University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Get InfoApply NowSpecial classes in Business, Sport Management, Cooking & Baking, and Music2, 3, or 5 Week ProgramsTuition ranging from $4,499 - $8,199For students completing grades 9, 10, 11, 12 (ages 14-18)Photo Gallery
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As a high school student, you may not have much say in the classes you take during the year. The summer is your chance to explore what really interests you. 

Choose from over 30 different classes in a wide range of subjects. Most students take 2 classes per session. If you stay for 5 weeks, you can take up to 4 different classes. Enrichment classes or full-day Academies, the choice is yours.

We make every effort to keep class information accurate. However, changes in class availability and schedules can occur. We reserve the right to limit enrollment and/or cancel any class due to overwhelming or insufficient enrollment.

  • AdvertisingAdCult: Advertising and American Culture How effective is advertising in shaping public opinion? Does subliminal advertising really work? Is advertising worth the investment? What makes ads work and why? Learn the keys to effective advertising as you prepare an advertising campaign for a business or non-profit organization in the Ann Arbor community. (Available 3 & 2 week sessions)Top
  • Architecture and DesignArchitectural Design A unique opportunity to design buildings, and explore spaces and places. You will learn how to make drawings, build models and mock-ups to develop your ideas and plans as well as to make presentations of them to others. Explore architecture, the process of becoming an architect, and the relationship between the two. Field trips, panel discussions, and hands-on demonstrations include tours of architectural offices, and a building walk-through via computer. No experience necessary. Approximately $75 will be needed to purchase materials on campus. (Available 3 week session)Introduction to Graphic Design Students explore the use of text and image, the building blocks of graphic design through several two-dimensional projects. Discover the elements of color, texture, design, and layout. To bring together technology, image and text, a computer design component is included. Through interactive learning, students learn about the exciting field of graphic design, including various professional applications, the printing process and discussions with graphic designers. No experience necessary. Approximately $75 will be needed to purchase materials on campus. (Available 3 week session)Top
  • Arts at the U of MichiganPainting and Drawing - Inside and Out Ann Arbor and its environs are the ideal “outdoor classroom” for this studio class. You will have the opportunity to learn a variety of painting and drawing techniques focusing on the fundamental of observation and the perception of space. Students work in various media that includes pencil, charcoal, and watercolor. Emphasis is placed on each student’s individual artistic direction and development of technical skills. Students exhibit their work. (Available 3 & 2 week sessions)Digital Photography for Social Media In this course you will learn how to use either a camera phone or DSLR camera to take amazing images. We will focus on how to work with light, color, and a variety of subjects around Ann Arbor to create striking, professional quality photographs. Students will focus on creating their own website and editing images for the web and for various social media platforms. The class will help students improve their camerawork in the field, but also introduces Adobe Photoshop and some advanced editing techniques. All students need to provide is a device with a camera, though a small thumb drive or cloud storage is also useful. (Available 3 & 2 week sessions)Top
  • BusinessGame Changers: Business Disruptors This course will explore the ways in which innovative companies have revolutionized the way we do business. Explore how the business models of modern disruptors such as Amazon, WeWork, Netflix, Uber, Airbnb, and Tesla have literally changed the world and altered the way we think, behave, and act about a certain idea, item, product, or service. This course provides the framework to understand the nature of disruption that is happening to industry after industry in order for students to apply these same techniques as part of a final project where they will work in groups to create their own (perhaps disruptive) business. (Available 3 & 2 week sessions)Personal Finance and Entrepreneurship Students learn the principles of investing and saving, including stocks and bonds. Discuss credit and investment, the difference between the NYSE and the NASDAQ, and how to deal with interest rates in an easy to understand way. Students make their own individual mock stock portfolios, and will monitor them throughout the class. Then, take your new found investing knowledge and research how to start a business of your own. This program is designed to help students take charge of their own financial life. (Available 3 & 2 week sessions)Top
