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Off-campus programs committed to academic excellence and cultural immersion

  • The Newberry Seminar was an excellent preparation for making the transition from undergraduate to graduate scholar. Even now, as a PhD candidate in history, I am using skills learned at the Newberry Library to facilitate research at national repositories.

    Katrina Jagodinsky, Lawrence University

  • On the Japan Study program, I learned to become extremely independent. This self-sufficient trait would have taken a lot longer for me to acquire had I not participated in the program. Not to mention that my Japanese is amazing now!

    Laura Woodland, Carleton College

  • The Oak Ridge Science Semester was an amazing and extremely rewarding experience for me. I had the opportunity to participate in world-class research with some of the top researchers in the country.

    Lee Pedzisa, Colorado College

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Japan

  • Japan Study: Cultural Immersion with Classes at Waseda University in Tokyo

    Tokyo, Japan

    Become an international citizen as you explore Japanese culture, build your language skills, and experience daily life in the traditional yet dynamic city of Tokyo. 

    • Schedule: Fall/spring semesters or full academic year
    • Who can apply: Undergraduates from any four-year US college or university
    • Host institution: Waseda University
    • Living arrangements: Homestay with a Japanese host family
    • Language requirement: One semester/term, or the equivalent, of Japanese language study prior to departure. Except for the required Japanese language course, all classes are conducted in English.
    • Application deadline: 2019-20 academic year deadline – January 9, 2019 | 2020-21 academic year deadline - early January 2020

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Tanzania

  • Tanzania: Ecology & Human Origins

    Arusha, Tanzania

    Venture to eastern Africa, where you'll explore some of the world’s most famous ecological and paleoanthropological sites and complete a special project in your area of interest.

    • Schedule: Fall semester (late August–mid-December)
    • Host institution: MS Training Centre for Development Cooperation (TCDC) and Nyayo Discovery
    • Living arrangements: Homestay with a Tanzanian host family
    • Language requirement: No prerequisites. Except for Swahili language courses, all classes are conducted in English.
    • Applications: This program is no longer accepting applications.

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United States

  • Newberry Seminar: Research in the Humanities

    Chicago, Illinois

    Take an in-depth seminar with other student scholars at a renowned humanities library. Gain access to rare primary resources as you complete a substantial independent research project.

    • Schedule: Fall semester (early September–mid-December)
    • Who can apply: Undergraduates from any four-year US college or university
    • Living arrangements: Furnished apartments in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood
    • Language requirement: No prerequisites
    • Application deadline: Fall 2020 deadline – March 15, 2020

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  • Oak Ridge Science Semester

    Oak Ridge, Tennessee

    • Schedule:  Fall semester (late August–mid-December)
    • Who can apply:  Undergraduates from any four-year US college or university are eligible to apply. 
    • Language requirement: No prerequisites
    • Application deadline: March 1, 2020 for the Fall 2020 ACM ORSS program. Note: your college’s application process may involve additional application materials, and campus deadlines may be considerably earlier than our deadline.

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