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  1. Please stay tuned for updates on the 2015 intersession abroad options as details are finalized.




    Scholarship Information

    All programs are 3 credits* and open to students of all majors. All of the courses are taught in English*.
    *The Salamanca program is 6 credits and courses are taught in Spanish.

    In addition to the individual program applications posted below, all students must also complete a general study abroad application. Application deadline for all Hopkins Intersession programs is October 1.

    Program costs range from $5,000 to $8,000.

  2. Please note that Hopkins Intersession Abroad Programs are open to JHU students only.

    Please see the Travel Health information for all Johns Hopkins University Intersession programs on consultations and immunizations from Johns Hopkins Travel Medicine.

    Scholarship Opportunities
    Several scholarship opportunities are available for intersession programs abroad. Awards will range from $500 to $3,000. Students who complete a scholarship application will be reviewed for all of the scholarship opportunities through the Office of Study Abroad, but students will only be able to receive one award. Applications are reviewed and evaluated on the basis of students' written essays, academic merit, faculty references, and financial need. Students must submit the scholarship application, along with an unofficial transcript, letter of reference, and personal statement by October 6. Details about the individual funding sources are below (or coming soon).

    Hansen Fellows
    The Christian (’87) and Holly Hansen scholarship helps provide study abroad funds for academically qualified students with demonstrated financial need. All students who have applied to a Hopkins Intersession program for January 2014 are eligible.

    Intersession Programs
    General Application for all Programs (only has to be filled out once for students applying to multiple programs)

    Hopkins Intersession Abroad Mini-Fair (featuring all Hopkins Intersession Abroad Options)
    Thursday, September 18
    Hodson Lobby

    Cuba: Literature, Cinema and the Arts
  3. Informational Flyer
    Credits: 3 (H)
    Tentative Dates: January 5 - 20, 2015
    Language of Instruction: English
    Eligibility: 3.0 GPA
    Program Cost: TBA
    Instructor: Professor Eduardo Gonzalez
    Advisor in the Office of Study Abroad: Sharon Chesney
    Assessment: Active participation, attendance, final paper
    Info Session:
    Tuesday, Sept 16, 5pm, Levering Conference Room A

    Open to all majors.

  4. It has been said that Cuba forces one to abandon preconceptions. Dominated for a half a century by the politics of the Castro brothers, Cuba is a study in contrasts. Although economically poor the country is culturally rich as reflected in the prolific and influential Cuban literature. Each morning will be dedicated to a discussion of our readings and lectures by Professor Gonzalez and renowned guest speakers from the world of Cuban literature, film and the arts. Afternoons we will have excursions to various places in Havana and the surrounding area related to the topic of the class and of general interest.

    Dublin: Irish Museums & Libraries
    Informational Flyer

  5. Credits: 3 (H)
    Tentative Dates: January 3-17, 2015
    Language of Instruction: English
    Eligibility: 3.0 GPA
    Program Cost: $5,920
    Instructor: Dr. Earle A. Havens
    Advisor in the Office of Study Abroad: Jessica Mervis
    Info Session: Thursday, September 11, 5-6pm, Brody Macksey Seminar Room (M-level)

    Open to all majors.

    Students in this course will study the art, history, and culture of Irish museums and libraries. The course will involve behind-the-scenes tours with Hopkins professor Dr. Earle A. Havens and curators of the major art, science, and cultural museums, palaces, and historic libraries in greater Dublin.The purpose of the course is to introduce students to the unique historical circumstances that shaped each of these cultural institutions from the late Middle Ages to the second half of the 18th into the 19th centuries, and beyond. In the mornings students will have guided tours of the institutions. Each student will identify a specific item or small collection of items from either the National Museum of Ireland or Archbishop Marsh’s Library for the final research topic.

    Ecuador & Galapagos: Tropical Biology & Evolution
    Informational Flyer

  6. Tentative Itinerary
    Credits: 3 (N)
    Tentative Dates: January 3, 4 on campus; January 4-18 Ecuador
    Language of Instruction: English
    Eligibility: 3.0 GPA
    Program Cost: $6,775
    Instructors: Richard Shingles, Farrah Madison, Jason Trageser
    Advisor in the Office of Study Abroad: Jessica Mervis
    Assessment: Field notebook, participation, final paper
    Info Session: Tuesday, Sept 16, 5pm, Mattin 161

    Open to all majors.

