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 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 2018 Programs


    Buenos Aires — Citizenship and Globalization
    Summer (4 weeks), May 27-June 23, 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, please contact Professor Carlos Forment (


    Paris — James Baldwin: Reading and Writing in France
    Summer (6 weeks), July 1-August 11, 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 (


    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 (


    Writing India: Explorations in Nonfiction and Multiplicity
    Summer (4 weeks), July 14-August 11, 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. Students will gain exposure to contemporary Indian theater, arts, and dance through field trips and guest artists. 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 (


    Politics, Kinship, and Love
    Summer (4 weeks), June 18-July 14, 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: 3.25 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 (


    Memory and Modernity in Contemporary Japan
    Summer (4 weeks), July 4-28, 6 credits
    This summer program gives students a deep understanding of the contradictory and contested understandings of Japanese victimhood and perpetration that form the country's memory landscape. Students read and view material from popular culture (film, fiction, poetry) and ethnographic and historical studies. The program is based in Tokyo, where Japan’s modern history is etched into the urban landscape. Our field trips in the city make visible its historical layers, from the imperial center to the sites of air raids, from symbols of postwar recovery such as the 1964 Olympic sites (being reused for 2020) to hypermodern skyscraper districts. From Tokyo we will have overnight field trips: one combined trip to Hiroshima and Nagasaki to analyze them as sites that complicate the dynamic of both Japanese victimhood and perpetration, and one to the northern city of Odate to attend a special ceremony commemorating the wartime use of Chinese forced labor. Students keep field notes and receive training in ethnographic research. The entire program is taught in English. Prerequisites: 3.0 GPA or above. At least sophomore status by the start of the program. No prior knowledge of Japanese is required. For more information, please contact Professor Jonathan Bach at


    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. 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 (


    Studying Theater in Edinburgh
    Summer (3 weeks), July 30-August 22, 6 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 Cecilia Rubino (

    Past Programs


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


    Shanghai Fashion and Creative Urbanism

    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