carry out basic conversations about daily life.

    Students are introduced to Mandarin’s basic structure through four portals: listening, reading, speaking, and writing. The course also covers aspects of Chinese history and contemporary Chinese culture. Participants can expect to gain good pronunciation, to be able to recognize and write over one hundred characters, and to carry out basic conversations about daily life.

  • Students learn about Kings and Queens fighting treasonous vassals, about violent wars and battles, and the sudden death that stalked everyone in an age of terrifying plagues. They also learn how, despite the fragility of existence, the era gave birth to some of Europe’s finest cultural achievements: the great gothic cathedrals, the beginnings of English as a literary language, the Magna Carta, parliamentary government, and the Common Law.

  • The Garden of Eden, crucible of civilization, and source of so many of the world’s current challenges - students discover the Middle East through its rich history while unraveling the issues that have troubled it for decades. They benefit from the presence of the world famous Middle East Centre in St Anthony’s College.

  • Students analyze the people and processes that have shaped contemporary societies since 1750. A rich spread of historical topics touches upon everything from the fights for mastery in Europe to the Space Race. In the uniquely academic setting of Cambridge, students can expect this course to develop their analytical and rhetorical skills as well as their understanding of the present.

  • Students explore a host of topics drawn from major philosophical, literary, and religious texts. They consider fundamental questions through ancients like Plato and Aristotle; Oxford philosophers like Hobbes and Locke; idealists like Kant; iconoclasts like Nietzsche; and contemporary philosophers.

    Students explore a host of topics drawn from major philosophical, literary, and religious texts. They consider fundamental questions through ancients like Plato and Aristotle; Oxford philosophers like Hobbes and Locke; idealists like Kant; iconoclasts like Nietzsche; and contemporary philosophers.

  • How should individuals balance competing ethical obligations? How does a society differentiate rights from liberties and duties from obligations? Drawing on texts from the greatest Scottish philosophers, Hume, Smith, Ferguson, and Duns Scotus, as well as from a wide range of thinkers, students discover Ethics and how they have gone on to catalyze social movements such as the expansion of the franchise, abolitionism, women’s rights, universal human rights, criminal rehabilitation, and animal liberation.

  • This course explores human experience through poetry, prose, and drama. Readings, discussions, and workshops examine psychological themes in the Western canon, including narcissism, madness, tragedy, sexual dysfunction, and humor. Freud and Jung provide a psychoanalytical foundation for engaging with a variety of literary works.

  • War has been one of the greatest forces for change in human history and continues to shape the world. Violence in the Middle East and Africa, guerilla conflicts in South America and the Far East, and the global ‘War on Terror’ are the most recent examples of mankind’s long history of conflict and combat. While covering military history, this course also examines war from other aspects: the political, economic, social, ethical, and psychological. It examines how and why wars are fought, what has changed, and what has remained the same, from conflicts in Ancient Greece to the war in Syria.

    War has been one of the greatest forces for change in human history and continues to shape the world. Violence in the Middle East and Africa, guerilla conflicts in South America and the Far East, and the global ‘War on Terror’ are the most recent examples of mankind’s long history of conflict and combat. While covering military history, this course also examines war from other aspects: the political, economic, social, ethical, and psychological. It examines how and why wars are fought, what has changed, and what has remained the same, from conflicts in Ancient Greece to the war in Syria.

Sciences & Social Sciences

  • Addressing the omnipresence of advertising and marketing, students assess the power of suggestion, persuasion, and product placement. Using a range of case studies and creative examples, they explore early salesmanship, modern advertising, branding, and the use of new media. Balancing creative skills with business acumen, they engage in branding exercises, interactive sales games, and the design and development of their own advertising campaign.

    Addressing the omnipresence of advertising and marketing, students assess the power of suggestion, persuasion, and product placement. Using a range of case studies and creative examples, they explore early salesmanship, modern advertising, branding, and the use of new media. Balancing creative skills with business acumen, they engage in branding exercises, interactive sales games, and the design and development of their own advertising campaign.

  • In the city that’s home to some of the most creative and top-earning agencies in the world, like 72andSunny, RPA, Ignited, and David & Goliath, students discover the power of suggestion, persuasion, and product placement. Scouring LA for case studies and creative examples, they explore different types of advertising, branding, and find out how new media are transforming the game. Drawing on their creative skills, they study a range of design techniques and, having settled on a product or a cause, create and run their own campaign.

  • Aerospace Engineering is about the creation of aircraft and spacecraft – quite literally “rocket science!” Participants examine the disciplines most important to the industry, including aerodynamics, electronics, mechanics, operations systems, statistics, and thermodynamics. The course culminates with the replication of real design offices of either aircraft or spacecraft companies. Students go through every stage in the creation of a new vehicle, including aerodynamic profiling, engine sizing, and structural design.

  • The exploration of the structure of the human body has been at the center of medical study for hundreds of years. It remains essential for both physicians and surgeons to understand diseases and treatments. This course exposes students to the same essential basis of knowledge, enabling them to situate disease, and health, in the wider context of the working body.

  • An emerging field, Animal Studies draws from a wide range of academic disciplines including philosophy, history, visual arts, law, biology, and environmental science. It focuses on the relationship between humans and animals through cultures and time, and addresses the representation of those relationships, their implications in terms of ethics and politics, as well as the interdependency between species at a time of environmental collapse. Students on this course examine everything from the history of blood sports to the development of lab-grown burgers in order to address the shifting place of animals in the 21st-century conscience.

  • How do people make the most financial assets, whether as private individuals or as managers of massive hedge funds? Students on this course are introduced to asset management - its evolution, rules, and strategies. They test different approaches by overseeing their own investment portfolios during the month. These include how to invest in bonds, commodities, equities, and property, as well as radical approaches such as art. The controversial role hedge funds have played in transforming returns on assets is also discussed.

  • Cambridge is the ideal observatory from which to explore fundamental questions about the universe. How did it begin, and what is our place within it? What is time, and will it ever come to an end? This course takes students on a journey through space, from the infinitesimally small components of atoms to the unimaginably large. It addresses topics including the Big Bang, galaxy formation, the history of our own solar system, orbital mechanics, and string theory.

  • Mixing economics with psychology and game theory, this course seeks to understand what drives individual economic decisions. What psychological and emotional factors induce people to buy a $5 cup of coffee? How can we explain consumers’ decisions when they depart from the expectations of standard economic models? How do risk and uncertainty impact people’s spending? Students investigate areas such as luxury goods, healthcare, insurance, and labor.

  • HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis alone are thought to result in ten percent of all deaths every year. The ongoing search for new pathogens is being conducted against the backdrop of outbreaks of diseases such as Ebola, SARS, and Zika. This interdisciplinary course investigates the biology of disease. Topics of study include animal models of human disease; cancer; conventional therapy treatment strategies; the genetics of complex and simple traits; the interaction between environment and genetics; Karyotypic analysis; the molecular and cellular basis of genetic diseases; and the role of oncogenes in tumor initiation and treatment.

  • Students discover how biotechnology combines principles of biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering to create the products, processes, and technologies of the future. Through experiments and seminars they engage with new pharmaceuticals, genetic diagnoses and therapies, sustainable biofuels, and genetically modified foods. Students also explore the social, ethical, and economic implications of biotechnology.

  • What is the French touch? Why are French companies leaders in so many sectors? With LVMH, Atos, AXA, and BNP Paribas as case studies, students learn the fundamentals of business operations. Accounting, management, human resources, organization, strategy, and development are some of the topics addressed. Students also investigate the new start-up ventures coming out of Paris, visit the Bourse and business schools.

    Students examine the dynamic world of business by working through specific case studies. They seek to uncover some of the keys to successful business leadership, and to discover what makes one entrepreneur succeed while another fails. By trying their hand at game theory and various negotiation tactics, they get to grips with managerial organization in all its forms.

  • Students examine the dynamic world of business by working through specific case studies. They seek to uncover some of the keys to successful business leadership, and to discover what makes one entrepreneur succeed while another fails. By trying their hand at game theory and various negotiation tactics, they get to grips with managerial organization in all its forms.

  • Students are introduced to the world of corporate finance and its primary institutions through dynamic workshops and exercises. They cover 21st-century financial realities for budding entrepreneurs and multinational corporations. Major course projects include real-life case studies, a stock exchange investment game, and the design of a theoretical start-up venture.

  • Students learn the all-important art of presentation, how to negotiate, how to conduct business research, how to present financial analysis, and, most significantly, how to produce convincing business reports and proposals. This hands-on course culminates in the research and design of a product students attempt to market.

  • How do business organizations start, grow, and thrive? What analytical, interpersonal, and technical skills are required to make sense of and address the problems facing companies of all sizes? This course includes visits to Oxford’s Saïd Business School and covers a diverse range of topics including economics, finance management, information technology, marketing, law, and purchasing. It culminates in the design and creation of a business model.

  • In this hands-on course, through a mixture of experimentation and problem-solving, students are initiated to college-level chemistry and introduced to fundamental
    concepts such as stoichiometry, chemical reactions, thermochemistry, gas laws, atomic structure, the periodic table, and chemical bonding.

  • Students learn the fundamentals of the true language of the 21st century – coding. Following an introduction to programming and its core concepts, they learn to code via hands-on projects in robotics, video games, and web and app design. Students are exposed to a variety of programming languages, including Python, Ruby on Rails, and C++, and choose one language to focus on for a final project. Students visit university computer science laboratories and local tech start-ups. Lab fee of $150 US for the Major, $75 US for the Minor.

  • Students use Barcelona’s remarkable success story as a case study to learn all about the world of Communications: brand development, marketing strategy, public relations, social media, mass media, and advertising. Barcelona is known for its creativity and graphic design. In meetings with local industry experts, students learn what it takes to deliver messages effectively and to lead a successful campaign.

  • Students learn how to solve problems and design algorithms, and work on translating these algorithms into functional computer programs. Exploring this rapidly-evolving craft exposes them to the various careers in computing and how machines will shape the future. They work in teams to identify a need, develop a concept, work out user requirements, and create a design which they transfer to the screen. Lab fee of $150 US  for Major; $75 US  for Minor.

    Students learn how to solve problems and design algorithms, and work on translating these algorithms into functional computer programs. Exploring this rapidly-evolving craft exposes them to the various careers in computing and how machines will shape the future. They work in teams to identify a need, develop a concept, work out user requirements, and create a design which they transfer to the screen. Lab fee of $150 US for the Major, $75 US for the Minor.

  • Students explore the theoretical foundations and concepts involved in modern computer systems and information technology before moving on to study Application Design. Working in teams, they identify a need, develop a concept, work out user requirements, and create a design which they transfer to the screen. Lab fee of $150 US  for Major; $75 US for the Workshop.

    Students explore the theoretical foundations and concepts involved in modern computer systems and information technology before moving on to study Application Design. Working in teams, they identify a need, develop a concept, work out user requirements, and create a design which they transfer to the screen. Lab fee of $150 US for the Major; $75 US for the Minor.

  • How are companies structured and how do the different constituent parts interact? Students learn about forms of corporate ownership, including limited and unlimited liability and trusts. They analyze the roles played by boards, directors, CEOs, CFOs, and stakeholders, in pursuit of corporate governance, and how these work with corporate financing. By examining success stories such as Apple, and famous cases of fraud such as Enron, they assess the strengths and weaknesses of current legislation before elaborating proposals of their own.

  • How did the universe come into being, and how will it end? What is the universe made of? What is space, and what is time? Cosmology takes as its subject nothing less than the entirety of the universe – its evolution, origin, and structure. Students examine the development of galaxies, the shining of stars, and the Big Bang theory. They also venture into the unresolved mysteries of space, including black holes and dark matter. Cambridge has hosted an unbroken chain of cosmologists from Isaac Newton to Stephen Hawking. Where better to gain a foundation in this fascinating subject?

  • Working in the city that famously developed its own variety of strong policing in order to defeat a rampant crime problem, and drawing on aspects of criminology, law, psychology, and forensics, students seek to understand what turns people into criminals and what society does in response to the challenges of criminal behavior. Students spend time with the NYPD officers who fight crime on the streets on a daily basis, and discover how society deals with criminals by meeting with criminal lawyers and visiting courthouses.

    Through workshops, debates, and visits to police stations and criminal courts, students explore individual and social theories of crime, philosophies of punishment, criminal profiling, incident analysis, and basic forensic science. They consider the causes of crime, the influence of the media upon crime, and issues of race and gender within the context of the British and American criminal justice systems.

    Through workshops, debates, and visits to police stations and criminal courts, students explore individual and social theories of crime, philosophies of punishment, criminal profiling, incident analysis, and basic forensic science. They consider the causes of crime, the influence of the media upon crime, and issues of race and gender within the context of the British and American criminal justice systems.

