Lang

Faculty-Led Programs

  • Do you want to study abroad for less than a full semester? Consider a short-term 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, and incidentals. All short-term courses have different program costs, so be sure to inquire in advance. Please contact the faculty leading the course for more information or the Dean's Office of Student Engagement and Global Programs at langstudyabroad@newschool.edu. To learn more and apply, please log in to MyNewSchool and click the red Go Abroad link under the Academics tab.

    Application Deadlines

    October 1 (spring programs)
    March 1 (summer and fall 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 2019 Programs 

    France

    Paris — James Baldwin: Reading and Writing in France
    Summer (6 weeks), June 15-July 29, 6 credits
    This travel seminar considers the expatriate life and work of American essayist, novelist, and cultural critic James Baldwin. With a focus on critical reading and creative writing, the course invites students to engage with a major voice in American letters by responding to his work and the city (and country) where his life as an artist and activist began and ended. Readings will include several of the major works Baldwin wrote while living abroad, his feud with Richard Wright, and a selection of other writings and films that carry on and reveal his legacy. Students will be asked to write two major pieces while abroad — responses to Baldwin, arguments, stories — each of which will be workshopped. Activities include walking tours of Paris and a four-day excursion to Saint-Paul-de-Vence, where Baldwin spent the last years of his life. Professors Scott Korb and Thomas Chatterton Williams. 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 Scott Korb (KorbS@newschool.edu).

    Paris — Walking in Paris: Francophonie and Exile
    Summer (4 weeks), June 3-28, 6 credits 
    In this course, we seek to dismantle the beautiful myth of Paris and explore the infinitely richer, more complicated contemporary landscape of Paris. We explore quarters of the city often unseen by tourists, as we undertake a series of walks through the outer arrondissements of Paris, dynamic neighborhoods where France’s complicated colonial history continues to unfold as migrants make these districts their home, enriching and expanding French culture. Each walk is paired with readings and films that introduce students to French culture through the lens of exile and migration. These voyages and readings provide the occasion to write a poetic memoir or create a multimedia project documenting our walks through Paris and our responses to the literature of exile and migration. Each student creates his or her own map of Paris, as we create a poetics of walking, of ethnography, and of autobiography. We also examine contemporary French politics, including the Gilet Jaunes movement and the impact of France’s colonial history as it continues to unfold in the city of Paris and surrounding banlieus, as well as the historical role of Paris as an artistic haven for exiles and refugees. 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 Rebecca Reilly (reillyr@newschool.edu).

    Germany

    Berlin Kabarett at the Freie Universität Berlin
    Summer (6 weeks), June 4-July 12, 6 credits

    Professor Zishan Ugurlu will offer Creating a Solo Performance: Berlin Cabaret/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 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. Freie Universität in Berlin also offers a variety of other classes that students can take at an additional expense. This course will include a 1.5-credit pre-departure course in the spring. 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 (ugurluz@newschool.edu).

    India

    Writing India: Explorations in Nonfiction and Multiplicity
    Summer (4 weeks), July 7-August 4, 6 credits
    India is both classroom and subject in this four-week course on creative nonfiction. Together we explore the range of nonfiction forms, from narrative journalism to personal essay. Through readings of Indian and non-Indian writers, early-morning writing meditations, chai- and coffee-fueled class discussions, and weekly field trips to cultural destinations, we experience the way travel and writing go hand in hand. All students keep a daily journal, contribute to a class blog, and submit weekly assignments. Students gain exposure to contemporary Indian theater, art, dance, and Bollywood film. The course begins in Bangalore, a laid-back, culturally vibrant south Indian city, and culminates in a yoga retreat on the beaches of Kerala, where students submit two final written works: 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 (habibs@newschool.edu) and Professor Rollo Romig (romigr@newschool.edu).

    Italy

    Politics, Kinship, and Love
    Summer (4 weeks), June 24-July 19, 6 credits
    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. Arrangements are made for students to stay in with host families. Prerequisites: 3.0 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 (kottmanp@newschool.edu).

    Scotland

    Studying Theater in Edinburgh
    Summer (2 weeks), August 2-16, 6 credits
    Under the guidance of Theater faculty Zishan Ugurlu, students delve into the field of dramatic criticism through the lenses of the actor, director, and playwright. Every night in this two-week course, students see cutting-edge performances at the Edinburgh Fringe and International Festival and record their impressions. Integrating performance terminology, students investigate the choices presented in each production. This class challenges students to not only appreciate art but also develop their own critical voices. No previous acting experience is necessary. Prerequisites: 2.5 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 (ugurluz@newschool.edu).

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