    This course is an introduction to Tropical Biology and Evolution held in Ecuador's Highlands, Rain Forest, and in the Galapagos Islands. The course will concentrate on the flora and fauna of these special habitats, but will also include the history, art, and culture of Ecuador. The final grade will be based on a field notebook that the student keeps, participation during the trip, and a final paper due late January. Students will attend lectures on the JHUcampus prior to departure on topics that include Biodiversity in Ecuador and Pre-Columbian Tribes, Culture and Art.

    Florence: Art History
    Informational Flyer

  7. Credits: 3 (H)
    Tentative Dates: January 4 - 24, 2015
    Program Cost: TBA
    Advisor in the Office of Study Abroad: Sharon Chesney

  8. Info Session:Tuesday, Sept 9, 5pm, Levering Conference Room A
  9. Open to all majors.
  11. This intensive course offers students an introduction to the art, architecture and culture of the Italian Renaissance roughly from 1280-1580 with the churches, palaces, museums and piazzas of Florence and nearby cities serving as the classroom. Students examine the art of Giotto, Brunelleschi, Masaccio, Donatello, Fra Angelico, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Michelangelo.

    Ghana: History, Politics and Culture
    Informational Flyer
  12. Credits: 3 (H)
    Tentative Dates: January 6 - 19, 2015
    Language of Instruction: English
  13. Eligibility: 3.0 GPA
    Program Cost: $4,800
  14. Advisor in the Office of Study Abroad: Sharon Chesney
    Info Session: Wednesday, Sept 17, 6:30 PM, Office of Multicultural Affairs, 3003 N. Charles St.
  15. Open to all majors.

    Students enrolled in this course will be exposed to core themes related to the modern and historical experiences of Ghana. In addition to traditional academic lectures, readings and assignments, student will complete a day-long service center learning project and will be directly engaged in “active” learning while in the field in Ghana. While in Ghana, participants will spend the majority of their time in Accra, the country’s capital city. There they will attend lectures given by full time faculty members of the University of Ghana. Educational tours to different areas of Ghana will also be made, including: Elmina or Cape Coast Slave castle, Kakum National Rainforest Park, Village of Bonwire (center of Kente weaving), Aburi Garden, Kumasi (capital of the Ashanti Region), Manhyia Palace, Volta region. Prior to leaving, students will be participate in seminars exploring the African Diaspora. Upon returning, students will continue this area of inquiry, particularly by examining themes related to the Diasporic experience of Africans in Baltimore. The final grade will be based on a daily journal, participation during the trip and a final paper due after returning to the US. It is expected that each student will identify a topic of interest while in Ghana that they may choose to explore in more detail on their return. Open to all majors.

    Japan: Politics and History
    Informational Flyer
    Credits: 3(S)

    Tentative Dates: January 5 - 11 at Hopkins; January 11 - 25 in Japan
    Language of Instruction: English
    Eligibility: 3.0 GPA
    Program Cost: TBA
    Instructor: Fabian Bauwens
    Advisor in the Office of Study Abroad: Sharon Chesney
    Info Session: Wedneday, Sept 17, 5pm, Levering Conference Room A


    Open to all majors

    From Meiji to Manga - An interactive exploration of modern Japanese Politics and History. The main aim of this course is to provide students with a concise overview of modern Japanese political history. While the emphasis of the course will be on history and politics, some attention will also be given to important cultural aspects and the way in which they informed politics. The course will consist of two parts; one week of lectures in Baltimore and two weeks of lectures and excursions in Japan, including visits to Tokyo, Kyoto, and Nagoya.

