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Pre-College Enrichment Courses

Browse through the complete list of course options available on our Pre-College Enrichment summer programs. Click below to see course descriptions and available programs.

Business Entrepreneurship: McGill

Have you ever thought about starting your own business? You will learn the fundamental tools and techniques necessary to launch your own company. After you review all the steps to create and maintain your own business venture, you have the opportunity to try your new skills and will develop and present a professional business plan.

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Business Entrepreneurship: UCLA

This intensive hands-on entrepreneurship program focuses on all facets of business plan development. Learn to assess the competitive entrepreneurial environment, develop a venture concept and growth strategies, create marketing approaches, build a cohesive management team, launch operations and develop financial projections. During the program, participants work as a team to create a business and on the final day, each team presents their business plan and participates in a friendly “shark tank” type competition.

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Digital Marketing

This course combines lessons, group work and guest speaker presentations from leading companies on digital advertising and influence marketing. Students will be introduced to the digital marketing tools needed to develop successful strategies and explore the latest trends of marketing using real-life cases, diverse media including videos, apps, and state-of-the-art Internet tools. At the end of the course students will be guided to write a digital marketing plan for a company/brand of their choice.

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Entrepreneurship & New Venture Creation

The aim of this course is to engage students in the experience of entrepreneurial management for early-stage new ventures. In this class, students will learn and practice contemporary methods to identify and evaluate new business opportunities and to execute them into viable businesses. Students will progress through different methods for developing business ideas, the processes of starting a business, the acquisition of resources, and the key components of a business plan. Emphasis is placed on projects and activity-based learning.

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Entrepreneurship & Personal Development For Business Leaders

This inspirational and practical course will encourage aspiring entrepreneurs to develop their talents and nurture their professional dreams. The course aims at defining career opportunities and business ideas then focuses on the necessary business skills needed to become a successful entrepreneur. Topics include developing a venture idea that can create economic and social value, generating financial resources and managing budget, investments and the practical side of setting up a small business. Brainstorming activities and other group exercises will be utilized as tools to assist with idea generation, and will help in understanding how your unique idea could be turned into reality. Company visits and guest lectures from leading companies and startups will enrich your in-class experience.

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Fashion: Florence Retail Management

Learn what it takes to successfully manage a fashion retail enterprise. Whether you’re trying to open a boutique business or a large-scale store, you’ll soon have the tools to get started! This course offers hands-on experiences working with industry professionals, sharing new, creative ideas and business solutions for a real fashion enterprise. You’ll contribute to the fast-paced decision making inherent to successful merchandising; foster your own creative fashion solutions; brainstorm with experienced industry professionals; and more! Enjoy site visits to well-known Italian luxury brands in Florence like Ferragamo, Gucci, and Cavalli (companies may change according to availability), and special guest lectures from local prominent emerging designers.

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International Business & Leadership

Business leaders of the future are provided with an interactive and collaborative environment to learn in. Subjects include budgeting and finance, sustainability, public speaking, and personal growth. Students will have the opportunity to analyze successful business models and develop their practical understanding of business strategies through projects and group collaboration. Group projects, local company visits and guest lectures from leading businesses will enrich your in-class experience.

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International Business & World Financial Markets: UCLA

Examine the dynamic world of international business, globalization and how global markets work. You will learn about the international flow of goods and services, trade agreements, investment, foreign currency and regulation. You’ll be introduced to business problems and work on strategies to resolve them in the context of current events, both in the U.S. and abroad.

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International Business in a Globalized World

Although international business has been important for decades, its impact on our lives has been more visible in recent years. I am presently typing this syllabus in a computer manufactured by an American corporation (H-P), many of whose components are produced in Taiwan or mainland China. The computer was assembled in the Czech Republic and purchased from the Spanish HP subsidiary in an Internet Auction conducted by an American firm. A few minutes ago, a courier delivered me the latest International Business book I ordered a week ago from a UK Internet-bookstore. In order to understand the complexities of modern international business we shall start the course focusing on the economic foundations of international business. Next, we will consider the main forces that shape business across countries: political, economic, cultural and legal forces. The last part of the course will analyze the internal aspects of a firm oriented towards international business.

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International Sports Management

This course focuses on the sports industries and provides students with an overview of the principles of business including finance, marketing and technology, as seen through the lens of professional sports. Students will learn the nuts and bolts of professional sports entities that make billions of dollars entertaining everyone around the world. Topics explored through a combination of lectures and case studies include producing live events, broadcasting rights, athlete marketing, sponsorship, the fan experience, sports law and more.

