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  1. Please stay tuned for updates on the 2014 intersession abroad options as details are finalized.

    Brazil
    Cuba
    Dublin
    Ecuador

    Florence

    Ghana
    Jerusalem
    Paris

    Salamanca
    Uganda
    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.
    *The Hopkins Jerusalem program is 4 credits and is open to non-Hopkins students.

    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 5. 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)

    Brazil: History and Society
    Application
    Informational Flyer
    Credits: 3 (H)
    Dates: Sun, Jan 5 (on campus)
    Mon, Jan 6 - Mon, Jan 20 (Brazil)
    Jan 7 - 11 Rio de Janeiro, Jan 11 - 13 Belo Horizonte, Jan 13 - 16 Salvador, Jan 16 - 20 Manaus
    Language of Instruction: English
    Eligibility: 3.0 GPA
    Program Cost: $7,100 (Includes airfarie, tuition, accommodations, excursions, some meals)
    Instructors: Gabe Paquette, Johanna Richlin
    Advisor in the Office of Study Abroad: Jessica Mervis
    Assessment: Participation, attendance, readings, journal,

    Open to all majors.

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  4. “Brazil: History and Society” is a course that introduces students to Brazilian history, culture, language, society, and ecology through a combination of study and travel. Brazil is undoubtedly one of the world’s most mesmerizing countries. Whether one is enchanted by samba rhythms, entranced by a juggernaut economy, concerned for the countless hectares of Amazon rainforest destroyed each year, uplifted by the yellow and blue uniforms of its soccer maestros, or concerned about the sprawling urban slums in the world’s most unequal industrialized society, this intersession course will interest students from all backgrounds and majors, from history and anthropology to the natural sciences. There is no better time to study and visit Brazil, as the eyes of world are focused on the South American giant as it prepares to host the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. In order to gain an appreciation of Brazil cultural, historical, and geographical diversity, students will visit four distinctive cities and their surrounding regions: Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Salvador, and Manaus.
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  6. Cuba: Literature, Cinema and the Arts
    Application
    Informational Flyer
    Credits: 3 (H)
    Dates: On campus class will be scheduled.

    Depart 1/6 - Return 1/21
    Language of Instruction: English
    Eligibility: 3.0 GPA
    Program Cost: $6,000 (Includes airfare, tuition, accommodations, excursions, some meals)
    Instructor: Professor Eduardo Gonzalez
    Advisor in the Office of Study Abroad: Sharon Chesney
    Assessment: Active participation, attendance, final paper

    Information Session: Thurs, Sept 19, 5pm, Office of Study Abroad (Levering 04B)


    Open to all majors.

    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
    Application
    Informational Flyer
    Credits: 3 (H)
    Dates: January 4-17, 2014
    Language of Instruction: English
    Eligibility: 3.0 GPA
    Program Cost: $5,500 (Includes airfare, tuition, accommodations, excursions, some meals)
    Instructor: Dr. Earle A. Havens
    Advisor in the Office of Study Abroad: Jessica Mervis

    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
    Application
    Informational Flyer
    Tentative Itinerary
    Credits: 3 (N)
    Dates: On campus classes: Jan 4-5. In Ecuador: Jan 6-17, 2014
    Language of Instruction: English
    Eligibility: 3.0 GPA
    Program Cost: $6,440 (Includes airfare, tuition, accommodations, excursions, some meals)
    Instructor: Dr. Greg Ball
    Advisor in the Office of Study Abroad: Jessica Mervis
    Assessment: Field notebook, participation, final paper
    Information Session: Tues, Sept 24, 5pm, Levering Conference Room A

    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 & Literature
    Application
    Informational Flyer
    Italian Art History Credits: 3 (H)
    Italian Literature Credits: 3 (H)
    Dates: On campus classes 1/5 and 1/6
    Depart 1/7 - Return 1/25
    Program Cost: $6,200 (Includes airfare, tuition, accommodations, excursions, some meals)
    Instructors: Janet Gomez and Nathan Dennis
    Advisor in the Office of Study Abroad: Sharon Chesney

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  8. Open to all majors.
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  10. The spirit of late Medieval and early Renaissance Italian culture was expressed in both art and literature. In these 2 courses we will explore both literature and art history during shared excursions and then choose one of these subjects to pursue in greater depth through lectures. Excursions will include visits to Pisa, Siena, and Ravenna. Students will register for either the Literature course or the Art History course.