  • Students discover how - from toxicology and fingerprints to DNA samples - forensic science has progressed over the past 150 years to meet ever-changing legal standards. They learn how modern crime scenes are secured and searched, how material is treated in laboratories, and how different types of evidence are used to sort legal fact from criminal fiction. Branching out they discover how forensic science has achieved breakthroughs in a multitude of disciplines, such as archeology, history, and geology.

    Students discover how - from toxicology and fingerprints to DNA samples - forensic science has progressed over the past 150 years to meet ever-changing legal standards. They learn how modern crime scenes are secured and searched, how material is treated in laboratories, and how different types of evidence are used to sort legal fact from criminal fiction. Branching out they discover how forensic science has achieved breakthroughs in a multitude of disciplines, such as archeology, history, and geology.

  • This course applies economic concepts to social issues facing the developing world. How can corporations and businesses help to promote growth and societal change? How might global markets be restructured to improve the lives of entire populations? Using econometric and statistical tools, students gain a firm understanding of how economics, geography, and sociology can be harnessed to improve the fate of the world while helping them devise development projects of their own.

  • This course deals with animals, microbes, plants, and their interactions – both with each other and with their environment. Which phenomena impact biodiversity? How is energy passed around ecosystems? And what biological explanations are there for the sheer diversity of life on Earth? Students’ search for answers takes them from single-celled prokaryotes to multicellular eukaryotic animals. They explore principal biomes, the forms and functions of various biological systems, and the core topics of biology. Environmental awareness is also emphasized, and topics including ecotoxicology, energy resource depletion, erosion, pollution, and overpopulation are debated. All this is set against the magnificent backdrop of the Fife Coastal Path and the unique ocean fronts that surround St Andrews.

  • In a course that mixes classwork and practice, students are introduced to the theories that govern economic thought. They are also introduced to the history of economics, the fundamentals of economic modeling, and game theory. They go on to test their knowledge against current issues. 

    Mixing classwork and practice, students uncover the theories that govern economic thought. They are also introduced to the history of economics, the fundamentals of economic modeling, and game theory. They go on to test their knowledge against current issues.

    From Adam Smith to Ernst Schumacher, Oxford is renowned for its contributions to economics. Students are introduced to the theories that govern economic thought. They also discover the fundamentals and methodologies of economic modeling. They go on to test their knowledge against contemporary economic problems in order to understand how the world economy works and how it might evolve.

    Cambridge has produced almost as many eminent economists as it has scientists. Students follow in the footsteps of John Maynard Keynes and Amartya Sen, and are introduced to the theories that govern contemporary economic thought. They also discover the fundamentals and methodologies of economic modeling. They go on to test their knowledge against contemporary economic problems in order to understand how the world economy might evolve.

    With The Wealth of Nations as their guide, students are introduced to the history of the discipline and the different theories that govern economic thought. They are exposed to the fundamentals and methodologies of economic modeling and go on to test Smith’s theories, those of his critics, and their own knowledge, against the contemporary world economy.

    The city that over the past two centuries has contributed more than any other to making the world rich, while also bankrupting it on several occasions, becomes a classroom as students are introduced to the theories that govern economic thought as well as economic modeling. Guided by experts, and making full use of visits to Wall Street and professionals drawn from corporate New York, students go on to test their knowledge against contemporary economic problems in order to understand how the world economy might evolve.

  • Students learn the principles of engineering science. Both world-renowned and local examples are examined, and the findings are applied to a variety of case studies to solve mechanical, structural, and architectural problems. They complete the course by designing a model engineering project of their own.

    Students learn the principles of engineering science. Both world-renowned and local examples are examined as students apply them to a variety of case studies to solve mechanical, structural, and architectural problems. They complete the course by designing a model engineering project of their own.

    Students learn the principles of engineering science. Both world-renowned and local examples are examined, and the findings applied to a variety of case studies to solve mechanical, structural, and architectural problems. They complete the course by designing a model engineering project of their own.

    Students learn the principles of engineering science. Both world-renowned and local examples are examined, and the findings applied to a variety of case studies to solve mechanical, structural, and architectural problems. They complete the course by designing a model engineering project of their own.

  • California is home to many of the world’s most influential companies. Thousands of start-ups compete constantly for a chance to turn their ideas into profitable reality. Making use of the unique mix of marketing and funding resources that makes Los Angeles so fertile for business, students examine the high-tech industry from the conception to the realization of a successful company, and every step in-between, including costing an idea, presenting it to potential bidders, and publicizing it. As a final project students work in small groups to create their own start-ups, brainstorming and developing their own businesses, branding, and ultimately marketing their product to the entire student body.

  • Students discover what makes and drives entrepreneurs, what rules they should follow, and which ones to defy. They learn how to identify demand, generate a business plan, canvas for support, calculate overhead, determine fixed and marginal cost, estimate break-even and future value, and manage debts and depreciation. They identify a gap or need in the market and produce their own business and marketing plans before launching pop-up businesses.

    Students discover what drives entrepreneurs, the rules they follow, and the ones they defy. They learn how to identify demand, determine fixed and marginal costs, generate a business plan, canvas for support, calculate overheads, estimate break-even and future value, and manage debts and depreciation. For their final project students launch their own mini-businesses.

  • At the University from which the Cambridge Five were recruited, and in which the world’s most famous fictional spy, James Bond, studied, this course, which blends politics and history with practice, examines the methods and techniques of the great intelligence services – Mossad, the KGB, the CIA, MI5, and MI6. Students address the future of intelligence operations, the challenges of field work, and the ethics of espionage in terms of international cooperation, competition, and conflict.

    At the University from which the Cambridge Five were recruited, and in which the world’s most famous fictional spy, James Bond, studied, this course, which blends politics and history with practice, examines the methods and techniques of the great intelligence services – Mossad, the KGB, the CIA, MI5, and MI6. Students address the future of intelligence operations, the challenges of field work, and the ethics of espionage in terms of international cooperation, competition, and conflict.

  • Students learn about the instruments and institutions that make up the modern economy and are vital to budding entrepreneurs, such as bonds, capital markets, derivatives, and stock markets. They also familiarize themselves with the principles of corporate accounting and reporting that assist businesses in their decision-making processes. Major course projects include real-life case studies, a stock exchange investment competition, and the design of a start-up.

    Students learn about the instruments and institutions that make up modern finance and are vital to budding entrepreneurs - such as bonds, stock markets, derivatives, and capital markets - while familiarizing themselves with the principles of corporate accounting and reporting that assist businesses in their decision-making processes. Major course activities range from trips to the Port of Los Angeles, the site of the former LA Stock Exchange, real-life case studies, and a stock exchange investment game.

  • Exploiting the resources of the world’s financial capital, students learn about the instruments and institutions that make up modern finance and are vital to budding entrepreneurs. They study bonds, stock markets, derivatives, and capital markets while familiarizing themselves with the principles of corporate accounting and reporting that assist businesses in their decision-making processes. Major course activities include trips to Wall Street and the NYSE, real-life case studies, a stock exchange investment game, and the design of a start-up.

  • Participants learn the core principles of genetics, and come to understand the main methods used in genetic research. Topics include the function and structure of the DNA molecule; Mendelian principles of inheritance; chromosome behavior, number, and structure in human cells; the identification and classification of genetic mutation; as well as the latest advances in genetic research, such as the Human Genome Project and genetic engineering. Students depart with a clear picture of what genes are, how they are inherited, and how they may be altered.

    Participants learn the core principles of genetics, and come to understand the main methods used in genetic research. Topics include the function and structure of the DNA molecule; Mendelian principles of inheritance; chromosome behavior, number, and structure in human cells; the identification and classification of genetic mutation; as well as the latest advances in genetic research, such as the Human Genome Project and genetic engineering. Students depart with a clear picture of what genes are, how they are inherited, and how they may be altered.

    In the university that cracked the DNA code, students discover the exciting disciplines that are transforming medicine. Working on projects with researchers, they discover medical genetics, genetic linkage, DNA manipulation, sequencing, genomics, and study inherited diseases. They go on to analyze the factors underlying diseases and explore the significance of, and ethical issues surrounding, genetic engineering, cloning, and gene therapy.

    Students address the exciting findings that have emerged from recent genetic research and are transforming all our lives. Working on research projects, they study medical genetics, genetic linkage, DNA manipulation, sequencing, genomics, and inherited diseases. At the same time they address the medical and ethical consequences of our ever-greater understanding of the cellular keys to life.

    Students discover the exciting disciplines that have emerged from recent genetic research and are transforming all our lives. Working on projects with researchers, they study medical genetics, genetic linkage, DNA manipulation, sequencing, genomics, and inherited diseases. At the same time they address the medical and ethical consequences of our ever-greater understanding of the cellular keys to life.

  • Students explore the tools and structures of international commerce, focusing on free enterprise, economic development, and engagement with the global marketplace. Visiting the renowned Cambridge Judge Business School, students obtain first-hand experience of a cutting-edge business education. Course projects include real-life case studies, a stock exchange investment game, and the design of a start-up venture.

    Students explore the tools and structures of international commerce, focusing on free enterprise, economic development, and engagement with the global marketplace. Visiting the renowned Cambridge Judge Business School, students obtain first-hand experience of a cutting-edge business education. Course projects include real-life case studies, a stock exchange investment game, and the design of a start-up venture.

  • Students become experts in today’s global health challenges. They study diseases such as AIDS, malaria, zika, and ebola, public health issues such as obesity, diabetes, and drug availability, and health crises caused by natural disasters. They examine the roles aid agencies play in dealing with international crises and debate the ethical and logistical issues of modern-day global health. Students learn about the different career possibilities in the field and the skills needed to excel in each specialization.

  • How are governments created, and what happens when they collapse? How does the spread of democracy impact economic growth, security, and welfare? Are there alternatives to democracy besides tyranny? In their attempts to answer such questions, students consider everything from different political models to the role of individuals via spin-doctoring, party-politics, and the influence of mass media.

  • This course explores human transformation of the Earth. How has this transformation created distinct landscapes, places, and territories? Students answer this question by examining the world from geographical perspectives. This hinges on phenomena including climate, evolution, landscape, and tectonics, as well as the processes that created them. Other topics include the growth and distribution of human population; the characteristics of human land use; colonialism and geopolitics; the geography of economic development and modernization; and human issues such as gender, poverty, race, and religion.

  • What are human rights, who determines them, and why? What are the key contemporary human rights issues? How can our thoughts about human rights shape attitudes toward foreign aid, global inequality, intervention, justice, terrorism, and war? How effectively can human rights be defended and enforced? Students address these questions through a mixture of classwork, lectures, and field trips to local NGOs. In so doing they examine the role and importance of human rights in modern society, paying close attention to whether we are ruled by law or by lawyers.

  • Immunology is an increasingly significant area of laboratory medicine that focuses on the immune system and its role in fighting disease. Participants study antigen-antibody reactions, autoimmunity and autoimmune diseases, allergies, the development of the immune system and its deficiencies, hematological malignancy, hypersensitivity, immunoglobulin genetics and structures, and immune responses to infections and tumors.

  • Taking advantage of our residence’s proximity to Barcelona’s financial center, students gain first-hand knowledge of current issues in the world of business and economics by studying local corporations. They perform case studies on topics ranging from brand positioning to crisis management and – to cap off the course – develop and present a business plan for a start-up venture.

    This course introduces participants to the world of international business and its practices. Students visit institutions such as Oxford’s Saïd Business School and engage with various financial and business topics. Course projects include real-life case studies, a real-time investment game, and the design of a start-up venture.

  • Students assess the key role that Wall Street has played in the development of the world economy. In doing so, they analyze its economic successes as well as the catastrophes that have punctuated its colorful history. Guided by some of the key figures working in the market today, students evaluate possible futures for New York in a global economy that features unprecedented competition.

  • Through classes, discussions, and group activities, students are introduced to the principles of international law and the institutions that animate it (the UN, the WTO, the ICC, and NGOs). They explore topics that include regime change and nation-building in a world in which the enforcement of international law is also the exertion of international power. They conclude with mock trials involving topical scenarios.

    Through classes, discussions, and group activities, students are introduced to the principles of international law and the institutions that animate it (the UN, the WTO, the ICC, and NGOs). They explore topics that include justifications for regime change and nation-building in a world in which the enforcement of international law is also the exertion of international power. They conclude with mock trials involving topical scenarios.

    How does the law shape relationships between nations? And how does it govern relations between non-state actors? Students address Public and Private International Law, and consider how International Law affects business, Human Rights, the prosecution of international crimes, sovereignty, trade, and war. The course culminates in a moot war crimes trial.

