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Summer at Tulane offers more than courses during the summer.

Enrich and accelerate your academic experience by enrolling in one of our exciting Summer Programs. Whether you’re looking to experience a new culture, learn a new language, deepen your knowledge of a particular area, or all of the above, Summer at Tulane offers a world of possibilities in one summer experience.  

View our programs below to see where Tulane can take you.

Amazonian Culture and Environment (NEW for Summer 2018!)

The Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the Andes and Amazon Field School are pleased to offer a brand new program in Napo, Ecuador for summer 2018. This four-week program will give students hands-on experience in one of the most biodiverse and endangered forests on earth: the headwaters of the Amazon. Tulane faculty director Dr. William Balée, who has spent a lifetime working with the Ka’apor Indians in Brazil, is a pioneer in understanding the role Amazonian indigenous communities have in the formation and maintenance of the Amazonian forest. Students will enjoy many class sessions in the great outdoors. Housing is in shared double and or triple accommodations in en-suite dorms overlooking the Napo River at the Andes and Amazon Field School (AAFS) and served three meals a day of mixture of Ecuadorian and American dishes with opportunities to savor Andean and Amazonian cuisine. Two courses will be taught for a total of six credits.

Dates: June 2-June 27, 2018
Credit hours: 6 credit hours
Cost: $5,000
Open to Tulane students and Visiting Students

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Reporting on Backlash: Globalization in the Trump Era (NEW for Summer 2018!)

Develop the skills to work in modern international affairs reporting. Tulane is partnering with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a prominent Washington D.C. think tank, to offer this special course combining web-based journalism techniques and international policymaking. In this three-week summer course, ten students will have the opportunity to work under the direction of Tulane professors and Washington professionals to design an original, interactive report that will be uploaded to the CSIS Ideas Lab website.

Dates: May 29-June 15, 2018
Credit hours: 3 credit hours
Cost: $750
Open to Tulane students and Visiting Students

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Business Minor Summer Institute

Gain your competitive edge by earning a business minor from the Business Minor Summer Institute only at Freeman. This is an accelerated, 10-week program that provides undergraduates with the fundamentals of business and the skills necessary to shine in the corporate world. Featuring eight courses taught by some of Freeman's most sought-after and distinguished faculty members, the program allows students with little or no prior business coursework to earn up to 22.5 academic credits and a business minor in just one summer.

Dates: Session I, May 14-June 17, 2018; Session II, June 25-July 29, 2018
Credit hours: Up to 22.5 credit hours
Cost: $14,000

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Contemporary Hollywood Film Industry

An intensive five-week introduction to the Hollywood film industry viewed through the lens of industry practices. After three weeks of class on the Tulane campus, students will fly to Los Angeles and meet with film industry professionals including writers, directors, producers, agents, and studio heads. Students will then return to New Orleans to integrate theory and practice in a final week of class. Upon completion of the program, students will earn 6 credits.

Dates: May 29-June 29, 2018
Credit hours: 6 credit hours
Cost: $6,500
Open to Tulane students and Visiting Students

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Engage in St. Martin

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. By working with the organization 4 Real We Agree With Culture—a nonprofit run by a group of well-established Rastafari elders, students will get firsthand exposure to efforts by locals to create alternatives from full dependency on the tourism industry and imported goods by cultivating the soil, reintroducing local plant species, educating youth, and fostering adult training and employment. This year, the program will focus on relief efforts after the devastation left by hurricane Irma and support several community service projects.

Dates: May 22-June 6, 2018
Credit hours: 3 credit hours, 2nd Tier Service Learning
Cost: $3,290
Open to Tulane students and Visiting Students

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Environmental Studies Program

This four-week intensive summer program is designed to help students meet degree requirements in a fun, interactive learning style. 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. The courses are synergistically designed to complement each other in innovative and creative ways.

Dates: May 21-June 15, 2018
Credit hours: 6 credit hours
Cost: $4800
Open to Tulane students and Visiting Students

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Health Systems in China

Participants in Tulane's China Public Health Summer Program have the unique opportunity to learn about China’s major health problems while examining comparative health systems and health economics. In addition, students gain first-hand knowledge from visits to hospitals, private clinics, and health departments as well as guest lectures from local Chinese experts and health practitioners. This is a one-of-a-kind program, now in its 10th year, allows all students, regardless of their academic major or language abilities, to learn in person about the urban and rural health systems of China in Shanghai and Jinan.