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Online Marketing with Digital Apps

Videos are no longer just entertainment, they are rapidly overtaking traditional marketing techniques. “If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video has to be worth at least 1.8 million words.” (Forrester Research). This course gives you the key tools to plan and produce your own promotional video using the latest digital apps. You also learn how to promote your video via social media channels.

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Social Media Marketing

We all use social media in our daily lives, but how effective is this tool for business marketing? Explore the concepts behind social media marketing as well as the principles of online communication. Review the evolution of various platforms and evaluate their effectiveness as branding and business marketing tools.

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Social Media Marketing: McGill

This course looks at the channels of marketing, advertising and communication that make up social media platforms, exploring how these tools fit into a company’s integrated marketing strategy. Using real-world examples from large corporations and small businesses, students explore how marketing professionals embrace online social networks, user-generated content and content sharing to create brand awareness. Learn tips and techniques to successfully leverage your own social media marketing.

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Social Media Marketing: UCLA

This course looks at the channels of marketing, advertising and communication that make up social media platforms, exploring how these tools fit into a company’s integrated marketing strategy. Using real-world examples from large corporations and small businesses, students explore how marketing professionals embrace online social networks, user-generated content and content sharing to create brand awareness. Learn tips and techniques to successfully leverage your own social media marketing.

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Sports Management: McGill

This course provides students with an overview of business for professional sports including finance, marketing and technology. Learn about professional sports entities that make billions of dollars entertaining people around the world. Through lectures, case studies and guest speakers, explore topics such as producing live events, broadcasting rights, athlete marketing, sponsorship, the fan experience, and sports law.

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Sports Management: UCLA

This course provides students with an overview of business for professional sports including finance, marketing and technology. Learn about professional sports entities that make billions of dollars entertaining people around the world. Through lectures, case studies and guest speakers, explore topics such as producing live events, broadcasting rights, athlete marketing, sponsorship, the fan experience, and sports law.

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Stock Market & Investment Analysis: McGill

Before you invest in the stock market, it’s important you understand the basics of finance, the components of an investment portfolio and the underlying mechanics of the markets. This course gives you a detailed overview of investing in the stock market and offers you many tools and techniques needed to invest. Practice by investing in a simulated stock market competition.

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Stock Market & Investment Analysis: UCLA

Before you invest in the stock market, it’s important you understand the basics of finance, the components of an investment portfolio and the underlying mechanics of the markets. This course gives you a detailed overview of investing in the stock market and offers you many tools and techniques needed to invest. Practice by investing in a simulated stock market competition.

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The Princeton Review SAT (And ACT Too!)

Improve your SAT performance by becoming a better test taker. Learn Princeton Review’s exclusive strategies. Your instructor will help you master the test through in-class practice, drills and test reviews. You will better understand math, critical reading and writing concepts tested on the exams and your instructor will teach proven test-taking techniques. In addition to your course, you get the following materials and extras:

  • Talented, dynamic instructor and proven Princeton Review methods and strategies
  • 4 full-length Diagnostic Exams, with detailed computer analysis of the results
  • The Princeton Review Course Material and Workbooks
  • 24/7 access to the new adaptive student portal. With 240 online drills and over 2,000 online practice questions, you’ll have everything you need to practice and familiarize yourself with the test.
  • The Princeton Review ACT Self-Paced Online Prep Course is included with your summer SAT course for no additional fee. It will be available after your summer course.

* A supplementary fee of $595 applies for the Princeton Review.

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Architectural Design of Florence

This course introduces students to the analysis and interpretation of architecture and urban design as they learn to apply technical sketching methods and render architectural observational drawings. Students will also develop their understanding of the history of architecture and the visionaries who shaped the skyline of Florence.

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Cooking with Ateliers & Saveurs

From learning basic knife skills to creating succulent dishes, if you are a foodie, this course is for you! Whether gourmet entrees or delicious desserts, expert chefs in a beautiful, professional kitchen will inspire and help you develop skills in a hands-on culinary experience. You even get a book full of mouth watering recipes you have helped prepare!

* A supplementary fee of $195 applies.

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Cooking: L.A. Gourmet Experience

From learning basic knife skills to creating succulent dishes, if you are a foodie, this course is for you! Whether you’re creating gourmet entrées or delicious desserts, this course is guaranteed to make you salivate. Our expert chef will help you develop technical skills in the kitchen in this hands-on culinary experience, where each class focuses on a different theme. You even get to take away a book full of mouth-watering recipes you helped prepare!

* A supplementary fee of $195 applies.

