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Andover Summer Programs:Travel Abroad Programs Consider Common App

Students may be able to apply to multiple Andover-run student summer programs at once through a common application starting this summer. Although no decision regarding the multi-purpose application has been made yet, leaders of the summer programs Niswarth, BASK in ASK and PLACES have discussed the possibility of streamlining the application process so that candidates can apply by a single deadline and submit one recommendation letter. “I suspect we’ll have a two-part application—a general one for those interested in multiple programs, and then one more specific to each program. That’s what I think is most likely. It’s possible, though less likely, to have a common application for all of them, and it’s also possible that we stay with different applications for each program,” said Thomas Hodgson, Instructor in Religion and Philosophy and the Program Director of BASK in ASK. The three summer programs, Niswarth, BASK in ASK and PLACES, all bring students to international countries for educational purposes. Run by Raj Mundra, Dean of Pine Knoll Cluster and Instructor in Biology, and Catherine Tousignant, Instructor in English, Niswarth brings students to India to learn about education, inequity and social justice by partnering with NGOs and local schools. PLACES is a new program started by Flavia Vidal, Instructor in English, in Brazil that is focused on culture, environmental and urban studies. BASK in ASK is an interdisciplinary program that takes students to Kunming, China to learn about climate change and water scarcity through coordinated classes in biology, philosophy and economics.