The Global Summer Program (GSP) is an exciting learning experience that connects students from IARU universities with their peers from around the world. GSP participants have the unique opportunity to come together to explore and discuss critical issues in a global perspective that require multidisciplinary approaches.
GSP courses are fun but intense. Days are full as the classes are rigorous, requiring a full-time commitment for the whole duration of the course.
IARU universities include:
The Australian National University
National University of Singapore
University of Cambridge
University of Cape Town
University of Copenhagen
University of Oxford
The University of Tokyo
Those enrolled in programs relating to all aspects of Southeast Asian studies, including ASEAN, economics, culture and politics are encouraged to apply.
This program is open to undergraduates from all IARU universities, regardless of academic majors. A keen interest in Southeast Asia will be beneficial to the student experience.
Non-NUS students will be assessed based on recruitment criteria and procedures administered by each participating university in consultation with the NUS Department of Southeast Asian Studies.
This course is designed with undergraduates in-mind. Nonetheless, graduate students are welcome to take this course on a non-credit basis.
This program is open to students from all IARU universities, regardless of academic majors.
Non-NUS students will be assessed based on recruitment criteria and procedures administered by each participating residential college/university in consultation with the NUS Tembusu College.
There is no requirement to have prior background in Asia, Asian Studies, or Asian languages. Ideally, students in this class will be in their second or third year of a four-year undergraduate program, but in general we will accept undergraduate and graduate students at any level.
Course: NUS1 - Southeast Asia in Context
Southeast Asia in Context is a five-week exploration of Southeast Asia’s geographical, historical and cultural diversity. This course takes advantage of Singapore’s strategic position in offering a unique blend of classroom instruction at NUS campus with hands-on fieldwork other SE Asian countries. The lecturers are experienced teachers and researchers of Southeast Asia, who will explore themes such as Southeast Asian religion, archaeology, rural development, politics and regional integration. The field trip includes visits to magnificent ancient temples, rural agricultural communities, war memorials and a fair sampling of local village life that is well off the usual tourist track.
Course: NUS2 - Animals and the City
With a focus on Asia, this four-week intensive summer program draws on a diverse range of literature (history, anthropology, animal activism) to contextualize the dynamics and conflicts between humans and animals. Southeast Asia is one of the last regions in the world with extensive rainforest habitat for wild animals, but these creatures are threatened by burgeoning urbanization and agriculture. We will also look at 'urban animals' such as pets and farm animals and other topics that are salient to this part of the world. Seminar-style classes will be supplemented with field trips and market surveys.
For more information on the course, please visit the course page on the IARU GSP website.