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A summer course is a class taken during the summer break of a university. These courses are typically finished in no more than two months, and are offered in a wide range of subjects. Courses in humanities, including history, are very popular and are offered at many institutions.

What is a summer course in history? These intensive courses are offered by the university to present opportunities that may not be available during the regular academic calendar. While some students may use summer courses to catch up or get ahead academically, many summer courses offer highly specialized and focused programs. These classes include interesting topics such as games and history, museums and memorial sites, music in contemporary history and society, and the history and heritage of specific cultural and ethnic groups.

History students gain invaluable perspective on the world around them by learning about the past. A multitude of careers are available to people who may take a summer course in history, with a wide range of salaries and potential global applications.

The cost of a summer course in history will vary greatly from school to school and from country to country. The price will often include enrollment and registration fees, as well as the cost of books. The best way to determine the expense of a summer course is to contact the university holding the class.

As with other courses in humanities and social sciences, a summer course in history will typically prepare students for a wide range of career prospects. Traditionally, students may choose a career in education, research, information management, or business. These jobs may include journalist, librarian, historic preservationist, or legislative staff worker. The wide field of history presents many opportunities to students.

A summer course in history is an excellent way to expand your horizons and gain knowledge that may be unavailable otherwise. 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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University of Southampton

This course explores what money really is. It expands our everyday perceptions of coins and notes by looking at the ways in which artists, writers and philosophers have r ... [+]

Spend your summer becoming part of a world-class university

When you join the International Summer School 2018, you are booking your place to become part of an internationally recognised centre for world-class research, enterprise and learning. Across four weeks, 16 July to 10 August 2018, you will meet many of the students and staff that make the University of Southampton one of the top 1% of universities in the world.

Mixing with students and staff from across the world in the classroom, as you make the most of our modern campus facilities, or while you are relaxing in your comfortable hall of residence, you'll make friends and gain experiences to take home that are unique.... [-]

United Kingdom Southampton
July 2019
Full-time
4 weeks
Campus
Leysin American School

The LAS Summer Academic Program consists of two streams. The first, our “Accelerator” program, provides a clear focus on core school subjects. The second, our “Explorer” ... [+]

The LAS Summer Academic Program consists of two streams. The first, our “Accelerator” program, provides a clear focus on core school subjects. The second, our “Explorer” program, allows students to discover a range of fascinating topics that support the development of key skills in, particularly alternative subjects. Both programs bring the classroom out into the real world in order to take what the students have learned and apply them to practical situations. Students will select two courses from any of the subjects offered.

Accelerator courses offered – Summer 2018 Mathematics

Mathematics is prevalent in almost every aspect of our lives. Math theories, concepts, and principles are the foundation of the economy, time, measurements, engineering, and even the arts. For this reason, it is clear that students need to have a solid working knowledge of mathematics. This course is designed to strengthen students’ math comprehension. Not only will it expose students to the way math is used in science, technology, and engineering, it will also help students understand statistics, practice reasoning skills, and strengthen their critical thinking.... [-]

Switzerland Leysin
June 2019
Full-time
2 weeks
Campus
Universidad Privada De Ciencias Aplicadas

Our Summer Program offers students the opportunity to enroll in specialized courses as related to their fields of study. Student learning takes place in unique and exciti ... [+]

UPC’s comprehensive international programs offer students the possibility of attaining hands-on experience through accredited classroom education, culturally significant excursions, service - learning, joint research, and/or unique internship opportunities.

SUMMER TERM IN PERU

Our Summer Program offers students the opportunity to enroll in specialized courses as related to their fields of study. Student learning takes place in unique and exciting settings and is guided by professional instruction, in English, from experts from various disciplines related to tourism, architecture, business, communications and journalism, fashion design, gastronomy, music, photography, among others. Since valuable learning takes place both inside and outside of the classroom, UPC offers robust array of optional fee-based trips, including but not limited to: Machu-Picchu, Cusco, the Nazca Lines, Historical and Natural Reserves, the Amazon Jungle, and more, all of which are available during weekends. To maintain the academic integrity of these optional excursions, all optional activities include an academic component led by experts in the respective field of study.... [-]

Peru Lima
March 2020
Full-time
Campus
Cambridge Immerse

Immerse is an award-winning provider of two week residential educational experiences with a diverse and enriching curriculum, designed and taught by expert tutors from wo ... [+]

History Summer School Course Summary

From the performative nature of medieval european courts, to present socio-political conflicts, participants on the Immerse History summer programme will explore fascinating historical themes as well as concepts of best historical practice. This programme is perfect for those considering studying History and related disciplines at university level. In addition to covering material that is studied at A-level and IB-level, participants will also discover more advanced university-level topics in a way that is accessible and easy to understand.