  • CommunicationsIntroduction to Mass Communications An introduction to the fields of mass communication, group and interpersonal communication. Modes of media and effects of mass communication, interpersonal processes and communication theory on individuals and society are explored. Varied media including newspapers, magazines, books, radio, television, film and advertising are covered. One of our most popular courses. (Available 3 & 2 week sessions)Interpersonal Communication What factors affect communication between two people? Why is it that communication skills are the number one element that employers look for in job applicants? Students explore the basic elements of interpersonal communication in today’s society. Special attention is given to perception, culture, emotion, listening, gender differences, self-disclosure, and conflict management. Students will be given the “tools” to improve their communication skills and personal relationships through techniques, exercises, and discussion. The study of Interpersonal Communication is known to help individuals get to know themselves better and enhance our day-to-day interactions by assessing our own strengths and weaknesses. (Available 3 & 2 week sessions)Top
  • CulinaryCooking and Baking at Legendary Zingerman’s® See why Inc. Magazine calls Zingerman’s® “The coolest small company in America.” Join us in the kitchen for this delicious hands-on cooking and baking course at the famous Zingerman’s® Bakehouse. The Bakehouse is part of the legendary Zingerman’s® empire of Ann Arbor food businesses that include the renowned Delicatessen, Roadhouse Restaurant, Creamery, Coffee Company, Candy Manufactory, and Cornman Farms. Participate in assorted baking and cooking classes filled with fun, flavor, and natural ingredients. Learn important kitchen skills. Experience a taste of a career in the culinary industry or just learn to cook for yourself and friends at home. Cover a variety of techniques, tools, and recipes including 'from scratch' breads, pasta, pizza, quiches, empanadas, cakes, cookies, and more. Sessions include working alongside professional chefs and the added bonus of preparing enough tasty morsels to share with your roommates back in the residence hall. No experience is necessary, but it will be an experience you’ll never forget. Class meets 2½ hours per day. $375 supplemental fee; includes all food, equipment, field trips to other Zingerman’s® businesses, and transportation to/from the Zingerman’s® Bakehouse. (Available 3 & 2 week sessions)EAT Ann Arbor Explore the diversity and local flavors of Ann Arbor on a unique food tour. Throughout the duration of the course, many food establishments are visited. Visits include local restaurants, the Kerrytown Market, the Ann Arbor Farmers Market, Zingerman’s®, and food trucks. Food lovers will discover the city through its unique culinary culture. Some of the cuisines tasted include Italian, French, Japanese, Korean, Indian, Cuban, BBQ, Tapas, and more! Get a glimpse into the city’s history, culture, and ethnic groups while sampling traditional and exotic ingredients. Discover how 'Food' posted on social media has become an industry. Share your foodie passion through outlets of social media, blogs, and photography. Come see if you will be a future foodpreneur. $195 supplemental fee (Available 3 & 2 week sessions)Top
  • Exploring MedicineAn Introduction to Careers in Medicine and Health Science Exploring the exciting world of medicine and health science is made easy with the world renowned University of Michigan Medical Center and state-of-the-art Cardiovascular Center across the street from our residence hall. This course is a combination of lectures, informational guest speakers from a variety of medical specialties (nurses, physicians, clinicians, dentists, pharmacists, administrators, and researchers), as well as field trips through some of the nine health centers that comprise the University of Michigan Medical Center campus. Discussions of current medical topics of interest include medical ethics, health disparities, biomedical research, health care costs, health care reform and maintaining your personal wellness. Medical and health science preparation and practice are explored in this unique and useful pre-college experience. (Available 3 & 2 week sessions)Top
