Study Away

Study international politics at Oxford. Lose yourself in the London arts scene. Explore the biodiversity of North Carolina's highlands. GLS offers opportunities for immersive learning outside the classroom at home and abroad.

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Graduate Liberal Studies offers study abroad opportunities in the summer term and similar opportunities in the United States (study away) throughout the year. These include both GLS seminars taught by Duke graduate faculty and courses within the Oxford University International Summer Schools. Course dates and information are available in fall for the following summer.

GLS study abroad seminars are designed to accommodate the busy schedules of GLS students. A typical course combines on-campus meetings with a two-week session in the country of study. Term papers and final requirements are often completed upon return.

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The 2016 Biodiversity of North Carolina class visits the Highlands Biological
Station in the mountains of western NC.

Recent GLS study abroad courses include:

  • Rome: the City and Her Gods
  • Art and Architecture in the Age of Dante in Florence
  • Cathedrals and Cities in France
  • Classical Theater and its Architecture in Greece
  • The Arts in London
  • Art Markets: A Perspective on Netherlandish Art and Visual Culture
  • Kings, Emperors and Castles in Naples and Sicily
  • Art and Politics in Renaissance Florence

Oxford University’s International Summer Schools offer intensive, graduate-level courses. Over a three-week period, students attend daily lectures followed by small group seminars comprising students from across the globe. Options include English Literature; History, Politics and Society; Creative Writing; and International Politics. 

Recent GLS courses that have included study away opportunities in the United States include Biodiversity in North Carolina, which involved field research in the North Carolina mountains, and Louis Armstong's New Orleans, which offered students the opportunity to work in New Orleans musical and historical archives.

Upcoming study away courses

Instructor:
Thomas Brothers
LS 770-90
Summer 2017
June 12-25, in Italy, with three on-campus class meetings prior to departure (May 9, May 23, and June 6)
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How Music, Painting and Architecture Thrived at the Nexus of Spiritual, Political and Intellectual Power in Fifteenth-Century Italy

You can lose yourself in the magnificent Duomo of Florence, completed by the great fifteenth-century architect, Filippo Brunelleschi.  You can also lose yourself in a painting by Piero della Francesca, or in Guillaume Dufay’s brilliant music for the Catholic liturgy, pieces like the Missa Se la face ay pale—lose yourself in the sense of tasting a vast and brilliant world that leaves the petty concerns of day-to-day life behind.  Fifteenth-century Italy enjoyed a strong tradition of art designed with this in mind.  Composers, painters and architects used the full range of intellectual and emotional power available to them to create a transcendent world, and they did so through the patronage of powerful people who expected something in return.  That is how the themes of art, spirituality, intellectual inquiry and politics intersect, and that is how some of the greatest art in the European tradition was created.  Much of it is still around for us to enjoy and understand today.

This course covers music, painting, architecture, religion and politics in the 15th Century, primarily in Florence and Rome.  We begin with three class meetings in Durham, then continue with a group trip to Florence and Rome. 

Each student will select another city to work on for a term project.   Let’s see how the themes we are talking about in Florence and Rome played out there. Pienza, Arrezo, Perugia, Milan, Ferrara, Siena, Bologna, Padua, Mantua, and Naples are obvious choices, but there are also charms and surprises to discover in, Rimini, Modena, Pavia, Genoa, and Perugia.  You are welcome to pair up, with two people for one city, travelling together and dividing up areas of inquiry.

Prerequisites: none. The learning goals of this class are: 1) to gain general knowledge about fifteenth-century music, painting and architecture; 2) to understand how themes of spirituality, intellectual life and politics intersect in the arts; 3) to develop writing and research skills. 

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Accommodations and Costs

Students will stay at the Sanctuary B&B Firenze from June 12 through the night of June 18. On June 19 the group will travel via train to Rome and check into the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies through the night of June 24 (checking out after breakfast on June 25).

The cost of tuition for a GLS course is $3945 and GLS tuition scholarships will apply.  The cost for an auditor is $1800. The cost for room and board in Florence and Rome and train fare from Florence to Rome is $1300 ($1250 for double occupancy in Florence). Click here for complete details.

Application and Payment

Registration in the program is on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to currently enrolled Duke students. The application must be received by February 1, 2017. A non-refundable advance deposit of $750 is due by February 15 and may be paid to your bursar account via e-check (please select the "Nonrefundable Advance Deposit" option and specify that your advance deposit be applied against the summer 1 term). The balance will be billed with tuition via the bursar in mid-April and is due by May 12. Auditors may pay by check, made out to Duke University and mailed to Graduate Liberal Studies, Duke University, Box 90095, Durham, NC 27708-0095.

