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.

Practical Constraints

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.

Personal Needs

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

Projects Abroad
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. Projects Abroad is the world’s largest international volunteering and internship provider. We’ve been running for over 25 years and have sent over 100,000 people on incredible projects throughout 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.

Northwestern University College Preparation Program
For more than 25 years Northwestern’s College Prep Program has offered students from around the world a premier college-level experience. Choose from two options: undergraduate courses for college credit or intensive, noncredit IN FOCUS Seminars. More than 150 undergraduate courses in nearly every academic discipline are offered. Credit earned can be transferred to undergraduate programs at many other universities. IN FOCUS Seminars expose students to distinguished Northwestern faculty highlighting today’s most relevant topics. They require less of a time and tuition commitment than a college-credit course. International students may also apply to the EducationUSA program which provides instruction in English, college preparatory content, tours of diverse college and university campuses, and cross-cultural activities.

The American University of Paris

Chartered as a liberal arts college in 1962, The American University of Paris (AUP) is today an urban, independent, international university located at the meeting point of France, Europe, and the world. At AUP Summer School, you’ll engage in lively classroom discussions, intensive language study and in-depth workshops with professors and students from around the world. Earn credits towards your degree or audit a class to pursue an interest, and explore the ins and outs of Paris through this unique, thought-provoking, international experience. Whether you choose to study the history and craft of photography in Paris Through Photography, examine contemporary marketing and management concepts in Marketing in a Global Environment, or improve your French through our immersive French courses, you’ll soon discover that a summer at AUP is not quite like a summer anywhere else.