Summer Intensive

The Summer Intensive is a unique acculturation program specifically designed for international students entering the Carey Business School. The program focuses on helping participants adjust to American life, culture, and classroom standards. Daily practice in writing and speaking English in a variety of contexts helps students prepare for the logistical, academic, professional, and social challenges they will face.  Through close readings of articles and case studies, students learn and apply essential business concepts, values, and skills to real-life business scenarios and problems. The program is intentionally designed to include experiential activities that challenge students to think critically and creatively, communicate clearly, work independently and on a team. Students are provided the opportunity to reflect on their learning and build social and inter-cultural knowledge while engaging in many individual and team projects and activities.

Various opportunities to interact with peers and experience American culture are offered to familiarize students with the city and culture they will live in. Some of the activities that students enjoyed in 2019 included a Major League baseball game, a trolley ride around the nation’s capital (Washington, D.C.) and a crab feast (Baltimore, MD). ­­­

Due to Covid-19, the format of the Summer Intensive has changed, but our goals are the same.

Summer Intensive at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School is a unique academic and cultural immersion program that helps prepare international students to be successful in American graduate business programs. Click Here to view the Youku version. 

What to expect

During the Summer Intensive Program, students will:

  • Apply American academic standards to written and spoken work.
  • Develop an understanding of personal and community values.
  • Navigate life in the U.S. and at Carey.


The Summer Intensive program costs $2,450, which covers instruction and materials, course fees, program activities, and some meals.   


Due to Covid-19, students will take their Summer Intensive program in conjunction with their academic classes.  In addition to several weekday sessions built into the academic schedule the following weekend is mandatory:

Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20

Students who cannot arrive on campus for Fall 2020, will complete your Summer Intensive requirement once they arrive to start in person Spring 2021 or next Fall if they defer enrollment.  Students arriving in Spring 2021, more details to follow.

All sessions are mandatory.

All international students beginning their MS program in fall 2020 are required to attend the Carey Business School Summer Intensive unless the student has earned a degree in the U.S. Students earning a degree from U.S. institutions located abroad are required to attend. All international students who are interested in participating are welcome to attend. Students who hold degrees from English-speaking countries and/or universities, or are citizens of English speaking countries such as Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom, may request a waiver. Visit the FAQ page for eligibility requirements.

For more information

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