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With ASP Short Courses you study a subject in depth with MSU faculty for two to four weeks. At the end of your Short Course, you'll come away with practical skills and a valuable addition to your resume or CV.

Short Courses are designed as 3 U.S. credits and our partners in Europe and Australia have accepted them as 6 ECTS. It's the students' responsibility to find out if ASP Short Course credits are transferrable back to their home university for credit.

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Short Course Topics

Engineering Academy

*The July 2017 program has been canceled. Please keep a look out for details for the Summer 2018 program... more information is coming soon!*

Dates: Summer 2018 - dates TBD
Location: East Lansing, Michigan, USA
Program Fee: TBD
Prerequisites Required: College-level Chemistry, College-level Physics, and Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering

In this 4-week Engineering Academy, students from around the world will convene in the Michigan State University College of Engineering for intensive study, research, and leadership training. Participants will come away from this program with an innovative research project and gain transferrable leadership skills. This is an ideal course for students of Materials Science and Engineering, as well as other engineering disciplines, who are interested in materials related research and applying to graduate school in the United States.

Students will attend the course "Materials Characterization: Theory, Practice, and Research Applications" which focuses on the role and application of materials characterization in a broad range of materials. This course is designed and structured where each student is an individual contributor to a research project focused on the processing and characterization of advanced materials. Students will be involved in each step of the research project and end presenting their findings to their peers. In particular, the thermal, morphological, structural, and microstructural characterization of advanced materials will be the feature. Students will utilize ceramic processing techniques to prepare samples in which they will comprehensively characterize throughout the entirety of the course.

The course will combine lectures and lab time Monday – Thursday each week. The laboratory will consist of a professional technician operating the state-of-the-art equipment in real-time, primarily in the presence of the students, while the course instructor provides the related instruction. This course is designed to be transferred for credit to a student's home institution and degree program.

In addition to this Materials Science course, students will attend approximately 4 Leadership Workshops with MSU faculty. These workshops are designed to help students gain leadership skills and assess their own styles of leadership.
Leadership Seminars include:
- Assessing your leadership style
- Working in teams
- The practices of effective leadership
- Network Mapping

Entrepreneurship Bootcamp

Entrepreneurship 1 small.jpgTaught out of the Burgess Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Eli Broad College of Business, this Entrepreneurship Bootcamp will combine coursework from two of the college's most popular foundational courses: Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Business Model Development.


Core topics will include:
- Ideation and opportunity recognition.
- Business model development
- Customer discovery
- Rapid prototyping
- Go-to-market strategies
- And much more...

Students from any background and level of experience in business and entrepreneurship are encouraged to apply. If you have an idea for a business, this Entrepreneurship Bootcamp will be what you need to make your idea a reality. Or, if you already have a start-up business but need feedback from experts, this Bootcamp is absolutely for you!

American Language & Culture

The American Language & Culture Program marketing photo picturing Asian students in a classroom.The American Language and Culture program is hosted by the Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities Program in the College of Arts & Letters. Students will develop essential English skills for every day communication. They will use speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in authentic situations. Classes will take them outside of the classroom to engage in community-based travel and interaction. Throughout the program, students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of cultural experiences typical of Michigan in the summer. They will also explore US American identity by looking at different ways US Americans define themselves in a global context.

This course is designed for students who are studying English as a second language. Students will take a placement test upon arrival to place them in sections of the Speaking & Listening class most suited for their level. Many students find this course to be an excellent way to work on their English skills, but also experience an American campus if they are considering applying to Graduate School in the United States.

Lights, Camera, Action!

rsz_film_header.jpgThe Lights, Camera, Action! program is hosted by the Department of Media and Information at MSU. During this fast-paced short course, students will be trained in basic single camera production techniques for professional projects. the class will focus on foundation work all the way to professional video processes. Participants will learn how to produce professional projects from conception to delivery.

During the course, students will work in groups and apply knowledge acquired during this course to produce a high quality, 5-minute short film project. These films will be produced at a professional level, not a student level, and the expected level of quality is such that they would be accepted into the program of a US-based film festival.

Training will cover the following areas:

  • Professional Camera Operation techniques
  • Composition
  • Basic 3-point Lighting
  • Professional Audio for Video 
  • Importing, Editing, and Exporting projects
  • Creating powerful visual stories
  • Interviewing techniques
  • Scripting Storyboarding

The Lights, Camera, Action! Short Course will be led by MSU Faculty Member Troy Hale, who is an Emmy award-winning television journalist. You can read Troy's full bio on the College of Communication Arts and Sciences website. For specific topics such as sound editing and finishing, he will bring in experts in those areas who also teach at MSU.


Film from 2016, "Unquiet"

2016 Film Poster for film entitled Miss Understood

Film from July 2016, "Miss Understood"

The Art of Contemporary Teaching: Issues, Theory and Practice

side-by-side_lecture3.jpgJoin this course if you are interested in educational practice - a strong background in educational theory or pedagogy is not required. The goal of this course is to help participants become master teachers in formal and informal educational settings. During the course of 3 weeks, students will work on understanding themselves as teachers by considering important questions such as beliefs about a teacher's role in the classroom, relationships with students, and the function of content in instruction.

