Course in Area Studies

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Area Studies

Working abroad takes dedication and careful planning. Culture shock can throw off even the most disciplined professional. Those who wish to search for employment on the international job market are encouraged to include a course in areas studies with their degree program.

What is a course in area studies? It is a class that prepares students to integrate with a foreign culture. These classes are often offered as part of a humanities or liberal arts education, but they are also popular with business students. Classes provide an overview of a region’s history, culture and geographic peculiarities. The interdisciplinary approach provides students with a broad understanding of the economic, social and political issues facing the country or region of interest. Topics often include globalization, the impact of trade, ethics and sustainable business practices.

After completing one of these classes, students are better prepared to enter new cultural environments and establish themselves as professionals or experts within their chosen field. They come to understand how their own culture relates to their target region and are ready to travel abroad. With this background knowledge, they can interact positively with local inhabitants and are prepared to avoid many of the more common social errors that interfere with healthy relationships.

The fee and tuition costs of these courses depend on the student’s choice of university. Those interested in learning more should contact the admissions departments of the institutions for specific details.

Companies that need employees capable of bridging the gap between cultures value these graduates. They are often hired by larger multinational corporations with offices in different countries, and many find work at import and export firms. Some foreign firms seek to hire students to fill roles that address staffing needs for which the local labor is unqualified to meet. International law firms frequently recruit these job candidates as well, and some find work in travel agencies, immigration offices and as educators.

Course offerings may vary. Students are encouraged to research all available options and select a class that provides the most comprehensive knowledge about their region of choice. For international students and working professionals, online classes are an excellent alternative to traditional campus courses. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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CULTURAL CLASS

Beijing International Chinese College
Campus Full time September 2017 China Beijing

Chinese Culture is wide and rich. We have many different kinds of chinese cultural class, all given by very professional teacher.These classes can be taught in group or One-on-One: Calligraphy/Chinese Knots [+]

Best Course Studies in Area Studies 2017. Chinese Culture is wide and rich. We have many different kinds of chinese cultural class, all given by very professional teacher.These classes can be taught in group or One-on-One: Calligraphy/Chinese Knots /Chinese Paper-cutting/Chinese painting/Chinese folk music/Taiji Class and so on." 5 lessons 1200rmb 10 lessons 2000rmb [-]

Course Study Abroad

Centro de Lenguas Modernas - Universidad de Granada
Campus Full time September 2017 Spain Granada

The University of Granada Modern Languages Center (CLM) is one of the leading institutions in Spain in the field of laguage learning. It is one of a kind thanks to its highly-qualified and specialised teaching staff. Using a communicative approach, special emphasis is given to interaction in real-life situations. [+]

The University of Granada Modern Languages Center (CLM) is one of the leading institutions in Spain in the field of laguage learning. It is one of a kind thanks to its highly-qualified and specialised teaching staff. Using a communicative approach, special emphasis is given to interaction in real-life situations. The Center's installations located in the old Realejo District, consist of two main buildings: the beautiful 16th century Palace of Santa Cruz and the Huerta de los Angeles Mansion. Both combine the beauty and warmth of historical buildings with the most modern technical equipment. Another attraction of CLM is its singular multicultural and multilingual atmosphere. Foreign students can share their daily lives with those of Spanish students learning different foreign languages, thus stimulating a mutual interest in their different languages and cultures. Be immersed in Spanish language, culture, cuisine and tradition in a city renowned for its flamenco artists, guitar craftsmanship and Federico García Lorca. Witness the social interactions of the local, university, gypsy and immigrant communities in one lively plaza. Enjoy the dramatic contrasts between the old world and the new that will co-exist in your daily life, buying muffins from cloistered nuns at a 16th century convent and a coffee from the nearby fast food joint. Learn Spanish in an environment that will prepare you for future interactions with Spanish speakers from all over the world. in GRANADA! Where can you ... Take college-level courses in Intensive Spanish Language, Spanish Language and Culture, or Hispanic Studies? Study a modern world language including: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Swedish?* Complete an internship** in a local business, educational institution or volunteering organization? Enroll in classes with Spanish students at other Schools of the University of Granada? Participate in a diverse and dynamic university community of students and faculty from all of Spain and the world over? at The CLM! A minimun of five students at the same level of the language are required to run these classes. Participation in internship and University of Granada courses is open to students with specific levels of Spanish language. All CLM programs include: Official documents for the Spanish Visa application Comprehensive onsite orientation programme Extensive Medical Insurance coverage 24-hour Emergency contact Full-board accommodation with Spanish host families Cultural and outdoor activities and regional trips Language partner program Access to University of Granada library and sports services Official Grade Certificates [-]

(PALAS 333) International Business in the Southern Cone

University of Belgrano
Campus Part time 15 weeks February 2017 Argentina Buenos Aires

Our goal is to raise critical questions about the opportunities and challenges that companies and entrepreneurs encounter when doing business with countries from the Southern Cone such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay. [+]

Best Course Studies in Area Studies 2017. Information Semesters: First and Second Hours of Instruction per Week: 4 Total Weeks: 15 Total Hours of Instruction: 60 Courses transferable to ECTS Courses transferable to U.S. System Recommendation: Advanced written and spoken English Course Description Our goal is to raise critical questions about the opportunities and challenges that companies and entrepreneurs encounter when doing business with countries from the Southern Cone such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay. We begin by introducing the general context in which international business takes place in the region. Once we have looked at the big picture, we focus on the controllable and uncontrollable forces in the Southern Cone business environment. Our approach is based on a guided, well-informed discussion that will help students build understanding on the advantages and disadvantages of doing business in the region. Throughout the course students are expected to develop basic interdisciplinary skills for business decision-making. By the end of the course, students gain valuable insight on the opportunities that Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay offer and are ready to conduct research and access first hand information about Southern markets. Course Requirements Each student will be expected to make a significant contribution to the classroom dialogue. Students need a minimum of 75% of attendance to be in good standing for the GLOBAL ENTREPRENEUR PROJECT. Sliding the ID card is the only way to track record of attendance. In addition to participation, students will have to conduct a GLOBAL ENTREPRENEUR PROJECT, doing research on a specific topic. By the end of the semester, students will present to the class the outcome of this research, and write a 4-page Analytic Advice Memorandum. The requirements also include two short comprehensive tests. [-]

