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Explore international events through in-depth study of specific moments in history

Join us this summer for our Immersive International Studies Summer Institute, two consecutive week-long intensive programs for high school students who are interested in international issues, history, government, and role-play utilizing the innovative pedagogy of Reacting to the Past (RTTP), an award-winning series of immersive sessions (or “games”) that actively engage students in their own learning with its emphasis on research, writing, and oral argumentation. Students assume the roles of historical characters, bringing their character alive in order to explore pivotal moments in history, all while receiving guidance in practicing critical thinking and reading as well as argumentative speaking and writing.

This Summer Institute emphasizes active learning to develop an understanding of international issues and developing a diverse skill set such as persuasive speaking, critical thinking, research skills, problem-solving, teamwork, expository writing, and leadership skills. Reacting to the Past is a series of historical role-playing games that explore important ideas by re-creating the contexts that shaped them. Students are assigned roles, informed by texts set in particular moments of intellectual and social turmoil.

Fees and Payment Info

The program fee includes the unit fees for the UCLA coursework offered as part of the program and thus varies by UC student status. In addition to the program fee, students are assessed other campus and administrative fees during the summer. This is a summary of fees that commonly apply to the selected student type.

Actual tuition and fees are subject to change by the University of California. Visit the fees, payment, and financial aid section for important disclaimer, as well as more details on fees, payment instructions, and information on delinquency, refunds, and financial aid.


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Meet your instructors

Dr. Jennifer Jung-Kim

Program Director

Leading the UCLA Immersive International Studies Summer Institute 2024 is Dr. Jennifer Jung-Kim, who has a PhD in Korean history from UCLA. She is a lecturer in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, Program in International and Area Studies, and the Honors Collegium Program at UCLA, teaching interdisciplinary courses on Asia as well as upper-division courses on Korean history and culture. She is honored to have been a recipient of the 2021 UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award. Dr. Jung-Kim is a strong advocate of Reacting to the Past, having co-written the 1894 Korea game and served on the Reacting Advisory Board. She teaches historical role- playing games because students enjoy and retain what they learn in a proactive, immersive environment.

Portrait of Dr. Jennifer Jung-Kim. She is wearing a blue sweater and a white shirt. She has chin length dark brown hair and a bright smile.

Kendell Clarke


Kendell Clarke is a PhD candidate in the European Language and Transcultural Studies department at UCLA.  She specializes in 17th and 18th century French literature and is currently studying Imaginary travel accounts and exploration of other worlds.

Paige Kim

Lead Peer Learning Facilitator

Paige Kim is a rising second-year at UCLA majoring in English. She is currently a member of Model UN as well as LCC, a theatre company, at UCLA. She has a passion for world politics and international affairs that has fueled her love and passion for MUN during the past five years. She is returning to MUNSI this year after chairing Security Council last year and is looking forward to witnessing an exciting session of growth, learning, and debate!