Hopkins Intersession Study Abroad Programs are courses that complement the Hopkins curriculum. Most programs include courses taught by JHU faculty abroad while others are sponsored by a Hopkins department and accompanied by JHU faculty and/or graduate students. Programs range between 3 and 6 credits. Grades appear on the Hopkins transcript and are calculated into the GPA. Cost varies by program.

Most Hopkins Intersession programs are offered annually or biannually, however new programs arise every year so stay tuned for updated information.

“The three weeks spent with my Johns Hopkins peers, as well as the group of Ugandan students from the Makerere University School of Public Health not only exceeded my expectations, but also widened my global perspective as a scholar and reaffirmed the motivations behind my future aspirations.”

-Grace Kwak, Public Health major, Hopkins Intersession in Uganda

Here is information about the Intersession programs offered in January 2017. Please note that the information is subject to change for future terms.

Every September, the Office of Study Abroad hosts an Intersession Abroad Fair to feature all of the Hopkins Intersession Abroad program offerings. Students can speak to faculty and past participants to learn more about all of the program options. Please check announcements for details about individual program information sessions as well.

Intersession Abroad Fair
Intersession 2018 Programs
Date, Time, and Location TBD

Credits: 3 (H)
Dates: January 7 – 26, 2017
Language of Instruction: English
Program Cost: $5,060 (includes airfare, housing, meals, excursions, international health insurance)
Instructor: Flavia de Azeredo Cerqueira
Advisor in the Office of Study Abroad: Jessica Mervis

2017 students with their host families

2017 students & host families

Make this winter in Baltimore your summer in Brazil! Study Afro-Brazilian culture and history while having a Portuguese language immersion experience in this rich agricultural, industrial and vibrant maritime district. Take advantage of a unique opportunity to live and study in Salvador da Bahia, one of Brazil’s foremost cultural centers. Take a walk on the cobblestone streets of the restored Pelourinho district “old city” a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the largest group of Baroque buildings in the Americas, examples of Portuguese colonial architecture and historical monuments. Join a street celebration and feel the infectious rhythms of Bahia’s African-inspired music and dance. Taste acaraje, moqueca, vatapa and other delicious Afro-Brazilian dishes while earning 3 credits.

Open to all majors.

Sample Program Itinerary

Credits: 3 (H)
Dates: January 4, 2017 at JHU; January 5-18, 2017 in Cuba
Language of Instruction: English
Program Cost: $6,600 (includes airfare, housing, excursions, some meals, reading materials, international health insurance)
Assessment: Active participation, attendance, readings, final paper
Instructors: Prof. Eduardo Gonzalez, Dr. Janet Gomez
Advisor in the Office of Study Abroad: Jessica Mervis

Open to all majors.

2014 Cuba students at Morro Castle

2014 Cuba students at Morro Castle

A Spanish colony from 1492 until 1898, and up to 1959 an independent nation, yet much dependent on the United States, Cuba opposed such political dependence as the main goal of its Revolution. Besides the colonial and modern cultural legacies of Spain, Cuba is also remarkable for its roots in the African diaspora.  Since 1959 Cuba experienced the migration of many of its citizens into Florida and other areas in the United States. In many ways Cuban society and its cultures are always in flux between the island and the US mainland.  Through select readings, films, site visits, and meetings with experts and artists, we will study and enjoy the distinctive character of Cuba in the fictional and real lives of its people home and abroad as well as in flux between both nations.

Sample Program Itinerary

Credits: 3 (S)
Dates: January 1-21, 2017
Language of Instruction: English
Program Cost: $6,950 (includes airfare, housing, excursions, international health insurance)
Instructor: Dr. Bill Smedick
Advisor in the Office of Study Abroad: Jenny Quijano Sax

2017 Intersession students

2017 Intersession students

Learn the principles, values and skills necessary to lead and succeed in organizations that make a positive difference in today’s world and specifically Denmark, a global leader in the field. The course is designed to help students identify and provide opportunities to enhance their leadership skills. A “Blueprint for Success” will provide the framework for students to cultivate their own ideas for new socially conscious entrepreneurial ventures. Students will hear from successful current leaders in the field of social entrepreneurship and be provided the opportunity to network with JHU and DTU alumni, faculty and staff as well as Denmark leaders who are working or volunteering in for-profit or non-profit entities through occupations that make a difference.

Open to all majors.