China Homestay Program

China Homestay
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 12  Open Enrollment China Beijing + 1 more

This is a volunteer teaching placement designed for deep cultural immersion and exchange. This program is ideal for adults hoping to get their feet wet in teaching, teachers planning to travel during their summer break, or travelers seeking to experience full cultural immersion while teaching English abroad. Both Language Buddy and host family are volunteers. [+]

This is a volunteer teaching placement designed for deep cultural immersion and exchange. This program is ideal for adults hoping to get their feet wet in teaching, teachers planning to travel during their summer break, or travelers seeking to experience full cultural immersion while teaching English abroad. Both Language Buddy and host family are volunteers. They exchange their languages and cultures instead of paying rental fee or tuition fee. This is a perfect chance to know different people and different countries. It is also a valuable opportunity to make life-long friends,have the chance to visit the host's working company or even work there, which means much more than just renting a room. This program offers Volunteer tutoring position with a local host family and teaching experience in China. Placements all around China, participants can stay in different cities and will be provided full board by the host family. Minimum stay is 2 weeks. Host family welcome you to stay as long as 12 months. AU PAIR PROGRAM You will be expected to spend 30 hours per week as an Au Pair: taking care of the children, escorting them to school, playing and teaching them, etc. Make sure you are able to commit to at least 3 months as an au pair. We can accept au pairs in China year round for durations of 3, 6, 9 and 12 months.You can get a stipend of $400 US and 20 hours of language classes per month. VACATION LANGUAGE BUDDY You will be expected to spend 15 hours per week during summer or winter vacation teaching host family English. Make sure you are able to commit to at least 1 month. Arrival date is usually in July, August and September and February each year. You can get a stipend of $140US -$280US per month based on the length of you stay. DAILY LANGUAGE BUDDY Since you are usually studying or working in China, you will be expected to spend only 5 hours per week teaching host family English. Make sure you are able to commit to at least 2 weeks. We can accept applications in China year round and program can be extended to 1 year.You are expected to pay a service as low as $6.99US per day. HOMESTAY ONLY ChinaHomestay is committed to the spread of Chinese culture and the integration of western culture. You can choose 'Homestay only' option and stay with the host family without teaching any languages while the host family will still share with you Chinese culture. Daily fee is from $25US per day. More information for language buddy TRUST AND SAFETY This is a trusted community. Most host families are verified by ChinaHomestay or its branches. The host families are wealthy families with an international vision. They are going to provide you a very pleasant homestay experience. PIRCE AND SERVICES There are 3 program options: Au Pair: $299 for whole program Vacation Language Buddy: $299 for whole program Language Buddy: $99 application fee, $200/monthly service fee ORIENTATIONS AND CULTURAL EVENTS You will receive a pre-departure training documents via email before you come to China. You will also attend cultural shock sharing session after arrival. You can join monthly cultural events for free or join trips to other cities. [-]

School for Foreign Students: Spanish language and culture courses

University of Veracruz - Universidad Veracruzana
Campus Full time 2 - 6 weeks July 2017 Mexico Veracruz

The School for Foreign Students (EEE) of the Universidad Veracruzana is part of the Dirección General de Relaciones Internacionales. The mission of the EEE, found in 1957, is to promote the enrichment of the international dimension of the UV through its academic offer Spanish as a Foreign Language, [+]