This history summer school programme will give participants an exciting and unparalleled insight into what studying history at university would entail. The topics explored will provide a taste of the key academic concepts in contemporary historical study, together with encouraging them to think critically and develop informed, logical arguments – an essential skill set for studying the subject at a higher level.... [-]

United Kingdom Cambridge London
July 2019
Full-time
2 weeks
Campus
Saint Michael's College

To register for a summer session course, complete and submit the Undergraduate Registration form, found on the Registrar's Office Forms page. Registration begins March 1. ... [+]

International Study Courses 2017

To register for a summer session course, complete and submit the Undergraduate Registration form, found on the Registrar's Office Forms page. Registration begins March 1.

International Study Course Descriptions

France: Culture and Society in Medieval Burgundy

HI/RS/AH/HU 280 (4 credits) Prerequisite: None Date: May 13 - 31, 2017

This program offers students first-hand experience of living at the place of SMC's origins in Burgundy – a 12th-century abbey – while studying medieval history and culture in its original context. Classes held every other day in Pontigny prepare students for site visits the next day to castles, churches, cathedrals, battlefields, abbeys, archeological excavations, towns and cities, museums and libraries. In this way reading, studying and exploring the material remains of this culture are integrated.... [-]

USA Burlington
September 2019
Full-time
11 - 18 days
Campus
Helsinki Summer School

In August 2017 “An Introduction to Conceptual History” will be offered by the Centre for Nordic Studies, University of Helsinki, as part of the Helsinki Summer School. ... [+]

Introduction to Conceptual History

ORGANISER:

Centre for Nordic Studies, University of Helsinki

DATES:

8.-18.8.2017

PRICES:

600-900 EUR

CREDITS:

6 ECTS

COORDINATOR:

Jani Marjanen & Johan Strang

Target students

Finnish and international PhD and advanced Master’s degree students from various academic fields.

Synopsis

In August 2017 “An Introduction to Conceptual History” will be offered by the Centre for Nordic Studies, University of Helsinki, as part of the Helsinki Summer School. Now in its twelfth year, the course will be organized by Concepta: the International Research School in Conceptual History, and The Political Concepts Standing Group of the European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR) at the University of Helsinki.... [-]

Finland Helsinki
August 2019
Full-time
11 days
Campus
Helsinki Summer School

This course explores the development of the popular music style of Heavy Metal. The primary focus will be on the musical elements of the genre, its historical features an ... [+]

Heavy Metal Music in Contemporary History and Society

ORGANISER:

Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies, University of Helsinki

Related Degree Programmes:

Taiteiden tutkimuksen kandiohjelma Taiteiden tutkimuksen maisteriohjelma

DATES:

8.-24.8.2017

PRICES:

850-1400 EUR

CREDITS:

5 ECTS

COORDINATOR:

Paolo Ribaldini

Target students

The course aims to be as multidisciplinary as possible, encouraging collaboration between students from different academic backgrounds. The ideal candidates are advanced Bachelor’s or Master’s students of musical practice, musicology, social studies, semiotics, cultural studies, anthropology, philosophy, psychology, language studies, gender studies and pedagogy.... [-]

Finland Helsinki
August 2019
Full-time
17 days
Campus
Helsinki Summer School

This course takes a look at the continuously evolving field of board and video games from a historian’s viewpoint. Working with lectures, workshops and student presentati ... [+]

Games and History: Playing with Time and Culture

ORGANISER:

Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies, University of Helsinki

Related Degree Programmes:

Historian kandiohjelma Historian maisteriohjelma Kulttuuriperinnön maisteriohjelma Magisterprogrammet i kultur och kommunikation

DATES:

8.-24.8.2017

PRICES:

850-1400 EUR

CREDITS:

6 ECTS

COORDINATOR:

Derek Fewster

Target students

The course is designed for all interested students with some previous studies in History. It is recommended for students in their third year or beyond.

