The European College of Liberal Arts (ECLA) offers two one-year programs in the humanities, one for undergraduates, one for recent graduates.
The academic year runs for nine months from early October to late June and is divided into three ten-week terms: Autumn, Winter and Spring.
A core curriculum in philosophy, history, literature, political theory and the visual arts is team-taught by faculty with background in these disciplines. The core course uses a lecture/seminar/tutorial format, and students learn through discussion in small groups, writing assignments and one-to-one tutorials.
The core course begins with the classic texts of ancient Greece and has a loosely chronological structure through the three terms, with particular focus on selected historical periods. Key authors who feature in the course include Aristotle, Dante, Descartes, Dostoyevsky, Homer, Hume, Kafka, Kant, Kierkegaard, Machiavelli, Montaigne, Nietzsche, Pascal, Plato and Shakespeare.
Elective courses in a range of disciplines including art history, film theory, literary theory, music and performance art complement the core curriculum.
The Academy Year program is an introduction to the theory and practice of interdisciplinary learning. Students divide their time equally between core courses and electives, and may study languages for extra credit if time permits.
In the Project Year program students spend half their time on core courses, and divide the rest of their time between electives and a year-long individual project after which the programme is named. The individual project, arranged according to individual background and plans for the future, allows the student to pursue an old interest further, or acquaint him or her-self seriously with new territory. The work is supervised by faculty members with relevant expertise and culminates with a 25-page essay to be submitted in term 3, as well as an oral presentation of the project to the rest of the school.
The Seeing Berlin component of the programs gives students and faculty the opportunity to explore together Berlin’s artistic and architectural treasures. Visits to the city’s many museums as well as lesser-known public and private collections and galleries are included. In addition, faculty organizes visits to concerts, plays, films and lectures.
The comprehensive fee of 15.000 EUR covers tuition, accommodation and full board, the study trip, public transportation in Berlin, emergency health insurance coverage, books (on loan) and computer and Internet access. ECLA has a need-based financial aid policy and is committed to giving all applicants who qualify for admission a chance to enroll, regardless of their financial means. Financial aid packages vary in amount and are based on applicants’ demonstrated need.
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