King’s College Summer School


King’s College, one of the premier institutes of London is all geared up to extend your horizon. Like last year, Delhi Summer School is offering a variety of courses for undergraduate students. Taught by King’s academicians, it aims to impart international education to Indian students. King’s College London is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge, learning and understanding in various fields of education. This time the sessions will be held at Delhi University’s Miranda House College and Lady Shri Ram College for Women and will be conducted over two sessions. The summer school holds sessions in Mumbai as well. In Delhi, the first session will commence from 2nd June 2014 and will end on 13th June. It will cover multifarious and unconventional themes like Education & Neuroscience, International Political Economy, Media, Gender & Culture, The Art of Leadership, and The Entrepreneur: Skills & Smart Thinking. The second session is scheduled from 16th to 27th June. In this session students will learn about International Relations: theory & practice, Introduction to International Conflict Resolution, The Global City: Key Urban Challenges (and Solutions) in the 21st century. “Being associated with King’s College is in itself a matter of pride”, exclaimed one of the students of the batch of 2013. Another student said, “It’s a once in a lifetime experience, we get to learn so much, and the professors are amazing. This is very different from our graduation course, the interactive sessions and thought-provoking techniques inculcate out of the box thinking” The course will cost you Rs. 25,000. Applications opened on 20 January 2014 and the last date of submission is 30 April 2014. To apply, you can either contact your respective college ambassadors or register here.]]>

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With the onset of the summer vacations, probable activities that are worthwhile start lurking in one’s head. It was then that I came across a flier which read “King’s comes to you! King’s College London and Miranda House welcome you! Apply now!” And it certainly was one of those moments when I realized the perks of studying in a prestigious college like Miranda House and in the University of Delhi.

The King’s College London Summer School at Delhi was organized in collaboration with Miranda House, University of Delhi and Think Education, an educational organization which works to create opportunities for promising students worldwide. It was a high quality and intensive academic programme open to students from around the country. The session 1 was held from 4th June-14th June 2013, and the session 2 from 17th June – 28th June 2013. It was in the first session that I studied the spectacularly interesting subject of International Relations. The concept of a ‘summer school’ being a new one to the students of  the University of Delhi was met with looks of apprehension; yet the KCL session saw around 80 students from various universities in attendance. Our tutor for this course was Dr. Diana Bozhilova, a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Hellenic Studies at KCL, and also a dynamic lady with amazing knowledge in a subject which takes one years to study.

Being an absolute newcomer to the varying subjects of Political Science, Economics, Philosophy, Law and Sociology; most of us had trouble adjusting to the hefty curriculum, but the interactive approach and the alternating group activity plus lecture schedule made it all easily understandable and also enjoyable. We all breezed through heavy duty subjects like ‘global governance, international relations theory, the workings of the United Nations, historical origins of the European Union etc’. One afternoon we would make strategies to overcome problems in the European Parliament, whereas on another, build a clean city from scratch. We saw documentaries and videos ranging from sea piracy to that of a gender bias, which was definitely a wonderful break from the monotonous classroom sessions we all usually have to endure. The experience was one both mentally and emotionally enriching, as I made friends from places I never thought I would, with many of them here to stay. The summer school gave us an excuse to eat out, have fun, discuss theories over coffee and laugh over anecdotes recited by many of us.

The summer school not only taught me what the study of International Relations means, but also helped me decide what I would want to pursue later on in life. It helped me experience what it means to study in a foreign classroom, in a completely different setting and with a vast curriculum. It really helped broaden my horizons; while having fun. This summer school is one experience which I would never forget. Given a chance, I would definitely attend it again. I can proudly say that I returned with a greater sense of self after attending The King’s College London Summer School at Delhi.