The participants should also have a certain amount of experience from video games, organised role playing and/or board games (such as dealing with rule books, using game interfaces, grids or network providers [e.g. STEAM], and familiarity with basic structures and options of video games.)... [-]

Finland Helsinki
August 2019
Full-time
17 days
Campus
Balkan Heritage Field School

The end of Second World War (1939-1945) marks a turning point in the history of East Europe. The Iron curtain and the Cold War divides Europe in two parts. The new social ... [+]

The end of Second World War (1939-1945) marks a turning point in the history of East Europe. The Iron curtain and the Cold War divides Europe in two parts. The new socialist, pro-Soviet regimes to the East put the region in isolation from political and economic consensus of Western Europe – the so called Eastern Bloc is created. The ideology of communism is imposed in all spheres of public life and it lasts almost half a century. As in all any other eras, culture and art are a mirror of social processes and for 45 years in East Europe they remain highly subordinate to the communist ideology and controlled by the ruling Communist parties. Today the most visible and intriguing evidences of this period are the giant monuments and monumental complexes built to last along with the Communist states. After the collapse of the socialist regimes in East Europe many of these monuments lost their meaning but still deserve attention for their monumental aesthetics and artistic value. Being abandoned and left with no or poor maintenance they slightly crumble down and disappear from the public memory while the ongoing debate about their destiny in East European countries has not finished yet. During the Cold War Bulgarian art culture exists on the curious border of overlapping multiple centres. Between East and West, local and global, Bulgarian art and architecture create their most successful projects in the period as domestic interpretations of the global trends at the time. As a result one... [-]

Bulgaria Sofia
June 2019
Full-time
2 weeks
Campus
Collegium Civitas

Central Europe has been a flash point in world history for centuries. Control of the area has been contested both by imperial powers – above all Russia, Austria, Germany ... [+]

Overview

Central Europe has been a flash point in world history for centuries. Control of the area has been contested both by imperial powers – above all Russia, Austria, Germany – and by the smaller nations in between. Two world wars started in the region. To this day, the legacy of these conflicts and the resulting attitudes still have a major impact on the policy of countries from Russia to Poland to Germany.

We will travel to Krakow, Poland’s cultural capital, and once the capital of the progressive Polish Kingdom that once housed the majority of the world’s Jews. Students will visit Kazimierz, Krakow’s Jewish quarter, which is one of the best preserved in Europe. We will see the former Ghetto area, the famous Schindler Factory, and tour Auschwitz-Birkenau. We will also discuss the current revival that Jewish culture is undergoing in Poland, as new festivals are launched and the local Jewish community grows, develops, and becomes part of a larger, successful Poland. We will also travel to Berlin to discuss how Central European issues continue to influence security policies worldwide. Berlin has profoundly influenced the politics and culture of the 20th century. Days in Berlin will include trips to the Reichstag, Stasi Headquarters, the Bauhaus Museum, the former Wall and Checkpoint Charlie. Alexandra Richie, author of Faust’s Metropolis, will lead students on a journey through the city showing both the tragedy and the triumph of the German capital.... [-]

Poland Warsaw
June 2019
Full-time
22 days
Campus
IES Abroad

Our UK Today Program provides you with the opportunity to explore the vibrant culture and rich heritage of contemporary London through a wide range of courses—all of whic ... [+]

Overview

Summer may just be the best time to live and learn in London. Who wouldn’t want to spend a summer here, with time to also visit all the free museums, watch movies under the stars, and explore the 400+ green spaces in the city?

Our UK Today Program provides you with the opportunity to explore the vibrant culture and rich heritage of contemporary London through a wide range of courses—all of which apply to British history and culture.

Our unique academic experience integrates course-related excursions into virtually all courses to maximize the many opportunities for learning that London presents. This program is a great opportunity to continue your studies while using London as your classroom.... [-]

United Kingdom London
June 2019
Full-time
7 weeks
Campus
University of Pisa Summer & Winter Schools

The Summer School “Egyptologists as museum curators: an immersive training” is an academic programme offered by the University of Pisa in collaboration with the Museo Egi ... [+]