Dates: July 9-August 1, 2018
Credit hours: 3 credit hours, 2nd Tier Service Learning requirement
Cost: $5,704
Open to Tulane Undergraduate students and Graduate students from other schools

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Intensive & Non-Credit (INC) English Program

The INC English program is designed to meet the continuing English language needs of Tulane University affiliates inside and outside of traditional undergraduate degree programs for students who have a first language other than English. The curriculum is presented in one month long intensive blocks which include an orientation and skill assessment specific to the area of language development for their particular course.

Classes focus on basic course content and additionally include useful skills such as: Reading In Depth, American English Conversation, Idioms in American Life and Grammar for Communication. There is a full-time option with 21 contact hours per week and a part-time option that offers up to 10 hours per week. Classes run both during the day and evening and are split between the Uptown and Downtown campuses

Dates: 2 summer sessions offered: July 9-July 27 and July 30-August 17, 2018
Credit hours: Non-Credit courses
Cost: $525 per block for full-time, or $50 per teaching hour for part-time
Open to Tulane international Graduate or Undergraduate students

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Kenya Summer Program

The Newcomb College Institute (NCI) is offering students the opportunity to travel to Kenya for service learning credit in the summer of 2018. This is a culturally immersive program that provides students with first-hand international development experiences and leadership opportunities.

Dates: August 3-August 24, with optional add-on from July 31-August 3
Credit hours: 3 credit hours for course in spring; 2nd Tier Service Learning for the program
Cost: $3,500
Open to Tulane students

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Language Revitalization: The Case of Tunica, Louisiana's Sleeping Language

This two-week service learning summer 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 4-June 16
Credit hours: 4 credit hours
Cost: $2400
Open to Tulane students and Visiting Students

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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 field experience in Israel. Application Deadline: February 19.

Dates: May 21-June 22, 2018
Credit hours: 6 credit hours
Cost: All expenses paid for accepted applicants
Open to Tulane Undergraduate students

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Mayan Language Institute in Guatemala

The Mayan Language Institute is an intensive six-week language immersion program in K’iche’ Maya and Kaqchikel Maya. Students study with both U.S. faculty and native speakers. In addition to language study, students participate in cultural activities, lectures, discussions, and excursions. Undergraduate students may study one of the languages at the beginner, intermediate, or advanced level. Graduate students must be prepared to study at the intermediate or advanced level. With more than 1.5 million K’iche’ and Kaqchikel speakers in Guatemala, the goal of the institute is to help students develop and advance proficiency in their chosen language and to gain a better understanding of the cultural and political contexts that have affected the historical development and preservation of the language. Efforts to protect these languages are playing a pivotal role in the Mayan struggle to regain control over their political and cultural destiny. Application deadline is March 23, 2018.

Dates: June 24-August 3, 2018
Credit hours: 6 credit hours
Cost: $5,500 for Kaqchikel Maya/$6,350 for K’iche’ Maya
Open to Tulane students and Visiting Students

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Maymester

Maymester is an intensive two-week session that begins immediately following the end of the spring semester. Students can earn up to 4 credits over 10 days of intensive, boot-camp style study. Maymester allows students to explore topics often only available in summer and in ways that go beyond the traditional classroom setting. For many students, participating in Maymester becomes an adventure in learning. Complete a core or major requirement and still have time for summer jobs, internships and other opportunities. Maymester offers innovative and intensive academic experiences both in and outside of the classroom.

Dates: May 14-May 25, 2018
Credit hours: 3-4 credit hours
Cost: $850 per credit hour ($2,550 for a 3-credit course)
Open to Tulane students and Visiting Students

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Migration, Race and Identity in the Dominican Republic

Join Tulane faculty on a 15-day cultural immersion program to explore the intersections of race, culture and immigration in the Dominican Republic. Over the course of two weeks in the Dominican Republic, students will explore the Dominican-Haitian relationship from colonial times to present and together we will travel from Santiago to Dajabón on the border with Haiti, highlighting the ways that the DR and Haiti are interconnected and ways in which they have developed differently. Students will combine classroom learning with hands-on application of the material through assignments designed to explore their overseas experiences and apply them to their chosen course of study. Application deadline is March 5, 2018.