Best Course Studies in Area Studies 2017. The School for Foreign Students (EEE) of the Universidad Veracruzana is part of the Dirección General de Relaciones Internacionales. The mission of the EEE, found in 1957, is to promote the enrichment of the international dimension of the UV through its academic offer Spanish as a Foreign Language, Mexican and Latin America Culture courses, Programs for International Students and Special Programs, among others. The EEE, with its long tradition in meeting the academic and social needs of foreign students, offers you the opportunity to improve your Spanish and learn about Latin American culture. Our school gives you a first-class academic program tailored to meet your individual needs, as well as an enriching cultural environment, plus a small town Mexican atmosphere. The activities of the EEE are centered in Xalapa, the capital city of Veracruz. With a population of more than 500,000, Xalapa is home of the main campus of the University, which has four other campuses in different parts of the state. The EEE offers six levels of Spanish. Students take an online placement test or presencial oral test, and then they are assigned to the level best suited their needs. In addition to Spanish language courses, you may also study Mexican History, History of Art in Mexico and Archaeology. We are specialist in caring for the needs of students for whom Spanish is a heritage language, and who wish to develop their linguistic and cultural skills. One-to-one conversation, cultural immersion tutorials and independent study courses or special group courses can be arranged on request. Out-of-town tours for the EEE students are available during the Summer or for Special Programs, for example, a visit to El Tajín, combined with a beach weekend on the sands of Veracruz. The Universidad Veracruzana is a member of the Association of International Educators (NAFSA), and of the Mexican Association for International Education (AMPEI) and The European Association for International Education (EAIE). Courses The School for Foreign Students, during Spring and Autumn terms, offers a two-weeks course called Spanish Express Contact for those students that need an intensive course before starting the semester. During each semester the school offers six language courses, applied language courses and content courses. During the semester, Spanish levels are divided into two modules of 50 hours each. Students can attend courses in both modules according to their level. Regarding the applied language and content courses, students should take into account the curriculum to know what courses they can take according to their level. Some content courses are offered in English for those students that still don’t master the language but are interested in them. In Summer, there are six language levels offered with their six workshops and content courses that last for six weeks. Our courses are available for everyone during all the academic terms. Courses Map Language Courses: The goal of our six Spanish courses is to develop holistic linguistic skills, on the basis of the appropriate grammar and practical contents corresponding to each level of proficiency. Also, we have five Spanish Workshops (mainly with oral and writing activities) to support the Spanish courses mentioned above. Español I: Total: 50 hours/ 5 credits This course is planned according to the students’ needs; hence, it seeks to provide students with basic tools for them to relate to their new environment at an elemental level as well as to approach them to the culture. This way, students start acquiring Spanish by developing the four linguistic skills. Español II: Total: 50 hours/ 5 credits In this course, students will develop their skills so as to be able to express their ideas, opinions, and exchange them using both oral and written production. Español III: Total: 50 hours/ 5 credits Studying Spanish as a foreign language involves an educational reality that requires a methodology that encompasses the possibility of achieving proposed goals in the definition of teaching objectives, material selection and activities to be carried out as well as in the evaluation method and all resources through which students acquire the communicative proficiency in the target language. This course intends to help students learn Spanish in an integral way, considering that any language is basically a communication tool. Español IV: Total: 50 hours/ 5 credits The objective of this course is to reinforce the grammar aspects acquired in the previous level. It involves improving the ability to speak about the past, even considering some complex aspects; making emphasis on the subjunctive mood, especially referring to the past; and, finally, increasing the ability to talk about what other people do, think, want, wish or feel. Español V: Total: 50 hours/ 5 credits This course contemplates the necessity and convenience for foreign students to polish their communicative skills so as to understand, speak, read and write the language of our culture, focusing on Mexican Spanish, but also considering other Spanish varieties. Furthermore, the course takes into account all grammatical knowledge acquired in the previous levels as a theoretical supporting element for better language proficiency. Español VI: Total: 50 hours/ 5 credits Español VI is for advanced Spanish learners. It gives them the opportunity to perfect their oral, writing and reading skills in order for students to be able to efficiently communicate in Spanish Spanish for Specific Purposes – Business: Total: 50 hours/ 5 credits Teaching Spanish for Specific Purposes consists on training students on the use of the appropriate language according to the professional situation in which they develop. Through this course, students will practice skills and necessary strategies pertaining to the area of businesses in order to be able to communicate in a concrete situation, through the understanding and knowledge of specific vocabulary. This course is for students with a high intermediate, advanced and proficiency level. Spanish Express Contact: 30 hrs. total / 3 credits This course has a communicative focus with the purpose of helping students to practice speaking, writing, listening and reading in an every-day-life environment. The objective is to provide students with the linguistic fluency they need for the first days of their stay in our country. The course is offered in three levels: beginners, intermediate and advanced. Spanish Individual Program: The Spanish Individual Program offers the benefits of a private course that adapts itself to the student’s level and Spanish learning needs. Students can choose the schedule according to their convenience. The program can be hired with a minimum of five hours, and grants credits from 20 hours = 2 credits, 30 hours = 3 credits and so on. This course is for students with an intermediate, high intermediate, advanced and proficiency level. Cursos de Lengua Aplicada: Oral Expression in Spanish I: This course seeks for the student to develop a communicative ability to identify the sounds of Spanish language in the daily use, as well as the acquisition and use of specific popular expressions and a larger vocabulary. This course is for students with low intermediate and intermediate level. Oral Expression in Spanish II: The aim of this course is to help students to learn how to express themselves fluently and correctly in Spanish through the practice of communicative and grammatical points in real contexts. It seeks for the students to acquire and develop communicative strategies that will help them to make a better use of Spanish and know about customs, traditions and expression from the culture where they are immersed now. This course is for students with a high intermediate, advanced and proficiency level. Written Expression in Spanish I: This course is addressed to students who wish to improve their Spanish writing ability. The main objective is for students to exercise this ability using grammatically appropriate resources in order to get a better proficiency in this activity and be able to create descriptive, narrative, and expositive short texts that can be coherent, with the minimum of spelling, grammatical and vocabulary mistakes possible. This course is for students with low intermediate and intermediate level. Written Expression in Spanish II: This course is based on the continuing writing practice with the purpose of providing students with enough elements to communicate in written Spanish. It seeks for the student to learn not just techniques to develop this skill but also a global knowledge of the language and the world it represents. This course is for students with a high intermediate, advanced and proficiency level. Spanish Grammar I: Studying Spanish grammar will let the student know and understand how the language structures work, so that he/she achieves a correct, precise and creative communication in this language. In this grammar course the student will become familiar with the vocabulary and will use the rules for combining words in sentence developing, at the same time, the listening, reading, writing and speaking skills. This course is for students with low intermediate and intermediate level. Spanish Grammar II: The aim of this course is for the students to increase their grammatical