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Cooking: The Food and Culture of Italy

For students with an interest in Italian cooking, classes are interactive and hands-on, and focus on the different aspects of regional food in Italy and the preparation of dishes that distinguish traditional Italian cuisine. During practical cooking lessons, you are introduced to cooking methods, techniques and preparations utilized in Italian cuisine and learn how to use different ingredients to prepare Italian dishes.

* A supplementary fee of $195 applies.

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Cooking: The Food and Culture of Spain

Expert chefs at the Barcelona Cooking School teach you kitchen skills and develop your understanding of Spanish culture as shaped by culinary traditions. In each class, learn about a different region and how to prepare signature dishes, such as Valencian paella and tapas from Catalonia. The contemporary kitchen is located on Barcelona’s famous Las Ramblas, steps from Boqueria Market, one of the most famous food markets in the world.

* A supplementary fee of $195 applies.

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Digital Photography Journal: Barcelona

Capture the city of Barcelona from behind the lens. Learn to frame, light and compose photos in the inspiring surroundings of art, architecture and Spanish culture. The backdrop of Barcelona and all that you will learn culminates in your creation of a portfolio of your work.

*A DSLR or bridge camera with manual functions having at least a 12.0 megapixel sensor is required.

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Digital Photography: Barcelona

Develop your technical skills as well as your artistic vision. Learn about digital cameras, the basics of composition, how to retouch images and be inspired by the masters of photography. The skills you master will culminate in an individual photography project to be completed by the end of the course.

* A DSLR or bridge camera with manual functions having at least a 12.0 megapixel sensor is required.

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Digital Photography: Florence

There are few better places to master the art of photography than Florence. With your smartphone or digital camera in hand, this photography course will teach various digital photography techniques including imaging scanning, color digital printing, printing digital negatives, basic darkroom techniques and Adobe Photoshop. Creativity mixes with practical skills and culminates in an individual final photography project completed by the end of the course.

*A smartphone or a traditional digital camera can be used for this course.

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Florence Studio Arts: Drawing and Painting

This course offers you the chance to navigate the artistic process under the mentorship of teachers who will cover drawing, color theory and painting. You will find inspiration from the vibrant city around you, as well as from previous artists who have made Florence the artistic center it is today.

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Florentine Art Walks

This course examines the city of Florence with themed walks offering a comprehensive approach to the city as an open-air cultural, historical, and artistic research site from its Roman foundation to its contemporary Zeitgeist. Students will learn the history of the city through its art: they will understand how buildings, streets, squares, and monuments can be mapped as living traces of multiple, overlapping layers of a complex past, and how to encode them in their personal appropriation of the city. Starting from learning how to decode the artistic environment of the city and to unveil its traces, both visible and invisible! The course aims at understanding the main social and cultural reasons underlying the existing shape of the city.

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History of Art

Develop an understanding of the cultural revolution of the Renaissance. Through on-site visits, you will become familiar with the Romanesque and Gothic styles in which the first Renaissance painters, sculptors and architects had their roots and from which they were dramatically to diverge. The focus will be on Florentine artists including Donatello, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo.

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English as a Second Language (ESL)

This program is designed to increase your overall fluency through real experiences with American culture. Improve your vocabulary and pronunciation, review proper grammatical structures, and practice your writing skills. Beyond the classroom, guided field trips provide you many opportunities to practice your English in the real world. If attending a university in the USA is one of your future goals, then this is the program for you!

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English Language Learning (ELL)

This program is designed to increase your overall fluency through real experiences with American culture. Improve your vocabulary and pronunciation, review proper grammatical structures, and practice your writing skills. Beyond the classroom, guided field trips provide you many opportunities to practice your English in the real world. If attending a university in the USA is one of your future goals, then this is the program for you!

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French Language

Did you know Montreal is the second largest primarily French-speaking city in the world after Paris? Separate course levels from beginner to advanced are offered. Attention is given to grammar, vocabulary, reading and writing with the primary goal of enhancing your verbal skills. You will have many opportunities to practice French in this incredible city.

* A supplementary fee of $195 applies.

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Italian Language

Develop your conversational, reading and writing skills. An equal focus is given to grammatical structures, vocabulary and conversational skills. Vocabulary is intended to engage in simple, but useful, everyday conversations to enhance and support your Italian experience.

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Spanish Language

While attention is given to grammar, vocabulary, reading and writing, the main emphasis and goal is enhancing your verbal skills. We don’t just want you to know Spanish, we want you to be able to use it.

*Open to students of all levels of Spanish, from beginner to advanced.