  • Through a combination of theory, case studies, and hands-on projects, students address the leading IR issues of our time. They examine how bodies such as the UN, WTO, EU, and ICC act upon the world stage, and how sovereign nations influence (and are influenced by) the world beyond their own borders. Globalization, peacekeeping, diplomatic negotiation, legal arbitration, the media, and the interface between Islam and the West, are among the topics discussed. Students in this course hone their critical thinking, debate, and presentation skills.

    This course addresses International Relations by focusing on key issues of the day. Subjects covered include globalization and its political, economic, and social effects; environmental challenges; new forms of war and peace; the changing nature of security challenges; peacekeeping operations; the regional complexities of areas like the Middle East, Africa, and South-East Asia; and the relationships and rivalries that define global order today.

    This course addresses International Relations by focusing on key issues of the day. Subjects covered include globalization and its political, economic, and social effects; environmental challenges; new forms of war and peace; the changing nature of security challenges; peacekeeping operations; the regional complexities of areas like the Middle East, Africa, and South-East Asia; and the relationships and rivalries that define global order today.

    In the city that is home to the United Nations, students delve into the theories and mechanisms that govern relations between states and blocs. They supplement their exposure to the international context by examining a variety of current issues. They learn how and why policy decisions are made, how they are enforced, and how their repercussions affect us. At the end of the course, students select a country to represent in a model UN project.

    This course addresses International Relations by focusing on key issues of the day. Subjects covered include globalization and its political, economic, and social effects; environmental challenges; new forms of war and peace; the changing nature of security challenges; peacekeeping operations; the regional complexities of areas like the Middle East, Africa, and South-East Asia; and the relationships and rivalries that define global order today.

  • This course addresses International Relations by focusing on key issues of the day. Subjects covered include globalization and its political, economic, and social effects; environmental challenges; new forms of war and peace; the changing nature of security challenges; peacekeeping operations; the regional complexities of areas like the Middle East, Africa, and South-East Asia; and the relationships and rivalries that define global order today.

  • This course addresses International Relations through its theoretical bases and by focusing on key current issues. Subjects covered include globalization and its political, economic, and social effects; environmental challenges; new forms of war and peace; the changing nature of security challenges; mass-migration; the complexities of areas like the Middle East and South-East Asia; and the relationships and rivalries that define global order today.

    Working in the country that, for centuries, lent its language to diplomacy, and in the city that has hosted more famous treaty negotiations than any other, students address International Relations both through its theoretical bases and by focusing on key issues of the day. Subjects covered include globalization and its political, economic, and social effects; environmental challenges; new forms of war and peace; the changing nature of security challenges; peacekeeping operations; the regional complexities of areas like the Middle East, Africa, and South-East Asia; and the relationships and rivalries that define global order today.

  • Students discover how the British and American legal systems reflect the values and institutions of their respective societies. They consider precedent-setting cases and delve into various branches of legal practice. Through meetings with lawyers, legal scholars, and human rights advocates, and through visits to working courtrooms, they discover how lawyers turn theory into practice. The Major course culminates in a formal moot court competition.

    Students discover how the British and American legal systems reflect the values and institutions of their respective societies. They consider precedent-setting cases and delve into various branches of legal practice. Through meetings with lawyers, legal scholars, and human rights advocates, and through visits to working courtrooms, they discover how lawyers turn theory into practice. The Major course culminates in a formal moot court competition.

    Students examine the British and American legal systems and learn how they reflect the values and institutions of their respective societies. Emphasis is placed on legal history and modes of thought, precedent-setting cases, current controversies, and the kind of first-hand courtroom observation that brings them to life. Each course includes visits to a court and sessions with lawyers. Major courses culminate in a formal moot court competition.

    Students examine the British and American legal systems and learn how they reflect the values and institutions of their respective societies. Emphasis is placed on legal history and modes of thought, precedent-setting cases, current controversies, and the kind of first-hand courtroom observation that brings them to life. Each course includes visits to a court and sessions with lawyers. Major courses culminate in a formal moot court competition.

  • Through a series of interactive classes, debates, and seminars, students examine the evolving relationship between the Law and Human Rights, with a particular focus on some of the major rights issues that confront the world today – not least the freedom of movement, immigration, genocide, terrorism, global health inequalities, and information technology. Students examine the roles played in these areas by the United Nations and its agencies, the European Union, and various NGOs. They complete the course by framing their own legislative proposals to put Human Rights on a 21st-century footing.

  • Students examine the British and American legal systems and how they reflect the values and institutions of their respective societies. Emphasis is placed on legal history and modes of thought, precedent-setting cases, current controversies, and the kind of first-hand courtroom observation that brings them to life. Each course includes visits to a court and sessions with lawyers. Major courses culminate in a formal moot court competition.

    Students examine the British and American legal systems and how they reflect the values and institutions of their respective societies. Emphasis is placed on legal history and modes of thought, precedent-setting cases, current controversies, and the kind of first-hand courtroom observation that brings them to life. Each course includes visits to a court and sessions with lawyers. Major courses culminate in a formal moot court competition.

  • Do people always say what they mean? Are there emotions or events that cannot be adequately described by language alone? And how do sign language and the International Phonetic Alphabet work? This course offers an introduction to linguistics – the scientific study of human language. Core topics include language acquisition, phonetics, semantics, syntax, and word formation. Students also debate the history of language and its role in society, as well as its potential for cultural and artistic expression.

  • Barcelona is the perfect place to dive into this important subject. More than ever, the oceans are seen as a scientific frontier that is in urgent need of further understanding. As Barcelona is a major seaport, students are able to combine trips to the coast with visits to the renowned Institut de Ciències del Mar and the city’s world-class aquarium. Course topics include indigenous marine life, the local ecosystem, species differentiation, coastal preservation, evolutionary biology, the environmental challenges the oceans face, and possible solutions.

  • Students learn about the emergence of modern markets, uncovering the key roles they play in virtually all modern economies: raising liquidity, enabling investment, and managing debt. They study market reactions, not least the critical part played by psychology, and the many crises markets have provoked. Through visits, students discover the range of services different exchanges provide, how they operate, and how they are evolving along with the economy. Their visits expose them to everything from shouting on the trading floor to the complex algorithms and fiber optics that determine rapid-fire buying and selling today.

  • Students learn the principles and mathematics of engineering science. Both world-renowned and local examples - such as the Brooklyn Bridge and the Empire State Building - are examined as students apply principles of engineering to a variety of case studies to solve mathematical, mechanical, structural, and architectural problems. They complete the course by designing a model engineering project of their own.

    Students learn the principles and mathematics that go into engineering science. Using local and world-famous examples, they apply principles of engineering to a variety of case studies to solve mathematical, mechanical, structural, design, and architectural problems. They complete the course by designing a model engineering project of their own.

    Students learn the principles and mathematics that go into engineering science. Using local and world-famous examples, they apply principles of engineering to a variety of case studies to solve mathematical, mechanical, structural, design, and architectural problems. They complete the course by designing a model engineering project of their own.

  • How does math arise in and apply to nature? Students look at algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus, and then examine the presence of math in the world by exploring phenomena like Fibonacci numbers and the Golden Ratio. Students are introduced to topics such as Newtonian physics and chaos, quantum, and string theory – Cambridge is at the forefront of thinking in all these subjects.

  • This hands-on course introduces students to key aspects of medicine and modern medical practice. Combining specialist lectures with experiments and class discussions, students learn the main principles of human anatomy and physiology, the pathology and significance of certain diseases, the main challenges that medical science faces today, and the variety and changing nature of careers in medicine.

    This course introduces students to key aspects of medical science and modern medical practice. Combining specialist lectures with experiments and class discussions, students learn the principles of human anatomy and physiology, the pathology and significance of certain diseases, the challenges faced in the field, and the range of careers in medicine.

    This hands-on course introduces students to key aspects of medical science and modern medical practice. Combining specialist lectures with experiments and class discussions, students learn the principles of human anatomy and physiology, the pathology and significance of certain diseases, the main challenges that medical science faces today, and are introduced to the wide and growing range of possible careers in medicine.

    This hands-on course introduces students to key aspects of medical science and modern medical practice. Combining specialist lectures with experiments and class discussions, students learn the principles of human anatomy and physiology, the pathology and significance of certain diseases, the main challenges that medical science faces today, and are introduced to the wide and growing range of possible careers in medicine.

    This hands-on course introduces students to key aspects of medicine and modern medical practice. Combining specialist lectures with experiments and class discussions, students learn the main principles of human anatomy and physiology, the pathology and significance of certain diseases, the main challenges that medical science faces today, and the variety and changing nature of careers in medicine.

  • This hands-on course introduces students to key aspects of medical science and modern medical practice. Combining specialist lectures with experiments and class discussions, students learn the main principles of human anatomy and physiology, the pathology and significance of certain diseases, the main challenges that medical science faces today, and are introduced to the wide and growing range of possible careers in medicine.

    Taking advantage of the University’s state-of-the-art School of Medicine, this hands-on course introduces students to key aspects of medical science and modern medical practice. Combining specialist lectures with experiments and class discussions, students discover the pathology and significance of certain diseases, the main challenges that medical science faces today, and are introduced to the wide and growing range of possible careers in medicine.

    This hands-on course introduces students to key aspects of medicine and modern medical practice. Combining specialist lectures with experiments and class discussions, students learn the main principles of human anatomy and physiology, the pathology and significance of certain diseases, the main challenges that medical science faces today, and the variety and changing nature of careers in medicine.

    This hands-on course introduces students to key aspects of medicine and modern medical practice. Combining specialist lectures with experiments and class discussions, students learn the principles of human anatomy and physiology, the pathology and significance of certain diseases, the main challenges that medical science faces today, and the variety of careers in medicine.

    This hands-on course introduces students to key aspects of medicine and modern medical practice. Combining specialist lectures with experiments and class discussions, students learn the main principles of human anatomy and physiology, the pathology and significance of certain diseases, the main challenges that medical science faces today, and the variety and changing nature of careers in medicine.

  • Students examine the development of medicine with a focus on neuroscience. They learn the main principles of cognitive psychology, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, clinical methods and practices, and study the technology behind such diagnostic tools as CT and MRI scanners.

  • After reviewing molecular structure, cell biology, and the function and operation of genes and proteins, students analyze the factors underlying diseases and explore topics such as genetic engineering, cloning, and gene therapy. They visit laboratories, undertake experiments such as DNA extraction, and meet local experts.

    Students begin by reviewing cell biology, the function and operation of genes and proteins, and molecular structure. This provides a platform on which to analyze college-level material such as cloning, diseases, genetic engineering, and gene therapy. At the same time they address the medical and ethical consequences of our ever-greater understanding of the cellular keys to life.

  • This course focuses on recent advances in molecular medicine and genetics. After reviewing the molecular structure and mechanisms of DNA, students analyze the genetic factors underlying diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s. They examine how information gained at the molecular level translates into treatments and address issues such as genetic engineering, cloning, and gene therapy. Prerequisites: One year each of Biology and Chemistry.

  • Led by experts in finance and film, this course explores how big budget, larger-than-life spectacles have come to dominate the big screen (and box office) year after year. From Jaws to Lord of Rings, via Star Wars, and the superhero franchises, students analyze the reasons behind Hollywood’s big releases and why some succeed and some fail. They also examine the blockbuster’s hand in the development of special effects, 360-degree marketing, and merchandising, envisaging futures for both the genre and for big studios in an age of indie successes and Netflix.

  • Using cognitive, experimental, and clinical approaches, students explore the structure and function of the brain as it relates to cognitive process and behavior. Students address the principles of neuroscience, neurology, and psychiatry, learn select diagnostic techniques, and study brain injuries and mental disorders. Classroom experiments are complemented by visits to laboratories.

    Using cognitive, experimental, and clinical approaches, students explore the structure and function of the brain as it relates to cognitive process and behavior. Students address the principles of neuroscience, neurology, and psychiatry; learn select diagnostic techniques; and study brain injuries and mental disorders. Classroom experiments are complemented by visits to laboratories.

  • By combining classroom work with experiments and lab visits, students are introduced to the basic principles behind the awe-inspiring breadth of physics, including motion, gravity, kinematics, classical mechanics, energy, electromagnetism, thermodynamics, and waves.

  • Students are exposed to the awe-inspiring breadth of Physics, including Newtonian mechanics, electromagnetism, and thermodynamics, as well as Einstein’s theory of relativity, quantum mechanics, and string theory. Touching on such diverse areas of knowledge, students look at theoretical advances in science as a means of imagining the future. Prerequisite: At least one year of Physics.