    Who are the monsters in Dante's inferno? Where are the sexy tales of Boccaccio's Decameron set? We will focus on both textual and visual representations of the city of Florence and its inhabitants in Medieval and Early Modern Italy by the major artists who witnessed firsthand the horrors and fortunes of a volatile society. The course will consider the social, political, cultural, and literary contexts of the time. Major emphasis will be placed on literature and art as cultural and historical commentaries on contemporary experiences. Writers and artists include: Dante, Boccacio, Poliziano, da Vinci, Michelangelo, Giotto, and Machiavelli.


    Ghana: History, Politics and Culture  
    Application
    Informational Flyer
  11. Credits: 3 (H)
    Dates: On campus class 1/6, Depart 1/7 - Return 1/20
  12. Language of Instruction: English
  13. Eligibility: 3.0 GPA
    Program Cost: $5,300 (Includes airfare, tuition, accommodations, excursions, some meals)
  14. Advisor in the Office of Study Abroad: Sharon Chesney
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  16. 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.

    Jerusalem: Modern Jewish Thought
  17. Informational Flyer
    Application for Hopkins Students:
    Application
    Application for Non-Hopkins Students:
  18. General App Non-Hopkins Students
    Israel App Non-Hopkins Students
    Credits: 4 (H)
    Dates: On campus class TBD, Depart 1/5 - Return 1/20
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  20. Eligibility: 3.0 GPA
    Program Cost: $6,100 (Includes airfare, tuition, accommodations, excursions, some meals)
    Instructor: Yitzhak Melamed
    Advisor in the Office of Study Abroad: Sharon Chesney
    Deadline Extension: Oct. 4
    Information Session: Thursday 9/26 at 5 PM Study Abroad Office
    Information Session: Monday 9/30 at 5 PM Study Abroad Office


    Open to all majors and non-Hopkins students.

    This two week course is an intensive introduction to the field of Modern Jewish Thought. We will discuss a variety of Jewish philosophers and thinkers from the early modern period until today. Each day will be dedicated to a specific thinker and text, and participants will be expected to read daily 30-40 pages in preparation for the discussion in the following day. Each day we will feature a guest speaker, a leading scholar in the study of the topic of that day. During the early afternoon we will have several excursions to various places in Jerusalem that are closely related to the topic of the class. No previous knowledge is assumed. Accommodations will be on the Hebrew University Campus.

    Paris: Museums, Monuments, Memory
    Application
    Informational Flyer
    Credits: 3 (H)
    Dates: Jan 5-24, 2014
    Language of Instruction: English
    Program Cost: $6,990 (Includes airfare, tuition, accommodations, excursions, some meals)
    Instructor: Elizabeth Rodini
    Advisor in the Office of Study Abroad: Jessica Mervis
    Assessment: Participation, journal, final project

    Open to all majors but preference will be given to Museums and Society minors.

    On this program, students will investigate how museums have shaped the city's physical, social, and imaginary landscape. The many museums of Paris will be your classroom-inside and out. You will visit museums of art, history, technology, and natural sciences, as well as churches, monuments, zoos, and gardens. You will meet with local experts to get the latest perspective on this timeless city. From the place of the Louvre in the French Revolution to the remaking of Versailles as a monument to monarchy; from the rediscovery of the medieval past to the great technological expositions of the 19th century; from art as a stamp of modernity to its role in post-colonial identity... it's all part of the course! Evaluation will be based on participation, journaling, and a final project. The language of instruction is English. All majors are welcome.


    Salamanca: Intensive Spanish Language
    Application
    Informational Flyer
    Credits: 6 (H)
    Dates: Dec 28, 2013 to Jan 25, 2014
    Language of Instruction: Spanish
    Eligibility: 3.0 GPA, Students must have completed Spanish Elements I or the equivalent Scape score
    Program Cost: $5,900. Includes tuition, transportation, room and board, and excursions. Does not include airfare.
    Advisor in the Office of Study Abroad: Jessica Mervis

    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. If you have not taken Spanish here at JHU, please contact Loreto Sanchez to coordinate taking a proctored placement exam at lsanchez@jhu.edu.

    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
         - Curso de Perfeccionamiento
    II Spanish Culture Course (3 Credits)


    Uganda: Childhood, Health and Society
    Application
    Informational Flyer
    Credits: 3 (S)
    Dates: On campus classes 1/2 and 1/3, Depart 1/3 - Return 1/25
    Language of Instruction: English
    Eligibility: 3.0 GPA
    Program Cost: $4,500
    Instructor: Mieka Smart
    Advisor in the Office of Study Abroad: Jessica Mervis

    Open to all majors.

    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
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