  • Film and VideoVideo Production Lights, Camera, Action! Capture a bit of Hollywood and take your places for an all-out experience. You’ll learn multi-camera video production while you act, write, direct or produce an original production. Be it soap opera dramatics, thriller scenes, comedy sketches or music videos, you’re part of the creative process leading to your very own video that will be showcased at private Summer Discovery screening. (Available 3 & 2 week sessions)Film Analysis and Critique Look closer. Why do filmmakers make the casting, location, and narrative choices they do? How do directors tell stories with camera angles? How are movies marketed and how does that affect the viewing experience? Learn how to look for deeper meaning in movies by screening and discussing the strategies of a cross-section of contemporary films. Get equipped with the terminology and observational skills needed to talk (and write) about movies in a more meaningful way. Note: Some R rated films may be viewed. (Available 3 & 2 week sessions)Top
  • Fitness, Sports & HealthHealthy Lifestyle Experience health and fitness a-la SHAPE Magazine. This course utilizes trainers, guest speakers, fitness instructors and nutritionists to create a total mind-body wellness experience. The class will be broken up into a series of mini-units: •Fitness: fitness testing and an aerobic sampler. •Strength Training: work with a trainer to create a moderate impact personal weight training program. •Spirit: learn about the effects of stress on the body and about the benefits of a stretching and meditation program. Attend a yoga and Pilates sampler class •Nutrition: attend a nutrition class and learn about the components of a healthy and balanced diet. (Available 3 & 2 week sessions)Top
  • Law & OrderTruth, Justice, and the American Way Explore the criminal justice system in the U.S. from the perspective of the courts, law enforcement officials, victims, and criminals. Class discusses contemporary moral and legal problems directly affecting today’s high school and college students, including family issues, abortion, AIDS, and a teenagers place within the American legal system and society at large. (Available 3 & 2 week sessions)American Government and Current Events Through a study of our governmental institutions in action, students gain an understanding of our national identity, constitutional heritage, civic values, individual rights and responsibilities. We'll also discuss what’s happening now, including today’s headlines, civil liberties and their effect on you. Class sessions incorporate primary sources, guest speakers, role-playing, debates, and panel discussions to encourage student participation and promote active citizenship in a democracy. (Available 3 & 2 week sessions)Crime Scene Investigation / CSI:Michigan Successful CSI utilizes a step-by-step process in the discovery, preservation, and collection of physical evidence. Examine the techniques professionals use to collect and preserve evidence from crime scenes. Learn about crime scene management; diagramming and sketching; photography; fingerprint, trace, physiological and firearms evidence; arson and explosives; and safety issues. (Available 3 & 2 week sessions)Top
  • PhilosophyEveryday Philosophy: Thinking About Life Ever wonder what your own philosophy of life would be? Stumped about how to win more arguments against your parents? What does it mean to be happy? Philosophy is a subject that helps people find understanding in everyday ideas. Historically, great thinkers have used philosophy to find a greater appreciation for life. Course develops critical thinking skills by covering topics that are relevant to your life including goal setting, the college experience, empowerment, leadership, logical reasoning and volunteering. Learn more about life, prepare for your future, and how to live everyday to its fullest! (Available 3 & 2 week sessions)Top
  • SAT/ACT PreparationSAT Course by the Princeton Review with Free ACT Prep

