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Columbia Enrolls Largest Class for Summer High School Program, Includes 80 International Students

"The Barcelona Experience" for high school students is offered in collaboration with the University of Barcelona.

This week the School of Continuing Education will register its largest-ever contingent of high school students for the Summer Program for High School Students. Some 80 international students representing 26 countries are among the first session attendees on the Morningside campus. Now in its 17th year, total enrollment for the first of two sessions exceeds 875, up from 680 last year.

"These young scholars have opted for serious study," said Darlene Giraitis, director of secondary school programs for the School of Continuing Education. "Courses are taught by members of the Columbia community, devoted to the highest standards of research and teaching. Combining their efforts with those of trained and experienced teaching assistants, the instructors create a rich academic experience drawing on the wealth of educational resources at Columbia and in New York City."

Students choose one specific course of study, and spend more than 16 hours per week in class or lab. Courses options include Investigations in Theoretical and Experimental Physics, Constitutional Law, Critical Focus on the Visual Arts, Global Politics and Survey of Modern Mathematics. The program also offers a study abroad opportunity. Twenty-one of the program's students will be traveling to Barcelona, Spain, during the month of July to study the history of that city and the country's relationship with the European Community. "The Barcelona Experience" is offered in collaboration with the University of Barcelona, founded in 1450, the oldest university in Catalonia and the second largest in Spain.

The first session for high school students on the Columbia campus runs from June 30 through July 25. A smaller, second session will be held July 28 through August 15 and is expected to enroll approximately 125 students.

Click more information about the Summer Program for High School Students.

Published: Jun 30, 2003
Last modified: Jun 27, 2003


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