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Spanish Language Immersion

The city of Barcelona becomes your classroom while immersing yourself in “out-of-the-class” language activities (rather than formal classes) under the guidance of a Spanish teacher. Participate in real life Spanish interactions such as bargaining at a local market, interviewing local community leaders and other fun, learning activities.

* Open to students with at least two years of previous Spanish study.

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TOEFL Prep

This course is designed for non-native English-speaking students interested in attending an English-speaking college or university and to help prepare for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Thousands of schools worldwide rely on TOEFL scores to assist in admission decisions. Imagine the possibilities this test opens up to you as it demonstrates you have the English language skills necessary for an academic classroom. Our instructors guide you and offer you test-taking strategies, help you familiarize yourself with the test, and allow you to practice all sections of the exam.

* A supplementary fee may apply.

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U.S. Law

This interactive course combines an introduction to the framework of the U.S. legal system with an exploration of special topics in public policy and legal debate. Students will explore the legal foundations of political decision-making by participating in discussions, case studies, evidence-based exercises, and simulations. Learn about the scope of laws, how they evolve, and apply these lessons to current legal debates.

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3D Game Design with Unity

Are you ready to take your game design skills to another level? With Unity, an industry-grade design software, aspiring game designers will learn level editing, 3D modeling, impactful gameplay creation, as well as how to utilize scripts and variables. Student-created games will be available on a password-protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family.

*Participants will be required to bring a laptop compatible with MAC or Windows OS and a 64-bit operating system (cannot use Chrome OS).

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Animation for Video Games

The video game industry in Montreal is thriving and has attracted leading studios to the city, including EA Sports (Montreal), Warner Brothers Interactive, and Ubisoft. Visit a studio and explore the various steps of 3D Animation. An introduction to illustration, sketching and animation techniques prepares you to create your own avatar and begin your animation.

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Crime Scene Investigation: CSI Montreal

Experience the world of forensic science through hands-on training exercises and theoretical lessons. Examine CSI procedures along with forensic anthropology, biology and bloodstain pattern analysis. A scenario is staged and you work in investigative teams to identify, collect and interpret the evidence before you act as a forensic expert witness and testify in a mock-court setting.

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Python Programming

Want to learn the world's fastest-growing programming language favored by Google, NASA, Youtube, and the CIA? Your Black Rocket instructors will teach you how to code with Python to create engaging apps and games. Each lesson takes you step-by-step on a programming path that will let you challenge friends with fun content you create from start to finish!

*Participants will be required to bring a laptop compatible with MAC, Windows or Chrome OS. 

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Community Service: L.A.

Perform meaningful service in the communities in and around LA as an Afternoon Course option. Projects are finalized in the spring, and those currently planned involve several days working with the children at a youth club and helping to maintain and beautify gardens in local schools with Enrich LA. A letter recognizing the hours of service and detailing the projects accomplished will be issued after the summer. We are a Certifying Organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

*Students must be 16 years old by June 25, 2022 in order to choose this option.

Program Length # of Hours
14-day Afternoon Option 16
21 & 28-day Afternoon Option 22

 

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Community Service: Montreal

You can make a real difference to local communities in Montreal. Projects may include working with youth and families, sorting through donations for families in need, as well as serving meals to the homeless. A letter of completion recognizing the hours of service and detailing the projects accomplished will be issued after the summer. Westcoast Connection is a Certifying Organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

Program Length # of Hours
14-day Morning Option 16
21 or 28-day Morning Option 22

 

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Community Service at the Martí-Codolar Youth Center

For more than fifty years, Barcelona’s Martí- Codolar Youth Center has been providing disadvantaged children, young people and families a place to participate in educational and recreational programs after school and during the summer. You can make a real difference by facilitating programs, games, computer education and English classes for these children. Westcoast Connection is a Certifying Organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

21-day and 28-day program: a certificate for 22 hours of community service will be provided. 14-day program: a certificate for 14 hours of community service will be provided.

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Contemporary World Issues & Global Affairs

As the world continues to grow more connected than ever, future leaders require both an understanding of the global environment and leadership skills that can be applied on a transnational scale. This course will expose you to today’s most pressing global affairs and will help develop your critical thinking and writing abilities all while introducing you to diverse perspectives through debates and research.