Dates: June 2-June 15, 2018
Credit hours: 3 credit hours
Cost: $2,500
Open to Tulane students and Visiting Students

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Minor in Real Estate

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 14-July 5, 2018
Credit hours: 16 credit hours
Cost: $10,000

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Public Health Threats in Suriname

Explore key issues affecting the heath of Suriname's population and ecosystem including science, practice, and policy approaches to address public health issues affecting environmental and human health; important aspects of disaster management; medicinal characteristics of plants; and the role of the ecosystem as a vital component to community health. Students in this program will participate in an overnight field trip to the rainforest to see Guyanese dolphins, orchids and a bird sanctuary.

Dates: July 2-17, 2018
Credit hours: 3 credit hours
Cost: $5,258
Open to Tulane students

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Shakespeare: From Page to Performance

In conjunction with the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane, this 5-week study of Shakespeare's work provides students with a unique experience. Team taught by Dr. Scott Oldenburg (English) and Chaney Tullos (Theatre), the program will allow students to explore Shakespeare’s class In conjunction with the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane, this 5-week study of Shakespeare's work provides students with a unique experience. Team taught by Dr. Scott Oldenburg (English) and Chaney Tullos (Theatre), the program will allow students to explore Shakespeare’s classics through both text analysis and performance. Students also have a behind-the-scenes look at the rehearsal process as they observe the Shakespeare Festival, a professional company, in its 25th season!

Dates: May 21-June 22, 2018
Credit hours: 3 credit hours
Cost: $2400
Open to Tulane students and Visiting Students

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Summer Minor Program in U.S. Public Policy

This six-week summer program 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 14-June 22, 2018
Credit hours: Up to 15 credit hours
Cost: $2,400 per course, $9,600 for 4 course-sequence
Open to Tulane students and Visiting Students

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Summer in Argentina: Spanish Language and Urban Culture

The Stone Center for Latin American Studies is offering this exciting five-week program in Buenos Aires, Argentina, through the Universidad de San Andrés. Explore the second-largest metropolis in South America while earning six credits in courses on Argentine history, literature, and popular culture. Stay with Argentine families and improve your conversational skills in Spanish. Participate in a tango dance class, attend a folkloric dance show, go on a graffiti tour, and experience other exciting cultural activities within and around the city.

Dates: July 9-August 11, 2018
Credit hours: 6-7 credit hours
Cost: $6,500
Open to Tulane students and Visiting Students

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Summer in Brazil: Portuguese Language & Culture

The Stone Center for Latin American Studies invites undergraduates and graduate students interested in Portuguese language and Brazilian studies to apply to its highly popular Summer in Brazil program. This six-week intensive academic program is organized in partnership by Tulane University and CET Academic Programs at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC-SP). Students will have the opportunity to earn 6-7 credits and will take one intermediate or advanced Portuguese language course taught by CET faculty, and a course on social issues in Brazil taught in Portuguese by PUC-SP faculty. Students will stay with host families or in apartments with Brazilian roommates in São Paulo for a total Portuguese immersion experience. Excursions and activities in and around São Paulo will introduce students to all sides of Brazilian society. Application deadline is March 1, 2018.

Dates: June 9-July 21, 2018
Credit hours: 6-7 credit hours
Cost: $7,200
Open to Tulane students and Visiting Students

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Summer in Costa Rica: Service Learning, Politics, & Internships

Summer in Costa Rica is a six-week program based at Tulane University’s own beautiful campus of CIAPA, a prestigious academic research institution in the midst of the capital city of San José. The CIAPA campus houses multiple lecture and seminar rooms where students will take two courses. Constant exposure to Spanish will help students develop stronger language communication skills at any level, including with their local family homestays. Students will embark on adventures to tropical rainforests, volcanoes, and beautiful beaches, with excursions to Manuel Antonio, Irazú, and Monteverde. Make friends with local Univeristy of Costa Rica students, and explore the charming city of San José in your free time! Application deadline is March 23, 2018.

Dates: May 20-June 30, 2018
Credit hours: 6-7, 2nd Tier Service Learning internship available
Cost: $5,800
Open to Tulane students and Visiting Students

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Summer in Cuba: Language, Culture, and Society

Study abroad in Havana, Cuba this summer with the Cuban & Caribbean Studies Institute at Tulane University and the University of Havana. This four-week program provides the unique opportunity to earn six credits while exploring the sights and sounds of a nation and people that remain obscured behind political rhetoric and misinformation. Recent political and economic updates on the island have provoked a series of social and cultural transformations that have left Cubans and the entire world wondering what could be next for the island and the Revolution. Don’t miss the chance to witness some of these changes and challenges firsthand! In addition to field trips in Havana, there will also be group excursions to the historic cities and sites of Trinidad and Cienfuegos, and trips to the Che Guevara monument in Santa Clara, Playa Girón (Bay of Pigs), Matanzas, and Varadero.

