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Ahhh, summer. It's a special time, when different rules apply than the rest of the year. You have a say in what you want to do and the options are plentiful. You can get a job, intern, travel, study, or do nothing at all. It's your choice, although we don't recommend the latter option. We encourage you to think of summer as the time to discover and explore your own interests.
Selecting a Program
As you start to explore different summer programs, remember that you are choosing how you will spend your summer. The more time you spend upfront on research, the happier you're likely to be in the long run.
Programs can vary widely in cost. Keep in mind that the quoted price is rarely all–inclusive. If cost is an issue, ask if any scholarships are available to students with financial need. Admissions requirements can also vary substantially amongst programs; some programs are quite competitive while others accept students on a first come–first served basis. And, don't forget to consider how a program fits into the rest of your summer; keep in mind other commitments such as family trips and college visits.
Make sure any program you're considering has a mission that matches your own. Ask the program staff and alumni what makes the program special. Also, check out each program's main activities. If you want an experiential program, find out how much time is spent outside of the classroom.
Featured Summer Programs
Summer DiscoverySummer Discovery offers 3 to 6-week pre-college enrichment programs for high school students at 10 college campuses in the US and abroad. Summer Discovery, in partnership with The Princeton Review, also offers the College Discovery Experience; a 2–week college preparation program which combines SAT prep, admission guidance and numerous college visits at American University, and UCLA.
New Worlds Emerge
Whether you want to learn a language through immersion, study culture and history at the 'source', or couple your travel with a service-project or career exploration, the experience will serve you well as you enter college and pursue your career.
New Worlds Emerge offers programs in Europe, Asia, Central America, Scandinavia and several cities in the United States to help highly-motivated students meet their goals. Programs span Adventure & Service Learning, Spanish Language Immersion, Study Abroad, Expedition Programs, and even Career Exploration programs.
For those of you who value giving your time through service to others, summer is a great time to dive into a service project that will make a difference in a local community. Coupling your volunteer efforts with travel opens you up to a world of new experiences, cultural exploration, and even language immersion. Since 1992, Projects Abroad has facilitated projects for over 50,000 volunteers worldwide and is now one of the largest volunteer abroad organizations in the world. The success of this program relies on a network of full time local staff at each community site to ensure that volunteers work on worthwhile local programs, receive ample support, and stay safe. Choose from volunteer programs in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, the South Pacific, and more.
Explore language and culture this summer! Do more than just dream about it, immerse yourself in language and culture. Learn Spanish, French, Chinese, German or Arabic in a supportive, fun environment. The Academy is a unique summer language experience for 8th-12th grade students based on Middlebury College's famed Language Schools with 100 years of immersion teaching. The philosophy is rooted in the idea that cultural and linguistic acquisition are strongly reinforced by an individual's participation in cross-curricular activities ranging from sports and the arts to cooking and discussion groups – all conducted in the target language. Students live on a beautiful college campus or abroad for four weeks, immersed in language and culture. Students also take The Language Pledge which is a formal promise to communicate exclusively in the language of study, creating a total language-immersion environment. Activities at The Academy provide a rich framework for meaningful communication to help students realize academic and professional goals. Get started on the path to second language acquisition by applying today.
Northwestern University College Preparation Program
Experience college life at Northwestern University this summer in the College Prep Program. High school sophomores and juniors can take undergraduate courses for college credit, or enroll in a two-week IN FOCUS seminar in a special topic area.
School of the Art Institute of Chicago Early College Program Summer Institute
Ideas matter. At SAIC, we believe meaning and making are inseparable. Our studios are laboratories, where conceptual thinking, art making, and design skills are developed and strengthened.
Students who complete the ECP Summer Institute receive college credit and have the portfolio requirement of their SAIC undergraduate application waived. They receive college-level instruction from SAIC’s outstanding faculty, and have access to SAIC’s extensive resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago museum.
High school students who have completed their sophomore, junior, or senior year are eligible to enroll in the ECP Summer Institute. Housing, merit scholarships, and need-based aid are available. Two- and three-week sessions begin June 24 and July 8, 2013.
4 Star Summer Camps
4 Star Summer Camps offers high school students rewarding and fun programs in Academics, Tennis, Golf and Total Training on the historic campus of the University of Virginia. Invest in your future–take the SAT prep course offered by Princeton Review or numerous other enrichment courses, get the College Tennis Advantage in our innovative camp taught exclusively by college coaches, improve your golf skills in the Golf Camp or take advantage of the comprehensive and unique Total Training Camp to help you maximize your athletic potential. Come join us and have lots of fun, meet new friends, experience the excellent quality of our instruction and generally have a "summer that will last a lifetime."