About

The Summer School “Egyptologists as museum curators: an immersive training” is an academic programme offered by the University of Pisa in collaboration with the Museo Egizio in Turin. The main objective of the School is to provide a theoretical and practical approach to ancient Egyptian objects as part of a collection. Every object is an accumulation of different stories, both ancient and modern, ranging from its production, use, deposition, discovery, up to its acquisition, conservation and display. The school will offer the unique opportunity to tackle Egyptian objects from all these different angles, from theoretical to more pragmatic perspectives, exposing participants to a variety of museum practices thanks to an immersive experience in a museum environment.... [-]

Italy Lucca Turin
September 2019
Full-time
1 week
Campus
University of Pisa Summer & Winter Schools

The Summer School “Reading Middle Egyptian Hieratic” is an academic program offered by the University of Pisa, aimed at training its participants to read and interpret li ... [+]

Best Summer Courses in History 2019. About

The Summer School “Reading Middle Egyptian Hieratic” is an academic program offered by the University of Pisa, aimed at training its participants to read and interpret literary and documentary texts of Ancient Egypt (Middle Egyptian, 2000-1500 BC) in their original script (hieratic and hieroglyphs).

Aim

The objective of the school is to provide strong ability in reading and interpreting ancient Egyptian documents in hieratic and hieroglyphs, beyond basic knowledge. This will be achieved through three different levels:1) Decoding hieratic script (basic);2) Intensive practice of reading (hieratic sources) supervised by teachers;3) Focus on grammar issues related to the Middle Kingdom texts. By investigating different types of documents, participants will acquire self-confidence in approaching autonomously ancient Egyptian writings in Middle Egyptian, especially those written in hieratic.... [-]

Italy Turin
July 2019
Full-time
6 days
Campus
Sorbonne University - Summer School

The history of France is lined with emblematic characters, women or men, known to all. They each, in their own way, left their mark and shaped this country. This cycle sh ... [+]

Dates and schedule

Duration: one week

Week 2: From the 8th until the 12th of July 2019

From 9.30AM until 12.30PM

Program

The history of France is lined with emblematic characters, women or men, known to all. They each, in their own way, left their mark and shaped this country.

This cycle shows the imprint left by five famous French characters, between legend and reality.

Louis XIV (to be confirmed) Lucien Bely, history, Faculty of Arts & Humanities Sorbonne Université La Fayette Jean-François Dunyach, history, Faculty of Arts & Humanities Sorbonne Université Charles De Gaulle Isabelle Davion, history, Faculty of Arts & Humanities Sorbonne Université Napoleon (to be confirmed) Jacques-Olivier Boudon, history, Faculty of Arts & Humanities Sorbonne Université Joan of Arc (ca 1412-1431), national heroine or witness of the history of her time? Romain Telliez, history, Faculty of Arts & Humanities Sorbonne Université Fees Enrolment before 28/02/19 Enrolment before 30/04/19 Enrolment after 01/05/19 Full fee 360 € 405 € 450 € Former Université d'été participants 270 € 303,75 € 337,50 € Staff and students enrolled at Sorbonne Université 2018/2019 * ** 180 € 202,50 € 225 € Jobseekers, retirees and people with disabilities *: 225 € ... [-]
France Paris
July 2019
Full-time
1 week
Campus
Sorbonne University - Summer School

People coming to Paris are often eager to know the capital, through what connects architecture and urbanism. The overall idea of this cycle is to offer a panoramic view o ... [+]

Dates and schedule

Duration: one week

Week 3: From the 15th until the 19th of July 2019

From 9.30 AM until 12.30 PM and from 2 PM until 5 PM

Attention

Please note that seats are limited.

Program

People coming to Paris are often eager to know the capital, through what connects architecture and urbanism. The overall idea of this cycle is to offer a panoramic view of Paris through five major historical periods of its development:

From the origins of Parisii to the birth of the ancient city Nathalie Ginoux, History of art and archeology, Faculty of Arts & Humanities Sorbonne Université Medieval Paris Rose-Marie Ferré, History of art and archeology, Faculty of Arts & Humanities Sorbonne Université The Haussmannian Paris Jean-Baptiste Minnaert, History of art and archeology, Faculty of Arts & Humanities Sorbonne Université Paris in the 20th century Jean-Baptiste Minnaert, History of art and archeology, Faculty of Arts & Humanities Sorbonne Université Paris of today and tomorrow. From urban consumption areas to knowledge spaces. Patrizia Ingalina, Geography, Faculty of Arts & Humanities Sorbonne Université ... [-]
France Paris
July 2019
Full-time
1 week
Campus