Summer Opportunities

American University Gap Year ProgramAmerican University Gap Year Program

For students who have just completed high school and are taking a year or semester off before starting college. A Global Business seminar is offered during the summer, and a Mentored Field Practicum and American Politics, Global Business & Trade, or International Affairs is offered in the fall and spring. At the end of the semester, students will have an American University transcript of credits earned, which can be used for college applications.

Architectural Programs

Check out this website for other summer programs across the country.

The Art Institute of Boston (AIB) at Lesley University

Young Artist Residency (YAR) Course Information. The Young Artist Residency (YAR) program offers a unique opportunity for high school students to take a wide selection of college-level courses for credit. Here is a sample list of the courses that we have offered recently.

Aspire by API

Aspire by API programs offer high school students opportunities to learn and develop relevant global skills through fun, enriching summer study abroad programs.

Whether it’s Spanish language and cultural immersion in Costa Rica or Spain, French immersion in Paris, Irish studies in Ireland, or Italian language culture and art, or soccer in Italy, Aspire students can develop their language, communication, social, and intercultural skills in an exciting international program geared to prepare students for a lifetime of global awareness and involvement.

Augustana Summer Music Camp

Augustana's Summer Music Camp is set for June 8-13, 2014, and is led by Dr. Paul Nesheim, director of The Augustana Choir and Dr. Paul Schilf, director of the Augustana Band. When you join your friends (both old and ones you'll soon make) at the Augustana Summer Music Camp, you'll find the finest in musical instruction, performance opportunities and FUN for five full days. Make one of our Residence Halls your home for the week, enjoy dining in our Morrison Commons, swim in our pool, dance in our hallways, dabble with an instrument you've always wanted to play, and make beautiful music while creating lasting memories! Students entering grades 7-12.

Aviation Camp - Ace Camp

A fun, interactive aviation summer camp geared towards middle-high school students who are interested in aviation and aerospace. Each camp is unique and no two are identical. An adventure where campers use flight simulators, go on field trips to aviation sites, and in some locations - fly in an airplane! An exciting opportunity for campers to learn about planning a flight, aviation history, the physics of flight, and the design and maintenance of aircraft.

Babson College

Babson’s Summer Studyprovides a living/learning laboratory for students to focus on applying and advancing their knowledge in business and entrepreneurship. In this collaborative community, students will gain the tools and experience first-hand how to impact and reshape organizations, industries, and the world. Each program will introduce students to Babson’s way of Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® and provide resources and strategies for students to think about company and world issues through their classes, cases, speakers, and scheduled activities.

Bank of America Charitable Foundation's Student Leaders Program

Five local student leaders will get a hands-on opportunity next summer to make an impact through an eight-week paid internship with a local nonprofit organization. In addition, the student leaders from the Twin Cities will join others from across the country at a week-long, all expense paid Student Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C.

Barnard College of Columbia University

All programs open to students who have completed 10th or 11th grade. Explore classes from Africana Studies to Writing to Acting and Screenwriting and so much more.

Berklee College of Music

Guitar Sessions, Vocal Summit, A Cappella Fesstival, Stage Performance and much more at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.

Boston College

For those who have completed 11th grade, with outstanding academics, spend 6 weeks at a Jesuit University, June - August, take college courses, earn college credit, live in a dorm and discover Boston. (617) 552-3800 or e-mail Apply early spring.

Boston University

Many opportunities for 9-12 graders from 1 to 6 weeks. Subjects vary and can be focused in science and research, the humanities, communications, and many other options. Email for more information.

BYU Independent Study - Online University and High School or Middle School Courses

A nonprofit online educational program that offers more than 550 online courses—university, high school, middle school, and free noncredit courses—to students throughout the United States and in over 90 foreign countries. Enrollment is open to anyone, anytime of the year, with a full year to complete most courses. We are continually developing more courses in our portfolio, so it is important to check our online catalog for the most up-to-date course listing.

California College of the Arts

For more than 25 years, CCA’s Pre-College Program has been an inspiring opportunity for high school students to study art, architecture, design or creative writing in an art school setting while earning 3 units of college credit.

