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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.

Advertising, Media & Branding

This course introduces students to the key concepts and practices that underpin successful advertising and brand communications. Students learn how to select appropriate media for these communications and develop an understanding of trends, visual thinking, creative brief development, marketing principles, brand communications, media relations and client/agency relationships.

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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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Business Management

This course is designed to engage you in learning about the importance of management in a global business environment. Develop your managerial skills through case studies, role-plays, in-class discussions, guest speakers and active class participation.

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International Business & World Financial Markets: Florence

Explore the dynamics of the world financial and business markets. You will be introduced to the Italian family business model in the local Florence community and its significance to the social and economic fabric of Italy in an increasingly global environment. The forming of the European Union, the Euro currency and current events challenging the markets will be covered.

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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

This course explores the complexities and challenges of running a business in culturally diverse circumstances and examines how cultural diversity can lead to competitive advantages. Topics include company policy and strategy, vision and mission, ethics and human resources management. Other aspects demonstrate a company’s internal environment, joint ventures and international expansion.

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Leadership & Organizational Behavior

Develop core leadership skills and enhance your ability to communicate effectively with others. This course will help strengthen your people and professional management skills that are key to successful leadership in any field. You will examine individuals’ perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors enabling you as a leader to choose the appropriate leadership style and managerial practices to increase organization effectiveness and positive relationships.

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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

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

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

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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College Prep Intensive

Get an extra leg up on the college application process. Combine the morning Navigating College Admissions and afternoon Princeton Review SAT (and ACT too!) courses.

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

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Navigating College Admissions

Sessions include how to create your college resumé, write a college essay, what to look for on-campus visits, select the college that best fits you, and navigate the application process. Learn how to apply for scholarships and aid, understand the role of extracurricular activities, leadership and community service and make sure you are on the right track. Receive one-on-one counseling to find the school that best suits your academic, social and financial profile.

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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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Careers in Fashion with the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM)

*Students must be 16 years old by June 28, 2020. College credit (3 units from FIDM) and a final grade will be awarded to each student. There will be some homework and out-of-class assignments to complete. Students will attend 2 additional class sessions for a total of 13 sessions. WCC students are commingled with Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) students.

Students who choose Careers in Fashion with FIDM will select one of the following six college-credit fashion courses for the first two weeks. In week three, Westcoast Connection students participate in an exclusive Trends and Styling workshop.

Choose one of these six college-credit fashion courses for the first 2-weeks:

Option #1: Trend Analysis & Styling Concepts
This course is an introduction to the methodology of tracking and forecasting trends in the fashion industry. Examine how world economy, popular culture, visual arts, runway collections, retail and street fashion combine in varying degrees to determine future style trends. A final, culminating styling project will challenge you to synthesize what you have learned, and you will make an informed prediction about future trends for a brand or target market of your choice.

Option #2: Digital Imaging
In this intermediate digital graphics track using Adobe Photoshop, learn how to use the program’s tools, layers and palettes to enhance and manipulate photo composites and original artwork into conceptual designs. Projects for the class are geared toward the entertainment and fashion industries with an emphasis on branding.

Option #3: Fashion Styling & Coordination
This course focuses on various styling techniques, from photoshoots and runway shows to internet styling, online blogging and red carpet event planning. You will gain professional and editorial styling skills integral to art direction during lectures and projects. The course culminates in a themed fashion shoot.

Option #4: Industry Sewing
This course introduces students to industry sewing techniques with an emphasis on operating the power sewing machine. Students produce a completed garment by applying the techniques taught in the course.

Option #5: Fashion Sketching for Design
In this course you will learn proportions techniques for sketching using the nine-head figure in a variety of poses. You will practice drawing the features of the face, hands and feet, and will gain an understanding of drawing dimension through the application of shading techniques.

Option #6: Introduction to Adobe Photoshop
This course is an introduction to Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator software design techniques, naming conventions and digital asset management. Gain basic knowledge of digital design components, vector, raster, tools, and menu items, which they will apply to their major areas of study. These concepts serve as a digital foundation for industry-standard, computer-aided design communication.

