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Summer at Tulane offers more than courses during the summer.

Enrich your academic experience by enrolling in one of our exciting Summer Programs. Whether you’re looking to experience a new culture, accelerate your degree, 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

The Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the Andes and Amazon Field School are pleased to offer an exciting summer opportunity in Napo, Ecuador. This three 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. Geared towards majors in anthropology, ecology and evolutionary biology, environmental studies, or marine biology, students will enjoy 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.

Dates: June 1 – 23, 2019
• ANTH 3090 (3 credits): Amazonian Arts: Making and Meaning
• ANTH 3710 (3 credits): Historical Ecology of Amazonia

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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 13-June 14, 2019; Session II, June 24-July 26, 2019
Credit hours: Up to 22.5 credit hours
Tuition: $14,750 for the two required business minor summer sessions. Tuition covers the cost of up to ten courses (23.5 credits) for the business minor to be taken during the summer of 2019. There are no refunds for this program.

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Contemporary Film Industry Program

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, understand the similarities and differences between the Hollywood production model and “runaway” production in Louisiana, analyze films that represent the Hollywood industry and films shot in Louisiana, spend a week in Hollywood meeting with studio heads, writers, producers, actors, agents and touring film studios and production facilities, travel to film sets and production facilities in Louisiana, make connections with faculty and industry mentors who can help you launch your career.

DATES: May 28-June 28, 2019
• DMPR 3920 Louisiana Film and Entertainment Industry, Dr. Blue
• DMPR 4070 Contemporary Film as art and Industry, Dr. Blue
COST: $3,000 per credit, $2,140 travel cost
CONTACT: Dr. Mary Blue, Kendra Paige

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Engage in St. Martin

The "Engage in St. Martin" program will develop students’ understanding of basic ethnographic methodology and anthropological theory through lectures, written assignments, and fieldwork exercises. It will introduce programs that promote cultural, food, and economic sustainability. Through these activities, students will develop close mentorships with Rastafari members of the 4 Real We Agree With Culture association and learn from local community leaders, officials, artists, activists, scholars, and writers. Students will be exposed to the history and contemporary social issues of the Caribbean, grassroots and social movements, including the Rastafari movement; and gain a firsthand sense of the socio-political and economic canvas shaping the island's realities.

DATES: May 21 – June 5, 2019
• ANTH 3550: Social Change, Sustainability, and Postcolonial Identity in the Caribbean
COST: $3,290 (excluding airfare)
CONTACT: Dr. Myriam Huet

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China: Summer Abroad Public Health Program

As China, the world's most populous nation, rapidly develops, there is an emerging concern for how it's already burdened health care system will be able to provide health services for over one billion individuals. In recent times, the Chinese public health system has gained worldwide attention from how it has dealt with the SARS epidemic, the HIV pandemic, and the avian flu. For students in the health field looking at China's past—unique concept of barefoot doctors, its present—the prevention and treatment of HIV, and its future—the growing incidence of chronic diseases, this program can provide them with a greater understanding of the health system problems and solutions that developing countries are currently facing.

DATES: July 8—July 31, 2019
• GHSD 6980/SPHU 4560 – Health Systems of China
• SPHU-4892-01 – Health System of China: An Applied Perspective
COST: $6,037 APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 25, 2019
CONTACT: Thomas J. Stranova

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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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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 3-June 14
• LING 3000–Language Revitalization
COST: $3,000
CONTACT: Judith M. Maxwell 

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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 Jerusalem. The program begins on Tulane’s campus with three short courses on conflict resolution, modern Middle East history, and cultural representations of Israeli-Palestinian relations. Students will develop individual research project they will work on during their time abroad. After two weeks of intensive study, the group will travel to Israel for the last three weeks of the program (June 1 - 21). Students will earn six credit hours (two each in Political Science, Jewish Studies, and History) for passing these classes and completing the trip.

DATES: May 21 - June 22, 2019
• Political Science, Jewish Studies, History (unspecified, totaling 6 credit hours)
COST: Free with acceptance
CONTACT: Kendre Paige 

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Mayan Language Institute in Guatemala

The Mayan Language Institute is a six-week intensive language immersion program in Kaqchikel Maya and K‘iche‘ Maya. Students study with both U.S. faculty and native speakers and participate on cultural activities, lectures, discussions, and excursions. 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. Students pursuing K‘iche‘ Maya will spend one week in Antigua and five weeks in Nahualá, and will be placed with local family homestays. Students pursuing Kaqchikel Maya will spend six weeks in Antigua and will be responsible for finding their own local lodging accommodations and meals. Classes in Antigua will take place at the Proyecto Lingüístico Francisco Marroquín (PLFM), a language school founded in 1969 whose mission is to teach, investigate, and preserve Mayan languages and culture. Students are encouraged to extend their stay in Guatemala beyond the program end date to continue developing their language skills.

