International Studies & Programs

Course Topics

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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The topics below are the current planned offerings for 2018, but this list is not final! Check back often for updates. Final offerings for 2018 will be announced before the end of 2017.


Short Course Topics - 2018

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.

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Film from 2016, "Unquiet"

2016 Film Poster for film entitled Miss Understood

Film from July 2016, "Miss Understood"

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.

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.

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