    Students are exposed to university-level physics, including Newtonian mechanics, electromagnetism, and thermodynamics, Einstein’s theory of relativity, quantum mechanics, and string theory. Touching on such diverse areas of knowledge, students look at theoretical advances in science as a means of imagining the future. Prerequisite: At least one year of Physics.

  • What goals and methodologies, if any, do politicians around the world share in common with one another? To what extent are politicians able to change contemporary society? And how can the social sciences be used to explain electoral outcomes? Working on contrasting political systems, data analyses, domestic politics, international relations, and political philosophy, students learn the fundamentals of 21st-century politics.

  • Oxford’s famous undergraduate degree, Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE), is adapted for our students. They examine the institutions and policies of modern Britain and contrast the British, American, European, and East Asian approaches to global problems. Students engage in practical exercises such as a fantasy stock portfolio competition and complete the month by participating in a mock Parliament.

  • This course focuses on the history of political thought, the evolution of Human Rights within it, and the state of Human Rights today. Students tackle contemporary issues such as economic disparity, mass migration, new technologies, policy making, political power, and terrorism. They also discover how different types of governments, NGOs, and supranational agencies such as the European Union address Human Rights issues in practice. All this takes place in the city that is home to the United Nations.

  • Students discover how Scotland, Britain, and the EU interact. Blending political science, history, and topical issues, such as Scottish and English nationalisms, inequality, immigration, and government power, they examine how politics work in Britain and Europe and chart possible futures for the two Unions in the wake of the drama of the Brexit vote. A series of debates in a model European Parliament serves as the culminating event.

  • Students examine the behaviors, tastes, and technologies that influence the entertainment industry, commercial enterprise, and cultural trends – what we call ‘pop culture’. Fame and celebrity, fashion, music, dance, and popular protest are all examined as means of understanding consumption. Students explore their own notion of culture to gain perspectives on the forces that shape their lives.

  • Students discover how the earliest humans lived; how they adapted to and developed their environment; why they created art, the functions it served, and the purposes of the first religions. The course ranges from the Paleolithic to the Iron Age. Students explore approaches to unraveling humanity’s origins and gain hands-on experience of prehistoric collections at Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum.

  • Led by researchers engaged in cutting-edge work in experimental psychology, students address a different topic each morning. These include introductions to mental processes and problem solving, Evolutionary Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Behaviorism, and Psychoanalysis. In addition to surveying various fields, students learn how research projects are developed and experiments undertaken.

    Students investigate a wide range of case histories, touching on dreams, memory, anxiety, body language, gender, and sexuality. At the same time, they conduct experiments and examine their findings under the guidance of practicing clinicians. They pay special attention to the evolution of psychology in Europe, tracing it back to Rousseau’s concept of stages of development and to Freud’s time in Paris.

    Led by researchers engaged in cutting-edge work in experimental psychology, students address a different topic each morning. These include introductions to mental processes and problem solving, Evolutionary Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Behaviorism, and Psychoanalysis. In addition to surveying various fields, students learn how research projects are developed and experiments undertaken.

    Students investigate a wide range of psychological topics that include dreams, memory, consciousness, anxiety, body language, gender, and sexuality. As well as examining the history of the subject, select case histories, and various mental disorders, students are introduced to research methods and diverse analytical frameworks in order to design their own experiments under the guidance of specialists.

    Students investigate a wide range of psychological topics, including dreams, memory, consciousness, anxiety, body language, gender, and sexuality. Alongside, they uncover the history of the subject, study case histories, learn about various mental disorders, and different research methodologies. They go on to design their own experiments under the guidance of research specialists and practicing clinicians.

    Students investigate a wide range of psychological topics, including dreams, memory, consciousness, anxiety, body language, gender, and sexuality. Alongside, they uncover the history of the subject, study cases, and are introduced to various disorders and different research methodologies. They go on to design their own experiments under the guidance of research specialists and practicing clinicians.

    In this survey course, students investigate a wide range of psychological topics including dreams, memory, consciousness, anxiety, body language, gender, sexuality, and education. As well as examining the history of the subject, select case histories, and various mental disorders, students are introduced to research methodologies and diverse analytical frameworks in order to design their own experiments. They come away from the course with a better understanding of the career options in this field and possible areas for further research.

    Students investigate a wide range of psychological topics that include dreams, memory, consciousness, anxiety, body language, gender, and sexuality. As well as examining the history of the subject, select case histories, and various mental disorders, students are introduced to research methodologies and diverse analytical frameworks in order to design their own experiments under the guidance of research specialists and practicing clinicians.

  • How will robots develop in the future? What roles might artificial intelligence have in education, entertainment, and healthcare? This course combines theory with practice to give students problem solving skills and an understanding of analogue and digital electronics, hardware, microprocessors, and software. It culminates with the design and construction of their own robot. Materials fee of $150 US for the Major, $75 US  for the Minor. 

    How will robots develop in the future? What roles might artificial intelligence have in education, entertainment, and healthcare? This course combines theory with practice to give students problem-solving skills and an understanding of analogue and digital electronics, hardware, microprocessors, and software. It culminates with the design and construction of their own robot. Materials fee of $150 US for the Major; $75 US for the Minor.

  • This course addresses cutting-edge issues at the fringes of science. Participants study advances in diverse areas, including atomic and molecular physics, artificial intelligence, astrophysics, genetic engineering, nanotechnology, particle physics, space travel, and stem-cell research. They identify the possible futures that science and technology are creating for humankind, and debate how these will affect our daily lives, our society, and our planet.

  • This syllabus is built from the type of course typically taught on MBAs. Students learn to organize their lives, to create realistic schedules, to manage time-tables, and to define priorities. They learn how to collect and manage information, how to take notes, and how to condense and file them. They learn how to build their profiles, not least how to leverage their growing experience and expertise as they take their first steps into the job and university market.

    This syllabus is built from the type of course typically taught on MBAs. Students learn to organize their lives, to create realistic schedules, to manage time-tables, and to define priorities. They learn how to collect and manage information, how to take notes, and how to condense and file them. They learn how to build their profiles, not least how to leverage their growing experience and expertise as they take their first steps into the job and university market.

  • This course focuses on human behavior and individual development within a social context. Students are introduced to major themes, including stereotyping and prejudice, cross-cultural differences, the dynamics of cooperation and conflict, conformity and persuasion, attraction, and the role of the individual within the crowd. Through case studies and interactive experiments, participants gain an introduction to psychology and learn to analyze their own peer-group dynamics.

    This course focuses on behavior and development in a social context. Students are introduced to major themes, including stereotyping and prejudice, cross-cultural differences, the dynamics of cooperation and conflict, conformity and persuasion, attraction, and the role of the individual in the crowd. Through case studies and interactive experiments, participants gain an introduction to psychology and learn to analyze their own peer-group dynamics.

  • Classes cover a wide range of topics including marketing and ticket sales, fan loyalty, corporate sponsorships, brand management, ownership, and legal and financial structures. The primary focus is on American sports including the NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL, but the course also examines global models such as the Premiership, la Liga, the Olympics, and the FIFA World Cup. Students visit world-renowned sports venues including Yankee Stadium and Madison Square Garden.

    Students learn about a discipline which is growing in popularity at the university level. They gain insight into the mechanics behind marketing and ticket sales, fan loyalty, corporate sponsorships, brand management, transfers, ownership, rights, and legal and financial structures. While the primary focus is on global models such as FIFA, the Premiership, la Liga, and the Olympics, the course also analyzes American sports. Students visit world-renowned venues including the largest stadium in Europe (FC Barcelona’s Camp Nou) and the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, used for the 1992 Olympics.

  • Guided by professionals, students immerse themselves in this increasingly important facet of medicine, addressing biomechanics, physical therapy to achieve peak fitness, psychology, nutrition, and the different short- and long-term injuries athletes suffer in their careers. Students practice emergency training for injuries and address the widespread use of illegal substances in sport and their physical and psychological side-effects. 

  • This course examines the history of the discipline, its main exponents, and its potential spin-offs in everyday life. Students assess its impact on individual performance as well as on teams facing choices that can bring them shame or glory. Other topics include why athletes so often fail to cope with life after the limelight, controversies surrounding performance-enhancing drugs and the extent to which they are state sponsored, and the effects of sports on fans.

  • Students debate what makes a terrorist and what makes one person’s freedom fighter another person’s criminal. They chart the successes and failures of terrorism throughout the ages - its justifications, its methods, and its networks. Case studies range from late-19th century anarchists, the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, the Stern Gang, Al Qaeda, ISIS, and the 21st-century concept of the non-state actor. Students seek to grasp how contemporary governments are dealing with the legal and moral challenges posed by terrorists.

  • What does it mean to solve a problem? What makes a mathematical solution watertight? And how does mathematical proof contrast with evidence in science or engineering? In this interdisciplinary course, participants explore the process of solving mathematical conundrums by engaging with key historical issues and moments in the subject. This twin approach provides the basis for examining the work of famous mathematician-philosophers, such as George Pólya and Imre Lakatos, on the nature of problem-solving itself.

  • Combining specialist lectures with experiments and class discussions, and led by professionals, students discover some of the key elements of veterinary science, such as how inquiry into animal behavior, biochemistry, biology, nutrition, reproduction, and physiology, improve animal health, productivity, and welfare. They also address the main challenges the discipline faces today, and learn about the variety of careers in the field.

  • This course examines the spectacular diversity of animal forms and behavior in the natural world. Students take trips in the surrounding countryside, through nature trails, and to Cambridge University’s Museum of Zoology. These complement coverage of molecular biology, natural selection, animal communication, theories of instinct and innate behavior, imprinting, predation, protection, and behavioral development.

Production & Workshop

  • The world’s aspiring actors flock to Los Angeles in the hope of making a name for themselves on the big or the small screen. With instruction from classically-trained actors and directors, students practice various acting techniques for stage and film and address areas as diverse as theory, improvisation, voice, mime, movement, and script analysis, all while exploring what it really takes to make it big in Tinseltown.

  • In the home of Mad Men and Times Square’s neon lights, students discover the power of suggestion, persuasion, and product placement. Scouring New York for case studies and creative examples, they explore different types of advertising, and find out how new media are transforming the game. Using their creative skills, they study a range of design techniques and, having settled on a product, grow and run their own campaigns. Lab fee of $100 US for the Major.

  • Thanks to the digital revolution, a medium once mocked as the poor cousin of film has become a crucial component of the entertainment industry. Participants study the genre’s history from flip-books to Flash, via film, digital video, clay, and GIF. Alongside they write, story-board, and create their own animated short in a medium of their choosing under the guidance of a professional animator. Lab fee of $150 US for the Major, $75 US for the Minor.

  • College places are in greater and more competitive demand than ever before. This course equips students with the knowledge and confidence needed to obtain the best place for them. In addition to the mechanics – deadlines, UCAS versus the Common Application, examination requirements, degree structures, and so on – students tackle more nebulous problems, such as how to write persuasive and individualistic personal statements, and how to give calm and convincing interviews. (Minor Only)

  • Architecture is all around us - a fascinating subject encompassing art, design, history, math, and social sciences. This course offers students the chance to explore a unique discipline, which can open up many diverse career avenues. Paris is the perfect classroom to learn about two thousand years of architectural history, and the way in which successive generations have responded to the changing needs of the city, its buildings, and parks. On-site workshops, combined with sketching and design exercises, discussions and written projects, familiarize students with the main schools of architecture and urban design, helping them to understand the contexts and challenges that defined them, and their impact on our daily lives. Through sketches, collages, models, and maps, students will develop invaluable new skills and ways of thinking, working towards an impressive final exhibition of their practical, contemporary designs for a site in Paris. Equipment fee of $175 US for Majors; $75 US for Minors.

    Students receive an introduction to architectural history in a city that boasts some of the world’s most distinctive buildings. They discover and analyze two thousand years of urban development, from the Roman ruins in the city’s ancient Gothic Quarter, to Gaudí’s spectacular Modernismo, to FC Barcelona’s majestic stadium, while learning how to transform their own ideas into models. Materials fee of $175 US for the Major; $75 US for the Minor.

    Cambridge’s beauty provides students with the perfect environment in which to find inspiration, appreciate architectural history and aesthetics, and improve their design and model-making skills. They develop a portfolio of sketches before turning ideas and designs into three-dimensional models to display in the program’s Arts Exhibition. Lab fee of $150 US for the Major; $75 US for the Minor.

    With its stunning variety of architectural styles, Oxford provides students with the perfect environment to find inspiration, appreciate architectural history and aesthetics, and improve their design and model-making skills. They develop a portfolio of sketches before turning ideas and designs into three-dimensional models to display in the program exhibition. Materials fee of $150 US for the Major; $75 US for the Minor.