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About Thomas Brothers
Music

Thomas Brothers is Professor of Music.  He joined the faculty at Duke in 1991 after completing his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley.  He has published three books on Louis Armstrong, most recently Louis Armstrong, Master of Modernism (W.W. Norton, 2014).  In addition to African American music, Professor Brothers also teaches music of the medieval and renaissance periods.  Currently he is writing a book on The Beatles.

Summer 2017
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GLS Students may apply to one of four summer programs at Oxford for Duke credit. Duke tuition of $3945 will be billed via the bursar according to the summer billing schedule. Program fees, accommodations, and application deadlines vary according to program. All application materials and payment for program fees must be submitted to GLS, not Oxford. Director Donna Zapf will provide letters of reference. Questions should be directed to Lisa Robinson Bailey (llrb@duke.edu). Please note that the International Politics Summer School is two-week course; all other courses are three weeks.

English Literature Summer School, Exeter College, July 2-22

  • Deadline to submit application to GLS: February 1, 2017
  • Program fees/room and board, shared facilities: $2300
  • Program fees/room and board, en suite (limited availability): $2700
  • Non-refundable deposit due by application deadline: $500

Complete course information and application: https://www.conted.ox.ac.uk/courses/english-literature-summer-school-2017

History, Politics and Society Summer School, Exeter College, July 2-22

  • Deadline to submit application to GLS: February 1, 2017
  • Program fees/room and board, shared facilities: $2300
  • Program fees/room and board, en suite (limited availability): $2700
  • Non-refundable deposit due by application deadline: $500

Complete course information and application: https://www.conted.ox.ac.uk/courses/history-politics-society-summer-scho...

Creative Writing Summer School, Exeter College, July 23-August 12

  • Deadline to submit application to GLS: February 15, 2017
  • Program fees/room and board, shared facilities: $2300
  • Program fees/room and board, en suite (limited availability): $2700
  • Non-refundable deposit due by application deadline: $500

Note: Creative writing courses are offered at two levels. Level 1 courses are suitable for applicants who have completed one year of a full-time university degree course in creative writing or English literature. Level 2 is suitable for applicants who have completed two years of a full-time university degree course in creative writing or English literature. Please note that the summer school is not appropriate for those who have already achieved publication. You will need to submit samples of your work samples of your work which demonstrate your powers of creative expression. See the Oxford International Summer Schools website for specific guidelines for submitting you writing samples: https://www.conted.ox.ac.uk/courses/creative-writing-summer-school-2017

International Politics Summer School, St. Antony’s College, July 30-August 12

  • Deadline to submit application to GLS: February 15, 2017
  • Room and board, en suite: $1950*
  • Room and board, shared facilities: $1550
  • Non-refundable deposit due by application deadline: $500

*At St. Antony’s College, students normally will have a single study bedroom with private bathroom facilities; a limited number of standard rooms with shared bathroom facilities is also available for a reduced fee as listed above.

Complete course information and application: https://www.conted.ox.ac.uk/courses/international-politics-summer-school...

Explanation of Tuition and Program Fees:

Duke Tuition - $3945. Tuition will be charged to your bursar account and is due according to summer tuition schedule. This is the only part of the cost covered by GLS scholarship. Students wishing to make installment payment (Duke tuition portion ONLY), must be enrolled in the TMS plan. See www.bursar.duke.edu 

Program fees include access to Oxford’s IT facilities and the Continuing Education Library; accommodations, and meals (except lunch on Saturday and Sunday). You are responsible for your travel costs.

Applications must be received in the GLS office by the deadline noted above for each program. A non-refundable advance deposit of $500 is due by February 15 and may be paid to your bursar account via e-check (please select the "Nonrefundable Advance Deposit" option and specify that your advance deposit be applied against the summer 1 term). The balance will be billed with tuition via the bursar in mid-April and is due by May 12.

Cancellations:

All enrolments are subject to Oxford University Department for Continuing Education’s Terms and Conditions for Course Registration and Fee Payment. A contract between OUDCE and a student comes into being when an offer of a place on the summer school is made.

You have the right to cancel this contract at any time within 14 days, beginning on the day you received the offer, by declining the offer of a place. If you wish to cancel your place on the summer school you must inform the Oxford program administrator (Jacqueline Darvill) by email, as well as the GLS Office, dukegls@duke.edu.

Please be aware that if you cancel your place at any time after the expiry of the 14-day period you will not be entitled to a refund of the price paid for the summer school. Should you withdraw from the program after the 14-day cancellation period, you are responsible for the entire amount noted on Oxford’s website, payable in USD and at the exchange rate at the time of cancellation, to Duke University GLS.

You are expected to take out vacation cancellation insurance (to cover the total program fees and travel costs), and you should consult your travel agent and/or insurer for information and advice. Please note that Oxford University Department of Continuing Education does not provide any insurance coverage.