Week 3: Trends & Styling Workshop
Explore the role of Creative Director. Beginning with a trend report and an inspiring tour of the Los Angeles Arts District, learn to plan, style and execute a photoshoot. Following the photoshoot, graphic artists will teach you to professionally Photoshop your images to make them “press-ready” for digital marketing.

* A supplementary fee of $295 applies for Careers in Fashion with FIDM.

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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 with Sur La Table

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 Journal: Florence

This course uses photography to help you record your personal experiences while immersed in the local culture and way of living. Develop a better understanding of shutter speed, aperture as well as a composition to improve your picture-taking skills. Remember your summer in Florence by creating a journal using captions, mixed media, and other techniques.

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

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Digital Photography Journal: L.A.

For anyone with a passion for photography, no matter your level, learn about digital cameras (shutter speed, aperture, ISO, camera modes) and the basics of composition (lighting, exposure, framing, focus and blur). The course includes fieldwork in L.A. to delve into the art of street photography. The course also focuses on portraiture, as you step into a professional studio to learn about different lighting techniques.

* 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: Montreal

This in-the-field course is for all levels, all you need is an interest in photography. Learn about shutter speed, aperture, ISO, camera modes and the basics of composition (lighting, exposure, framing, focus and blur) through workshops and assignments in different areas of the city. Capture the city of Montreal from behind the lens. Creativity mixes with practical skills and culminates in an individual photography project 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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Fashion Design

This course is an introduction to the world of fashion design. It will show you the process and strategies of making a new collection. It includes trend research, color story, fabric selection, draping design concepts and innovation. You will create a collection of your own with illustrations, drawings and collages. This introduction class does not include sewing or actual garment creation.

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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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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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Introduction to Filmmaking with the New York Film Academy

New York Film Academy instructors with tremendous experience and training from the nation’s elite film schools teach you to write, direct, shoot and edit. Intensive study of camera operation, screenwriting and directing prepare you for the production day, where you enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to shoot a movie on the Universal Studios backlot. The course concludes with editing and post-production work.

* A supplementary fee of $495 applies for Filmmaking with the New York Film Academy.

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Introduction to Modern Art

Modern artists studied are known for a spirit of political revolt and artistic experimentation and include van Gogh, Picasso, Dalí and Warhol. Students visit the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Contemporary Art and a number of modern galleries.

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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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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 (Introduction)

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

This course is taught at International House Spanish Language School, a center of learning for over 40 years and one of Spain’s leading teacher training centers. 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. The school enjoys an ideal location just steps from Plaza Cataluña and Las Ramblas.

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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 Preparation

This course is designed for non-native English-speaking students interested in attending an English-speaking college or university. It prepares you 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.

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International Law

Understand the important role of global institutions and systems that establish and uphold international law. Review landmark case studies and examine current events. Explore different facets of institutions like The United Nations, and learn about topics such as: sovereign immunity, criminal law, human rights law, and environmental protection.

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Introduction to 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 law. Through lectures, case studies, evidence-based exercises and simulations, students will learn about the scope of laws, how they evolve, and apply these lessons to current legal issues relevant to their everyday lives. Students also have an opportunity to observe a court hearing, present an oral argument, and meet attorneys and judges. After an investigation of some of the complexities, challenges and strengths of the U.S. legal system, the program concludes with an interactive panel on legal career pathways.

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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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Coding & Web Development: McGill

If you have a desire to improve your computer science skills and learn to code, this course is for you! You will learn more about the business needs of coding and work in teams to develop web programs with basic front-end and back-end programming technologies. At the conclusion of the program, each team presents their project in front of a panel of experts.

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Coding & Web Development: UCLA

If you have a desire to improve your computer science skills and learn to code, this course is for you! You will learn more about the business needs of coding and work in teams to develop web programs with basic front-end and back-end programming technologies. At the conclusion of the program, each team presents their project in front of a panel of experts.