DATES: June 16 – July 27, 2019
• Beginning, Intermediate, or Advanced Kaqchikel or K’iche’ Maya language (3 credits – ANTH6000-7000)
• Kaqchikel or K’iche’ Maya Culture (3 credits – ANTH 6000-7000)
COST: $5,800

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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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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 13 – July 3, 2019
• RESM - 3010 Principles of Real Estate I (3 credits)
• RESM - 3020 Principles of Real Estate II (3 credits)
• RESM 3030 - Real Estate Market Analysis and Finance (3 credits)
• RESM 3040 - Fundamentals of Real Estate Development (3 credits)
• RESM 3060 - Sustainable Urban Development (4 credits)
COST: $10,000
CONTACT: John Huppi 

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Public Health Threats in Suriname

Through Tulane University’s unique partnerships with Suriname’s Anton de Kom University, Ministry of Public Health and The Caribbean Consortium for Research in Environmental and Occupational Health (CCREOH), explore key issues affecting the heath of Suriname's population and ecosystem: • Science, practice, and policy approaches to address public health issues affecting environmental and human health • Important aspects of disaster management • Medicinal characteristics of plants • Risks of environmental contamination • Role of the ecosystem as a vital component to community health • Field Trips – overnight trip to the rainforest; see brown nose dolphins; orchids and bird sanctuary.

DATES: July 1-16, 2019
• SPHU 4650/GEHS 6900 – Public Health Threats in Suriname (3 Credit Hours)
COST: $5,747
CONTACT: Geraldine Neville, Maureen Y. Lichtveld

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Summer MAterials Research @ Tulane (SMART)

The Summer MAterials Research @ Tulane (SMART) Research Experience for Undergraduates site is a multidisciplinary program across Tulane’s School of Science and Engineering, located in the heart of the Uptown neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana. Participating faculty are members of the departments of Biomedical Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Chemistry, and Physics and Engineering Physics. The scope of the summer research projects offered span a range of challenges in materials science and engineering focused on materials for Health, Energy, and Environmental applications.

In addition to the laboratory experience, this 10-week summer program offers student participants professional development mentoring on data analysis, research communication, the graduate school application process and experience, and careers in science. Participants will receive a $5000 stipend and up to $500 to cover travel expenses. On-campus housing will be provided in one of Tulane’s dormitories. At the end of the session, participants will present their research findings at a poster session followed by a banquet.

DATES: May 28-Aug 2, 2019
COMPENSATION: $5000 plus housing and up to $500 for travel.

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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 program. São Paulo, the largest metropolis in South America, is an exciting center for fine arts, theater, music, and cultural life. The city is a medley of Brazilians from the country‘s 26 states and from multiple ethnic groups, which makes for an exciting mix of traditions and fabulous food on every street. This six-week intensive language program is organized by Tulane University with local support from CETAcademic Programs.

DATES: June 15 – July 27, 2019
• PORT 2050: Intermediate Immersive Portuguese (4 credits)
• PORT 3050: Advanced Immersive Portuguese (3 credits)
• PORT 6130: Current Social Issues in Brazil (required)
COST: $7,550

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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. Donâ’‘¬’”¢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), and Matanzas. Tulane’s summer program is locally sponsored and supported by the University of Havana and its affiliate the Centro de Estudios Hemisféricos de los Estados Unidos (CEHSEU). Students stay in the Asociación Nacional de Agricultores Pequeños (ANAP) residence, which is within walking distance of the Malecón, the university, and several cultural venues. Course options include a Cuban society and culture course, a course on the socio-political history of the Cuban revolution, a literature course on the Cuban short story, or Public Health course taken at the National School of Public Health (ENSAP).

DATES: May 24 – June 22, 2019
• LAST 3130: Society and Culture of Cuba
• HISL 3950: The History of Cuba: The Evolution of Cuban Nationalism
• SPAN 3130 OR SPAN 4130: Contemporary Cuban Literature
• LAST 3960: Primary Care in Public Health in Cuba
COST: $5,900

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Summer in Dublin

The Celtic Tiger, the economic engine that roared in the 1990s, may have softened to a purr today, but Dublin still basks in prosperity. The city’s ancient Viking center, at the mouth of the famous river Liffey, continues to be a magnet for young people throughout Europe, adding an international and progressive flavor to the Irish capital. But Irish customs abound. If you’re looking for traditional Dublin, the city of writers, actors, artists and musicians, there’re still plenty of nooks to hang out in with a sudsy pint and great new friends. The curriculum is designed to relate to the locale. The faculty is among the best at Tulane with expertise in the courses they designed specifically for this backdrop. For this four-week program, students can choose two courses of three hours each from a list of courses offered. Noted guest lecturers and special field trips add to this exciting educational experience.

DATES: June 8 - July 7, 2019
• ANTH 3090: In Sickness and in Health: Disease, Death and the Living in Ireland
• ANTH 3091: Ancient Ireland
• ENGL 4010: From Heroic Giants to Mischievous Faeries and Magical Saints: Irish Myth, Legend, and Folklore
• ENGL 4011: The Occult, the Absurd, and the Taboo: 20th and 21st Century Irish Drama
• HISE 2910: Irish Culture, History and Society
• HISE 3910: Prostitution, Prohibition, Protest: Dublin 1870-1930
COST: $6,300
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Unavailable (already passed?)

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Summer in Paris

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.