    For over 35 years, our world-class SAT test-taking strategies have helped students get their best score. We know that great scores take work. That's why we design our courses to be efficient, targeted and strategic so you make the most of every minute you spend prepping. Improving your performance on the SAT comes down to one thing: becoming a better test taker. The Princeton Review can teach you how to crack it.

    Instruction

    • In-class prep with an expert instructor plus 140+ additional lessons
    • Online lessons to help reinforce your in-class prep

    Practice Tests

    • Up to 3 proctored practice tests with detailed online explanations (Practice tests will be given to the students during the week in the evenings)
    • 19 additional practice tests via your online student portal

    Additional Resources

    • Become ultra-familiar with the test over the course of 240 online drills, 2000 online practice questions, and 19 online practice tests.
    • Interactive score reports show your areas for improvement so you’ll be able to efficiently work towards your goals.
    • The Recommendation Engine makes your prep focused and productive. The Princeton Review’s exclusive technology caters to your needs by analyzing your performance on drills and practice tests and prescribing the next steps to score improvement. Your prep will be more focused and fruitful than ever before

    The Princeton Review SAT Preparation with Special Summer Bonuses and Year-Round Follow-Up!

    The world’s best test preparation available this summer continues all year with the following free benefits and courses. During the school year, take advantage of these Princeton Review (TPR) benefits, just a click away:

    • FREE access to our online SAT tools
    • FREE Online Self-Paced ACT Course
    • Access to our best-fit college search program and the extensive admissions/financial resources of PrincetonReview.com

    AND, as part of our Collegewise Advantage, all students enrolled in The Princeton Review course will receive a bonus 30 minutes of consultation time with a Collegewise private admissions counselor, for a total of 60 minutes.

    $595 supplemental fee includes all online tools, books and classroom materials. Students must bring their own TI Calculator.

    (Available 3 & 2 week sessions)
    ACT Course by the Princeton Review with Free SAT Prep

    For over 35 years, our world-class ACT test-taking strategies have helped students get their best score. We know that great scores take work. That's why we design our courses to be efficient, targeted and strategic so you make the most of every minute you spend prepping. Improving your performance on the ACT comes down to one thing: becoming a better test taker. The Princeton Review can teach you how to crack it.

    Instruction

    • In-class prep with an expert instructor plus 140+ additional lessons
    • Online lessons to help reinforce your in-class prep

    Practice Tests

    • Up to 3 scheduled, proctored practice tests with detailed online explanations (Practice tests will be given to the students during the week in the evenings)
    • 7 additional practice tests via your online student portal
    • 8 ACT Subject Tests (English, Math, Reading, and Science)

    Additional Resources

    • Become ultra-familiar with the test over the course of 137 online drills, 1,200+ online practice questions, and 7 online practice tests.
    • Interactive score reports show your areas for improvement so you’ll be able to efficiently work towards your goals.
    • The Recommendation Engine makes your prep focused and productive. The Princeton Review’s exclusive technology caters to your needs by analyzing your performance on drills and practice tests and prescribing the next steps to score improvement. Your prep will be more focused and fruitful than ever before.

    The Princeton Review ACT Preparation with Special Summer Bonuses and Year-Round Follow-Up!

    The world’s best test preparation available this summer continues all year with the following free benefits and courses. During the school year, take advantage of these Princeton Review (TPR) benefits, just a click away:

    • FREE access to our online ACT tools
    • FREE Online Self-Paced SAT Course
    • Access to our best-fit college search program and the extensive admissions/financial resources of PrincetonReview.com

    AND, as part of our Collegewise Advantage, all students enrolled in The Princeton Review course will receive a bonus 30 minutes of consultation time with a Collegewise private admissions counselor, for a total of 60 minutes.

    $595 supplemental fee includes all online tools, books and classroom materials. Students must bring their own TI Calculator.

    (Available 3 week session)
    SAT Ultimate Small Group Tutoring (4 Students Maximum) by The Princeton Review

    This is a hybrid of private tutoring and a classroom course, a tailored offering with a maximum of 4 students per class.

    Instruction

    • Up to 25 hours of live expert instruction plus 140+ additional lessons

    Practice Tests

    • Up to 3 proctored practice tests with detailed online explanations (Practice tests will be given to the students during the week in the evenings)
    • 19 additional practice tests via your online student portal

    Additional Resources

    • Become ultra-familiar with the test over the course of 240 online drills, 2000 online practice questions, and 19 online practice tests.
    • Interactive score reports show your areas for improvement so you’ll be able to efficiently work towards your goals.
    • The Recommendation Engine makes your prep focused and productive. The Princeton Review’s exclusive technology caters to your needs by analyzing your performance on drills and practice tests and prescribing the next steps to score improvement. Your prep will be more focused and fruitful than ever before

    The Princeton Review SAT preparation with Special Summer Bonuses and Year-Round Follow-Up!

    The world’s best test preparation available this summer continues all year with the following free benefits and courses. During the school year, take advantage of these Princeton Review (TPR) benefits, just a click away:

    • FREE access to our online SAT tools
    • Access to our best-fit college search program and the extensive admissions/financial resources of PrincetonReview.com

    AND, as part of our Collegewise Advantage, all students enrolled in The Princeton Review course will receive a bonus 30 minutes of consultation time with a Collegewise private admissions counselor, for a total of 60 minutes.