knowledge and to apply it to the development of the communicative abilities: listening, reading, speaking and writing. This course will help student to be able to express agreement, disagreement, doubts, invite the listener to make hypothesis, express probability, recognize and use speech markers, etc. This course is for students with a high intermediate, advanced and proficiency level. Translation English – Spanish: It is a workshop where students have the opportunity to reaffirm their Spanish knowledge, acquire vocabulary from different areas of knowledge in its own context, compare grammatical aspects of both English and Spanish and put them into practice when translating. This course will provide students with techniques on reading, writing and translation, as well as features of compared grammar (English and Spanish) that will be useful for them to solve problems when translating. This course is for students with a high intermediate, advanced and proficiency level. Spanish Pronunciation: The aim of this course is for the students to reflect about language production in general and to know the phonologic and phonetic systems in Spanish. Students should compare this to their mother tongue’s system so that they understand the phenomenon of sound production, improving their pronunciation and the acquisition of useful tools for language teaching in general. This course is for students with low intermediate, intermediate, high intermediate, advanced and proficiency level. Cursos de Contenido: Mexican Contemporary Literature: This course deals with the development of Mexican literature during the XX century. We will view this development since the perspectives of continuity and rupture. The course sets short stories in the context of the historic process of Mexico. Some of the authors we will read areMariano Azuela, José Revueltas, Juan Rulfo, Carlos Fuentes, Elena Poniatowska, etc. This course is for students with a high intermediate, advanced and proficiency level. Topics of the Contemporary Mexican Life: Mexico is one of the countries that are made up by a cultural diversity. This diversity includes all the ethnic groups and the rural and urban societies. The main purpose of this course is for students to learn about institutional structures of Mexican cultures (social, political, economic, religious, and educational). Students will learn concepts about their origins, development, ways of functioning and their effects on national projects. Some of the topics the course will deal with are cultural diversity, Mexican social problems, cultural institutions, national project, Mexican folklore and identities. This course is for students with a high intermediate, advanced and proficiency level. Náhuatl: The objective of this course is to provide students with the necessary tools to get a first approach to Náhuatl language. Besides Náhuatl classes, this course includes a visit to a native community where this language is spoken, so students will have the opportunity to practice what they have learnt in a real environment. This course is for students with an intermediate, high intermediate, advanced and proficiency level. Fotografía: This course is designed to help students understand basic photography notions and put them into practice. Photography will be addressed as an art. Students will learn how to use 35mm cameras, how to judge a picture’s composition and lighting and how to develop and print black and white photos. Mexican Culture and Civilizations: This course will review the social and cultural diversity that builds up Mexico, going through the different influences that have transformed the native cultures. With the aim of providing students with a general knowledge about the cultural process in Mexico that allows them to set in a context, their intercultural experience in this country, the course approaches Mexican representative artistic manifestations pertaining to the high class culture and to the popular one. Some of the topics this course deals with are ancient Mexican cultures, the colonial period, religious festivities, Pre-Hispanic muralism, topics related to the mixture of races, native ethnic groups, etc. This course is for students with a high intermediate, advanced and proficiency level. Prehispanic Civilizations: Offered in English The program of this course concerns with a long period of time which begins when small groups of hunters and gatherers from the center and north of Asia; behind the pleistocene fauna, arrives to the American continent, and finished with the fall of Aztec Empire, by hands of his enemies, ruled by Hernán Cortés in 1521. The students will increase their knowledge on the Ancient Civilizations of America thinking them as part of the history of the mankind. This knowledge can be useful in the understanding of the current sociocultural diversity. Mexican Culture and Civilization: Offered in English The course will try to highlight the most important facts and processes along almost five centuries of history. The course will focus on the evolution of the main social groups that inhabited Mexico, that is to say ethnic groups, Black population and Spaniards. We will underline the ethnic groups participation during different periods of time and their relation with the Mestizos (Mixed populations) and the official Government until today. We will finish the course analyzing the ethnic participation in the Zapatist movement after 1994 and how the Mexican politics, economy and government have changed since then. Doing Business in Mexico: Offered in English The objective of this course is that students know the real Mexican business environment, such as the problems of the Mexican companies, the new free trade agreements signed by Mexico, the programs offered by the Government to support Mexican companies and finally the customs to make business in Mexico. Cursos de Lengua Aplicada: Independent Study Program: The Independent Study Program offers the benefits of a private course on any topic related to the cultural, social, scientific or artistic field of the Spanish speaking world that can be of interest to the student for academic reasons. Students can choose the schedule according to their convenience. The program can be offered for a minimum of five hours, and grants credits from 20 hours = 2 credits, 30 hours = 3 credits and so on. This course is for students with a high intermediate, advanced and proficiency level. General University Courses: Those students with the appropriate level of Spanish will have the opportunity to select courses from the different undergraduate and graduate programs of the Universidad Veracruzana’s Facultades (schools), according to their needs and academic profile. The University Courses selection is subject to the courses and room available, and to the Faculties acceptance. General University Courses provide the student with the opportunity to develop their linguistic and cultural immersion skills through the student’s integration to the university’s student community in Xalapa. These courses are for students with a high intermediate, advanced and proficiency level. Internship Program: Its aim is to ease and coordinate the foreign student’s work who wishes to assist through a service of internship in a local entity. Students can choose to carry out this program within these areas: health, education, business and ecology. The Internship Program seeks for the student to have the opportunity to understand the organization and structure of a Mexican institution. This course is for students with a high intermediate, advanced and proficiency level. Admissions A completed Application form.pdf. International (non-refundable) administrative fees of $100 USD are applicable. A photograph of yourself in jpg format, 480 wide x 640 high pixels. A selection of Courses UV, courses semester EEE or intesive summer UV is available according to your level of Spanish at EEE. A photocopy of your valid Passport. Certificate of good health. Proof of your travel insurance. Latest transcript provided by your university (if you need credits). A letter of recommendation from your university. Résumé / Brief CV. Proof of financial support (except for special programs and intensive Summer sections). Homestay Program page. Cultural Immersion Program.pdf Form. A photocopy of your Student visa or tourist card you will receive on entry to Mexico. On arrival, International officers at UV will guide you through the Immigration registration requirement. Send all your documents via express mail to the following address and a PDF copy to our e-mail: academica_eee@uv.mx Deadlines: Once you have given all necessary documents, you will get an official receipt and a letter of acceptance from Universidad Veracruzana. We recommend you send your application and fee as early as possible. The student must hand in a photocopy of their FM3 visa or a photocopy of the corresponding procedure in the INM (National Institute of Immigration). Admissions are open at the beginning of each session. Admissions are open at the beginning of each session / semester. Deadlines for registering to Spanish courses at the EEE are: Spring: January 26, 2015 Summer: May 18, 2015 Fall: August 17, 2015 Note: All your documents must be in your record by these dates; otherwise, Admissions office will not be able to carry out your official subscription. [-]

