Short-Term Courses Abroad

Would you like to study abroad for less than a full semester? Consider a short-term winter or summer program taught by a professor from Lang. Program descriptions are provided below, and you can contact us at for additional information. In order to participate in any of these programs, you must be in good academic and disciplinary standing. If you choose to enroll, you are responsible for the program fee, airfare, some meals, and incidentals. Apply.

Application Deadlines

February 20 (summer programs, except Poland, South Korea, and Verona)

Important note: Once you are accepted into a study abroad program, apply for your passport immediately to ensure that you receive it before the departure date. Do not apply for a travel visa (where applicable) until your program has been confirmed.

Winter 2015 Programs


Citizenship and Globalization in Contemporary Buenos Aires
Winter (3 weeks), 4 credits
This intensive winter-break program offers students an opportunity to study the relationship between democratic citizenship and neoliberal globalization as experienced by Porteños in the city of Buenos Aires. It is an immersion in the history and politics of modern Argentina. The program combines rigorous classroom studies and experiential learning in the form of fieldwork/site visits, arranged in three thematic areas. The first surveys the formation of modern Argentina by focusing on the displacement of indigenous peoples, "creolization" of the country, and mass immigration. The second part examines three key elements that have shaped contemporary public life: 1) military dictatorship; 2) the return of political democracy and liberalization of economic life; and 3) transformation of the country into a market-centered society. The last part is an analysis of the way elites and nonelite groups, in the course of practicing citizenship in daily life, have altered and restructured globalization from below, creating new ways of life in Buenos Aires. Argentina's experience is now paradigmatic and useful for understanding the crises facing other countries. There are no prerequisites, but priority consideration is given to juniors and seniors who are in good academic standing and have studied subjects such as Spanish, politics, economics, sociology, history, urban studies, and globalization.

Informational Flyer - Buenos Aires (PDF)

South Africa

Democracy & Diversity Institute in Johannesburg
Winter Break (2 weeks), 6 credits
Sponsored by The New School for Social Research's Transregional Center for Democratic Studies (TCDS), the Democracy & Diversity Institute brings together students of diverse backgrounds to research democracy and nation building. Building on the achievements of the Cape Town Institute (1997­–2009), the Johannesburg program offers graduate study centered on the theme The World in Crisis: A Critical Reading. The program, which fosters relationships between scholars from different geographical locales, offers students learning experiences through which they gain intellectual and practical insights into an increasingly global society. In Johannesburg, students take two intensive seminars taught by prominent academics and social activists from the United States and South Africa. These are upper-level courses that will include graduate students from NSSR and young scholars and NGO activists from Africa. Prerequisites: 3.0 minimum GPA and completion of 60 credits prior to departure, including foundational courses in the social sciences.

Summer 2015 Programs


Urban Change and Chinese Language in Shanghai
Summer (4 weeks), 6 credits
This five-week summer immersion program combines classroom study of Chinese language and culture with field trips, giving students an opportunity to observe the radical urban change occurring in China by observing the dynamic global city of Shanghai. During their stay in Shanghai, students complete two courses: a seminar-style class focusing on contemporary Chinese urban, cultural, and social development and a Chinese language course (all levels offered). In addition, students are encouraged to work on an urban research project addressing an issue such as socioeconomic class, housing, and consumption in a specific community in Shanghai. Prerequisite: 2.8 minimum GPA and at least sophomore standing by the start of the program. No prior knowledge of Chinese is required.
Informational Flyer - Shanghai (PDF)
Application Form - Shanghai (PDF)


Berlin—Days of Rage: Exploring Militancy and Political Action at the Freie Universität Berlin
Summer (4 weeks), 4 credits
Each summer, a Lang instructor leads a course during a four-week summer session at the Freie Universität Berlin Summer (FUBiS). First, this course will investigate the many similarities between the young, middle-class radicals of the Red Army Faction and The Weather Underground: from a shared set of values to their strategies and language. Both groups started their operations in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Second, the class will explore how the Californian counterculture of that time informed emerging Internet culture, leading up to the question if Anonymous (today's loosely associated international network of hackers, hoaxers and whistleblowers) is a modern-day equivalent to the RAF and Weather Underground. We'll learn that moral indignation, militancy and disruptive acts of civil disobedience online can play both constructive and harmful roles in efforts at positive social change. Field trips and seminar-style discussions of texts by Gabriella Coleman, Fred Turner, Jeremy Varon and others will alternate with screeenings of films by Sam Green, Margaretha von Trotta, Brian Knappenberger, Alexander Kluge, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and Harun Farocki. The Freie Universität Berlin offers a variety of other classes that students can take, at an additional expense. Prerequisites: 2.8 minimum GPA and at least sophomore status by the start of the program.