    $1,699 supplemental fee includes all online tools, books and classroom materials. Students must bring their own TI Calculator.

    (Available 3 week session)
    ACT Ultimate Small Group Tutoring (4 Students Maximum) by The Princeton Review

    This is a hybrid of private tutoring and a classroom course, a tailored offering with a maximum of 4 students per class.

    Instruction

    • Up to 25 hours of live expert instruction plus 140+ additional lessons

    Practice Tests

    • Up to 3 scheduled, proctored practice tests with detailed online explanations (Practice tests will be given to the students during the week in the evenings)
    • 7 additional practice tests via your online student portal
    • 8 ACT Subject Tests (English, Math, Reading, and Science)

    Additional Resources

    • Become ultra-familiar with the test over the course of 137 online drills, 1,200+ online practice questions, and 7 online practice tests.
    • Interactive score reports show your areas for improvement so you’ll be able to efficiently work towards your goals.
    • The Recommendation Engine makes your prep focused and productive. The Princeton Review’s exclusive technology caters to your needs by analyzing your performance on drills and practice tests and prescribing the next steps to score improvement. Your prep will be more focused and fruitful than ever before.

    The Princeton Review ACT Preparation with Special Summer Bonuses and Year-Round Follow-Up!

    The world’s best test preparation available this summer continues all year with the following free benefits and courses. During the school year, take advantage of these Princeton Review (TPR) benefits, just a click away:

    • FREE access to our online ACT tools
    • Access to our best-fit college search program and the extensive admissions/financial resources of PrincetonReview.com

    AND, as part of our Collegewise Advantage, all students enrolled in The Princeton Review course will receive a bonus 30 minutes of consultation time with a Collegewise private admissions counselor, for a total of 60 minutes.

    $1,699 supplemental fee includes all online tools, books and classroom materials. Students must bring their own TI Calculator.

    (Available 3 week session)
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  • Skill BuildingReading and Skills for College Success Increase your reading speed dramatically while improving your ability to understand what you read. Learn and practice proven reading techniques that enable you to acquire skills that benefit you for life. Course is enhanced by individualized computer work that accurately measures improvement in reading speed, accuracy and retention. (Available 3 & 2 week sessions)Public Speaking and Presentation Skills Do you avoid speaking in public? Want to prepare yourself for college interviews? Would you like to increase your chances at winning an argument with your parents? Learn the fundamentals of public speaking including verbal and non-verbal techniques, delivery styles, audience analysis, speech topic selection and proven methods for overcoming speech and interview anxieties. Course is offered in a relaxed, supportive atmosphere. (Available 3 & 2 week sessions)Top
  • Social SciencesIntroduction to Psychology You’ll gain an understanding of the basics of psychology with this introductory survey of the field. Topics include: psychological development, sensory processes, perception, motivation, emotion, learning, thinking, intelligence, attitudes, social problems, and personality. Psychological experiments are conducted to enhance the classroom experience. (Available 3 & 2 week sessions)Sociology and Society The study of human behavior within a group or culture. This course will look at childhood development, family and social relationships, deviance (gangs, drugs, crime), race relations, population explosion, sexuality and gender identification, and large scale social change. Sociological experiments are conducted to enhance the classroom experience. (Available 3 & 2 week sessions)Sports in Society Explore the impact that professional and collegiate athletics have on American society as you read and discuss key issues with university coaches and athletes. Topics include: race and sports, women in sports, violence in sports, drug use and abuse, recruitment ethics and higher education and the college athlete. (Available 3 & 2 week sessions)Top
  • Sport ManagementSport Management: Behind the Marketing of Sport in the USA Arguably, sport is one of the most significant industries in the United States, not only because of the billions of dollars that it generates annually, but because of the breadth and depth of its importance in the lives of millions of Americans, as spectators and participants. Consequently, successful leaders in sport business must understand how and why sport is such an important piece of the fabric of society in order to generate revenue effectively and efficiently. This course is a brief survey of issues and strategies that are relevant to the industry of sport in the United States, including, but not limited to, marketing and influences on consumer behavior, the uniquely American phenomenon of big-business intercollegiate athletics, product safety, and the relationship between sport and racial and political ideology. The course is based on a lecture and discussion format and includes in-class, small-group case study analyses and video presentations. The course is led by Dr. Jay Basten, a dynamic senior lecturer of University of Michigan’s School of Kinesiology. This program uses faculty of the School of Kinesiology’s Sport Management Program at the prestigious U. of Michigan. (Available 3 & 2 week sessions)Top
  • The Art of Rock PerformanceRock Band Camp & Performance

