Students attending the College Experience in Boston choose one subject per the two week
session(s) into which they enroll. They attend classes six mornings and three
afternoons a week. The College Experience is based in the Gropius Complex, the hub of
Harvard Law School. Designed by renowned architect Walter Gropius in the late 1940s,
the Center is a stunning example of the Bauhaus style he founded. Gropius wanted the
buildings to capture the University’s commitment to creativity and continuous change.
Works by key figures from various twentieth-century art movements, such as Joan Miró,
Jean Arp, and Herbert Bayer, can be found across the site. Some of Harvard’s most
distinguished alumni were educated in the Law School – including Barack Obama.
Students are introduced to the principles of neuropsychology and the role that specific brain regions play in producing behavior. They cover a wide range of topics, from the history of neuropsychology, assessment, and neuroanatomy, to clinical disorders, using cases as illustration. Students acquire knowledge of the measurement of human behavior and how the brain is responsible for sensory, motor, and cognitive functions, such as attention, language, memory, and emotion.
Government and Politics
How are governments created, and what happens when they collapse? How does the spread of democracy impact economic growth, security, and welfare? Are there alternatives to democracy besides tyranny? In their attempts to answer such questions, students consider everything from different political models to the role of individuals via spin-doctoring, party politics, and the influence of mass media.
How does the law shape relationships between nations? And how does it govern relations between non-state actors? Students address Public and Private International Law, and consider how International Law affects business, Human Rights, the prosecution of international crimes, sovereignty, trade, and war. The course culminates in a moot war crimes trial.
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Our Faculty comes from local leading universities (Harvard, Tufts, BU, among others). Led by these outstanding individuals, and operating in small, seminar-style classes, our courses immerse students in subjects about which they are passionate while helping them uncover the spectacular sites and cultures in which they are living. A few members of our Faculty are featured here - visit our Faculty page to see the full list.
Dr. Maddalena Marini
MS University of Padua, PhD University of Modena and Reggio Emilia
Dr. Marini is a qualified psychologist with a passion for teaching and for research. She is currently a postdoctoral associate at Harvard University, where she has published papers on reducing implicit racial preferences and weight bias.
Dr. Matthew McMahan
MFA SUNY Stony Brook, PhD Tufts University,
Dr. McMahan teaches a variety of courses in Acting, Directing, and the History of Theater at Emerson College and Tufts University. He has published research on French and Italian theater, and given lectures on using Improvisation techniques in leadership. His public speaking course teaches students about performance, diction, and presenting arguments with confidence.
JD Panamericana, Campus Guadalajara, LLM The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
David is a practicing lawyer with over 8 years of criminal litigation experience. His work centers on international criminal law, public international law, conflict resolution and negotiation. Before attending Tufts, David interned with the Standby defense team of Dr. Radovan Karadzic at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague where he honed his skills in International Criminal and Humanitarian Law.
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Students live in the residences of Harvard Law School, Gropius Complex. All rooms are singles, with shared bathroom facilities on the floor. The rooms have space for studying, and the residences have larger common areas where students can work together. Rooms are furnished with a bed (linens and towels provided), a wardrobe, and a desk and chair.
Our extracurricular program maintains a balance between study and leisure time that allows students to relax and unwind, and also to discover all that Cambridge and Boston have to offer. Students have the chance to visit local universities with our team including Tufts, BU, BC, MIT, Northeastern, and more. The Activities Directors organize a full daily program of elective social events and sports including quiz nights, talent shows, and campus tours. Our sports program includes opportunities to play softball, basketball, volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee, and soccer. Cambridge is just a short ride away from the many attractions in Boston Common, which include softball diamonds, a carousel, and a spray pool. Students might jog along the Charles River, admire the views from Harvard Bridge, or explore world cuisine in Quincy Market. Alternatively they could join a member of staff on the Freedom Trail, eat cannoli in the North End, take a tour of historic Fenway Park, or visit the top of the Prudential Building for a cup of coffee to be enjoyed over live jazz. Greater Boston, and particularly the town of Cambridge, is renowned as one of the world’s most prestigious academic capitals. It boasts a dense concentration of institutions of higher learning, a spoil of libraries and other public resources, and a multifaceted cultural life. Harvard’s place at the top of the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) has remained unchallenged since the first survey was conducted in 2003. The area by which the university is surrounded is famed for its diversity – from the Boston Red Sox baseball team to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, from the iconic Citgo sign in Kenmore Square to the Museum of Fine Arts, there is something here to seize the imagination of every student.
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PROGRAM ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE
Every student is met at the airport immediately upon arrival and escorted to the residence. At the end of the program students are accompanied to the airport where our staff oversee check-in and departure. A representative stays at the airport until all the flights have departed.
SAFETY AND SUPERVISION
Our program takes place in secure residences, situated on the Harvard Law campus, with controlled access and 24hr security. Day-to-day life is overseen by teams of Deans - professional educators drawn from leading schools in the US and Canada. Each program has an office, in a central location, which is open and permanently staffed by Deans from before 8am until well past midnight, where students and their parents can seek advice or assistance. Every student checks in every evening with the Deans on duty. The Program Director, Deans, residential staff, and some members of Faculty live in the residences, ensuring round-the-clock care and supervision.
Student Safety, Rules, and Behavior
Every summer, students and teachers on The College Experience in Boston maintain a blog, which provides unparalleled insight into daily life, classes, and activities. Last summer’s blog is available here!