    With its stunning variety of architectural styles, Oxford provides students with the perfect environment to find inspiration, appreciate architectural history and aesthetics, and improve their design and model-making skills. They develop a portfolio of sketches before turning ideas and designs into three-dimensional models to display in the program exhibition. Materials fee of $150 US for the Major; $75 US for the Minor.

    Cambridge’s beauty provides students with the perfect environment in which to find inspiration, appreciate architectural history and aesthetics, and improve their design and model-making skills. They develop a portfolio of sketches before turning ideas and designs into three-dimensional models to display in the program’s Arts Exhibition. Lab fee of $150 US for the Major; $75 US for the Minor.

  • Students use world class collections such as the Picasso Museum, the MACBA, the Fundacio Joan Miro, the Fundacio Antoni Tapies, Gaudi’s rocambolesque creations, and the many smaller galleries that make Barcelona so vibrant as their classrooms and research resources. They unravel the history and evolution of modernism and modern art, learn the languages of modernism and analysis, and master the principles of curation.

  • In this Workshop, students hone their college application skills through classes on college essay writing, mock interviews, and seminars on what to consider when choosing a college. They profit from visits with admissions counselors who provide them with the dos and don’ts of college admissions, giving them an inside track to what is an ever-more competitive process. Workshop only.

    In this Workshop, students perfect their college application skills through classes on college essay writing, mock interviews, and seminars on what to consider when choosing a college. They profit from visits with admissions counselors who provide them with the dos and don’ts of college admissions, giving them an inside track to an ever-more competitive process. Workshop Only

  • Through a combination of classroom workand practice in Barcelona, students are introduced to the language of medieval Catalonia and Aragon, a language that, to this day, is spoken by many Catalans. Derived from Latin, but owing more to French and French dialects than to Spanish, knowledge of Catalan assists students as they seek to connect with, and understand, Barcelona’s history and its fascinating, complex, and creative cultures.

  • Students compose fiction and poetry under the guidance of a published writer, with Scotland’s rich literary history as their inspiration. They explore their own potential by experimenting with new forms and styles of writing. Successful authors give workshops in which students learn about the creative process and the practicalities of publication. Students develop a portfolio of their best writing and collaborate to design, edit, and publish a literary magazine.

    Students compose fiction and poetry under the guidance of a published writer, with Oxford’s rich literary history as their inspiration. They explore their own potential by experimenting with new forms and styles of writing. Successful authors give workshops in which students learn about the creative process and the practicalities of publication. Students develop a portfolio of their best writing and collaborate to design, edit, and publish a literary magazine.

    Students compose fiction and poetry under the guidance of a published writer. Together they explore their potential as they experiment with new forms and styles of writing. Professionals give workshops and discuss both the creative process and the practicalities of publication. Students develop a portfolio of their best writing and collaborate to design, edit, and publish a literary magazine.

    Led by professional writers, and focusing on short fiction, poetry, and memoir, students draw inspiration from the cultural resources of Paris and its extraordinary literary heritage. Evocative settings, such as Hemingway’s favorite café or Oscar Wilde’s tomb in the Père Lachaise cemetery, as well as readings by established poets and writers, are used to spur creativity. Students edit and publish their best work in the program’s literary magazine.

    Students compose fiction and poetry under the guidance of a published writer, with Cambridge’s rich literary history as their inspiration. They explore their own potential by experimenting with new forms and styles of writing. Successful poets and writers give workshops in which students learn about the creative process and the practicalities of publication. Students develop a portfolio of their best writing and collaborate to design, edit, and publish a literary magazine.

    Students compose fiction and poetry under the guidance of a published writer, with Cambridge’s rich literary history as their inspiration. They explore their own potential by experimenting with new forms and styles of writing. Successful poets and writers give workshops in which students learn about the creative process and the practicalities of publication. Students develop a portfolio of their best writing and collaborate to design, edit, and publish a literary magazine.

    Students compose fiction and poetry under the guidance of a published writer, with Oxford’s rich literary history as their inspiration. They explore their own potential by experimenting with new forms and styles of writing. Successful authors give workshops in which students learn about the creative process and the practicalities of publication. Students develop a portfolio of their best writing and collaborate to design, edit, and publish a literary magazine.

  • Students focus on Paris as a city full of stories and characters. Through images, short readings, and exercises, they draw inspiration from the city in order to hone and broaden their writings kills. Led by professional writers and guest speakers, the emphasis is to stimulate and inspire new writing as well as polish writing skills. Students visit evocative settings, such as Hemingway’s favorite café, Beckett’s tomb, or St. Genevieve’s statue in the Luxembourg Gardens, and attend readings by established poets and writers, in order to spur creativity. They edit and publish their best work in the program’s literary magazine.

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  • Students discover Spanish cuisine focusing first on different regional specialties like paella and gazpacho or pinchos, and secondly on the vital role that Barcelona has played, and continues to play, in the culinary world. Students visit markets, bakeries, butchers, and pastry shops, where they discover first-hand the culinary richness of the city. Students also prepare dishes that they share as a class. Materials fee of $300 US for the Major and $250 US for the Minor.

    Students discover French cuisine from the evolution of regional dishes and the invention of the café and restaurant to the development of the modern food industry. Classroom sessions are enhanced by restaurant visits and tastings as well as practical cooking sessions, during which students try their hand at French gastronomy. Lab fee of $300 US for Majors; $250 US for Minors.

  • Taught by classically-trained actors and directors, and addressing areas as diverse as theory, technique, improvisation, voice, mime, movement, and script analysis, students master the nuances of Shakespearean verse and interpretation as they prepare for a full performance at the end of the program. From auditions and casting to the final curtain call, Major class students participate in a full-scale Shakespeare production in the same way as a professional repertory company. Production fee of $175 US for the Major.

    Taught by classically-trained actors and directors, and addressing areas as diverse as theory, technique, improvisation, voice, mime, movement, and script analysis, students master the nuances of Shakespearean verse and interpretation as they prepare for a full performance at the end of the program. From auditions and casting to the final curtain call, Major class students participate in a full-scale Shakespeare production in the same way as a professional repertory company. Production fee of $175 US for the Major.

    Taught by classically-trained actors and directors, and addressing areas as diverse as improvisation, mime, movement, script analysis, technique, theory, and voice, students master the nuances of Shakespearean verse and interpretation in order to prepare for a full performance at the end of the program. From auditions and casting to rehearsals and the final curtain call, Major class students participate in a full-scale Shakespeare production in the same way as a professional repertory company. Production fee of $125 US for Majors only.

    Taught by classically-trained actors and directors, and addressing areas as diverse as improvisation, mime, movement, script analysis, technique, theory, and voice, students master the nuances of Shakespearean verse and interpretation in order to prepare for a full performance at the end of the program. From auditions and casting to rehearsals and the final curtain call, Major class students participate in a full-scale Shakespeare production in the same way as a professional repertory company. Production fee of $125 US for Majors only.

  • Students navigate from the blank page to the catwalk via the raw piece of tissue and the factory floor, in the process visiting and interacting with some of the most famous flagship stores and their Garment District suppliers. They analyze brand strategy and consumer experience, and come to grips with the fundamentals of clothes and accessory design. The course culminates in a fashion show in which they display their creations. Materials fee of $100 US for the Major; $50 US for the Workshop. 

    Using the city’s extraordinary fashion resources, students will be introduced to the history and modern processes of haute couture. They will become acquainted with the main aspects of the business - from factory floor to shop floor- will visit some of the most famous houses as well as their artisanal suppliers, and will come to grips with the basics of clothes and accessory design. The course will culminate in a fashion-show in which the students will display their creations. Equipment fee of $100 US for Majors; $50 US for Minors.

  • With a body of alumni that includes Francis Ford Coppola, Ben Stiller, and Rob Reiner, UCLA has established itself as a core contributor to the dream factory that is Hollywood. Led by professional screenwriters and directors, and taking advantage of the resources of the location, students brainstorm, write, and produce their own short films (fiction, non-fiction, documentary, or experimental), which they shoot with digital cameras and edit with professional software. They screen their films at the end of the program. Lab fee of $300 US for Majors; $150 US for Minors.

    With instruction from professionals, students work in small groups to brainstorm, conceive, write, and produce short films (fiction, non-fiction, documentary, or experimental), which they shoot with digital video cameras and edit with professional software. Students screen their films at the end of the program. Lab fee of $300 US for Majors; $150 US for Minors.

    With instruction from professional screenwriters and directors, students work in small groups to brainstorm, conceive, write, and produce short films (fiction, non-fiction, documentary, or experimental), which they shoot with digital video cameras and edit with professional software. Students screen their films at the end of the program. Lab fee of $300 US for the Major; $150 US for the Minor.

    From The Jazz Singer to The Avengers, few cities have featured in as many classic films as New York. Following in the footsteps of Baz Luhrmann and Martin Scorsese, students brainstorm, conceive, write, and produce short films that star the city, which they shoot with digital video cameras and edit with professional software. They screen their films at the end of the program. Lab fee of $300 US for Majors; $150 US for the Workshop.

  • Designed for all levels of expertise, this course explores a variety of media through which students engage imaginatively with New York. They receive formal instruction in, among others, oils, watercolor, pastel, pencil, charcoal, clay, video, photography, and collage, but spend most of their time outside the studio, capturing the visual splendor of New York. Students exhibit their best pieces at the end of the program. Materials fee of $250 US for Majors; $150 US for the Workshop.

  • Students become full-time journalists, acquiring and perfecting their research, composition, editing, and formatting skills as they publish a class magazine and blog. They address key topics in contemporary journalism as well as ethical issues surrounding journalistic responsibility and risk. Interview access to outstanding guest speakers deepens this fascinating introduction to the world of the working journalist. Production fee of $200 US for the Major; $100 US for the Minor.

  • Responding to the dramatic rise in popularity of digital media, students analyze the new ways in which we obtain and process information. They learn the fundamentals of investigative reporting, data visualization and analysis, social media for journalists, and, as a class, create and run a news website. Production fee of $100 US for the Major; $50 US for the Workshop.

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  • Responding to the dramatic rise in popularity of digital media, students analyze the new ways in which we obtain and process information. They learn the fundamentals of investigative reporting, data visualization and analysis, and social media for journalists. As a class, they create and run a news website. Production fee of $100 US for the Major; $50 US for the Minor.

  • With workshops and masterclasses covering theory, technique, improvisation, voice, mime, movement, and script analysis, and from auditions and casting to rehearsals and the final curtain call, Major class students plan, rehearse, and put on a show that they perform at the end of the course. Students also attend a selection of Broadway shows. Production fee of $300 US for Majors; $150 US for the Workshop.

  • Students in this course are immersed in the visual riches of Oxford. Beginners and more advanced photographers spend much of their time in the field, pursuing assignments designed to improve their landscape, portraiture, art, and fashion photography skills. Students exhibit their best work at the end of the program. They require their own DSLR camera with USB cable, charger, manual, and at least one 8 GB memory card. Lab fee of $175 US for the Major; $100 US for the Minor.

    Beginners as well as more advanced students are guided by a professional photographer as they transform the city into their private studio. They hone their skills on assignments that cover art, photography, essay, landscape, photojournalism, portraiture, and learn to develop their own photos in the school’s darkroom. Students build up a portfolio and their best work is displayed at the final exhibition. They need a 35mm reflex camera. Film is supplied. Lab fee of $300 US for Majors, $150 US for Minors. 

    Students in this course are immersed in the visual riches of Oxford. Beginners and more advanced photographers spend much of their time in the field, pursuing assignments designed to improve their landscape, portraiture, art, and fashion photography skills. Students exhibit their best work at the end of the program. They require their own DSLR camera with USB cable, charger, manual, and at least one 8 GB memory card. Lab fee of $175 US for the Major; $100 US for the Minor.

    The course is an introduction to and appreciation of creative photography with the emphasis on a practical and hands-on approach to black and white photography. Class time includes lectures and discussions on technical, aesthetic and theoretical aspects of photography. The students receive one-on-one instruction and regular critiques of their work. Visits to galleries and viewing other photographic works form an integral part of the course. Students spend a substantial amount of time taking photographs and in the darkroom developing and printing their assignments and learning a variety of darkroom techniques. There is an exhibition of the student’s best work at the end of the course, which the students curate and hang, and to which all the student body and faculty are invited.

    Beginners and experienced photographers transform the city into their private studio, honing their skills on assignments that cover portraiture, urban landscapes, photojournalism, and art photography. All students exhibit their best work at the end of the program. Students need to bring their own DSLR camera with USB cable, charger, manual, and at least one 8GB memory card. Lab fee of $175 US for the Major; $75 US for the Minor.