    Have you dreamed of playing in a band? Want to sharpen your skills on guitar, bass, drums, vocals, keyboards or saxophone? In this acclaimed music course you will write, perform and record original songs, as well as some well-known cover songs. The Ann Arbor Music Center instructors are experienced, professional musicians and band members who are committed to the belief that every student learns differently. The course is designed to inspire creativity and collaboration in each individual. Rock Band Camp & Performance students will gather in the fully equipped practice/performance rooms at the Music Center (complete with amps, PA’s, mics, drums, and keyboards), and bands will be formed based on skill level and musical interest. After the first week of writing, arranging and rehearsing the tunes, the bands will record live in a professional recording studio. All recorded songs will be mixed, mastered and posted online (soundcloud.com) for sharing with friends and family. The Rock Band Camp & Performance course culminates with a live music show for the entire Summer Discovery group. Be a rock star this summer!

    (Available 3 & 2 week sessions)
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  • WritingEssay Writing Workshop Write your way to self-discovery as you practice writing the personal essay. This workshop will prepare you for the writing of college application essays, but more importantly, it will arm you with the tools, techniques and attitudes essential to successful writing in high school and college. (Available 3 & 2 week sessions)Digital Journalism Designed to provide an understanding of how to gather material from a variety of sources and weave it into a clear, organized, and complete news story. Students will learn how to report and write news, features, and profiles and explore the differences between print and broadcast journalism. Journalists share tips for polishing writing, reporting for college newspapers, and breaking into the profession. See if you have the news bug! (Available 3 & 2 week sessions)Top
  • Michigan Business & Entrepreneurship AcademyMichigan Business & Entrepreneurship Academy

    Powered by Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)

    The Michigan Business and Entrepreneurship Academy provides an engaging and hands-on opportunity where students investigate all aspects of a real-life entrepreneurial venture, including opportunity recognition, marketing and sales, negotiation, financials, and legal structures; through the lens of their own business ideas.

    According to a recent Gallup poll, nearly eight in ten high school students (77%) say they want to be their own boss, 45% say they plan to start their own business, and 42% say they will invent something that changes the world. However, the majority of students are not receiving the education and practical experience in their schools to help fulfill their entrepreneurial goals and aspirations. The program lays the foundation for meaningful participation in looking at, and interacting with, examples from the business world. Sessions will be spent in a combination of lectures and discussions, relevant case studies, guest speakers, entrepreneurial coaching and field trips to some of the thriving entrepreneurial companies in the Ann Arbor area. From these sessions, students will build on their own business ideas to determine who would purchase their product service, how they would promote and sell their business, and how to effectively structure pricing to guarantee a profitable business. Students will also have a chance to network with business professionals and other entrepreneurial-minded students from across the country. The Academy culminates with the students’ presentation of their own unique business plans to a panel of esteemed judges from the business and entrepreneurial communities. Students will vie for venture funding that can be used to potentially launch their business or other educational ventures.

    A group within a group

    Students will take part in afternoon and evening activities, many weekend off campus excursions, college visits, and sports and recreation with the larger Summer Discovery program. 

    Class meets daily morning and afternoon. Due to the time commitment involved with this program, no other classes may be taken in conjunction with the Business and Entrepreneurship Academy. Students are housed in Mosher-Jordan Hall, one of Michigan’s state-of-the-art, fully air-conditioned residence halls.

