Faculty-Led Programs

  • Would you like to study abroad for less than a full semester? Consider a short-term winter or summer program taught by a Lang professor. 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. Contact us at for additional information. To apply, log in to MyNewSchool and click the red GoAbroad link under the Academics tab.  

    Application Deadlines

    October 16 (winter programs)
    March 1 (summer programs)
    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.

    Summer 2017 Programs


    Buenos Aires — Citizenship and Globalization
    Summer (4 weeks), 4 credits 
    This program enables students to study the relationship between democratic citizenship and neoliberal globalization as experienced by porteños in the city of Buenos Aires. This program is an immersion in the history and politics of modern Argentina, with a focus on the relationship between democratic citizenship and neoliberal globalization in contemporary Buenos Aires. The program combines rigorous classroom studies, experiential learning, and 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 moments that have had enduring influence in shaping contemporary public life: 1) military dictatorship; 2) the return of political democracy and liberalization of economic life; and 3) transforming the country into a market-centered society.  The third part focuses on analysis of how elite and non-elite groups, in the course of practicing citizenship in daily life, have succeeded in altering and restructuring globalization "from below," creating new lifestyles in Buenos Aires. Argentina’s experience is now paradigmatic and useful for understanding the crises facing several other countries. Priority consideration is given to juniors and seniors in good academic standing, as well as those with prior studies in subjects relevant to the region, such as Spanish, politics, economics, sociology, history, urban studies and globalization. Prerequisites: 3.0 minimum GPA and at least sophomore status by the start of the program. For further information on the content of the program, contact Professor Carlos Forment (   


    Shanghai Fashion and Creative Urbanism
    Summer (4 weeks), 3 credits
    Application Deadline: March 15, 2017

    The Foreign Languages Department offers a faculty-led study abroad summer program in Shanghai, China. Students will participate in a course titled Shanghai Fashion and Creative Urbanism, conducted in English and led by Professor Lei Ping. This four-week course introduces historically iconic Shanghai fashion and haipai culture through the lens of modernity, cosmopolitanism, and urbanism. It explores the creative and distinctive Shanghai urban style, with its tangled relations to both Chinese tradition and global bourgeois influences. Students will study how rapid urbanism has transformed the city of Shanghai and its fashion and architecture over a century. Students will conduct guided fieldwork in Shanghai’s post-industrial creative spaces and gain new perspectives on issues such as urban typography, fashion design, and creative economy. In addition to taking the 3-credit New School course, students attending the program have an option of taking a separate Chinese language and culture component worth 4 semester credits, granted by East China Normal University (ECNU). For more information, please contact Professor Lei Ping at or visit to apply


    Berlin Kabarett at the Freie Universität Berlin
    Summer (6 weeks), 6 credits
    Professor Zishan Ugurlu will offer Berlin Kabarett, an acting course that introduces students to the research, writing, and performance techniques of solo performers. In German, the word Kabarett (“cabaret”) has two meanings. The first meaning is the same as in English: "a form of entertainment featuring comedy, song, dance, and theater." The second meaning is "a kind of political satire." Kabarett artists focus primarily on political and social topics, which they criticize using cynicism, sarcasm, and irony. At the time of German reunification in the 1980s, Kabarett experienced a minor boom in response to new social problems such as mass unemployment, privatization, and rapid changes in society. Students create a solo performance based on research using sources such as diaries, letters, memoirs, and autobiographies combined with field trips to notable Kabarett venues in the city. FUBiS also offers a variety of other classes that students can take at an additional expense. Prerequisites: 3.0 minimum GPA and at least sophomore status by the start of the program.  For further information on the content of the program, please contact Professor Zishan Ugurlu (


    Writing India: Explorations in Nonfiction and Multiplicity
    Summer (4 weeks), 6 credits  
    Creative nonfiction is wide-ranging in its forms, from the standardized structures of narrative journalism to the free-flowing spontaneity of personal essays. The multiplicity and contradictions of India will be both the backdrop and subject in this four-week course, which explores the multiplicity and contradictions between different kinds of creative nonfiction. You will read creative nonfiction written by Indian and non-Indian writers, as well as writings in translation, on a variety of topics ranging from personal history to social justice issues. The course is designed to cover the repercussions of colonialism and neocolonialism, globalization, and gender. Through the prism of these readings, you will seek to challenge your own perceptions about India while also learning to trust your literary instincts. Students will be required to keep a daily journal, contribute to a class blog, and submit weekly assignments culminating in two final writing projects: a journalism project and a personal essay. Prerequisites: 3.0 minimum GPA and at least sophomore status by the start of the program. For further information on the content of the program, please contact Professor Shahnaz Habib ( and Professor Rollo Romig (


    Literature and Language in Verona
    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. Prerequisites: 3.25 minimum GPA and at least sophomore status by start of the program. Prior knowledge of Italian is preferred but not required. For further information on the content of the program, please contact Professor Paul Kottman (


    Studying Theater in Edinburgh
    Summer (2 weeks), 3 credits
    In this two-week summer course, students immerse themselves in the annual Theater and Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, attend performances, and, time permitting, tour the Scottish Highlands. Seminar discussions trace the historical lineage of the festival, including Greek religious celebrations, medieval pageant plays, Elizabethan and Restoration theatrical events, and the 20th-century avant-garde and contemporary world theater. Students read plays and critical texts, with the option of working on a classical monologue and/or a piece of creative writing. Students also keep a detailed journal including responses to required and suggested readings and discussions, write their own reviews and personal impressions of performances, document their research on their classical monologues and/or creative writing, and keep notes about the historic and cultural sites that we visit. Prerequisites: 3.0 minimum GPA and at least sophomore status by the start of the program. For further information on the content of the program, please contact Professor Zishan Ugurlu (


    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. Deadline in March 2017. Prerequisites: 3.0 minimum GPA and completion of 60 credits prior to departure, including foundational courses in the social sciences. For further information on the content of the program, please contact Adrian Totten (

    Past Programs


    Youth, Education, and Politics of "Development" in Cambodia 

    Dominican Republic

    Food Culture, Tourism, and Development


    Indigenous Human Rights in the Amazon


    Death and Rebirth: Genocide and Human Rights in Rwanda

    Seoul, South Korea

    Art of Film at Hanyang University

    South Africa

    Democracy & Diversity Institute in Johannesburg


    Living Buddhist Culture