Sample Program Itinerary

Credits: 3 (N)
Dates: January 5-6, 2017 at JHU; January 7-19, 2017 in Ecuador
Language of Instruction: English
Program Cost: $7,900 (includes airfare, housing, excursions, all meals, transportation, yellow fever vaccination, international health insurance)
Assessment: Active participation, field notebook, final paper
Instructors: Dr. Cindy Moss, Dr. Richard Shingles, Dr. Kisi Bohn, Dr. Christov Roberson
Advisor in the Office of Study Abroad: Jessica Mervis

Open to all majors.

2017 students in the Galapagos

2017 students in the Galapagos

This course is an introduction to Tropical Biology and Evolution held in Ecuador’s Highlands, Rain Forest, and in the Galapagos Islands. The course will concentrate on the flora and fauna of these special habitats, but will also include the history, art, and culture of Ecuador. The final grade will be based on a field notebook that the student keeps, participation during the trip, and a final paper due late January. Students will attend lectures on the JHUcampus prior to departure on topics that include Biodiversity in Ecuador and Pre-Columbian Tribes, Culture and Art.

Sample Program Itinerary

Credits: 3 (H)
Dates: January 7-28, 2017
Language of Instruction: English
Program Cost: $7,175 (includes airfare, housing, excursions, some meals, international health insurance)
Instructor: Elizabeth Bernick
Advisor in the Office of Study Abroad: Jenny Quijano Sax

Open to all majors.muly-emily-florence

This intensive course offers students an introduction to the art, architecture and culture of the Italian Renaissance roughly from 1280-1580 with the churches, palaces, museums and piazzas of Florence and nearby cities serving as the classroom. Students examine the art of Giotto, Brunelleschi, Masaccio, Donatello, Fra Angelico, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Michelangelo.

Sample Program Itinerary

Credits: 3 (H, S)
Dates: January 9-24, 2017
Language of Instruction: English
Program Cost: $6,400 (includes airfare, housing, excursions, some meals, international health insurance)
Instructor: Dr. Hanno Balz
Advisor in the Office of Study Abroad: Jenny Quijano Sax

Open to all majors.

Intersession 2017 students

Intersession 2017 students

Introducing a new 3-week faculty-led study abroad program in Bremen and Berlin, Germany. This 3-credit course offers the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge and experience on how German society critically deals with its past and on how the nation’s legacy is debated, fought over, and being constantly reshaped. The program will start in Bremen, which has a rich historical tradition, and will end in Berlin to visit the remnants of the Berlin Wall, Holocaust Memorial, and other sites.

Germany Intersession 2017 Syllabus

*Offered in even years only

Credits: 3 (H)
Dates: January 3-22, 2016
Language of Instruction: English
Program Cost: $5,975 (includes housing, museum entrance fees, public transportation in Paris, international health insurance)
Assessment: Participation, journal, and final project
Instructor: Elizabeth Rodini
Advisor in the Office of Study Abroad: Jenny Quijano Sax

Open to all majors. Course counts toward the Museums & Society minor.

hanlouvreOn this program students will investigate how museums have shaped the city’s physical, social, and imaginary landscape. The many museums of Paris will be your classroom- inside and out. You will visit museums of art, history, technology, and natural sciences, as well as churches, monuments, zoos, and gardens. You will meet with local experts to get the latest perspective on this timeless city. From the place of the Louvre in the French Revolution to the remaking of Versailles as a monument to monarchy; from the rediscovery of the medieval past to the great technological expositions of the 19th century; from art as a stamp of modernity to its role in post-colonial identity… it’s all part of the course! Evaluation will be based on participation, journaling, and a final project.

 Sample Program Itinerary

 

Credits: 6 (H)
Dates: December 26, 2016 – January 26, 2017
Language of Instruction: Spanish
Program Cost: $7,175 (includes airfare, housing, excursions, all meals, international health insurance)
Eligibility: Students must have completed Spanish Elements I or the equivalent Scape score
Advisor in the Office of Study Abroad: Jessica Mervis

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Complete an entire semester of Spanish language in just 4 weeks in the vibrant college town of Salamanca, Spain! Students will take a 3 credit Spanish Language course and a 3 credit Spanish Culture course for a total of 6 credits. Students must have completed Spanish Elements I or the equivalent in order to be eligible for the program. Students can take any Spanish level from Elements II all the way through Spanish for the Professions courses in Salamanca and be eligible to take the next course in the Spanish language sequence in the spring semester. All courses will be taught in Spanish and students will be placed into the appropriate language level for both courses. The culture course will include field trips within Salamanca as well as excursions to other cities in Spain. Students will also have the opportunity to improve their language skills by living with host families in Salamanca.