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Crime Scene Investigation: CSI Los Angeles

For those true crime enthusiasts, 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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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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Drone Flight Training

Learn to fly your radio-controlled, multirotor drone aircraft. This fun, power-packed class will provide students with both theory and practice. Fly your own drone using line of sight (LOS) and first person view (FPV) camera systems. Once you have learned the principles of Model Aeronautics and the safety practices and regulations, you will take part in multiple practical exercises. Starting with simple maneuvers like hovering, you will then move onto altitude and direction changes while flying through obstacle courses. This course will take place both indoors and outdoors.

*A supplementary fee of $195 for a personal drone applies.

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STEM Intensive

Combine Animation for Video Games or Drone Flight Training in the morning with Coding & Web Development or Crime Scene Investigation: CSI Montreal in the afternoon for an intensive STEM Full-Day Track.

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Community Service: L.A. (22 hours)

Perform meaningful service in the communities in and around LA. You may work with the children at the Boys & Girls Club and organize donations at the LA Food Bank; projects are finalized in the spring. A letter recognizing 22 hours of service is issued after the summer. Westcoast Connection is a Certifying Organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

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Community Service: L.A. (60 hours)

Service is offered as a Full-Day Track or afternoon option. As a Full-Day Track, perform meaningful service in the communities in and around LA. Projects are finalized in the spring; those currently planned are several days working with the children at a youth club and a few days helping to maintain and beautify gardens in local schools with Enrich LA. You make a difference in the lives of those we serve. A letter recognizing 60 hours of service is issued. We are a Certifying Organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

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Community Service: Montreal (22 hours)

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 22 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.

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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. A certificate for 12 hours of community service will be provided. Westcoast Connection is a Certifying Organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award

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Contemporary World Issues & Global Affairs

Create a dialogue on matters concerning diplomacy, international business, and the world economy. Analyze modern issues of global concern through lectures, case studies, evidence-based exercises and simulations. Understand differing world-views that stem from cultural perspectives and socio-economic backgrounds. Develop your understanding of how conflicts arise and appreciate the shifting international balance of powers.

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Contemporary World Issues & Global Affairs

Create a dialogue on matters concerning diplomacy, international business, and the world economy. Analyze modern issues of global concern through lectures, case studies, evidence-based exercises and simulations. Understand differing world-views that stem from cultural perspectives and socio-economic backgrounds. Develop your understanding of how conflicts arise and appreciate the shifting international balance of powers.

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Emotional Intelligence & Professional Communication Skills

What better way to prepare you for college and a future career than to improve your interpersonal and professional communication skills? This course allows you to develop those skills and increase your performance. Case studies include conflict management, nonverbal communication and effective listening through experiential exercises and discussions. Increase your understanding of emotional intelligence and use this ability to guide your thinking and behavior. Learn how to define personal goals and how to leverage your skills, knowledge and experience to create success in new situations.

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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. Journalism abides by professional standards for gathering, processing, and disseminating information. Learn about these standards 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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Mastering Public Speaking

This hands-on course of workshops helps students become comfortable, confident and masterful presenters. The principles presented apply to business settings as well as other activities in daily life. Learn to focus, prepare and deliver a presentation. Students make brief presentations, receive constructive feedback and personal coaching to help them overcome emotional and mental blocks.

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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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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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The Italian Mafia: Culture, History & Politics

Explore the fundamental aspects of the Italian mafia, including the relationship between the mafia and Italian politics, its history, contemporary issues, and social relationships within the organization. Learn about the differences between the Italian and American mafia and the mafia’s influence on Italian culture.

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Health & Wellness

This course combines theory and practical sessions on nutrition, anatomy, mindfulness and yoga to help you live a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Learn to be active and listen to your body. Harness your personal power and handle the challenges that come your way with more ease and confidence.

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Independent Workout

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.