Carleton College

Summer Writing Program for college-bound juniors with strong reading & writing skills:
Summer Quantitative Reasoning Institute: HS sophomores and juniors, use statistical tools and complete a collaborative social schiene project with a faculty mentor. Carleton Liberal Arts Experience: July, for college-bound sophomores in the top 25% of class. Accepted students receive FREE room, board, tuition and travel costs. Carleton Summer Science Institute for college bound sophomores and juniors. 

Carnegie Mellon

Summer Pre-college Programs: Pre-College Fine Arts: HS Game Academy (learn how to create video games), Architecture, Art, Design, Drama and Music

College of William and Mary

Pre-colliate summer program in Early American History for HS sophomores,juniors and seniors, earn four hours college credit, summer camp.

Colorado College

Choose from a full range of course offerings, experience the "Block Plan", earn college credit, each session is 3 weeks long, live in residence halls, participate in activities such as hiking and camping, ask about merit-based, scholarships. The Film Institute, Outdoor Leadership Institute (must be 17) Student Journalism Institute.

Columbia College Chicago, High School Summer Institute

A three-week, pre-college arts, media, and communication program open to creative students who have completed their sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school.

Columbia University~Summer Programs

Programs are renowned for their academic rigor, instructional excellence, and the unique opportunity they provide for highly motivated students to experience college life at a world-class university, for students entering 9-12 grade.

Cornell University

Program open to students completing 10th, 11th or 12th grade, earn up to 6 college credits, make friends from around the world, choose from a wide variety of courses, three-, and six-week sessions. Offers online courses.

Denison University Young Writers Workshop

Eight-day residential summer program that offers a marvelous opportunity for high school students to work intensively with professional poets, fiction and nonfiction writers on Denison’s beautiful college campus in Granville, Ohio. If you’re currently a sophomore, junior, or senior, you are eligible to apply.

Duke University Summer Session

Summer college for credit or summer academy for enrichment in a variety of areas. Application deadlines in April.  

Emory Pre-College Program

Science, Arts & Humanities, and Social Sciences: June-July. 2wk non-credit, 6wk credit courses + 3wk institutes.

The Experiment in International Living

Challenging, three-to-five week summer abroad programs that focus on immersion, experiential learning and making meaningful connections. Reside in local homes, focus on language, ecology, arts and community service. Need based aid available. 800-345-2929 Call for program availablitily.

Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising

Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego or Orange City. 3 Day workshops/no camps.

Franklin College

Fully accredited, independent American liberal arts institution, located in Lugano, Switzerland. A train ride away from Rome, Paris, Geneva and Vienna. Take up to 12 credits. Global Green Initiative (2wk course) Lugano Live (3wks for English immersion students)

French Speaking Immersion Program: Universite de Saint-Boniface

University located a 7 hour drive away in Winnipeg, Canada; will need a passport; must have completed 11th grade; levels of instruction from beginner-advanced language skills. Immersion program from two to five weeks in length. Socio-cultural programming such as sports, guided tours, concerts, films are included. 

Furman University Summer Scholars

If you want to do something really incredible with your summer, come to Furman, stay on campus, and be a part of Summer Scholars. It's an opportunity for rising high school seniors and juniors to participate in classes and get a taste of college life. Deadline in early May.

The George Washington University Summer Scholars Program

Pre-college programs with a variety of options for freshman, sophomores, and juniors. Choose from business, crime and justice, robotics, social change and leadership, biomedical engineering and other courses for credit or simply enrichment.

Georgetown University

Live on campus, manage your own time, explore the rich culture of Washington. Apply for the wide variety of summer programs at Georgetown, enrollment is limited, sessions run from June through August.

Global Paths Summer Program

An introduction to the international higher education arena through living on four UK university campuses, working on the "Global Life Project," and lots of different workshops from university admissions professionals and working professionals.

Grammy Camp

For aspiring music industry professionals: hands-on career training, learn from industry experts, performance and music business tracks, financial aid available.

Hamline University Young Writers Workshop

This creative writing day-camp for area high school and college bound students (ages 15-18) on the beautiful Hamline University campus provides students an opportunity to receive in-depth instruction and time with a published author in poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction each morning; a group lunch; and afternoon “mini courses” in writing, book arts, or literary magazine production. A field trip exploring our “Literary Twin Cities,” a panel discussion with published authors, and a concluding reading and celebration are all a part of this creative writing experience. Dates for the 2013 Workshop: June 16-20, 2014

Harvard University

Harvard Summer School for HS sophomores, juniors and seniors. 200 courses to choose from. Special programs in Drama, Math, and Writing. Earn academic credit.