Estado y Religión en América Latina

Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina
Campus Full time 1 semester February 2017 Argentina Buenos Aires

Introducción: sistemas de relación entre la comunidad política (Estado) y religiosa (iglesias) Iglesia y Estado en América Latina durante el período hispánico. [+]

EL CURSO Introducción: sistemas de relación entre la comunidad política (Estado) y religiosa (iglesias) Iglesia y Estado en América Latina durante el período hispánico. El surgimiento de los estados nacionales en América Latina y sus relaciones con la Iglesia. Evolución. Libertad religiosa y pluralismo religioso en América Latina. Desarrollo y desafíos actuales. La protección de la libertad religiosa en el sistema interamericano. El curso se dicta en español, con apoyo de proyecciones en power point para un más fácil seguimiento Requisitos del curso: se requiere una cultura general básica con conocimientos elementales de historia universal y americana e interés por las cuestiones sociales y políticas, que permitan situar los procesos históricos y comprender los conceptos jurídicos elementales que se darán durante el curso. Docente: Prof. Juan Gregorio Navarro Floria (UCA). [-]

Course in Japan Studies

International College of Liberal Arts - Yamanashi Gakuin University
Campus Full time April 2017 Japan Kōfu

The JSP (Japan Studies Program) consists of the Japan Area Studies Program (JAS) and the Japanese Language Program (JLP). [+]

Best Course Studies in Area Studies 2017. Course in Japan Studies The JSP (Japan Studies Program) consists of the Japan Area Studies Program (JAS) and the Japanese Language Program (JLP). JAS courses are embedded within the liberal arts curriculum to ensure both that they have a strong academic base and that students are able to see Japan from a number of disciplinary perspectives. JAS is proud to host a large number of experiential workshops on Japanese culture taught by masters in Noh, Koto, Shakuhachi, Zen, Shinto, Shodo, Sado, Kado, and the martial arts: Aikido, Judo, Karate and Shugendo. The JLP includes not only Japanese language courses ranging from beginning to advanced levels but also courses in professional Japanese writing, reading Japanese newspapers, and public speaking in Japanese. Our Language Acquisition Center (LAC) includes a Japanese Writing Desk to help Japanese and international students polish their composition skills. Japanese Culture Classroom Japanese Culture Classroom A Wooden Floor At iCLA we use a wood floor in Japanese Culture Classroom A and this is where we host our Noh, Shugendo and other workshops. Wooden flooring has always been a cornerstone of the traditional Japanese way of life. It is the oldest type of flooring in Japanese history, and in olden days entire houses had wooden flooring. Round tatami mats were used only in places where people sat and slept. Japanese Culture Classroom B   Tatami Floor Japanese Culture Classroom B’s floor is made of tatami mats. We host our Sado workshops here and other activities that involve sitting on the floor. Tatami mats are traditionally made by weaving straw and have an exact 2:1 aspect ratio. This makes it possible to create perfectly square or rectangular spaces depending on the occasion. Determining the size of a room this way is also something that is quintessentially Japanese. Even now, office space is often measured “by the mat.” Central Garden    Bamboo Grove Our beautiful bamboo garden can be seen from six different angles on both floors of the building—a perfect way to appreciate a plant with long connections to Japanese culture. Bamboo is endemic to the Japanese archipelago south of Aomori Prefecture and has long been used as a building material. Often considered to be something between a tree and a grass, it grows as quickly as grass but like a tree its stalks grow straight and woody. At iCLA we hope that the students will be like bamboo: flexible, and capable of growing rapidly. 12 Hands-On Workshops Learn about Japan’s Arts and Culture in 12 Hands-On Workshops *More workshops to be announced. [-]

Course: The Jamaican Cultural Immersion Programme

University College of the Caribbean
Campus Full time 2 weeks May 2017 Jamaica Kingston

This programme is a two (2) week long, three (3) credit offering which explores the Jamaican culture through an intensive (on-campus) study and field experience. [+]

Course: The Jamaican Cultural Immersion Programme This programme is a two (2) week long, three (3) credit offering which explores the Jamaican culture through an intensive (on-campus) study and field experience. Topics include overviews of the linguistic, historical, geographical, socio-political, economic, and artistic expressions of the country. [-]

Immersion in Irish Material Culture: Creation & Curation

Uversity
Campus Full time 5 days July 2017 Ireland Dublin

The programme enables participants to explore and experience Ireland’s rich material culture heritage. [+]

