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When you grow your skills and expand your mind, your impact will follow. Whether you try out a new language, discover a new artistic passion, or add to your toolbox of technical skills, these courses will challenge you to broaden your thinking while empowering you to explore topics and ideas you may never have otherwise considered. Bonus: They’re designed to complement just about any major.

Below are a selection of popular summer course options that have no pre-reqs and are open to all students. For more information, and for a full list of offerings, view our course catalog in NYU Albert.

Course Highlights

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Language Courses

Format: In-Person and Online
Course Length: 6 Weeks

Introductory-level classes in ten different languages, with in-person and online options Some languages will be taught in an intensive format, offering a year's worth of instruction in only 6 weeks.

  • ASL-UE 91 American Sign Language I
    (Steinhardt; 6-week Session 1; In-Person)
  • MEIS-UA 101 Elementary Arabic I
    (CAS; 6-week Session 1; online) 
  • EAST-UA 201 Elementary Chinese I
    (CAS; 6-week Session ; In-person)
  • FREN-UA 1 Elementary French Level I
    (CAS; 6-week Session 2, Online)
  • FREN-UA 10 Intensive Elementary French
    (CAS; 6-week Session 1; In-person or Online)
  • GERM-UA 10 Intensive Elementary German
    (CAS; 6-week Session 1, In-person)
  • HBRJD-UA 7 Intensive Biblical Hebrew
    (CAS; 6-week Session 1; Online)
  • ITAL-UA 1 Elementary Italian I
    (CAS; 6-week Session 2; In-person)
  • ITAL-UA 10 Intensive Elementary Italian
    (CAS; 6-week Session 1; In-person)
  • EAST-UA 247 Elementary Japanese I
    (CAS; 6-week 1, online; or 6-week 2, in-person or online)
  • EAST-UA 254 Elementary Korean I
    (CAS; 6-week 1, Online; or 6-week 2, In-person)
  • SPAN-UA 1 Spanish for Beginners - Level I
    (CAS; 6-week 1, In person or online; Or 6-week 2, Online)
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Data Science, Computing, and Emerging Media

Format: In-Person and Online
Course Length: 6 Weeks

From teaching fundamental skills in computer programming to exploring the implications of how we engage with data and emerging media, these courses will prepare you to thrive in today’s world while preparing you to lead tomorrow’s.

  • CSCI-UA 2 Introduction to Computer Programming
    (CAS; 6-week Session 2; In-person) 
  • CSCI-UA 4 Introduction to Web Design and Computer Principles
    (CAS; 6-week Session1; Online)
  • DS-UA 111 Data Science for Everyone
    (CAS; 6-week Session 1; In-person or Online)
  • MCC-UE 1585 Creative Coding
    (CAS; 6-week Session 2; In-person)
  • TECH-UB 1 Info Tech in Business and Society
    (Stern; 6-week 1, online; or 6-week 2, Online)
  • TECH-UB 57 Data Science for Business
    (Stern 6-week Session 1; In-person)
  • TCHT1-UC 1500 Applied Research (SPS; 6-week Session 2; in-person)
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Environmentalism and Sustainability

Format: In-Person and Online
Course Length: 6 Weeks

The relationship between humans and the natural world is a deep well of opportunity for understanding and growth. Explore how our interactions with our planet are affected by social stratification, injustice, and more.

  • ENVST-UA 100 Environmental Systems Science
    (CAS; 6-week Session 2; In-person)
  • ENVST-UA 101 Environment and Society
    (CAS; 6-week Session 1, In-person) 
  • FOOD-UE 1030 Introduction to Urban Agriculture
    (Steinhardt; 6-week Session 1; In-person)
  • REBS1-UC 1065 Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (SPS; 6-week Session 2; in-person)
  • NODEP-UA 172 Cities and the Fight against Climate Change
    (CAS; 6-week Session 1, Online)
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Design Thinking

Format: In Person and Online
Course Length: 6 Weeks

Ever wonder about the inner workings of a creative mind? These classes are a great place to start. From problem solving to game design, learn to not just create, but think creatively.

  • DM-UY 1143 Ideation and Prototyping
    (Tandon; 6-week Session 1; In-person)
  • GAMES-UT 150 Introduction to Game Design
    (Tisch; 6-week Session 1, Online)
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Format: In Person
Course Length: 6 Weeks

Give voice to the budding artist within you this summer! From drawing and digital photography to acting, dance, and even magazine production, gain the fundamentals you need to master a new skill.

  • ART-UE 401 Design I for Non-Majors
    (Steinhardt; 6-week Session1; In-person)
  • ART-UE 300 Digital Photography I for Non-Majors
    (Steinhardt; 6-week Session 1; in-person)
  • ART-UE 101 Drawing I for Non-Majors
    (Steinhardt; 6-week Session 1; In-person)
  • FMTV-UT 41 Introduction to Animation Techniques
    (Tisch; 6-week Session 1; In-person)
  • OART-UT 35 Fundamentals of Developing the Screenplay
    (Tisch; 6-week Session 1; In-person)
  • OART-UT 1906 Acting I: Introduction to the Actor's Craft
    (Tisch; 6-week Session 2; In-person)
  • OART-UT 804 Modern Dance: Mind-Body Knowledge and Expression
    (Tisch; 6-week Session 2; In-person)
  • OART-UT 806 Ballet
    (Tisch; 6-week Session 2; In-person)
  • ARTS-UG 1660 Magazine Dreams: Conceiving, Designing, and Producing a 21st-Century Publication
    (Gallatin; 6-week Session 2; In-person)
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Social Justice and Social Movements

Format: In Person
Course Length: 6 Weeks

Engage with important social justice topics and explore past and present social movements. Increase your awareness, deepen your understanding and knowledge, and find your voice through discussion and discourse.

  • IDSEM-UG 1486 Revolución
    (Gallatin; 6-week Session 1; In-person) 
  • IDSEM-UG 2038 African American Cinema and the Stakes of Representation (Gallatin; 6-week Session 2; In-person) 
  • IDSEM-UG 2083 Coming Out Stories
    (Gallatin; 6-week Session 1; In-person) 
  • OART-UT 703 Why Dance Matters: Politics, Race, Class 
  • (Tisch; 6-week Session 2; In-person) 
  • SCA-UA 541 Topics in Latino Studies: Central American New York: Culture and Theory (CAS; 6-week Session 2; In-person) 
  • SCA-UA 680 Topics in Met Studies: Housing Insecurity in New York
    (CAS; 6-week Session 1; In-person)