    Students receive guidance in artistic, landscape, and portraiture photography. This helps them record their exploration of England and its culture, and to produce a comprehensive photographic record of their experiences. The class culminates in a formal exhibition. Students need their own DSLR camera with USB cable, charger, and at least one 8 GB memory card. Materials fee of $175 US for Majors; $75 US for Minors.

    Beginners and experienced photographers transform the city into their private studio, honing their skills on assignments that cover portraiture, urban landscapes, photojournalism, and art photography. All students exhibit their best work at the end of the program. Students need to bring their own DSLR camera with USB cable, charger, manual, and at least one 8GB memory card. Lab fee of $175 US for the Major course; $75 US for the Workshop.

    Students acquire the creative techniques required to become a photographer. Making full use of our historic location, framed by areas of stunning natural beauty, they learn an array of photographic processes. They go on to pursue their own interests as they build up their personal porfolio. The course culminates in an exhibition. Students require their own DSLR camera with USB cable, charger, manual, and at least one 8 GB memory card. Materials fee of $175 US for the Major; $75 US for the Minor.

    Students transform the city into their private studio, honing their skills on assignments that cover portraiture, urban landscapes, photojournalism, and art photography. All students exhibit their best work at the end of the program. Students need to bring their own DSLR camera with USB cable, charger, and at least one 8GB memory card. Lab fee of $175 US for the Major; $75 US for the Workshop.

  • In 21st-century working life, everyone will at some point be asked to deliver a presentation, regardless of their occupation. Being an effective and persuasive speaker requires flawless communication skills – verbal, nonverbal, and written. Students learn how to prepare and deliver compelling speeches to a large and critical audience. The syllabus covers the core principles of communication, the history of rhetoric, and techniques for overcoming speech anxiety. Students gain a sense of how to structure and organize information, skills of decision-making and leadership, and knowledge of how to present their ideas effectively.

    In 21st-century working life, everyone will at some point be asked to deliver a presentation, regardless of their occupation. Students learn how to prepare and deliver compelling speeches to a large and critical audience. The syllabus covers the core principles of communication, the history and theory of rhetoric, and techniques for overcoming speech anxiety. Students learn how to structure and organize information, gain decision-making skills, and acquire knowledge of how to present their ideas effectively. Workshop only.

    In 21st-century working life, everyone will at some point be asked to deliver a presentation, regardless of their occupation. Being an effective and persuasive speaker requires flawless communication skills – verbal, nonverbal, and written. Students learn how to prepare and deliver compelling speeches to a large and critical audience. The syllabus covers the core principles of communication, the history and theory of rhetoric, and techniques for overcoming speech anxiety. Students learn how to structure and organize information, gain decision-making skills, and acquire knowledge of how to present their ideas effectively. Workshop Only

    In 21st-century working life, everyone will at some point be asked to deliver a presentation, regardless of their occupation. Being an effective and persuasive speaker requires flawless communication skills – verbal, nonverbal, and written. Students learn how to prepare and deliver compelling speeches to a large and critical audience. The syllabus covers the core principles of communication, the history and theory of rhetoric, and techniques for overcoming speech anxiety. Students learn how to structure and organize information, gain decision-making skills, and knowledge of how to present their ideas effectively.

  • Students are introduced to the principles of writing for the screen, focusing on characterization, story development and narrative structure. They analyze various pilots and practice writing specs. Professionals from the industry address the class, offering insight into the world of writing in Hollywood and best practices for presenting work to agents, producers, and studios.

    By considering examples from a wide range of fiction, students discover how screenwriters interpret, innovate, and reinvent original works. They also look at how adaptations shape the perceptions of an audience, examine parodies of original texts, ideas, and genres, and conclude the course by scripting and storyboarding their own adaptations of a famous work.

  • Students practice major debating styles and strategies, engage in daily speaking exercises, orations, dialogues, and prepare and present regular debates. The culmination of the course is a formal debate in the historic debating chamber of The Cambridge Union Society. It is the oldest of its kind in the world, having been founded in 1815.

    From elocution to forming a convincing argument, this course provides students with a practical and diverse range of public speaking skills. Classwork also focuses on preparing and presenting regular debates on a variety of controversial topics related to New York and the United States. The course culminates in a formal debate judged by a panel of professionals. Workshop only.

    Students explore major debating styles and strategies, engage in daily speaking exercises, orations, and dialogues, and prepare and present regular debates. The culmination of the course is a formal debate in the historic debating chamber of the Oxford Union Society, founded in 1823 and one of the oldest university debating societies in the world.

    Students explore major debating styles and strategies, engage in daily speaking exercises, orations, and dialogues, and prepare and present regular debates. The culmination of the course is a formal debate in the historic debating chamber of the Oxford Union Society, founded in 1823 and one of the oldest university debating societies in the world.

  • This innovative course delves deeply into Shakespeare’s stage oeuvre in the landscape that inspired Macbeth, blending theoretical study with the development of skills in dramaturgy and criticism. Students seek to become Shakespearean dramaturgs capable of operating as creative, fluid, and motivating liaisons among the various agents required to bring the Bard’s works to life.

  • Students receive formal instruction in oils, watercolor, pastel, pencil, charcoal, clay, photography, and collage as they capture sights in Barcelona. Through their creative efforts, they discover their new home in a truly personal way and compile their own portfolio of original work. Materials fee of $250 US for the Major; $150 US for the Minor.

    Beginners and more advanced students receive instruction in a variety of media. They spend much of their time outside, sketching medieval towers, capturing pastoral landscapes, practicing their portrait skills, or discovering masterpieces in locations such as the Christ Church Picture Gallery. Students exhibit their best pieces at the end of the program. Materials fee of $250 US for the Major; $150 US for the Minor.

    Beginners and more advanced students receive instruction in a variety of media. They spend much of their time outside, sketching medieval towers, capturing pastoral landscapes, practicing their portrait skills, or discovering masterpieces in locations such as the Christ Church Picture Gallery. Students exhibit their best pieces at the end of the program. Materials fee of $250 US for the Major; $150 US for the Minor.

    Students on this course spend much of their time outside the studio. They sketch medieval towers, capture pastoral landscapes, practice their portrait skills, and discover masterpieces in locations like the Fitzwilliam Museum. Meanwhile they receive formal, professional instruction in sketching and painting in a variety of media. Their best work is exhibited at the end of the program. Materials fee of $250 US for Majors; $150 US for Minors.

    Students on this course spend much of their time outside the studio. They sketch medieval towers, capture pastoral landscapes, practice their portrait skills, and discover masterpieces in locations like the Fitzwilliam Museum. Meanwhile they receive formal, professional instruction in sketching and painting in a variety of media. Their best work is exhibited at the end of the program. Materials fee of $250 US for Majors; $150 US for Minors.

    This course uses art as the medium for imaginative engagement with the city. Students receive formal instruction in oils, watercolor, pastel, pencil, and charcoal, and spend their time capturing sights such as Notre Dame, imitating masterpieces at the Musée Rodin, or sketching a street scene in Montmartre. Their best work is exhibited at the end of the program. Materials fee of $250 US for Majors; $150 US for Minors.

Courses Taught in French

  • Ce cours invite les étudiants à utiliser les arts plastiques comme moyen d’expression face à la ville qu’ils découvrent. Après une initiation à différents médias tels l’aquarelle, le pastel, l’huile, le crayon, le fusain, et la photographie, les étudiants parcourent la ville et livrent leurs impressions sur papier. Ils croquent les passants à la Place de la Comédie, ils font des esquisses au Musée Fabre, peignent les petites places et ruelles médiévales, et font des collages de leurs oeuvres et photos. Les élèves s’initient également à différentes disciplines au travers d’ateliers (sculpture, sérigraphie, céramique, linogravure, etc.) et constituent un portfolio qu’ils présentent à la fin du programme. Supplément de $250 US pour la classe Majeure et de $150 US pour la classe Mineure.

    Visual Arts. This course invites students to discover the city through the visual and plastic arts. After an introduction to different media such as water color, pastel, oil, pencil, charcoal, and photography, the students keep an artistic record of their explorations of Montpellier. They sketch the crowds in the Place de la Comédie, and capture on canvas the small squares and medieval passages. At the end of the course, the students compile a portfolio that reflects their artistic interaction with and intimate knowledge of the city. Supplementary fee of $250 US for Majors; $150 US for Minors.

  • Ce cours permet aux étudiants de faire connaissance avec un éventail d’auteurs francophones ainsi que d’expérimenter le processus d’écriture. L’objectif, à travers la découverte des textes et l’exploration de la ville, est de stimuler l’imagination et la créativité des étudiants pour leur permettre de s’exprimer en s’essayant à différents genres.

    Creative Writing. In this course, students study a broad range of Francophone authors and explore the writing process.  Through the discovery of new texts and the exploration of the city, this course stimulates the students’ imagination and creativity by allowing them to express themselves through different writing styles.

  • Les étudiants découvrent l’histoire de la cuisine française, en étudiant des oeuvres de célèbres experts tels que Vatel, Escoffier, Brillat-Savarin, et Julia Child. Aux cours s’ajoutent de nombreuses visites et dégustations qui témoignent du haut niveau de la gastronomie montpelliéraine. Les étudiants participent à une série d’ateliers en cuisine sous la direction d’un grand chef de Montpellier. Supplément de $300 US pour la classe Majeure et de $250 US pour la classe Mineure.

    Culture and Cuisine. Students learn about the history of French cuisine, by studying such famed culinary experts as Vatel, Escoffier, Brillat-Savarin, and Julia Child. Classroom sessions are enhanced by visits to local markets, butchers, and pastry shops which bear witness to the outstanding gastronomy of Montpellier. In the last week of the program, several sessions are taught in the kitchens of one of the city's top chefs. Lab fee of $300US for Majors; $250 US for Minors

  • FOR STUDENTS WITH TWO YEARS OF FRENCH

    Using innovative and interactive teaching methods, this course offers a review of tenses and structures, as well as vocabulary-building exercises with a strong focus on conversational proficiency. Language learning is approached through a variety of activities, such as story-telling and role playing, and short thematic units that take advantage of the city and bring students into contact with local native speakers. In the language lab, students work on pronunciation and intonation, and also practice structures learned in class. Students are evaluated on the first day and placed in a group with others of a similar level.


    Minors: 

    Students enrolled in a language course on an immersion program choose from a variety of Minors, all of which are centered around a particular theme and emphasize language acquisition as well as focusing on developing the skills learned in the Major.

    Art : Students acquaint themselves with different techniques and media to create a portfolio that they present at the end of the program. Materials fee $150 US.

    Cultures françaises: Through a series of participatory workshops on film, pop-culture, music, art, and current affairs, students engage with the cultures that make modern France. 

    Gastronomie: Students combine cooking classes, visits to local bakeries, markets, and stores, to discover the history and evolution of French cuisine. Lab fee $250 US.

    Using innovative and interactive teaching methods, this course offers a review of tenses and structures, as well as vocabulary-building exercises with a strong focus on conversational proficiency. Language learning is approached through a variety of activities, such as storytelling and role playing, and short thematic units that take advantage of the city and bring students into contact with local native speakers. Students work on pronunciation and intonation, and also practice structures learned in class. They are evaluated on the first day and placed in a group with others of a similar level.

  • Etape du pèlerinage de Saint-Jacques de Compostelle et bastion du protestantisme pendant les guerres de religion, Montpellier est à la fois un haut lieu d’érudition depuis le Moyen Age, et un palimpseste de styles et d’époques qui contribuent fondamentalement – à travers un programme de visites et de cours – à la compréhension de l’histoire et la culture françaises et au caractère particulier du pays.

    History of France. Stopping point on the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, and bastion of Protestantism during the wars of religion, Montpellier is both a center of learning since the Middle Ages and a palimpsest of styles and periods which contribute – through a program of visits and coursework – to understanding French history and culture, and the particular character of the country.

  • A travers des visites journalières de musées, de galeries, de sites historiques dans la région, ainsi qu’à travers des cours de théorie, les élèves acquièrent les outils nécessaires pour lire, décrire et évaluer une oeuvre d’art. Le cours couvre toutes les périodes: l’antiquité, le médiéval, la Renaissance, le baroque, le classique, le romantisme, le réalisme, le modernisme, et toutes les formes d’expression artistique, telles la peinture, la sculpture, l’architecture ou la photographie.

    Art History. Through daily visits to the region’s museums, galleries, and historic sites, as well as through courses on theory, students acquire the tools to read, describe, and evaluate a work of art. The course covers all the periods: antiquity, the middle ages, the Renaissance, the baroque, the classical, romanticism, modernism, and all forms of artistic expression, including painting, sculpture, architecture, and photography.