Best Course Studies in Area Studies 2017. Immersion in Irish Material Culture: Creation & Curation About this programme The programme enables participants to explore and experience Ireland’s rich material culture heritage. Participants will explore the field of material culture curation and gain an understanding of how leading designers conceive, research, develop, execute, communicate and reflect on their ideas. Based in Dublin and Kilkenny, the programme includes talks, field trips and studio visits to museums, galleries and leading craft, design and applied art studios. Through informed discussions, expert presentations and demonstration workshops, participants will examine the current theory and practices of Irish material culture and come to understand its development, rich legacy, context and curation. The programme will be led by Alex Milton, Programme Director of Irish Design 2015, in partnership with Design and Craft Council of Ireland and leading design academics, Angela O’Kelly, Head of Design for Body and Environment at the National College of Art & Design and Mary Ann Bolger, lecturer in design history and theory at Dublin Institute of Technology. The programme will include: Presentations by leading academics and experts in Irish material culture. Field trips to the National Craft Gallery, the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, and studios of leading designers and craft makers. Guest talks by leading design commissioners and retailers Curatorial critique of students creative proposals with course tutors and external industry experts Demonstration workshops How much will it cost? The programme will cost €1,000 to include information sessions, workshops, materials, lunch and refreshments. Excludes accommodation and other meals. Uversity can certify your attendance at this short programme. Should you require official documentation to be produced, please contact Uversity. When will it take place? This programme will take place in Dublin and Kilkenny and will run twice in 2017. 17th – 21st July 21st – 25th August Both programme offerings are subject to a minimum enrolment of 10. How to apply We welcome participants of all ages and backgrounds. All applicants will be asked to submit a maximum of 300 words critique of a piece of craft, applied art or material culture. [-]

Analysing Health Systems in Fragile and Conflict-affected Environments

Royal Tropical Institute (KIT)
Campus Full time 3 weeks September 2017 Netherlands Amsterdam Enschede Ethiopia + 2 more

This course focuses on analyzing health systems in fragile and conflict-affected environments, using appropriate tools, and reviews the main system components. [+]

If you are a health professional working in or with countries in crisis, working as health personnel in government institutions, NGOs, UN agencies and humanitarian organisations or as an independent consultant, then this course is intended for you. This 10-day residential training programme for health professionals focuses on analysing health systems in fragile and conflict-affected environments, using appropriate tools, and reviews the main system components. Participants analyze the agenda of key actors and formulate recommendations for adequate health sector strategies, plans and monitoring and evaluation systems. Content Over one billion people live in fragile and conflict-affected environments. Conflict and fragility have a severe and devastating impact on health systems. Unreliable and incomplete information hampers sound decision making, while fast evolving events increase uncertainty. This course focuses on analyzing health systems in fragile and conflict-affected environments, using appropriate tools, and reviews the main system components. This comprehensive analysis considers the bigger challenges that confront health systems in chronic crisis: the damage at all of their levels and in their main components, the limited legitimacy and capacity of national authorities, and the unique opportunities for addressing their main weaknesses and distortions. The course uses case-studies, learning from successes and failures in health sectors of countries experiencing a variety of crises. The course takes a critical look at humanitarian as well as development aid and its politics. Participants analyze the agenda of key actors and formulate recommendations for adequate health sector strategies, plans and monitoring and evaluation systems. This course can be followed independently or as part of the Master in Public Health, track in Health Systems in Fragile and Conflict-affected Environments or as advanced module in the Master in International Health. Admission criteria a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in medicine, public health, social sciences or related disciplines at least 3 years of work experience in humanitarian action or health systems development, preferably in contexts affected by crisis proven proficiency in spoken and written English [-]

University Pathways English Learning Program

Greenville College
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 USA Greenville

The University Pathways program is for international students who wish to study at higher education institutions in the United States, but lack sufficient English proficiency. University Pathways is an intensive English learning program that concentrates on the four basic components of language – reading, writing, listening and speaking; while also providing cultural information to prepare students for success in U.S. universities. [+]

Best Course Studies in Area Studies 2017. The University Pathways program is for international students who wish to study at higher education institutions in the United States, but lack sufficient English proficiency. University Pathways is an intensive English learning program that concentrates on the four basic components of language – reading, writing, listening and speaking; while also providing cultural information to prepare students for success in U.S. universities. Students who successfully complete the University Pathways program have the option to be admitted directly to Greenville College. Curriculum The goal of the University Pathways curriculum of instruction is to develop the English language skills of its students in order for them to be successful in their studies in the United States. The program consists of five levels of instruction. Each level of the program becomes more challenging as students are expected to grow and develop their English language skills. Each level lasts seven weeks and students attend class six to seven hours each day. Class sizes are small to ensure individual attention. Typically, University Pathways classes have no more than ten students. Level 1: Beginning Level 2: Low-intermediate Level 3: Intermediate Level 4: High-intermediate Level 5: Advanced All new students will automatically be placed in level 1 until they arrive on campus and complete the placement test. Following this test, students may be moved up to level 2 or higher based on their scores on the test. There is not a minimum TOEFL score requirement to be admitted to program, but students should demonstrate basic English skills. All the levels in the program develop the following skills: Reading skills to comprehend academic reading materials and answer questions in class and on exams. Writing skills to produce appropriate and acceptable pieces of writing required in all universities or colleges: short essays, longer research papers, reports, etc. Listening comprehension skills to comprehend spoken English in different situations such as everyday conversations, classroom lectures (with the ability to take class notes), professional talks, etc. Speaking and pronunciation skills to converse with others, give oral speeches or reports, and to be understood clearly by the general population of English speakers. Cultural information about life in the United States, including important information on the values and beliefs of the general American population. Students are promoted to the next level if they obtain an overall average grade of at least 75% for all of their classes offered in that level, and must advance through level 5 to graduate from the program. The 75% is based on all work the student has completed in all classes within the level – all assignments, quizzes, exams, etc. Students must repeat a level until they have successfully completed the coursework at that level. Because we believe it is essential for the students to be able to comprehend college level texts in English, write well-developed papers, and comprehend spoken English; we require students to earn a passing grade of 75% or above in two very important classes in Levels 1-4 (Reading and Writing; Listening and Speaking) and three very important classes in Level 5 (Reading; Writing; and Listening and Note-Taking). Students must receive a passing grade of at least 75% in these specific classes, regardless of obtaining an overall average of 75%. Application Process Students must have at least 3 years, or 6 semesters, worth of high school credits completed before they can apply and their file can be reviewed for acceptance. Submit Application Online at www.Greenville.edu – please read the Growing and Learning Together Lifestyle Statement carefully before submitting. Send sealed, official transcripts from your high school/secondary school as well as transcripts for ALL college or post-secondary classes. Submit the completed Certification of Finances along with supporting bank statements and sponsor’s information. (This will be provided once we receive your application.) After passing the VISA interview, the student will be required to provide a photograph for use on a student ID card. Additionally, a HIPAA waiver will be mailed to the student and must be signed prior to the first day of class. [-]