Hillsdale College

Summer Study Abroad Program, earn college credit while traveling in Italy, England or France. In addition, science and American Law camps at Hillsdale.

Independent Film and Photography

Summer camps in screenwriting, film making, documentary from pre-production to distribution, music video to digital photography. 651-644-19122446 University Ave W, Suite 100, St,Paul, MN 55114.

Junior Statesmen Foundation

Exciting and stimulating courses on the campuses of four of the nation's elite universities. Immerse yourself in politics and government while making new friends and developing leadership skills at either Georgetown, Yale, Stanford or Princeton campuses. Average costs $4,500.

Lake Forest College

Two-week summer Writing and Thinking Workshop, and Vocal Arts Performing Academy and Musical Theater Camp for HS students.

Landmark College

Students with learning disabilities and AD/HD can choose from two programs: Three-week HS Junior Program rediscover an interest in college study and the tools to approach the college app process.

The Language Travel Company

Total immersion program with schools all over the world. Earn college credits.

Lead America

Open to middle school and high school students, thru Lead America, students have the opportunity to attend spring or summer conferences on college campuses. Taught by college professors on a wide variety of subjects such as leadership, engineering and technology, medicine and national security. 866-394-5323

Lewis & Clark College

Fir Acres Workshop in Writing and Thinking, two week summer residency program for students completing grades 8 through 12, supervised college experience taught by college faculty. 

Macalester College - St. Paul

A summer enrichment program where master teachers engage inquisitive minds for students currently in grades 7-12. 651-696-6590

Marist Summer Pre-College Program

Marist College consistently strives to foster an interactive learning environment and enhance the students' academic experience. This is a wonderful opportunity for rising high school juniors and seniors to get a head start in college.

Maryland Institute College of Art

Two distinct pre-college studio residency programs: Baltimore (4-week) and Tuscany, Italy (3-week). College-level experience in 11 core courses such as fine arts, design, photo and digital art. Deadline in the spring. Contact: or 410-255-2219 

Miami University (Oxford, OH) Summer Scholars Program

The Summer Scholars Program at Miami University is a two-week summer experience for accomplished high school rising juniors or seniors in the fall. The program provides students with the experiential learning opportunities that prepare them for college and future success.

Michigan Tech

Three highly competitive summer programs: Women in Engineering Summer Youth Programs, National Summer Transportation Institute, and Engineering Scholars, for students in grades 9th-12th, gives students from all over the world hands-on exploration opportunities in math, science, engineering, arts and many other fields. Full scholarships available. Contact: 906-487-2219

Minneapolis College of Art & Design Pre-College Summer Session

MCAD’s Pre-College Summer Session is a highly structured and challenging classroom and studio-based experience developed to guide serious art students in the process of maturing as artists and individuals. This three week, fully residential program is geared toward committed art and design students who are currently in their sophomore, junior, or senior years of high school. Scholarships are available.

Minneapolis Community & Technical College (MCTC) Career Exploration Camps

Get a taste of college life and learn about careers with fun, hands-on activities. You will work alongside MCTC faculty and learn new skills in MCTC's high-tech, innovative labs featuring the latest technologies.

Minnesota Business Venture

MBV is open to all students completing grades 9-12. Learn how to plan for a successful future, develop a career focus, use teamwork, communication skills as well as leadership while living either at St. Cloud St. or St. John's U for a week long camp. Cost: $125 if applying before April 20.

Minnesota Children's Museum - Play Team

Students volunteer at the museum in a variety of positions in 3-5 hour shift increments between 8:45 a.m. and 2:15 p.m., Monday-Friday; must be able to commit to 2 weeks, and 2 weekends (do not have to be consecutive). 651-225-6046

Minnesota Office of Higher Education, Summer Academic Enrichment Program

If you are eligible for free or reduced price lunches and are in grades 3-11, apply for a stipend to attend a summer academic enrichment program. You must have either an overall "C" average or its equivalent for the most recently recorded academic term in the subject area applicable to the summer program you wish to attend.