    Paris: Embracing Science and the Humanities
    Informational Flyer
  16. Credits:3 (H)
    Dates: January 5-9 on campus; January 10-24 in Paris
    Language of Instruction: English
    Program Cost: TBA
    Instructor: Kristin Cook-Gailloud
    Advisor in the Office of Study Abroad: Jessica Mervis
    Info Session: Thursday, Sept 25. 5pm. Mattin 160

    Open to all majors

    Organized around a variety of topics that are highly conducive to interdisciplinary dialogue (for example, Wonder and Belief, Norm and Marginality, Game Playing, Human Encounters, etc.), this course aims at exposing students to a range of methodological tools and modes of thought associated with fields of study other than their own.
    The purpose of the course is to learn to depart from conventional patterns of thought in order to develop original, innovative, and hopefully pioneering ways of looking at research; in other words to “THINK OUTSIDE OF THE BOX”.
    The first week will take place on campus. Sessions will be organized as a forum for discussion centered on one of the given topics. For approximately 15 minutes, 3-4 professors and/or teaching assistants from various disciplines will present, each from their academic perspective, an illustrative example of the topic. Class will then open up to a general discussion between students and faculty.
    The two following weeks will take place in Paris, France. We will visit different various locations that illustrate one of the course topics, for example the Institut Pasteur and the sewers of Paris for the module Clean it up! Health and Salubriousness; a cheese shop, a bakery and perfume maker for Master your Trade: Skill, Craftsmanship and Savoir-Vivre, and so forth.

    Salamanca: Intensive Spanish Language
    Informational Flyer
  17. Credits:6 (H)
    Dates: December 26, 2014 - January 24, 2015
    Language of Instruction: Spanish
    Eligibility: 3.0 GPA, Students must have completed Spanish Elements I or the equivalent Scape score
    Program Cost: $5,900
    Advisor in the Office of Study Abroad: Jessica Mervis
    Info Session: Wednesday, September 24. 5-6pm. Mattin 162

    Open to all majors

    Complete an entire semester of Spanish language in just 4 weeks in the vibrant college town of Salamanca, Spain! Students will take a 3 credit Spanish Language course and a 3 credit Spanish Culture course for a total of 6 credits. Students must have completed Spanish Elements I or the equivalent in order to be eligible for the program. Students can take any Spanish level from Elements II all the way through Spanish for the Professions courses in Salamanca and be eligible to take the next course in the Spanish language sequence in the spring semester. All courses will be taught in Spanish and students will be placed into the appropriate language level for both courses. The culture course will include field trips within Salamanca as well as excursions to other cities in Spain. Students will also have the opportunity to improve their language skills by living with host families in Salamanca. Students must be enrolled in a Spanish course at JHU the fall semester prior to the start of the program to be eligible.

    I Spanish Language Course (3 Credits)
    Courses Offered:
    - Elements II
    - Intermediate I
    - Intermediate II
    - Advanced I
    - Advanced II
    - Spanish for the Professions
    - Advanced Spanish Composition
    -Advanced Spanish Conversation
    - Curso de Perfeccionamiento

    II Spanish Culture Course (3 Credits)

    Uganda: Childhood, Health and Society
    Informational Flyer
    Credits: 3 (S)
  18. Dates: (Tentative) January 2,3 in Baltimore; January 3-24 in Uganda
    Language of Instruction: English
    Eligibility: 3.0 GPA; Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors
    Program Cost: TBA
    Instructor: Mieka Smart
    Advisor in the Office of Study Abroad: Jessica Mervis
    Info Session: Monday, Sept 22, 5pm, Public Health Office, 3505. N. Charles St.

    Open to all majors. Students must have at least sophomore standing.

    Explore the health and education programs serving Ugandan children through this intersession abroad course. JHU students will be paired with students from Uganda’s Makarere University for a unique peer-to-peer learning experience. Students will learn about the strengths and challenges faced by urban and rural child health and education initiatives in Uganda. After an orientation in Kampala, students will spend a week in a homestay near the Rakai Health Sciences Program, where they will focus on health and education in rural Uganda; then spend time in an urban setting in Kampala, the country's capital, for hospital and school tours, guest lectures and student-driven site visits. The course will also incorporate a safari experience. This class fulfills the Applied Experience requirement for Public Health Studies majors.

    Click here to see the 2014 Uganda Intersession Blog