Russian Language Preparation Programs for International Students

Siberian Federal University
Campus Full time 2 - 24 months July 2017 Russia Krasnoyarsk

The Russian Language Preparation Programs are available at SibFU in The Centre for International Education and Certified Testing. Russian language courses and general disciplines (pre-university courses) are Pre-University Programs for international students who would like to do their Bachelor's, Master's or PhD SibFU degree in Siberian Federal University or at other Russian universities. [+]

The Russian Language Preparation Programs are available at SibFU in The Centre for International Education and Certified Testing. Russian language courses and general disciplines (pre-university courses) are Pre-University Programs for international students who would like to do their Bachelor's, Master's or PhD SibFU degree in Siberian Federal University or at other Russian universities. Whether you want to study Russian for a few weeks, a year or two years, for academic or general purposes, we offer you a structured Programs of study. These Programs prepare international students for direct entry into Siberian Federal University. At the end of your Preparatory Course, you will receive a Certificate Of Russian Language Proficiency. This certificate will ensure entry to SibFU degree Programs. Why choose us SibFU offers a range of Russian Language Preparation Programs for international students seeking to upgrade their Russian language and study skills before starting a Bachelor, Master Degree or PhD programme. You can start at any time Flexible syllabuses, timetable and prices Experienced and qualified staff Communicative teaching techniques Real Russian! Individual attention for everyone A relaxed teaching atmosphere! Our courses combine a strong syllabus with a contemporary approach intended to build confidence and motivate students. Imaginative skills work and regular changes of focus are designed to capture students` interest. All our teaching takes place in a relaxed atmosphere because we understand that expressing oneself in a foreign language can be difficult. Laughter and humour help to make our students feel more comfortable about experimenting with the language and more willing to take risks! Our course Programs focus on everyday spoken Russian and therefore all classroom activities are designed to reflect the language people use for everyday communication. The topics and materials used in our programes are chosen to reflect real life with all its ups and downs. Programs Russian language one-year course for international students: Program 60 ECTS Duration: 1 year Tuition Fee: € 1 220 Starting Date: September, 1 Russian language two-year course for international students: Program 120 ECTS Duration: 2 year Tuition Fee: € 2 440 Starting Date: September, 1 Russian language course for international students (General course): Program 20 ECTS, only for advancing students Duration: 3 months Tuition Fee: € 350 Starting Date: October, 1; March, 1 Russian language course for international students (General course): Program 40 ECTS Duration: 10 months Tuition Fee: € 1 220 Starting Date: September, 1 Russian language summer course: Program 18 ECTS Duration: 2 months Tuition Fee: € 330 Starting Date: July 1 [-]

Japanese Language and Culture - Short-term Program

Hirosaki University
Campus Full time 1 - 2 semesters April 2017 Japan Hirosaki

Short-term study at Hirosaki University provides international students with a matchless opportunity to immerse themselves in regional Japanese culture. [+]

Best Course Studies in Area Studies 2017. Not only an education, but an experience Short-term study at Hirosaki University provides international students with a matchless opportunity to immerse themselves in regional Japanese culture. While offering students solid Japanese language training and progressive academic instruction, we encourage them to take their newly-found knowledge with them outside our campus and put it to use in the context of first-hand experiences. Our hands-on approach offers students strong incentives to achieve academically during their stay in Hirosaki, which many of them come to call their "second hometown". Study "JAPAN" in Hirosaki! Hirosaki City Hirosaki city where Hirosaki University is located is a university town, having 4 universities with a population of 180,000. Hirosaki which prospered originally as a castle town, used to be ruled by the Tsugaru clan. It is surrounded by farming areas to this day. Hirosaki is one of the best places for cherry blossom viewing in Japan, and is widely known for its Neputa festival in summer. The cost of living is relatively low, making it livable for students from abroad. It offers a comfortable environment for students to live in because there are many apartments, dining places and bars geared to their needs in the vicinity of the university. It is possible to go downtown in about 15-20 minutes on foot. Most students use bicycles as a primary means of transportation. Japanese Language Courses & Electives Our curriculum is designed for international students who require Japanese language training and also offers students an opportunity to study areas of interest in English. Of these, Japanese language classes are divided into five levels, ranging from beginners to advanced classes. They are geared to train students in Japanese for academic purposes, and are taught by highly qualified teachers. Classes taught in English cover areas of interest to international students, such as Japanese culture and arts and other fields. They emphasize practical experience as a key to learning, and feature field trips and regional observation. Japanese students are encouraged to attend International Exchange Courses with exchange students to promote a shared academic experience. Japanese Language Courses Basic Japanese Upper Elementary Japanese Intermediate Japanese Upper Intermediate Japanese Advanced Japanese Electives Japanese Society Japanese Literature Japanese Tradition Japanese Locality Academic Calendar We have two semesters, and students can start their studies at the beginning of either. Students can choose to study for either one semesters or two. Spring term: 1st week of April to the beginning of August (application deadline November 10th) Fall term: 1st week of October to the middle of February (application deadline April 30th) Tutor System International students are assigned tutors that help them to get used to campus life quickly and improve their academic work. Tutors provide assistance on individual basis in such areas as Japanese language, class work and daily life. Home Visit Program By joining our Home Visit Program, international students are "adopted" by volunteer host families from the Hirosaki City Community. They are periodically invited to their host families' homes for meals and other occasions for the duration of the time they are in Japan, for a wonderful opportunity to experience Japanese family culture. Fees Application Fee: 9800 yen Entrance Fee: 28200 yen Tuition Fee: 14800 yen per credit Application Procedures To apply, make certain the following documents reach us by the deadline for the term you wish to enrol in: Application Certificate of enrolment or graduation from your university Most recent academic transcripts from your university Certification showing that you have a TOEFL score of 500 (PBT), 173 (CBT), or a TOEIC score of 590 or above. A study plan of approximately 1200 words Two letters of recommendation Bank statement certifying funds of at least 500,000 yen per semester in addition to the tuition fee. Certificate of Health Self Declaration Four photos A copy of your passport Application for Certificate of Eligibility [-]