    Available both 3 and 2 week sessions.

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  • BBYO Business & Entrepreneurship AcademyBBYO Business & Entrepreneurship Academy

    The BBYO Michigan Business and Entrepreneurship Academy highlights Jewish business leadership and engages teens to learn through classroom activities and field trips. On campus at the University of Michigan, participants will learn about competitive advantage, marketing, finance and product development. The two week program, powered by the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, concludes with a competition where teens present original business plans to a panel of judges from the local business community and the winners are awarded funding for their business plan. In addition, BBYO will offer exciting and meaningful content from a Jewish perspective, including Shabbat programming, opportunities to learn about entrepreneurship in Israel and more. BBYO Michigan Business and Entrepreneurship Academy also features additional afternoon and evening activities including Detroit Tigers baseball games, The Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Cedar Point Amusement Park, plus sports and recreation.

    Class meets daily morning and afternoon. Due to the time commitment involved with this program, no other classes may be taken in conjunction with the Business and Entrepreneurship Academy. Students are housed in Mosher-Jordan Hall, one of Michigan’s state-of-the-art, fully air-conditioned residence halls.

    Students enrolled in BBYO Michigan Business and Entrepreneurship Academy are not permitted to drop the course or change classes at any time once the program is selected.

    Students fly home the morning of Friday, July 27, 2018 due to Shabbat. July 15- July 27, 2018

    (Available 2 week session)
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  • Michigan Global Leadership & Social Change AcademyMichigan Global Leadership & Social Change Academy

    Worldwide connectivity and rapidly evolving social media and technology have quickly redefined human interaction and organizational structure. As a result, leadership skills have taken on a transnational, global dimension. Effective leaders must now be technologically savvy and master skills that encompass local, national, and international issues, in order to influence organizational and social change.

    This academy is designed to provide foundational knowledge, skills, and practical tools to create future leaders in business, education, and beyond. The curriculum provides insight into organizational structure and change, ethical practices, and business and leadership etiquette. Apply the skill sets you learn in the academy to your home communities, in your schools, and your future.

    Morning Course: Leadership and Management for the 21st Century

    An organization can change and transform based on the style, strategies, and ethics of its leader. Do you know the difference between leadership and management? Explore strategies to run a successful organization, address the cultural, moral, and ethical dilemmas facing leaders today, learn how to foster creativity and productivity within the workplace, and bring about positive change.

    In groups, analyze case studies outlining leadership theories and styles, management roles, organizational structures, business ethics and standards, communication and power, and gender and culture in leadership. This class will include lecture and discussion components.

    Afternoon Course: Global Leadership Skills and Agents of Social Change

    The afternoon course combines pertinent discussions, site-visits to cutting edge companies and organizations, and meaningful, relevant guest speakers who personify strong leadership and bring about social change. Learn and implement global leadership skills in the rapidly changing world of entrepreneurship, non-profits, social media, and global communications. Effective leaders of today must not only be able to inspire, but they must also be able to navigate the fluid realms of social responsibility, sustainability, technology, and business/personal ethics in a diverse global economy.

    Reexamine the leadership concepts you studied in the morning course, and learn to apply those principles using skills such as operational communications, organizational ideologies, critical writing and thinking, and action planning. Translate your theoretical knowledge into practical use by teaming-up with other participants for collaborative group work. Create organizational leadership plans that are applicable in addressing significant societal and managerial topics and present your findings.

    Meet with business and organizational leaders through in-class appearances and off-campus site-visits. These site visits and guest speakers may include a Social Media Exec., CEOs, business owners or entrepreneurs, department heads at the University of Michigan, leaders in the greater Ann Arbor and Detroit community, as well as Derek Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation and Google.

    This academy meets daily, morning and afternoon. Due to the time commitment involved with this program, no other classes may be taken in conjunction with the Global Leadership and Social Change Academy.

    Available for both 3 and 2 week sessions

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