Montana State University Summer Session

The MSU Summer Session program is committed to providing a variety of classroom, outdoor, and online opportunities for students to advance or complete their educational goals.

Muscular Dystrophy Association Camp

Volunteer opportunity to work as a companion and helper to an individual camper for a week and assist them with a variety of activities. Must be 16 years old by June 3. Will receive training prior to camp.

National Geographic Student Expeditions

They offer programs all over the world and domestically, focusing on Photography, Wildlife & Conservation, Archaeology & Ancient Culture, Film making, Creative Writing, and Climate & Geology.

National Youth Leadership Forum:

Summer opportunities to gain experience in areas of interest such as: medicine, business, national security, law & CSI, advertising, film & journalism, engineering & technology, gaming & technology.

New York Times Student Journeys

New York Times Student Journeys offers educational travel programs for high school students. Programs include a range of subjects (Leadership, Business, International Relations, Fashion, Politics, and the Environment) in different locations around the world.  

New York University Precollege Summer Programs

Earn college credit by taking courses with current NYU students, taught by NYU faculty. Immerse yourself in the college experience with a six-week program early July through mid-August, that provides intensive learning opportunities in STEM, journalism, and music & performing arts. Apply for scholarships by April 1.

NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School)

At NOLS, we take people on real wilderness expeditions in remote areas.You'll learn to be a leader. You'll practice technical skills like summitting peaks and running rapids–all while earning college credit. Financial aid is also available. By the end of your course, you'll have the knowledge to travel responsibly and safely in the backcountry while leaving a minimal impact on the land.

Northeastern University-College of Arts, Media and Design (CAMD) Summer Program

This year's offerings, Summer Design Studio and Summer Journalism Workshop, will provide an opportunity to work one-on-one with faculty and participate in unique, hands-on learning experiences.

Northwestern University-Summer Program/Center for Talent Development

Summer academic courses for students completing PreK through grade 12. Locations: Northwest University, Chicago Suburbs, Downtown Chicago. Financial aid is available, and there are special scholarship oportunities for students interested in taking technology (programming or web design) or engineering courses. Check out the Civic Leadership Insititute.

Northwestern University College Prep Program

Designed for students who want to experience a real college life before finishing high school. High school sophomores and juniors can take undergraduate courses for college credit, or enroll in a 2-week IN FOCUS seminar in special topic area.

Norwich University~Vermont

Future Leader Camp, Drill Team Camp or Engineering Academy, 2; 5-week sessions plus a number os distance learning opportunities.

Nursing Camp

Adventures in Nursing Camp. Must be 16, hands-on experience, learn about educational and career opportunities in nursing, scholarships available 952-920-9860 e-mail:

Penn State University 

Summer Study programs for college credit.


Immerse yourself in Art and Design, Architecture, Creative Writing, and Cultural Studies located in Manhattan, NY. Sophomores, juniors and seniors at Brooklyn campus.

Princeton University~the W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars Institute

Residential non-profit leadership development program for high-achieving high school students entering the tenth or eleventh grade in the fall. June 28-Aug 2, 2014

Prism (Minneapolis)

Social ministry, summer volunteer program located in Golden Valley for ages 12 - adult, variety of positions available from food shelf, clothes closet, birthday room, front dest, clerical and auto shop assistant. Minimum of 4 hours per week on a regularly scheduled shift. Applications available 763-432-4207. 763-529-1350.

Putney Student Travel

Putney Student Travel offers a wide array of different kinds of programs for high school students, including Community Service in Latin America, Asia, and Africa, Language Learning in Europe and Latin America, Cultural Exploration, Global Awareness in Action in Latin America, Africa, and Asia, Pre-College Enrichment programs in Europe and at Amherst College, and our Foundations programs in Costa Rica, Spain, and Australia for students completing 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.

Rutgers University

The Rutgers School of Engineering is offering an intensive one-week certificate program that will introduce students to a variety of engineering areas including: Aerospace, Biomedical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Forensic and Mechanical.  Eligible students must be between the ages of 16-18 and have completed courses in precalculus and physics.