Portuguese Language and Brazilian Culture for Foreigners

Unisul
Online & Campus Combined Part time March 2017 Brazil Florianópolis

The Portuguese Language and Brazilian Culture for Foreigners Program supports students interested in learning Portuguese as a second language and getting to know more about the Brazilian Culture, especially Santa Catarina and its natural beauty... [+]

Language and Brazilian Culture to the world The Portuguese Language and Brazilian Culture for Foreigners Program supports students interested in learning Portuguese as a second language and getting to know more about the Brazilian Culture, especially Santa Catarina and its natural beauty. The CLPCB goes beyond classroom. Throughout the program, students participate in assorted learning activities such as excursions, directed researches, courses, events among other activities that comprise the country culture and language knowledge. Students attend classes with qualified teachers, both to achieve Portuguese language proficiency as learning technical linguistic terms used in different fields of knowledge. Target audience The program supports students interested in learning Portuguese as a second language. For regular admission (short or long-term program) is imperative that participants have a student visa (study or research). The visa may be obtained from the Brazilian Embassy, in your country of origin. Investment February Intensive Course Enrollment fee: R$ 220,00 Course cost: R$ 2.000,00 June & July Intensive Course I Enrollment fee: R$ 220,00 Course cost: R$ 2.000,00 June & July Intensive Course II Enrollment fee: R$ 220,0 Course cost: R$ 2.500,00 Extensive Course Enrollment fee: R$ 220,00 Course cost: R$ 1.500,00 Special Courses Taught in English or Portuguese, specially developed for the foreign student. Enrollment fee: R$ 220,00 Course cost: R$ 1.500,00 (each course) Enrollment fee payment must be made before the student's arrival in Brazil through international bank transfer. The course cost payment will occur in person when you arrive at Unisul. Blended Program The Unisul Virtual’s Blended Program of Brazilian Portuguese and Culture introduces the student to the Portuguese language spoken and written in Brazil, according to the skills and competencies of the levels A1, A2 and B1 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, and prepares students for Celpe-Bras proficiency test (official test of proficiency in Portuguese, in Brazil). The curriculum is especially designed for undergraduate and graduate foreign students and researchers, who are coming to Brazil to live in a university environment and want to take extension, master or PhD courses in the country, or integrate research teams. The program offers five learning units, and the student can choose which and how many attend. After all, you can participate in intensive presentialcourses during summer or winter vacations. Course Curriculum The Learning Units (LUs) have 45h duration and cost US$ 245.00 each one. Language Modules Portuguese as a Foreign Language Online - Level 1 (beginner) - 45h Portuguese as a Foreign Language Online - Level 2 (intermediate) - 45h Portuguese as a Foreign Language Online - Level 3 (advanced) - 45h Extra modules in Portuguese Brazilian Culture - 45h Renewable Energy - 45h Students may also carry out vacation intensive presentialcourses in Campus Florianópolis, in addition to visiting companies, laboratories, startups and research centers: Conversation (beginner, intermediate and advanced) Portuguese (beginner, intermediate and advanced) Brazilian Culture (beginner, intermediate and advanced) Professors André Bakker, PhD Baltazar Andrade Guerra, PhD Fernanda Lima Jardim Miara, Msc Luiz Henrique Milani Queriquelli, PhD Marilete Severo, Msc Maryualê Malvessi Mittmann, PhD [-]

Preparatory Course for GCE ‘A’ Level

Spring College International
Campus Full time 12 months August 2017 Singapore

The Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘A’ Level Examinations are national level assessments jointly organised and conducted by the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB) and the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicates. [+]

Best Course Studies in Area Studies 2017. The Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘A’ Level Examinations are national level assessments jointly organised and conducted by the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB) and the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicates. The ‘A’ Level certificate itself is an internationally recognised pre-university qualification that can be used to apply for tertiary education in the Commonwealth countries and in the United States of America. Our programme thoroughly prepares private candidates for the Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘A’ Level Examination with intensive lessons daily. Upon passing or obtaining outstanding results, students may opt to pursue their tertiary education in local polytechnics or universities, and overseas colleges and institutes. Objective To prepare students for the Singapore Cambridge GCE ‘A’ Level examination in order to obtain internationally recognized academic achievement. Upon obtaining this qualification, students may choose to further studies in local universities, or foreign universities in Commonwealth countries or the United States. Pre-requisites 17 years old and above Academic level: Student must have successfully complete Junior College 1 or equivalent Language Proficiency: Students must pass SCI placement test Course Duration 12 months course – Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. – English language 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Other Subject [-]