Throughout the course, students will look at current theory and practice related to teaching and learning, including:

  • How to design curriculum;
  • How to assess student learning;
  • How to use new technologies to enhance learning;
  • How to consider different types of teaching spaces;
  • Discuss issues that are of interest to the participants of the course.

Students will learn through reading, but also participate in classroom activities, go on excursions, and engage in discussion with other master teachers at MSU, ranked 1st in the world for graduate programs in education.

Aim-Overseas Logo.pngStudents in Australia: Please apply for this course through our exclusive Short Course partner in Australia, AIM Overseas. Click here to view this program on their website.


Data Mining & Visualization for Business Intelligence


The Data Mining & Visualization for Business Intelligence program is hosted by the Department of Media and Information in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at MSU. Having a background in programming is not required, but students of all levels are encouraged to apply. The instructors will adjust the content of the course based on the levels of the group.

During the program, students will be exposed to the following content:the level of all participants.

  • Learn to use Social Network Analysis software (e.g. MS NodeXL)
  • Explore different APIs for social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube
  • Program in different languages (e.g. Python, R)
  • Use graphs and formulas to represent the structure(s) of social network data
  • Understand the theories relevant to driving social network analysis research
  • Integrate the use and interpretation of social network data in social science and business applications

Choosing the Future

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In recent years, emerging technologies such as consumer laser cutters and 3D printers have captivated the popular imagination. At the same time, Maker culture has grown dramatically. Three visions of the future grow with these technologies and cultural movements, but there are inherent contradictions between them. In this short course, students will explore these visions of the future while they juxtapose reality and possibility, mastering maker tools and examining hidden assumptions.

At the end of this course, students will be able to conceive, design, and prototype hardware using technology available on campus at MSU: widely available software tools, 3D printers and laser cutters, and sensor-controller-actuator kits like Arduino and Flora. Students will be able to reflect critically on the cultural assumptions and effects of their designs and communicate effectively about the political consequences of design decisions.

Social Media for Business & Digital Marketing

Flyer for Social Media Short Course, picturing students taking a group selfie photo.The Social Media for Business and Digital Marketing course is hosted by the Department of Media and Information in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at MSU. Over the course of three weeks, students will learn about the social media marketing landscape and its impact on traditional marketing strategy. Through practical exercises, students will begin to understand and see how social media integrates into an overarching, integrated marketing communication aimed to promote brand/company awareness. They will also learn about underlying theories on which marketing campaigns can be effectively created and delivered.

During the course, students will create and manage blogs, Twitter accounts, Facebook pages, LinkedIn accounts, and how to track their influences during the course. In a group project, they will also develop social media marketing campaigns that includes a content placement and frequency strategies, crisis management, and impact measurement. Assignments will help students become familiar with electronic business (e-business) and explore Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and website design for business. Students will also gain experience in creating effective search engine advertisements, as well as use Google Analytics for website design and digital marketing decisions.

Aim-Overseas Logo.pngStudents in Australia: Please apply for this course through our exclusive Short Course partner in Australia, AIM Overseas. Click here to view this program on their website.


Negotiation, Contracts, and Comparative Law

side-by-side_lecture.jpgOffered by the College of Law at Michigan State University, the Negotiation, Contracts, and Comparative Law course is a 12-session survey of contract law, practical negotiation skills, and comparative theory. Students will work with the professor, an expert in the field of contracts and negotiations, to combine and examine the questions of why, what, and how that lie beneath contracts.

Questions, such as these, will be covered:

  • What is the connection between human dignity, freedom, and the ability to make legally enforceable promises?
  • What do James Bond, Star Wars, aboriginal Trobriand Islanders, and speed limits in Michigan, the Northern Territory, and Lithuania have in common?
  • Should a court enforce a contract requiring a consumer to pay $3,500 merely for posting a negative review about bad customer service online?

Students will learn how to communicate about contracts with attorneys and business people from different cultures and backgrounds through exercises and guest lectures. There will also be a chance to apply new knowledge gained in the course to negotiate and draft a simple contract in a (relatively) competitive exercise with peers and/or nationals from other cultures.

Aim-Overseas Logo.pngStudents in Australia: Please apply for this course through our exclusive Short Course partner in Australia, AIM Overseas. Click here to view this program on their website.

International Litigation & Arbitration

International Litigation and Arbitration course flyer, photo of a gavel in front of a globe.Globalization has created special challenges in the practice of law. As a result, parties are turning increasingly to arbitration: an innovative method of settling disputes that offers informality, predictability, and finality. The International Litigation and Arbitration program, hosted by the College of Law at MSU, focuses on key issues in litigation and arbitration, with some coverage of negotiation and mediation methods. Students will initially explore:

  • the nature of the global marketplace,
  • cultural differentials, and
  • the impact of legal practice.

They will examine the diversity of legal systems and concepts in transborder litigation. More broadly, examine choice-of-law and the enforcement of foreign judgments. Finally, students will examine the use of arbitration as a commercial remedy. At the end of the course, students will be able to better understand the unique challenges in the practice of international litigation and arbitration and, as a result, function more effectively in their role as advocates and third-party neutrals.

Aim-Overseas Logo.pngStudents in Australia: Please apply for this course through our exclusive Short Course partner in Australia, AIM Overseas. Click here to view this program on their website.


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