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When you enroll in Tulane's Summer Semester, you have the opportunity to study both inside the classroom and all over the world. 

View each of the programs below to see where Tulane can take you.

Environmental Studies Program
 

The environmental studies program is excited to offer a four-week intensive summer program to help students meet degree requirements in a fun, interactive learning style. The summer program is comprised of two courses: Ecology & Society and Environmental Justice in Action. The courses are synergistically designed to complement each other in innovative and creative ways. Students enrolled in this dynamic and unique summer program in New Orleans will receive 6 credit hours at the 4000 level and fulfill the Tier Two Service Learning requirement. In addition, those follwing former EVST major requirments (declared EVST prior to July 1,2016), will also satisfy the EVST capstone requirement, and two EVST distribution or elective requirements (the conservation and distribution of living things, and the problems and potentialities of built environments). Those majors falling under the new EVST requirements will satisfy the methods course requirement and one EVST elective course required from the School of Liberal Arts. The program is open to all undergraduates who have completed their freshman year.

Dates: May 22-June 16
Credit hours: 6, students must register for all 6 credit hours
Cost: $4800
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Contemporary Hollywood Film Industry
 

Spend the first part of your summer in New Orleans studying and experiencing first hand how the film industry works.

  • Learn what film historians and industry leaders have to say about contemporary film production, distribution, exhibition, and reception.
  • Learn to make connections between a critical approach to analyzing the film industry and the practicalities associated with filmmaking.
  • Analyze films that represent the Hollywood industry in order to understand how images of Hollywood circulate more broadly in the culture.
  • Spend 7 days in Hollywood meeting with studio heads, writers, producers, actors, agents and touring film studios and production facilities.
  • Compare Hollywood filmmaking to runaway production in New Orleans Make connections with faculty and industry mentors who can help you launch your career.

Dates: May 29-June 30
Credit hours: 6, students must register for all 6 credit hours
Cost: $6500
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Summer Minor Program in U.S. Public Policy
 

The Tulane Summer Minor Program in Public Policy will give students a foundation for graduate school in public policy or a career in government and politics at the local, state or national level. Students will complete relevant coursework and participate in service learning that together will provide them with tools in the analysis of policy, knowledge in substantive policy areas, and experience in local government. Students completing the minor will fulfill one of Tulane’s service learning graduation requirements.

Dates: May 30-June 23
Cost: $2400
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Language Revitalization: The Case of Tunica, Louisiana's Sleeping Language
 

A language dies every two weeks. With it die worlds of cognition, unique patterns of talking and thinking. Most of the languages dying today are being replaced by a language whose speakers control economic and political power. While some indigenous groups have chosen to let their languages pass into history, rather than corrupt them with neologisms, non-indigenous words and concepts, most speakers of indigenous languages want not only to preserve their cultural heritage but also their linguistic heritage. The Tunica, a Native American group, once controlled commerce and the salt trade for the Gulf South. Now amalgamated with the Biloxi, their tribal headquarters and reservation are in Marksville, Louisiana. Since 2009, Tulane has been collaborating with the Tunica to bring back their language, the last speaker, Sesostrie Youchigant having died over fifty years ago. This course addresses the processes of language death, as well as methods and initiatives for language revitalization. Students will learn effective second language teaching methods and elementary Tunica. They will then apply what they have learned, serving as teaching assistants during the tribe’s Language Summer Camp. The Tunica tribe will host the course in Marksville for the week of the Summer Camp.

Dates: June 5-June 16
Credit hours: 4
Cost: $2400
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Shakespeare From Page to Performance
 

In conjunction with the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane, we’re offering a unique 5-week intensive study of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew and The Tempest. Two courses will work in tandem: one course will engage students in understanding the plays through performance; the other through textual and historical study of the plays. Learn about the relationship between Shakespeare's play and the anonymous Taming of A Shrew; get a behind the scenes look at The Tempest

Dates: May 15-June 16
Cost: $4800
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Real Estate Summer Minor
 

The Real Estate Summer Minor Institute is an intensive, 8-week program designed to help students obtain the essential knowledge and skills for entry level positions and careers in the real estate industry, both residential and commercial. The program provides a strong foundation on Real Estate as a business, specifically focusing on careers as a real estate investor, owner or developer, in real estate finance and in real estate consulting. In addition, the minor provides robust knowledge in real estate market analysis, due diligence, legal concepts, project analysis, and tax credits. The program also encourages sustainability by preparing students to take the LEED GA exam.