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Emotional Intelligence & Professional Communication Skills: McGill

Tom Peters, leadership author of ‘’In Search of Excellence’’ and nicknamed the ‘’Red Bull’’ of management thinking, wrote ‘’Success in business today is 15% technology and 85% Emotional Intelligence.” If this is true, what better way is there to prepare you for college and a future career than to improve your Emotional Intelligence skills? This course has been designed to increase your understanding of emotional intelligence and will empower you to use E.I. to increase your self-confidence, and guide your thinking and behavior. Using experiential exercises, discussions and group collaboration you will learn how to define personal goals and how to leverage your skills, knowledge and experience to create success in new situations both personally and professionally.

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Journalism in the 21st Century

In a shifting landscape of journalism, find out how to adapt and prepare news to be broadcast in print and through digital outlets. What does it take to become a first-rate journalist? Journalism abides by professional standards for gathering, processing, and disseminating information. Learn about these standards in class as you analyze selected pieces of news, and apply strategies to write powerful stories that capture an audience. Hone your online, and interviewing skills. Sharpen your ability to write effectively and deliver messages in your stories that will resonate with your readers.

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Montreal Culture: Behind the Scenes

A “field trip” around Montreal to learn about the French-Canadian culture that makes this city so unique. Explore the “Place des Festivals”, the historic Old Montreal with its 17th century cobblestone streets, and the city’s Mount Royal Park which was designed by the same designer as New York’s Central Park. Uncover multiple museums and artistic venues. Discover Montreal’s unique culinary experience and indulge in their famous poutine and smoked meat.

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Psychology of Human Behavior: Barcelona

This course introduces basic concepts in psychology including behavioral, cognitive and clinical psychology. Through the use of discussion, film and in-class activities, explore topics such as how to improve emotional intelligence, limitations in perception, cognitive distortions and how to improve memory. Other topics included are mental illness, stereotyping and prejudice.

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Psychology of Human Behavior: McGill

This course introduces basic concepts in psychology including behavioral, cognitive and clinical psychology. Through the use of discussion, film and in-class activities, explore topics such as how to improve emotional intelligence, limitations in perception, cognitive distortions and how to improve memory. Other topics included are mental illness, stereotyping and prejudice.

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Psychology of Human Behavior: UCLA

This course introduces basic concepts in psychology including behavioral, cognitive and clinical psychology. Through the use of discussion, film and in-class activities, explore topics such as how to improve emotional intelligence, limitations in perception, cognitive distortions and how to improve memory. Other topics included are mental illness, stereotyping and prejudice.

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Social Justice & Human Rights Forum

Climate change, bans on religious freedoms, racial injustice, gender-based violence… the list of human rights violations, and social and ecological injustices are seemingly endless in the world around us.  Join this forum on social justice and human rights where we will explore a number of topics through a systems-thinking lens to examine why and how unequal distributions of rights and freedoms manifest.  We will also consider our personal identities, positions and power within these systems challenging our ideas of how to make positive social change in the world in which we live. This forum will involve participant discussion.

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Spanish Culture

Explore several aspects of Spain’s incredibly rich and varied culture including:

  • Diversity: the languages, food, geography and folklore of Spain’s regions
  • Spain’s most popular fiestas
  • Music & cinema: classical and modern
  • Social customs: gain insight into the Spanish way of life and compare it with your own
  • Flamenco: a look beyond the music and dance to the culture of flamenco
  • Modernist architecture: including the work of Gaudí in Barcelona

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Independent Workout: Barcelona

Enjoy access to the DiR Diagonal Fitness and Pool Club facilities. Plan a workout regimen including weight training and cardio to help meet your fitness goals.

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Surfing

Want to hang ten and ride the waves like a pro? This course heads to Santa Monica Beach where you learn how to improve balance and technique and perfect your form in no time. All levels of ability are welcome.

* A supplementary fee of $195 applies.

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Workshop: Choosing the Right School & College Application Process

Choosing the right college for your academic and personal interests is the first step in the application process. It requires careful research and self-evaluation. This interactive workshop provides you with tools and resources to help you develop a list of criteria integral in choosing appropriate colleges. Explore the basic elements of the college application and learn the ins and outs of the Common Application. Develop your academic/co-curricular profile, learn how to craft a high caliber application and set up your timeline for completion of applications, supplements and essays.

Workshop: College Essay Writing

Explore different essay topics and strategies to write a proper admission essay that distinguishes you. As one of the top qualitative measures in the admissions process, your personal essay is an integral part of your application. As a critical aspect of your first impression to an admissions officer, the essay is an opportunity for you to share your stories, adding greater depth and dimension to your application. This workshop includes an overview of fundamental writing skills using real examples of college essays. The focus is on practical tips for writing a great college essay, including finding your voice, brainstorming essay ideas, understanding the prompts, focusing on a theme and the importance of editing and proofreading.