Informational Flyer - Berlin (PDF)
Application Form - Berlin (PDF)


Literature and Language in Verona
Deadline January 30th
Summer (4 weeks), 6 credits
Arrangements are made for students to stay in private homes.
Verona is one of Italy's most beautiful provincial capitals, with a rich and varied artistic and architectural heritage. The Lang program consists of two courses: Romeo and Juliet: Politics, Love and Kinship, taught by Professor Paul Kottman; and an Italian literature and language course, taught by a professor from Italy. Students explore sites in Verona and around Veneto. Optional excursions may include performances at the Verona Opera and the Shakespeare festival and a day trip to Venice. Prerequisite: 3.25 minimum GPA and at least sophomore status by start of the program. Prior knowledge of Italian is preferred but not required.

Informational Flyer - Verona (PDF)
Application Form - Verona (PDF)

Seoul, Korea

Art of Film at Hanyang University

Summer (3 weeks), 3-6 credits

Seoul is considered the heart of Asia, a cosmopolitan center of financial, political, commercial, recreational, and cultural affairs. Every year, Hanyang International Summer hosts courses (taught entirely in English) to international students from around the globe. Students can also experience aspects of Korean culture by participating in field trips, excursions, and cultural programs. The New School program permits students to enroll in up to two courses at Hanyang University in Seoul. Students will also register in at least one of the courses taught by one of our faculty members, Professor Melissa Friedling from Media Studies. If interested, students can supplement their studies with a second course through the broader curriculum offered at Hanyang University. Prerequisite: 2.8 minimum GPA and at least sophomore status by the start of the program.

Application Form -Korea


Death and Rebirth: Genocide and Human Rights in Rwanda
Summer (3 weeks in-country/5 weeks pre-departure online), 4 credits
This experiential learning program and study visit brings together US students and Rwandan peers in a unique hybrid learning environment to study the 1994 genocide, reconstruction, and human rights achievements and challenges in Rwanda. During the first part of the program, US students will participate in a 5-week online introduction to the history, culture and politics of Rwanda and, to a lesser extent, the Great Lakes region. Topics to be addressed include: a) the roots of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, b) the role its legacy has played within Rwanda and the region, c) “good” governance and the Rwanda Patriotic Front, and d) how the country is attempting to rebuild today. Students will then travel to Rwanda, where they will join with Rwandan peers in a three week intensive Global Youth Connect program to learn about human rights achievements and challenges in Rwanda. They will participate in seminar discussions and work collaboratively to identify concrete action steps to support current and future efforts for human rights protection and promotion. Through a combination of workshops, site visits, advocacy meetings, and volunteer service with grassroots NGOs, students will learn and act on key human rights issues in Rwanda that may include: gender and human rights, human rights of children, LGBT populations, historically marginalized indigenous groups (i.e. Ba’Twa), refugees, poverty reduction, and public health.The program is designed to give optimal access to Rwanda’s history and people. It is an intensive program geared for highly motivated students. Previous coursework in genocide studies, human rights, and history of sub-Saharan Africa is helpful but not required. Prerequisite: 3.0 minimum GPA required and at least sophomore status by the start of the program. Previous coursework in genocide, memory studies, or African history is helpful but not required.