Sage Summer Program

Students completing 9th, 10th or 11th grades, Studies abroad for global education, 888-997-SAGE.

Sarah Lawrence College

Live and Study at Sarah Lawrence, 30 minutes from midtown Manhattan, New York, three or six-week sessions. Summer at SLC offers you a chance to enhance your academic experience and explore your passions in small classes, a hallmark of a Sarah Lawrence education. Our programs foster a supportive, non-competitive environment for academic and personal development. Students that choose to live on campus will be housed in single rooms in residence halls. 914-395-2205.

Science Museum of Minnesota

Volunteer at the Science Museum. Requirements: be at least 13 yrs of age, attend training, communicate effectively, commit to one year of service, one four-hour shift every other month weekend or one four-hour shift of a weekday. Contact: or 651-221-2583.

South Dakota School of Mines

The School of Mines offers unique high-quality programming for middle- and high school students. Our goal is to turn young minds on to the astounding, challenging, and FUN worlds of science and engineering, and no one can do this better than the faculty and students of the School of Mines through hands-on activities and one-on-one interactions. 605-394-2693

SPI Study Abroad Program

SPI offers college credit high school study abroad programs in Spain, France, Italy, Costa Rica and China. Learn another language, live another culture, know another world!

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Program

An opportunity to explore and discover topics not typically taught in secondary schools. Students engage in small classes taught by Stanford instructors, hone their academic skills, and achieve academic excellence. Limited financial aid is available.

St. John's College Summer Academy

A pre-college, residential program for high school students ages 15-18 that nurtures critical thinking and personal growth. Courses offered on the Santa Fe, New Mexico and Annapolis, Maryland campuses.

Student Volunteer Ambassador Program

For high school junior/senior Students: Represent your country, travel overseas make a tremendous impact through volunteering in initiatives like children's health and education, and a more sustainable planet through conservation of natural resources. 4-week volunteering program.

Teen Life Summer Programs

Publication listing hundreds of camp or college and volunteer experiences

Tufts University

High school students can attend the following courses at Tufts: Summer Writing Program, Foundations of Law and Ethics, Health Science Honors, Bioinformatics Inquiry through Sequencing, SAT prep workshops, College Application Essay Writing Series, and College Life and Planning sessions.

Tulane University

Summer Enrichment Institute in STEM for rising 6th through 11th graders.

UCLA Summer Institutes

Enrichment courses from Architecture to World Languages
Short term intensive, 5- and 6-week programs

Union College, Educating Girls for Engineering (EDGE)

EDGE is a program designed for rising sophomore, junior, and senior girls interested in engineering. The two-week residential workshop offers a unique opportunity to explore engineering fields in areas beyond basic math and science.

United States Naval Academy

Summer Seminar: Six-day experience for high achievers who have completed their junior year, teaches you about life at the Naval Academy, registration opens in January.

University of Chicago

Unique programs for sophomores, juniors and seniors, college credit, select form more than 150 offerings. Summer session questions: 773-834-3792 or e-mail

University of Dayton, School of Engineering

Engineers creatively use their knowledge and technology to improve the lives of others. You can experience it yourself this summer. Choose from two Engineering camps: Summer Honors Engineering Camp, Women in Engineering Summer Camp, and METEC: Minority Engineering and Technology Enrichment Camp for Young Men.

University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign

Girls' Adventures in Math, Engineering, and Science (GAMES) is a week-long residential camp on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. GAMES is for rising 9th-12th grade girls and focuses on different areas within engineering. Camp dates for 2014 are July 13-19. This year, we will offer seven track options within GAMES: Aerospace, Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Materials Science, and Robotics. Our camps offer an advanced curriculum and hands-on projects during the day, as well as fun social activities, like karaoke, swimming, and volleyball in the evenings.

University of Iowa Journalism Workshops

Yearbook, Newspaper, Graphic design, Photojournalism, Broadcast and Website Design
319-335-3455 Apply online, scholarships available.

University of Massachusetts

Summer College Residential Programs for HS Students: offers one-six wek residential academic programs from many majors, across the nine colleges that comprise UMass Amherst. Juniper Institute: Summer College Class in July.