All students take Modern Spanish Culture and one of the following language courses offered:

  • Elements II
  • Intermediate I
  • Intermediate II
  • Advanced I
  • Advanced II
  • Spanish for the Professions
  • Advanced Spanish Composition
  • Advanced Spanish Conversation
  • Curso de Perfeccionamiento

Sample Program Itinerary

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Credits: 3 (S)
Dates: January 1, 2017 in Baltimore, January 2-23, 2017 in Uganda
Language of Instruction: English
Eligibility: Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors
Program Cost: $7,090 (includes airfare, housing, excursions, all meals, yellow fever vaccinations, international health insurance)
Instructors: Dr. Mieka Smart, Dr. Eric Rice
Advisor in the Office of Study Abroad: Jenny Quijano Sax

Open to all majors.

2015 Uganda program at dinner

2015 Uganda program

Explore the health and education programs serving Ugandan children through this intersession abroad course. JHU students will be paired with students from Uganda’s Makarere University for a unique peer-to-peer learning experience. Students will learn about the strengths and challenges faced by urban and rural child health and education initiatives in Uganda. After an orientation in Kampala, students will spend a week in a homestay near the Rakai Health Sciences Program, where they will focus on health and education in rural Uganda; then spend time in an urban setting in Kampala, the country’s capital, for hospital and school tours, guest lectures and student-driven site visits. The course will also incorporate a safari experience. This class fulfills the Applied Experience requirement for Public Health Studies majors.

Sample Program Itinerary

Click here to see the 2016 Uganda Intersession Blog
Click here to see the 2015 Uganda Intersession Blog
Click here to see the 2014 Uganda Intersession Blog

Credits: 6
Italian Elements I: 3*
Italian Culture: 3 (H)
*Students must take Elements II in order to earn credits for Elements I
Dates: Online component: December 26, 2016 – January 2, 2017
January 2-26, 2017 in Italy
Language of Instruction: Italian
Program Cost: $6,975 (includes airfare, housing, excursions, international health insurance)
Eligibility: No Italian language background
Advisor in the Office of Study Abroad: Jessica Mervis

Open to all majors.

2017 Verona students making tortelloni

2017 Verona students making tortelloni

Complete Italian Elements I AND an Italian Culture course in Verona, Italy this Intersession! Earn 6* credits while experiencing Italian culture in only 4 weeks! The course will begin with an online component on December 26th and spend the next 3 weeks studying language and culture in Verona, Italy! Learn about Italian art, literature, music, film, fashion, cuisine, and more through cultural activities and visits and an excursion to Venice.

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Students interested in applying to non-Hopkins study abroad programs during the Intersession must schedule an appointment with a Study Abroad Advisor to review program options, credits, the application process, and other information. The deadline to apply for non-Hopkins intersession abroad programs is November 1st. Program deadlines may be earlier.

Several scholarship opportunities are available for intersession programs abroad. Awards range from $500 to $2,500. Students who complete a scholarship application will be reviewed for all of the scholarship opportunities through the Office of Study Abroad, but students will only be able to receive one award. Applications are reviewed and evaluated on the basis of students’ written essays, academic merit, faculty references, and financial need. Students must submit the scholarship application, along with an unofficial transcript, letter of reference, and personal statement by October 2*. Individual funding sources are listed below. Find out more on our scholarship page.

  • Intersession Abroad Scholarships
  • Hansen Fellows
  • Departmental Scholarships for majors/minors
    • Behavioral Biology Scholarship for Ecuador
    • Russell Wood Scholarship for Brazil
    • Aronson International Experience Grants (International Studies)
    • Africana Studies Scholarships

*If October 2 falls on a weekend, applications will be due the following Monday

Application Process

To Apply to a Hopkins Intersession Program, please complete the following forms and submit them to the Office of Study Abroad by October 1st*:

  • Hopkins Intersession Application
  • Personal Statement (~500 words explaining your interest in the intersession abroad course to which you are applying)
    • If you apply to more than one program, attach a personal statement for each program
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Copy of your passport
    • Must be valid for 6 months beyond the END DATE of your program

*If October 1 falls on a weekend, applications will be due the following Monday