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King’s College London Comes to Kings County Brooklyn and BFS This Summer

King’s College London will host a pre-university summer program at the Brooklyn Friends Upper School from Aug. 7 to Aug. 18 this summer. Two courses will be offered: Politics and International Relations: From Grass Roots to Global Impact, and Into Space: Exploring Space Through Science. Students, who will be  juniors, and seniors in September may choose one of the two courses, which will run concurrently at the Upper School facility at 116 Lawrence Street in MetroTech. 

Tuition is $2,000, and limited financial aid will be available to BFS students who are accepted into the program.

This venture will be King’s College London’s first foray into a pre-university summer program in the United States.

With more than 27,000 students, King’s College London is ranked by QS World University Rankings as one of the top 25 universities in the world.


Into Space: Exploring Space through Science

Professor Thais Russomano

Professor Thais Russomano

Space exploration continues to inspire imaginations all over the world. The application of space science is evident everywhere in our daily lives, from watching television or predicting the weather, to performing medical exams. How men and women adapt to microgravity conditions and to living and working in environments such as space stations has contributed enormously to knowledge in many different health-related fields.

The class ‘Into Space’ is designed to raise your awareness and understanding of mankind’s final frontier. It will give an overview of the astronomy and physics behind manned spaceflight, before heading on to the science needed to allow us to leave planet Earth behind, from Aristotle to Einstein and beyond. You will also learn about space missions of the past, present and future and examine the physiological and psychological reactions of mind and body to the hostile environment of space.

Professor Thais Russomano, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine, King’s College London, will teach this class. Professor Russomano has over 20 years experience in the fields of Aerospace Medicine, Human Physiology, Biomedical Engineering, and Telemedicine & eHealth, combined with multidisciplinary teaching at both undergraduate and graduate level. She studied medicine at the Federal University of Pelotas, Brazil, followed by 2 years in the USA at Wright State University, Ohio where she completed a Masters Degree in Aerospace Medicine in 1991, before moving on to the UK to complete her PhD in Space Physiology at King’s in 1998.

This class will consist of a minimum of 40 contact hours with teaching taking place between 9 am and 5 pm from Monday to Friday.

Politics and International Relations: From Grassroots to Global Impact

Professor Diana

Dr. Diana Bozhilova

This class is designed for students considering an undergraduate degree in Political Science and related subjects. Students will be introduced to core aspects of studying Politics at this level and examine specific political challenges, such as the role and power of international organisations in responding to current global issues. Students also benefit from a number of course activities and excursions designed to broaden their understanding of today’s political landscape, given the central location of the course in Brooklyn, New York.

This class will be taught by Dr Diana Bozhilova, Summer Programmes Teaching Fellow at King’s College London and Head of Faculty at New College of the Humanities. Dr Bozhilova is a political science expert whose published research focuses on democratisation and reform, as well as on energy security and development. She holds positions at King’s College London and New College of the Humanities in the UK and served as an expert witness to the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Union.

This class will consist of a minimum of 40 contact hours with teaching taking place between 9 am and 5 pm from Monday to Friday.