Informational Flyer - Rwanda (PDF)

Application Form - Rwanda (PDF)


Studying Theater in Edinburgh
Summer (2 weeks), 3 credits
See contemporary theater, cutting-edge dance, classical music, art exhibitions, and book fairs in Scotland. Experience Edinburgh and the surrounding breathtaking landscape and culture through travel and art. At the Edinburgh Fringe and International Festival, founded in 1947, more than 17,000 performers come to Scotland from some of the most important companies worldwide and stage their work in 300 venues. Under the guidance of Theater faculty member Zishan Ugurlu, students will delve into the field of dramatic criticism through the lens of the actor, director, and playwright. Every night in this two-week course, students will see cutting-edge performances at the Edinburgh Fringe and International Festival and record their impressions. Integrating performance terminology, students will investigate the choices presented in each production. This class will challenge students to not only appreciate art, but also develop their own critical voices. No previous acting experience necessary. This course is three credits and fulfills the requirement for LINA. Prerequisite: 2.5 minimum GPA required and at least sophomore status by the start of the program. 
Informational Flyer - Edinburgh (PDF)
Application Form - Edinburgh (PDF)


Democracy & Diversity Institute in Wroclaw
Summer (3 weeks), 6 credits
Sponsored by The New School for Social Research's Transregional Center for Democratic Studies (TCDS), the Democracy & Diversity Institute brings together students of diverse backgrounds to research democracy and nation building. Wroclaw is an ideal place in which to observe the peaceful creation of a transnational European union in an interdependent world fraught with conflict and ethnic and religious tensions. The institute is devoted to understanding the lessons of Europe's ongoing cooperative efforts to establish political and economic unity across national borders, such as the formation of the European Union, adoption of the Euro, and even standardization of educational credit for transfer. In Wroclaw, students take two intensive seminars taught by prominent academics and social activists from the United States and Europe. These are upper-level courses that include graduate students from NSSR and young scholars and NGO activists from Poland and other countries. There are many opportunities for interaction with local academics at the University of Lower Silesia, as well as educational tours to historical sites and workshops with an applied policy focus. Prerequisites: 3.0 minimum GPA and completion of 60 credits prior to departure, including foundational courses in the social sciences.

Past Programs : Not Currently Offered


Youth, Education, and Politics of "Development" in Cambodia
Summer (5 weeks), 8 credits
Education studies professor Jaskiran Dhillon will lead an international civic engagement program examining contemporary Cambodian politics, with a focus on youth and development work. In addition to attending the academic seminar (3 credits), students will study Khmer, Cambodia's national language (2 credits), and complete a fieldwork-based project in partnership with local community organizations in Siem Reap working on education, poverty, health care, and housing (3 credits). Open to Eugene Lang College students with a 3.3 minimum GPA, 60 or more credits earned before the program start date, prior experience in community development or work with NGOs, and enrollment in LEDU3510/Cambodia in spring 2014.
Informational flyer - Cambodia (PDF)
Application Form - Cambodia (PDF)


Indigenous Human Rights in the Amazon
Summer (3 weeks), 3 credits
This one-of-a-kind program will give students the opportunity to travel into the Amazon rainforest environments to investigate the human rights of the indigenous natives that inhabit the South American jungles of Guyana. With expert wilderness and indigenous guides, and lodging at internationally renowned research centers, students will be able immerse themselves into the rainforest way of life in the “Guyana Shield”, the Amazon rainforest region that borders Brazil and Venezuela. In contrast to a misconception that resource management is limited to “scientists”, forest management in South America is a deeply socio-political decision-making process where public policy, ecology and human rights all intersect. As a final project, students will produce a campaign tool kit that will meet the identified needs of the indigenous communities living in the forest. Ultimately, this program will place students on the front lines of international environmental policy in Latin America.
The program has been designed to give optimal access to the living traditions and cultural ways of life of indigenous forest dwelling Guyanese. Students are expected to carry out field research in the form of interviews and cultural documentation on week long field trips. There will be site visits with at least 5 different AmerIndian communities in the Iwokrama rainforest and the Rupununi rainforest which will include “trekking” into multiple rainforest reserves.. These trips are essential to learn about native stewardship efforts and obstacles to protecting their life-sustaining tropical rainforest ecology. Presentations will also be provided by indigenous botanists and healers, wildlife experts, and partner NGO’s that work in the forest.
There is no language pre-requisite as the national language is English. Tentative Dates July 21st-August 10th
Informational Flyer - Guyana (PDF)
Application Form - Guyana (PDF)


Living Buddhist Culture
Summer (3 weeks), 5 credits

Led by religious studies instructor Michael Sheehy, students investigate and document Tibetan Buddhist philosophy, visual and ritual culture, and contemplative practices in Lhasa, Tibet. They explore monasteries and sacred spaces in site visits, lectures, and an interactive multimedia project. Prerequisite: 2.5 minimum GPA.