Dates: May 15-June 16
Cost: $10,000
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Business Minor Summer Institute
 

The Business Minor Summer Institute is an accelerated and challenging 10-week program that provides students with a valuable fundamental business skill set and hands-on professional experience. Designed for undergraduates with little or no prior business coursework, the Summer Institute offers students the opportunity to earn up to 22.5 academic credits in business that can apply towards an undergraduate degree. Students take high-demand business courses with highly distinguished Freeman School of Business faculty. On-campus career development events provide students the opportunity to meet with alumni, practice real-world business skills, and build a professional network for future opportunities.

Credits: Up-to 22.5
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Career Explorations in Architecture
 

Career Explorations offers students a short, intensive and engaging introduction to architecture. As high schoolers consider careers, they may not yet have been exposed to the unique blend of visual orientation, creative process, academic investigation and professional training that forms an architectural education. Students will spend three weeks exploring the ideas, methods, and issues of architecture with Tulane professors and local practicing architects. Lectures, studio time, digital workshops, field trips, discussions, and critiques will be supplemented by regular design exercises to be completed outside class time.

Who? Current Rising High School Sophmores
Dates: July 9-29, 2017
Credits: Students who complete the course and enroll in Tulane will earn 3 credit hours
Cost: $3000
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Mandel-Palagye Program for Middle East Peace
 

A five-week summer program giving fifteen Tulane students an immersion in the dynamics of the Arab-Israeli conflict through classroom study and hands-on experience in Israel. The program begins on Tulane’s campus with three short courses on conflict resolution, modern Middle East history, and cultural representations of Arab-Palestinian relations. After two weeks of intensive study, the group will travel to Israel for the last three weeks of the program (approximately June 3-23). While in Israel, the Tulane professors will weave the perspectives of invited speakers and field trips into the coursework. Students will earn six credit hours (two each in Political Science, Jewish Studies, and History) for passing these classes and completing the trip to Israel.

This program is free to 15 chosen Tulane undergraduate students. Learn More

Ecuador: Tropical Filed Biology and Conservation
 

This is an intensive, immersive study abroad course with a strong focus on experiential learning, design thinking, and engaged scholarship. The course will be primarily based in Ecuador, with expectations for additional work before and after the international experience. Students will expand their understanding and technical abilities via lectures and readings; development, implementation, and presentation of independent research projects; journal entries and reflective essays; and close interaction with local residents and practitioners. The course serves as a 3000-level elective in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and as an elective for the Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship (SISE) minor. It includes a mandatory, zero-credit Service Learning component, which will satisfy the second tier SL requirement for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Students will receive 3 total credit hours for completing this course.

Dates: May 21-June 4
Cost: $3300
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Engage in St. Martin
 

The St. Martin Program is an intensive, immersive service-learning program that combines a 3-credit class (ANTH 3550: Social Change, Sustainability, and Postcolonial Identity in the Caribbean) with community engagement. The course is based in the small binational island of St. Martin (Lesser Antilles). It includes a mandatory, zero-credit service-learning component (ANTH 3890: Service Learning), which will satisfy the 2nd tier service-learning requirement for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The primary purpose of the program is for students to meaningfully engage with locals, work and meet with community members committed to cultural, food, and economic sustainability, as well as gain an in-depth understanding of anthropological concepts and research methodology, especially as they relate to postcolonial contexts and the shaping of cultural/linguistic identities and socio-economic/political systems.

Dates: May 23-June 27
Cost: $3290
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India: Compassion in Action
 

The Compassion in Action Program is an international intensive service learning program and 3 credit class (SOWK 3400: Social Engagement in India), offered in partnership with the Department of Social Work. Students will earn 3 academic credits and fulfill the 2nd tier of the public service requirement through this program. The program engages students in a variety of learning opportunities to develop self and community. Students will spend four weeks in India involved in community service and social work projects.

Dates: May 28-June 7
Cost: $3200
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