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Options in Astronomy, Short Course

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  • 2 months
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University rank #1 (ARWU) , MA,
Harvard Summer School offers several open-enrollment courses, specialized in Astronomy, such as "Space Exploration and Astrobiology: The Search for Life in the Cosmos", "A Short Tour of the Universe Guided by Einstein and Others" and "Fundamentals of Contemporary Astronomy: Planets, Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe".

About

Please note, that the content, schedule, delivery format, availability and costs of Summer School Courses in Astronomy may be subject to change.

For the most up to date information, please visit the Harvard Summer School’s course options website.

For instance, you can take the following courses:
Space Exploration and Astrobiology: The Search for Life in the Cosmos

This course is an introduction to the cutting-edge methods astronomers and planetary scientists use to explore the solar system and other stellar systems in our galaxy, with the ultimate goal of finding life elsewhere in the cosmos. Topics include the exploration of planets done by telescopes, orbiters, and rovers; origins of life on Earth and current attempts at creating synthetic life in the lab; the discovery of planets around other stars; new observational and theoretical developments about the origin and evolution of stars and their planets.

Students are introduced to the astronomical techniques used in current and planned telescopic space missions, and learn how to interpret the data from several ongoing robotic missions, such as the Mars rovers. Even more importantly, students find out about lives as scientists, learn some of the reasons why astronomers choose their career paths, and how astronomers approach and solve specific scientific problems.

A Short Tour of the Universe Guided by Einstein and Others
This course discusses what we understand of the universe, guided by those who have shaped our understanding. We use as a springboard each week one or more key papers by Einstein, Penrose, Hawking, Guth, and others, and discuss the main ideas in them. All the background information needed to understand these ideas is provided in detail.
Fundamentals of Contemporary Astronomy: Planets, Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe

The fundamentals of astronomy are covered in the context of contemporary research. We study five areas being actively investigated by astronomers today. Topics include stars, galaxies, and the large-scale structure of the Universe; the history of the Universe; the nature of dark matter and dark energy; and exoplanets.

The course is designed to help students explore the frontiers of research in astronomy, and to get a feeling for what it is like to be an astronomer, using the new generation of ground- and space-based telescopes, combined with sophisticated theoretical techniques and computational facilities. As we study each aspect of the Universe, we ask how we came to know what we know today, what the open questions are, and how astronomers are searching for the answers to these questions.

Registration opens March 1, 2017 for the following three summer sessions:
  • Seven-week session: June 17–August 5, 2017
  • Three-week session I: June 17–July 7, 2017
  • Three-week session II: July 9–July 28, 2017

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 2 months
  • Credits
    4 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Please note, that the content, schedule, delivery format, availability and costs of Summer School Courses in Astronomy may be subject to change.

For the most up to date information, please visit the Harvard Summer School’s program website.

For instance, you can take the following courses:
  • Space Exploration and Astrobiology: The Search for Life in the Cosmos
  • A Short Tour of the Universe Guided by Einstein and Others
  • Fundamentals of Contemporary Astronomy: Planets, Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe
  • Astronomy in the Media

English Language Requirements

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  • Minimum required score:

    100

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  • Minimum required score:

    600

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  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

Study abroad program directors look for mature, academically motivated students who are willing to broaden their horizons, experience a challenge, and grow as a person.

Who can apply

Harvard study abroad programs are selective. To apply, students must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have completed at least one year of college or be a first-year student
  • Be in good academic standing

All programs are limited enrollment.

How to apply

For all programs, application requires a completed online application, including a statement of interest in the program, a nonrefundable $50 application fee, and a transcript. Some programs may require additional application materials and interviews.

English Language Requirements

English is the language of instruction at Harvard Summer School. If your native language is not English, you must provide proof of English proficiency, unless you are an admitted degree candidate in Harvard College, the Harvard Extension School, or a Harvard graduate or professional school.

Visa Requirements

The F-1 student visa is the appropriate visa for you if your main reason for coming to the United States is to attend a Harvard Summer School session on campus.

To be issued the F-1 student visa, you must first obtain the I-20 Certificate of Eligibility from Harvard Summer School.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    3050 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3050 USD for the full programme and a duration of 2 months.
  • National Applies to you

    3050 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3050 USD for the full programme and a duration of 2 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Tuition fees:

$3050 USD 4-credit course

$6100 USD 8-credit course

Living costs for Cambridge

  • 1814 - 3760 USD/month
    Living Costs

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