DATES: July 6 - August 3 , 2019
Taught in French:
• FREN 3250: French Society and Institutions: Une Promenade sur les lieux de l’histoire (pre-req FREN 3150)
Taught in English:
• FREN 3330: Flavors of Paris: Food, Film, and Fiction
• FREN 3010: The Changing Face of Paris: Immigration, Migration, and Identity in the French Capital (in English)
• ARHS 3911: Impressionism in Paris Museums
• ARHS 3913: Art, Montmartre, and the Pleasures of Paris
• ARST 3020: Photographing Paris
• ANTH 3090 / LING 3820: Paris in writing: from street signs to graffiti
COST: $6,800

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Summer in Stockholm

Stockholm was built on 14 islands, connected by 57 bridges, earning the Swedish capital the nickname "Beauty on the Water.” Stockholm is an English-language-friendly city. Although most signs are written in Swedish, many 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. Students take their courses at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and use the facilities and resources provided by the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS), one of Tulane’s premier study abroad partners.

DATES: June 9 - July 7, 2019
• EBIO 1010 - Diversity of Life* w/ Professor Donata Henry
• EBIO 2770 - More Than a Walk in the Park: Nature Study in Scandinavia w/ Professor Donata Henry
• NSCI/PSYC 3300 - Brain and Behavior w/ Professor Beth Wee
• NSCI/PSYC 4060 - Behavioral Endocrinology w/ Professor Beth Wee
• REGR 5380 - Translational Medicine: From Bench to Bedside w/ DIS Faculty Member (TBD)
COST: $6,800

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TESL Summer Institute

Expand your skill set and boost your resume by earning an English as a Second Language Teaching Endorsement! 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. These courses are also offered during the academic year at normal tuition rates and enrollment policies.

Session 1: May 28 - June 14, 2019
Session 2: June 17 - July 3, 2019
• TESL3210: Methods for Teaching English as a Second Language
• TESL3220: Structure of English for Language Teaching
• TESL3230: Language and Culture in the Classroom
• TESL3240: Curriculum Design for the Multicultural Classroom
COST: $650 per course; $2,600 for all courses

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Tulane Himalayan Experience Program

The Tulane Himalayan Experience Program is an international intensive service-learning program and 3-credit class (Philosophies of Nonviolence and Ecology), 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.

DATES: May 26 - July 1, 2019
• PHIL 3930: Philosophies of Nonviolence and Ecology
COST: $3,300

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Pre-College 2019

Tulane University understands that the world is facing some big challenges. To inspire the next generation to think, learn, act, and lead, we are offering students an opportunity to participate in the Tulane Pre-College programs this summer. Tulane Pre-College offers middle and high school students the opportunity to explore their artistic, intellectual, and professional passions while experiencing college life. With both credit and enrichment options, our different one- and two-week programs provide students with an introduction to Tulane University, where young minds can explore academic disciplines, build their resumes, and imagine making an impact.

Session 1: June 17 - July 6, 2019
Session 2: July 7 - July 20, 2019
Session 3: July 21 - August 3, 2019
• CENG-1100: Innovations in Chemical Engineering
• CMPS-1005: Python Programming: Introduction to Computer Science
• EBIO-1050: Introduction to Conservation Genetics
• EBIO-1080: Introduction to Plants and Human Affairs
• ENGP-1010: Introduction to the MakerSpace
• ENGP-1015: Introduction to Engineering Design w/ Lab
• MATH-1005: Exploration in Experimental Mathematics
• NSCI-1015: Basic Neuroscience w/ Lab
• PHYS-1015: Materials Science and Engineering
• PSYC-1100: Exploring Psychology
• SCEN-1015: Computers and Musical Creativity
• SPHU-1010: Introduction to Public Health
• SPHU-1020: The Cell, The Individual, and The Community
• Women’s Advocacy
• Women in Technology
• Women Writing Out Loud
• Women Leading New Orleans
• Dismantling Rape Culture
• Architecture: Tactile Design
• Architecture: Digital Design
• Animal Behavior
• Biomedical Engineering - Prosthetic Limbs
• Biomedical Engineering - Protecting Against Traumatic Brain Injuries
• Climate Change
• Drug Abuse Among College and Inner-City Residents
• Electrical Engineering - Powering Energy Grids of the Future
• Electrical Engineering with Alternative Energy
• Exploration in Experimental Mathematics
• Exploring Coding with Arduino
• Infectious Diseases
• Intro to Social Policy & Practice
• Introduction to Courts and Law
• Introduction to Plants and Human Affairs
• Latin American Revolutions
• LEGO Mindstorms: Cleaning Up After Mardi Gras
• LEGO Mindstorms: Cleaning Up Our Water
• Louisiana Wetlands
• Marine Biology
• Medieval Europe: Knights, Dragons, and Damsels in Distress
• Middle School Debate
• Protecting Our Coastline
• Sports Analytics: Moneyball for All - How Analytics have Revolutionized the Sports World
• Sports Medicine -The Team Approach
• Tax Matters
• Water Ecology
Enrichment Day Session (1 week): $550
Enrichment Residential Session (2 weeks): $2,750
College-Credit Residential Session (2 weeks): $3,495

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