Global Studies Summer Workshops

The Center for Global Studies is sponsoring three Pre-College programs that will take place during the Summer of 2016.

Sustainable Futures – June 5-10
Global Health – June 12-17
Intensive Arabic Language Program- June 12-June 25

Each of these programs provides students an opportunity to have an immersive learning experience on the University of Illinois campus prior to graduating from high school.  These courses are taught by University of Illinois Faculty.

These programs are designed to give students a short sampling of the experience of being a University student.  In addition to rigorous academic content, students will participate in field trips that will reveal real-world connections to concepts explored in the classroom. Students will also spend their time on campus living in a University of Illinois Residence Hall, making use of campus facilities, and meeting with advisors from the academic departments that interest them.


Sustainable Futures Course

Prairie TripThis intensive course for motivated high school students offers a college-level interdisciplinary foundation in environmental sustainability. The course includes discussions with University faculty and expert practitioners, combining an academic assessment of the fundamental challenges of sustainability with case-study investigations of local practice. Students will engage in research, visit field sites and make team presentations on their findings.

The course involves field trips to restored prairie, the universities’ Sustainable Student Farm, net-zero and LEED-gold certified buildings, experimental biofuel plantations and more. Students that successfully complete the course will receive a Center for Global Studies Global Leadership Certificate.

For more information on the 2016 Sustainable Futures Course please click here.


Global Health Course

This intensive course for motivated high school students offers a college-level interdisciplinary survey of global health. Students will examine and compare intra- and inter-national differences in both disease burden and characteristics, quality, and access to healthcare systems to address those burdens. The course will study the intersections of nutrition, taking note of medical, economic, social, epidemiological, and political contributors to healthcare access and quality, and enable students to think critically about the broader implications of health as a human right.

Students that successfully complete the course will receive a Center for Global Studies Global Leadership Certificate.

For more information on the 2016 Global Health Course please click here.


Intensive Arabic Language Course

The Summer Institute for the Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW) at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) opens its doors to motivated high school students for 2-week intensive Elementary Arabic course. This is an introductory course in Modern Standard Arabic for high school students with limited or no prior knowledge of the Arabic language. 

During these 2-weeks, students will learn foundational reading, writing, and speaking skills in the Arabic language through four hours of daily classroom instruction followed by co-curricular activities, including conversation tables, research forum, film series, cooking classes, calligraphy, Henna Tattoo, field trips, and moreDuring the program, participants will meet college students, local Arabic community members, and live in a residence hall located on UIUC campus with Arabic speaking support staff. All of these aspects of the program will contribute to their knowledge of Arabic and to be more familial with the culture of the Arab word.

Successful completion of the course includes two college-level academic credits in Linguistics from the University of Illinois and a Center for Global Studies Certificate of Completion.

For more information on the 2016 Intensive Arabic Course please click here.