University of Minnesota~Rowing Camp for girls ages 13 - 19

"We look forward to hosting any young women who would enjoy learning a new sport while working hard and having fun! Whether it is a one-week endeavor or a springboard for rowing in college, this camp provides the perfect environment for both." Contact: Becca Carlton 612-910-2985

University of Notre Dame:
  1. Summer Scholars Program: Summer Scholars participants spend two intense weeks in one of 21 exciting programs of study. The coursework is a true preview of college academics—it is both rigorous and rewarding, and students earn one college credit upon the completion of a program track. 
  2. Summer Leadership Weminars: Leadership Seminars explore topics affecting the global community. The courses are centered around vibrant discussion and a robust exchange of ideas.  Expenses for students accepted to Leadership Seminars—including transportation to and from Notre Dame—will be paid for by the University. Approximately 100 students are admitted to Leadership Seminars each year, and students are eligible to receive one college credit upon completion of the program.
University of Oregon

Summer Architecture Academy: July - August. An intense experience to "try on the field for size."

University of Pennsylvania

Three week Summer Academy Applied Science and Technology Program: earn college credit in Biotechnology, Computer Graphics, Computer science, Nanotechnology and Robotics.

University of Rochester

Summer residential programs, (9th-12th), Rochester Scholars (9th-12th) , Malawi Immersion 11th-12th)

University of Southern California

High school students get a preview of "freshman year" through 4 & 2 week courses on the USC campus. Many different summer courses from Architecture to Writing. For more information call: 213-740-5679 or email:

University of Washington

Summer programs in collaboration with Experience America in the following areas:
Entrepreneurship: Experience America program with University of Washington Foster School of Business, helping students learn how to start a successful business.
Game Experience: Experience America program at the University of Washington introducing student to the video game development industry in Seattle, teaching elements of design, animation, and how to start their own video game companies.

University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, WI

Summer Undergraduate Research Experience in Pure and Applied Mathematics, May-July
Funded by National Science Foundation. Each participant will receive a travel allowance and a stipend, plus room and board.

United States Naval Academy - Summer Seminar

Fast-paced, six day experience for high achievers who have completed their junior year in high school. The seminar teaches you about life at the Academy. If you think that you may be interested in pursuing an appointment to one of the nation's academies or a ROTC scholarship you should seriously consider attending this seminar.

US Performing Arts Camps

Summer programs for ages 11-22, Acting, Animation, Film, Play/Screenwriting, Dance, Musical Theater, TV Sit Com and more. For list of locations, more information or registration: 888-497-3553.

Vanderbilt University

Current 11th graders, explore a major in engineering, medicine, the sciences and other technology-based areas. Application deadline spring (rolling admission) Office contact: Prof. John Veillette Office tel: 615-322-7827.

Wake Forest Summer Immersion Program

Wake Forest offers rising sophomore, juniors and seniors the opportunity to gain experience in the sciences, business, art, social sciences and others.  Check out their website for the various week-long options.  

Washington University in St. Louis

Explore all facets of college life in their High School Summer Scholars Program. Open to current high school sophomores, juniors and seniors, their program options allow you to design a summer experience that meets your needs and interests.

Wharton, University of Pennsylvania

Leadership, Education and Development (LEAD)"Leadership in the Business World" (LBW), Management & Technology and Wharton

Sports Business Academy:

4-week summer program designed to introduce talented high school seniors to the skills necessary to lead in the 21st century. 60 students selected to participate.


The Yale Young Global Scholars Program is for outstanding current 10th or 11th grade students. It consists of a two-week academic and leadership experience.

Three distinct sessions: The first session (June 19 - July 2) - Politics, Law and Economics and Applied Science and Engineering; The second session (July 8 - July 21) - International Affairs and Security and Biological and Biomedical Science; The third session (July 26 - August 8) - Science, Policy and Innovation and Sustainability, Energy and Environment. Summer 2016 applications are available online and are due by 2/11. Need based financial aid available.

Young Global Scholars - Singapore

For outstanding current 9th or 10th grade students. Immersive week-long experience May 30th - June 5th. Students will participate in interdisciplinary lectures, elective seminars and a series of skill-building workshops specially designed to foster leadership, develop presentation and communication skills, and enhance critical reading and writing. Apply by January 26, 2016.