    Les élèves apprennent à lire, décrire et évaluer une oeuvre d’art, par une approche multidisciplinaire indispensable à une compréhension de sa valeur significative et existentielle. La démarche permettra à l’étudiant de décoder le processus créateur de l’artiste ainsi que les réactions souvent violentes que l’oeuvre peut avoir suscitées. Le cours couvre tous les grands mouvements artistiques.

    Art History. Students learn to read, describe and evaluate a work of art through a multidisciplinary approach and an understanding of its value both existentially and historically. This approach permits students to decode the creative process of the artist, as well as the often violent reactions that the work provokes.  This course covers the major artistic movements.

  • Montpellier, dont la faculté de médecine compte parmi les plus anciennes d’Europe, est la destination rêvée pour les étudiants qui envisagent une carrière médicale. Dans ce cours, ils apprennent à établir l’histoire d’un patient et à mener un examen clinique; ils débattent de questions éthiques telles que l’euthanasie et le clonage et s’essaient à certaines pratiques médicales comme la dissection et l’extraction d’ADN. Ils examinent les médecines dites « douces » ainsi que de nouvelles formes de thérapie comme la musicothérapie. Ils visitent également le centre de médecine sportive et le célèbre Musée d’Anatomie de Montpellier.

    Medicine. Montpellier, whose medical school is counted among the oldest in Europe, is a dream destination for students aspiring to a medical career. In this course, they learn to take a patient’s medical history and conduct a clinical exam; they debate difficult ethical questions related to euthanasia and cloning and try their hand at various medical practices like dissections and DNA extractions. They discover alternative medicine such as musicotherapy and other new forms of therapy. Students also visit the sports medicine center and the famous Anatomy Museum of Montpellier.

  • A travers séminaires et visites, ce cours vise à dévoiler les recoins cachés de Paris afin d’en révéler l’histoire secrète allant de la tribu des Parisii à la révolution culturelle de 1968, en passant par les étapes clefs telles que la Grande Révolution, Napoléon, la Commune, et la Deuxième Guerre Mondiale, qui, notamment, en opposant résistants et collaborateurs, a contribué à désunir un peuple en marquant à jamais son identité nationale.

    Paris Through the Ages. Via seminars and visits, this course aims to reveal the hidden mysteries of Paris in order to expose its secret history, from the Parisii tribe all the way to the cultural revolution, including many key moments in between: the Revolution, Napoleon, the Commune, and the Second World War which, by opposing Resistants and collaborators, tore a people apart and inexorably altered the French national identity. 

  • Paris a inspiré les plus célèbres artistes, cinéastes, écrivains, et créateurs. Parfois la ville lumière joue un rôle principal dans leur œuvre, parfois elle n’est que son inspiration. A travers ce cours pluridisciplinaire -- qui allie promenades en ville, visites des musées, films, lectures, et exercices d’écriture -- les étudiants découvrent comment Paris a été imaginé et représenté par différents artistes, tout en travaillant leurs propres créations multimédia.

    Paris: City of Imagination. Paris has inspired the world’s most famous artists, filmmakers, writers, designers, and performers. Sometimes the city of lights has featured as the star of their work, and at other times it has simply been the inspiration behind it. In this interdisciplinary course that combines walking tours, museum visits, film screenings, readings, and writing exercises, students discover and analyze the various ways in which Paris has been depicted and brought to life in artists’ work while simultaneously creating their own multimedia Paris portfolios.

  • Ce cours avancé d’expression orale et écrite s’adresse aux étudiants qui veulent enrichir leur vocabulaire et approfondir leur connaissance de la grammaire française et de ses complexités tels que l’emploi du subjonctif et du conditionnel, la concordance des temps et le choix des pronoms personnels et relatifs. Les étudiants lisent la presse nationale et regardent des extraits de films contemporains, ils discutent de questions de société et de sujets d’actualité et s’initient à l’art du débat. Ils s’essaient à différents types d’écriture et créent un portfolio qu’ils présentent à la fin du programme. 

    Perfecting the Language. This advanced course focusing on oral and written expression is designed for students who wish to enrich their vocabulary and improve their understanding of French grammar and its complexities, such as the use of the subjunctive and the conditional tenses, verb tense agreement and the choice of personal and relative pronouns. Students read the national press and examine excerpts from contemporary films, they discuss current events and social issues and are introduced to the art of debate. They work on different types of writing and create a portfolio that they present at the end of the program.

    Ce cours avancé d’expression orale et écrite s’adresse aux étudiants qui veulent enrichir leur vocabulaire et approfondir leur connaissance de la grammaire française et de ses complexités tels que l’emploi du subjonctif et du conditionnel, la concordance des temps et le choix des pronoms personnels et relatifs. Les étudiants lisent la presse régionale et nationale et regardent des extraits de films contemporains, ils discutent de questions de société et de sujets d’actualité et s’initient à l’art du débat. Ils s’essaient à différents types d’écriture et créent un portfolio qu’ils présentent à la fin du programme. 

  • Photographes débutants et expérimentés transforment la ville en leur studio privé afin de parfaire leur talent au travers de projets couvrant portraits, paysages urbains, photojournalisme, et photographie d’art. Les étudiants exposent leur meilleur travail à la fin du programme. Les étudiants doivent emporter leur propre appareil photo DSLR, avec son câble USB, chargeur, et au moins une carte mémoire de 8GB. Supplément de $175 US pour la classe Majeure et de $75 US pour la classe Mineure.

    Photography. Beginners and experienced photographers transform the city into their private studio, honing their skills on assignments that cover portraiture, urban landscapes, photojournalism, and art photography. All students exhibit their best work at the end of the program. Students need to bring their own DSLR camera with USB cable, charger, manual, and at least one 8GB memory card. Lab fee of $175 US for the Major; $75 US for the Workshop. 

  • En cette année d’élection présidentielle, ce cours vise à exposer les étudiants aux concepts de base, ainsi qu’aux principales méthodes de la science politique. Le cours commence par traiter des origines de cette grande discipline, de son émergence, et de ses principaux composants intellectuels, avant d’aborder les grands thèmes qui, aujourd’hui, dominent ses débats en France : la reprise, l’immigration, la loi sur le travail, la terreur, et le futur de l’Union Européenne.

    Politics. In this presidential election year, this course aims to expose students to the basic concepts and principal methods of political science. The class begins by addressing the origins of the discipline, its emergence and main intellectual components, before tackling the topics that dominate political debate in France today: economic recovery, immigration, labor laws, terrorism, and the future of the European Union.

  • Dans l’optique de cerner la complexité des relations agissant sur des régions aussi différentes que le Moyen et l’Extrême Orient, l’Afrique et l’Amérique du Sud, les étudiants se familiarisent avec les principaux modèles théoriques qui gouvernent les relations internationales à l’aide d’une série d’études de cas spécifiques, menées par des experts en la matière. Les étudiants sont ensuite amenés à organiser leur propre sommet traitant d’un important problème d’actualité.

    International Relations. With a goal toward grasping the complexity of the relationships at play in regions as disparate as the Middle East, Far East, Africa, and South America, students become familiar with the principal theoretical models that govern international relations, thanks to a series of case studies led by experts in the field. Students go on to organize a mock summit focusing on a critical current issue.

  • À une époque où les comportements sociaux deviennent de plus en plus difficiles à comprendre ou à prévoir, ce cours sert d’introduction à la sociologie telle qu’elle est enseignée à l’université. Commençant avec Comte, Durkheim, et Weber, les étudiants découvrent l’histoire de la discipline avant de s’attaquer à la sociologie moderne à travers des études qualitatives et quantitatives.

    Sociology. At a time when social conventions are becoming increasingly difficult to understand and predict, this course provides an introduction to sociology as taught at the university level. Beginning with Comte, Durkheim, and Weber, students discover the history of the subject before tackling modern sociology through qualitative and quantitative analysis.

Courses Taught in Spanish

  • En esta clase los estudiantes conocen Barcelona desde la óptica del Modernismo, sus postulados, afirmacines y consecuencas sobre la sociedad de la ciudad. A la discusión se suman experiencias de muy diversas formas artísticas y culturales: pintura, arquitectura, literatura, fotografía, diseño y gastronomía son aspectos que conforman cada clase. Los estudiantes mejoran su español al mismo tiempo que descubren distintos barrios, visitan museos, acuden a exposiciones y degustan la gastronomía de la ciudad.

    Barcelona and Modern Culture. This interdisciplinary course examines the art, architecture, literature, music, cuisine and latest trends that have shaped Barcelona over the last century. From the Modernismo movement at the turn of the century to the Spanish Civil War and more recent events, such as Spain's acceptance into the European Union and the 1992 Olympics, Barcelona has become a significant player on the world stage. Classes involve readings, guest speakers, and visits to contemporary art studios and museums, with the aim of introducing students to the most notable artists and thinkers – from Gaudí and Miró to the tenor José Carreras and the celebrated chef Ferran Adrià – whose contributions have shaped, and continue to shape, Barcelona.

  • De la mano de un artista, los estudiantes se inician en distintas técnicas como la acuarela, el óleo, el carboncillo, el modelaje con arcilla, o el grabado, con las que plasman su relación artística con la ciudad. La práctica del arte se complementa con visitas a talleres de artistas y artesanos de la ciudad, como ceramistas o escultores. Para su trabajo final, los estudiantes recopilan un portafolio que presentan al final del programa. La cuota de laboratorio es de $250 US para la clase Principal, y de $150 US por la clase Complementaria.

    Fine Arts. This course invites students to use the fine arts as a medium of expression in their discovery of the city of Salamanca. After an introduction to different techniques including watercolors, oil painting, charcoal, and photography, students explore the city and capture their impressions on paper. They sketch passersby in the Plaza Mayor, traverse the streets of the historic center and make collages of their artworks and photos. For their final project, students compile a portfolio which they present at the end of the program. Materials fee of $250 US for Majors; $150 US for Minors.

  • Uno de los puertos mas activos del Mediterraneo, Barcelona es una ciudad a la par con las gran ciudades europeanas tanto por su cultura como por el comercio. Y a la vez, Barcelona es parte de la region de Cataluna, una region de fuerte tradicion independiente, con un gobierno regional semi-autonoma y su propio idioma.

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  • Los alumnos se familiarizan con los elementos clave de las diversas culturas hispánicas, sus diferencias y sus puntos en común. El estudio se aborda a través de la historia, el arte, la literatura y la lengua. Mediante visitas a lugares históricos de la ciudad los estudiantes descubren la importancia de Salamanca en el gran encuentro de culturas que supuso el Descubrimiento de América. Los estudiantes mejoran su español al mismo tiempo que aprenden a identificar los principales dialectos del español gracias a textos y documentos audiovisuales.

    Hispanic Cultures. Students become familiar with the key elements of the various Hispanic cultures, their differences and their commonalities. This is done through studying the history, art, literature and the language of Spain. Through visits to historical sites of the city, students discover the importance of Salamanca in the great meeting of cultures that marked the discovery of America. Students improve their Spanish while learning to identify the main dialects of Spanish through texts and audiovisual documents.

  • De la mano de chefs, críticos gastronómicos, nutricionistas e historiadores, esta asignatura es un placer para los sentidos. Los estudiantes ganan confianza con el español mezclándose con locales visitando mercados, panaderías, pastelerías y carnicerías. Los estudiantes descubren la rica diversidad gastronómica española y catalana, de gran relevancia en la actualidad, pues cocineros español escomo Ferrán Adrià y los hermanos Rocason reconocidos mundialmente. Al mismo tiempo los alumnos aprenden sobre la dieta mediterránea y sus bondades para la salud. La cuota de laboratorio es de $300 US para la clase Major; $250 US para la clase Minor.

    Culture and Cuisine. Students learn about the history of Spanish cuisine by focusing both on regional specialties such as paella, Andalusian gazpacho, and pintxos, and on the role that Barcelona has come to play in the culinary world. Students gain confidence in their Spanish skills via regular visits to Barcelona's produce markets, including the spectacular Boquería, built in 1836, pasteleríascarnicerías, and panaderías, and while learning to make the most beloved and delicious traditional Spanish delicacies. In the last week of the program, students participate in several hands-on cooking workshops given by local experts. Lab fee of $300 US for Majors; $250 US for Minors.

