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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Summer courses open new doors to learning | The Seattle Times

"Get a jump on credits, hone professional skills or pursue a new passion." inform UW Summer Quarter.

Photo: University of Washington

Summer in Seattle is boundless with possibility. Opportunities to learn, grow and experience new things are all around us. And while the allure of paddleboard lessons on Lake Washington is an obvious option, the idea of returning to school for the summer may not be the first idea that pops into your head. But maybe it should. 

Summer classes are a perfect opportunity for high school students eager to earn college credit to get a head start. Already a college student? Knock out a prereq or catch up on credits. International students visiting Seattle can immerse themselves in the academic life. And for working adults who want to hone their professional skills or expand their horizons, summer offers many options.

Whatever your goals, there’s no shortage of topics to whet your intellectual appetite. You might study African-American history or bone up on the ancient Romans. Follow the sagas of the Vikings or learn entrepreneurism. Tackle architecture or delve into digital cities. Explore sculpting, study film theory, dive into marine biology.

At the University of Washington, UW Summer Quarter throws opens the doors to all comers. A special open enrollment policy means that anyone – enrolled student or not – can take a class at UW during the summer. UW Summer Quarter offers almost 2,000 classes in more than 100 fields of study – both on-campus and online.

UW Summer Quarter also offers in-depth options that extend beyond a single class. This summer, those include two certificate courses: Business Essentials of Tribal Gaming and Hospitality Management, and Database Management. Taught by industry professionals, these résumé-boosting certificates offer the chance build your skills while earning full-fledged UW credit.

If languages are more to your liking, UW Summer Quarter has you covered with its renowned Intensive Foreign Language Courses. Whether you aspire to travel overseas or complete a foreign language requirement, these classes pack a year’s worth of learning into nine weeks of study. Professors and instructors teach a wide variety of different languages, from Chinese to Modern Greek, Swahili to Spanish.

The intensive format “creates a better learning community,” says Professor Ana González Doboa, who directs the Spanish language program at UW. Spanish intensive students attend classes three hours a day, five days a week – and are expected to spend another three hours a day on homework. That demanding schedule promotes faster progress than traditionally paced courses, says Doboa. Students also benefit from smaller class sizes and exposure to teachers who hail from Spain, Mexico, Chile, Peru and beyond.
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Source: The Seattle Times