Dates: May 26-June 23, 2018
Credit hours: 6 credit hours
Cost: $5,400 ($5,900 for Public Health option)
Open to Tulane students and Visiting Students

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Summer in Dublin

Spend 4 weeks living & studying in Dublin, the capital city of Ireland. Its vibrancy, nightlife and tourist attractions are noteworthy, and it is the most popular entry point for international visitors to Ireland. Take Two Full Credit courses while experiencing the history and magic of the Emerald Isle. Explore beyond the classroom on scheduled field trips and excursions to sites and museums in the Dublin area and surrounding villages. In addition, there will be a four-day trip around Ireland for the entire group. The cost of all trips is included in the price of the program.

Dates: June 9-July 8, 2018
Credit hours: 6 credit hours
Cost: $6,000
Open to Tulane students and Visiting Students

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Summer in Paris

Spend 4 weeks living and studying in France! Paris has the reputation of being the most beautiful and romantic of all cities, brimming with historic associations and remaining vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design. Dubbed the City of Light (la Ville Lumière) and Capital of Fashion, it is home to the world's finest and most luxurious fashion designers and cosmetics, such as Chanel, Dior, Yves Saint-Laurent, Guerlain, Lancôme, L'Oréal, Clarins, etc. A large part of the city, including the River Seine, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city has the second highest number of Michelin-restaurants in the world (after Tokyo) and contains numerous iconic landmarks, such as the world's most visited tourist site the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Museum, Moulin Rouge, Lido etc., making it the most popular tourist destination in the world with 45 million tourists annually. Application deadline is March 5, 2018.

Dates: July 7-August 4, 2018
Credit hours: 6 credit hours
Cost: $6,800
Open to Tulane students and Visiting Students

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Summer in Stockholm

Spend 4 weeks in Stockholm! Stockholm was built on 14 islands, connected by 57 bridges, earning the Swedish capital the nickname "Beauty on the Water." English speakers will have no difficulty, as nearly all signs are written in both languages and most Swedes speak perfect English. Walking is often the best way to get around – check distances before setting out, as you might find you don't even need a bus or metro ticket. Stockholm is a city of food obsessives – no surprise given the bounty of ingredients it draws from the surrounding sea and farmlands. Application deadline is March 5, 2018.

Dates: June 10-July 8, 2018
Credit hours: 6 credit hours
Cost: $7,300
Open to Tulane students and Visiting Students

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TESL Summer Institute

Tulane's TESL Summer Institute provides in-service and pre-service teachers the content and skills needed to become qualified to teach English as a Second Language, both in the United States and overseas. This program can be completed through just four courses offered every summer on Tulane University’s Uptown Campus. Courses are offered two at a time for three week sessions each.

Dates: May 29-July 6
Credit hours: up to 12 credit hours
Cost: $2,436 for all 4 courses
Open to Tulane students and Visiting Students

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Tulane Himalayan Experience Program

The Tulane Himalayan Experience Program is an international intensive service-learning program and 3-credit class, offered in partnership with the Tulane Philosophy Department. Students will spend five weeks in India involved in community service projects while engaging in a variety of learning opportunities to develop an understanding of North Indian and Tibetan culture and philosophy. Application Deadline is March 2, 2018.

Dates: June 1-July 1, 2018
Credit hours: 3 credit hours, 2nd Tier Service Learning
Cost: $3,330
Open to Tulane students and Visiting Students

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PRE-COLLEGE PROGRAMS

Summer 2018

The pre-college experience was designed by the Tulane University academic staff to immerse students in the fields of humanities, STEM, and the arts. Various on-campus activities and multiple courses are included in the cost of the programs.

Select courses are offered for three hours of transferable Tulane credit. Tracks are available for middle and high school students, where the curricula align with students’ academic levels. The learning environment at Tulane is unique: not only will students have access to an innovative learning environment, but they can also reside in New Orleans—a cultural and technological hub. Home to some of the most talented musicians, entrepreneurs, and artists, New Orleans is a prime location to inspire creativity and growth within any young adult.

Dates: June 4-August 4, 2018
Credit hours: up to 3 credit hours depending on program
Cost: varies by program
Open to Middle and High School Students

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