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Immerse yourself in your field by enrolling in a subject-focused Institute. With an emphasis on hands-on learning, you will expand your knowledge by living it this summer.

Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Beyond
Summer study trip to Japan in conjunction with the Nuclear Studies Institute. Focuses on Japanese wartime aggression, the human devastation wrought by the atomic bombings, current Japanese and international efforts to eliminate nuclear weapons, and the building of closer ties between the people of the United States and Japan. Participants hear first-hand accounts of atomic bomb survivors and Asian victims of Japanese atrocities, visit sites of historical and cultural significance, and attend commemorative events. Usually offered every summer. For more information, go to Nuclear Studies Institute.

Carmel Institute of Russian Culture and History
Each summer the Carmel Institute offers a study abroad class in Russia with institute director Anton Fedyashin, as well as student awards supporting study in Russian language, culture, and international relations at institutions such as the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University) or the Higher School of Economics. See Carmel Institute Study Abroad or more information.

TESOL Institute
American University's TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Institute offers two sessions of course work that enable students to complete AU's TESOL certificate program in one summer. Topics include principles of linguistics, English-language teaching, the structure of English, and second-language acquisition. Students enrolled in TESOL Institute courses are invited to participate in additional activities including lectures, short courses, workshops, receptions, and other social events. For more information, contact 202-885-2582 or or go to TESOL Institute.

For information on all SIS summer programs, contact or go to SIS Summer Programs.

SIS Summer Abroad Programs
Seminars and Internships Each summer, the School of International Service (SIS) offers a number of short-term, experiential programs abroad for graduate and advanced undergraduate students from any university or college in the USA. The intensive schedule of these programs allows students with academic year commitments to complement their studies with an experience abroad. The programs are faculty-led and content-specific for students who wish to concentrate on a specific region or topic area. Each program offers ample opportunity to interact with local and regional leaders, conduct field research, and engage in challenging internship positions. This year, join SIS Summer Abroad Programs in Geneva, Azerbaijan, Israel, Malaysia, and South Africa.

For more information contact 202-885-6296 or for all programs.

The School of Public Affairs offers summer institute programs that allow students to gain practical experience and intensive instruction in the areas of campaign management, public affairs, and European public affairs. To learn more about these programs, click on the following links.

Summer Programs in Washington
Washington College of Law offers summer programs that provide students and practitioners with opportunities for intensive learning, training, and networking. The topics offered include:

  • Anti-Corruption Law
  • Brazil-U.S. Legal and Judicial Systems
  • Environmental Law
  • Health Law and Policy Institute
  • Hospitality and Tourism Law
  • Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • International Organizations, Law and Diplomacy
  • Judicial Reform in Latin America and the United States
  • Law and Government
  • Legal English
  • Litigation

For more information about these programs, please visit Washington College of Law Summer Programs.