    De la mano de chefs, críticos gastronómicos e historiadores, esta asignatura es un placer para los sentidos. En ella se explora la evolución de la cocina, especialmente española, desde la Edad Media, con la incorporación de la cocina árabe y judía y el cultivo de especias; pasando por la Edad Moderna, con la introducción de ingredientes del Nuevo Mundo y las influencias de la cocina europea; y hasta la actualidad, en la que cocineros españoles como Ferrán Adrià, los hermanos Roca o José Andrés son reconocidos mundialmente. Los estudiantes ganan confianza con el español mientras se mezclan con locales visitando mercados, panaderías, pastelerías y carnicerías, y aprenden a cocinar los platos más conocidos de la rica gastronomía de España. La cuota de laboratorio es de $300 US por la clase Principal, y de $150 US por la clase Complementaria.

    Culture and Cuisine. Students learn about the history of Spanish cuisine by focusing on the role of food in Spanish culture and by exploring regional specialties such as Valencian paella, Andalusian gazpacho, and Basque pintxos. Students gain confidence in their Spanish skills while visiting local markets, bakeries, butcher shops, and learning how to make the most beloved and delicious traditional Spanish delicacies. Lab fee of $300 US for Majors; $150 US for Minors.

  • Este curso está diseñado para que los estudiantes desarrollen sus habilidades lingüísticas y creativas en un entorno extraordinario como es la ciudad de Salamanca. Descubriendo las iglesias, palacios, monumentos, barrios y cafés que han formado parte del decorado de relatos, leyendas, novelas y poemas, los alumnos dan rienda suelta a la imaginación y crean su propia relación literaria en un escenario nuevo y extraño, dejando huella de tales impresiones en un diario de viaje que sin duda les acompañará toda la vida.

    Creative Writing. Students develop their linguistic and creative skills in the extraordinary environment of Salamanca. While exploring the churches, palaces, monuments, neighborhoods, and cafés that have long been the setting for stories, legends, novels and poems, students unleash their imagination and create their own literary relationship with a new and foreign scenery. Students leave Salamanca with a travel diary filled with the impressions that will undoubtedly accompany them throughout their life.  

  • En este curso los estudiantes desarrollan su propia visión fotográfica de Barcelona y se sumergen en las riquezas visuales de la ciudad, como la arquitectura y el arte callejero. Tanto los principiantes como los fotógrafos más avanzados hacen de la ciudad su estudio; trabajan el retrato, el paisaje urbano, el fotoperiodismo y la fotografía artística. Al final del programa los estudiantes exponen sus mejores trabajos. Los estudiantes necesitan una cámara digital con cable USB, cargador, manual y tarjeta de 8GB. La cuota de laboratorio es de $175 US para la clase de Major; $100 US para la clase Minor

    Students transform the city of Barcelona into their private studio, honing their skills on assignments that cover portraiture, urban art, photojournalism, and art photography. All students exhibit their best work at the end of the program. Students need to bring their own digital camera with USB cable, charger, manual, and at least one 8GB memory card. Lab fee of $175 US for the Major; $100 US for the Workshop.

    En este curso los estudiantes comprenden y aprenden a dominar los procesos básicos de la técnica fotográfica, para centrar la atención en los aspectos comunicativos y estéticos de este lenguaje. Al mismo tiempo viajan por la historia de la fotografía, des del daguerrotipo a la era digital. Durante el camino se familiarizan con la obra de los fotógrafos más importantes de la historia de este arte. Al final del programa los estudiantes exponen sus mejores trabajos. La cuota de laboratorio es de $175 US por la clase Principal, y de $100 US por la clase Complementaria.

    Photography. Students acquire the creative techniques required to become a photographer. Making full use of our historic location, framed by areas of stunning natural beauty, they learn an array of photographic processes. They go on to pursue their own interests as they build up their personal porfolio. The course culminates in an exhibition. Materials fee of $175 US for the Major; $100 US for the Minor.

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    A partir de las numerosas y variadas manifestaciones artísticas que ofrece la ciudad, los estudiantes se adentran en la evolución del arte a través del tiempo y aprenden a contextualizar las obras en el marco histórico, social y estilístico; y a relacionarlas con otras manifestaciones culturales como la literatura y la música. El curso pretende enseñar las nociones básicas de la historia del arte, desarrollar la sensibilidad artística y profundizar en la capacidad analítica, oral y escrita, en español.

    Art History. Exploring the evolution of art over time, students learn to examine and describe the works in their historical, social and stylistic context, as well as relate them to other culturally significant works in literature and music.  This course aims to teach the basics of art history, develop artistic sensibility and deepen the analytical and descriptive –both written and oral – abilities of students in a language that is not their own.  Students use the city as their classroom, visiting sites of Roman engineering, through the Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque ruins that are found in Salamanca.  In addition, students visit the museum of modern and contemporary art in the city.  The course culminates with a tour of the Spanish art in the Prado Museum in Madrid.

  • Aprovechando los extraordinarios recursos que nos ofrece Salamanca, este curso pretende disipar los mitos y desenmarañar las contradicciones de esta época. Teniendo como aulas las catedrales y los conventos, los claustros y las ruinas, los estudiantes descubren un período que fue testigo de gran progreso en la ciencia, la filosofía y las artes, mientras aprenden acerca de la vida cotidiana, a menudo cargada de peligro mortal, ya fuera por enfermedades, guerras, conflictos entre señores feudales y campesinos enojados o, más tarde, en el período de la Inquisicón, por la batalla por la uniformidad de herejes y judíos. Inspiración para cineastas y autores de novelas históricas, la Edad Media marcó el nacimiento de Europa.

    Medieval History. Using Salamanca’s extraordinary resources, the course sets out to dissipate the myths, and unravel the contradictions, of the Middle Ages.  Using cathedrals and convents, cloisters and ruins as their classrooms, students discover a period that witnessed tremendous progress in science, philosophy, and the arts while learning about daily existences that were often fraught with mortal danger, whether from disease, war, feudal overlords, angry peasants, or, later in the period, the Inquisition, which took the battle for uniformity to heretics and Jews.   An inspirational period for authors of historical novels and filmmakers alike, the Middle Ages marked the birth of Europe.

  • Este curso es un recorrido por una selección de los textos más destacados de la literatura española e hispanoamericana, de la mano de escritores, estudiosos de la lengua española y personas que se dedican a la edición. Con Salamanca como telón de fondo, los estudiantes se adentran en las obras más importantes de la literatura española, como El Lazarillo, La Celestina o el Quijote, y expanden sus horizontes intelectuales con las creaciones literarias de otros tiempos y lugares.

    Hispanic Literature. Led by writers, scholars of Spanish language, and specialists in the field, this course is a journey through a selection of the most important texts of Spanish and Latin American literature. With Salamanca as a backdrop, students delve into the most famous works of Spanish Literature including El Lazarillo, La Celestina, and Don Quixote, and expand their intellectual horizons with literary works from other important places and times. 

  • En este curso los estudiantes aprenden a reunir la Historia Clínica del paciente; prueban algunas prácticas médicas como la disección y la extracción de ADN; y estudian la complejidad de la organización de sistemas como el digestivo o el cardiovascular, valorando la función individual y las relaciones entre ellos para comprender la estrecha relación que tienen las patologías. Al mismo tiempo debaten y toman perspectiva de cómo la ciencia se relaciona con temas éticos, morales, religiosos, económicos y legales, como pueden ser el aborto, la eutanasia o el negocio de las industrias farmacéuticas.

    Medicine. In this course, students learn to take a patient history and carry out a clinical exam; they debate ethical questions such as euthanasia and cloning; and they try out medical practices like dissection and the extraction of DNA. Through discussions and experiments, they are introduced to both research and practice in the field of medicine, and they explore the pathologies of certain diseases.

  • Este curso introduce a los participantes en el mundo de los negocios internacionales y familiariza a los estudiantes con las instituciones y principales prácticas económicas y financieras. Los alumnos visitan instituciones como la Facultad de Economía y Empresa de la Universidad de Salamanca y se adentran en varios temas financieros y de negocios. Los proyectos del curso incluyen estudios de casos de empresas reales, juegos sobre la inversión, y el desarrollo de un plan de negocio para la puesta en marcha de una empresa.

    International Business. This course introduces students to the world of international business. They gain first-hand knowledge of current issues in the world of business and economics by studying Spanish corporations. They visit the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Salamanca and tackle case studies and investment games. To cap off the course, students present a business plan for the launch of a company.

  • Este curso de expresión oral y escrita se dirige a los estudiantes que quieren enriquecer su vocabulario y afianzar el conocimiento de la gramática española, como el empleo del condicional y del subjuntivo, la conjugación de los tiempos verbales, o la elección de los pronombres personales y relativos. Los estudiantes leen la prensa regional y nacional, visionan extractos de películas contemporáneas, discuten sobre temas de actualidad y se inician en el arte del debate.

    Perfecting the Language. This advanced course focusing on oral and written expression is designed for students who wish to enrich their vocabulary and improve their understanding of Spanish grammar and its complexities, such as the use of the subjunctive and the conditional tenses, verb tense agreement and the choice of personal and relative pronouns. Students read the national press and examine excerpts from contemporary films, they discuss current events and social issues and are introduced to the art of debate. They work on different types of writing and create a portfolio that they present at the end of the program.

    Este curso de expresión oral y escrita se dirige a los estudiantes que quieren enriquecer su vocabulario y afianzar el conocimiento de la gramática española, como el empleo del condicional y del subjuntivo, la conjugación de los tiempos verbales, o la elección de los pronombres personales y relativos. Los estudiantes leen la prensa regional y nacional, visionan extractos de películas contemporáneas, discuten sobre temas de actualidad y se inician en el arte del debate.

    This advanced course focusing on oral and written expression is designed for students who wish to enrich their vocabulary and improve their understanding of Spanish grammar and its complexities, such as the use of the subjunctive and the conditional tenses, verb tense agreement and the choice of personal and relative pronouns. Students read the national press and examine excerpts from contemporary films, they discuss current events and social issues and are introduced to the art of debate. They work on different types of writing and create a portfolio that they present at the end of the program.

    This advanced course focusing on oral and written expression is designed for students who wish to enrich their vocabulary and improve their understanding of Spanish grammar and its complexities, such as the use of the subjunctive and the conditional tenses, verb tense agreement and the choice of personal and relative pronouns. Students read the national press and examine excerpts from contemporary films, they discuss current events and social issues and are introduced to the art of debate. They work on different types of writing and create a portfolio that they present at the end of the program.

  • Los estudiantes se convierten en periodistas. Investigan sobre los temas presentes en la agenda internacional y perfeccionan sus habilidades de investigación, escritura, locución y edición, para plasmar sus indagaciones en formatos propios de la prensa escrita y audiovisual. Paralelamente los estudiantes reflexionan sobre cuestiones éticas relativas a la responsabilidad periodística.

    Journalism. Students in this course transform into journalists as they investigate current international issues and perfect their research, writing, editing, and presentation skills. They experiment with print and broadcast media, and debate the ethical issues involved in journalistic responsibility.

  • Dentro de la óptica de delimitar la complejidad de las relaciones que existen en regiones como el Oriente Medio, África y Sudamérica, los estudiantes se familiarizan con los principales modelos teóricos que influyen en las relaciones internacionales y examinan una serie de estudios de casos, guiados por expertos en la materia. Al final del curso los estudiantes organizan su propia cumbre acerca de un problema importante de actualidad.

    International Relations. With a goal toward grasping the complexity of the relationships at play in regions as disparate as the Middle East, Africa, and South America, students become familiar with the principal theoretical models that govern international relations, and examine a series of case studies, led by experts in the field. At the end of the course, students organize a mock summit focusing on a critical current issue.

  • El objetivo de este curso es el conocimiento y el manejo de las principales estrategias retóricas empleadas en la elaboración de diferentes tipos de discurso, como los discursos políticos o publicitarios. Los estudiantes mejoran su manejo de la lengua española mientras indagan en la dimensión retórica del lenguaje, prestando especial atención en la lógica, los tipos de argumentos y las diferentes técnicas de persuasión.

    Rhetoric. This course introduces students to the principal rhetorical strategies employed in different types of discourse, such as political speeches and advertising. Students improve their Spanish language skills while delving into the rhetorical dimension of language, paying particular attention to logic, the various types of argument, and different techniques of persuasion.

  • Using innovative and interactive teaching methods, this course offers a review of tenses and structures, as well as vocabulary-building exercises with a strong focus on conversational proficiency. Language learning is approached through a variety of activities, such as storytelling and role playing, and short thematic units that take advantage of the city and bring students into contact with local native speakers.Students are evaluated on the first day and placed in a group with others of a similar level.

  • This course covers elements of language and grammar with a focus on conversational proficiency. Language learning is approached through theater, cinema, gastronomy, music, regional cultures, and literature. A special emphasis is placed on exercises that bring students into contact with local native speakers. Students are evaluated on the first day of class and placed in a group with others of similar ability. Classes are taught entirely in Spanish, so as to create an immersive environment and optimize language learning.

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