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2018 Summer Programs

More and more colleges and universities are offering short-term on-campus programs that offer a taste of what life would be like at their institution. Many offer a mixture of academic and social content, courses taught by tenured professors, and even an opportunity to earn credit. These programs provide a fantastic way to discover college life and an enriching summer experience. 

The following is a selection of 2018 summer programs offered at colleges and universities around the world from our member institutions. Note - none of these programs have been endorsed by International ACAC. This is provided only as a resource guide for our members. Check the individual program websites for details, particularly concerning accommodations and guardianship. 

College/University members - Submit your program here! 

Africa - Sub-Saharan

Asia & Oceania



Middle East & North Africa

South America

U.S.A. - Midwest

U.S.A. - Northeast

U.S.A. - South

U.S.A. - West

U.S.A. - National

Africa - Sub-Saharan 

African Leadership Academy: South Africa

Global Scholars Program


The Global Scholars Program (GSP) at African Leadership Academy is an overnight leadership experience for high school students from across the world. Students aged 13-19 spend 10 or 18 days with peers from around the world engaging in social entrepreneurship, design-thinking, social entrepreneurship, cross-cultural exchange, and adventure challenges prepare future leaders to create change across Africa and the world. A great opportunity for teens to learn about the beauty and diversity of South Africa.

Program Contact Email:summer@africanleadershipacademy.org

Asia & Oceania 

Ashoka University: New Delhi, India
Ashoka Young Scholars Program
May 20-27
The Young Scholars Programme at Ashoka University, Delhi-NCR, India is a unique summer residential programme which introduces high school students to the idea of a liberal arts education. It is a certified, week-long, residential programme where students are exposed to different disciplines through experiential and hands-on learning. The programme includes a range of activities including lectures, workshops, discussion groups, project-work, presentations and performances. This programme is for outstanding high school students who are studying in Class 11 and 12. With its unique interdisciplinary coursework taught by world-class faculty, this programme is an excellent introduction to the academic and cultural environment of college life at Ashoka University.
Program Contact Email: ankur.vohra@ashoka.edu.in

Sunrise International Education:

Horizon Academic Research Program

July 9 – September 30

Horizon Academic is a trimester-long online research program for extraordinary high school students to refine their interest in an academic subject by developing a college-level research project under the individualized guidance of a professor from a globally renowned university, allowing them to stand out in their future academic careers.Horizon Scholars choose their own field of inquiry and work with their professor to develop a unique research proposal. After a trimester of reading, writing, and exploring, Horizon Scholars finish their final projects, most often a 20-25 page paper, that represents their very best work. All Horizon Scholars will receive an assessment from their professor, and those who complete exemplary work may also receive a letter of recommendation from either their professor, T.A., or Horizon advisor.

Program Contact Email: carlos@HorizonInspires.cn

JCT4Education - FIJI SAT and Service Immersion Project:

FIJI SAT and Service Immersion Project

July 20-August 4

Join JCT4Education in partnership with Rustic Pathways on a once-in-a-lifetime SAT and Social Service immersion program in Fiji. Optional add-on: 8 days New Zealand

Program Contact Email:bguerra@jct4education.com


Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University: Beppu, Japan

2018 Academic and Cultural Experience (ACE) Program

Option #1: July 1- 8

Option #2: July 30-August 6

We invite you to join the 2018 ACE (Academic and Cultural Experience) Program, an exciting and unique study abroad experience at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU), an international university in Beppu, Japan. The program is conducted entirely in English. High school students from all over the world who are between grades 10 and 12 at the time of this program are welcome to apply. We are offering the program twice this year, and you can choose the schedule that best fits your interest and availability. As a participant in this program, you will engage in workshops and group work focused on the themes of language and culture while being fully immersed in APU’s diverse environment. Through these activities, you will develop your multicultural understanding and intercultural communication skills. This program also includes a home stay and other activities with the local community, where you will experience authentic traditions and the hospitality of Oita Prefecture. Participating in the ACE Program will allow you to make friends with people from other countries, while learning about language and culture. This will undoubtedly be an unforgettable experience that will contribute to your future. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

Program Contact Email:aceapu@apu.ac.jp


Temple University, Japan Campus: Tokyo, Japan

TUJ High School Summer Program in Tokyo 2018

August 1- 9

TUJ invites high school students to a summer of language and cultural experiences in Tokyo, Japan. The 8-night program includes a unique mix of Japanese language classes and one of four exciting electives. With adventures in Tokyo, an overnight excursion to Nikko, and a trip to DisneySea, this will be your student's Tokyo story to remember!

Program Contact Email:ac@tuj.temple.edu


TS College Tours: Singapore

TS College Tours


TS College Tours provides college visits for students who are attending international and American schools abroad, and who plan to attend university in the US, UK or Canada. Each program is approx. a week long, visits 10-12 different colleges and universities, and has between 20-28 student participants. Our tour leaders are all extremely experienced high school counselors (over 100 years combined counseling experience in over 20 international schools) who have an understanding of the unique backgrounds, experiences and needs of third-culture kids. In addition to visiting colleges, our programs offer evening seminars on various college admission topics including essay writing, interview practice, and application strategies are held during the tour. Students learn all about the application process and receive valuable advice from the tour leaders throughout the tour.

Program Contact Email:tsturgeon@tscollegetours.com


Woodstock School: Mussoorie, India

Summer at Woodstock 2018

June 24-July 7

India’s leading international boarding school is offering a valuable summer educational experience which combines academic rigour with the energy and excitement of a summer camp. Morning programmes provide a choice of a range of ways for students aged 10-18 to develop valuable experience. Programmes include Entrepreneurship; Leadership; Art for Change; English Masterclass; English Language Acquisition and Spanish Language Acquisition. Afternoons are dedicated to a wide range of fun and exciting activities. Whether it’s honing skills in sport, learning robotics, or developing the best possible college application, there’s something to suit every student’s interests. Located in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, Woodstock School’s campus is situated in protected forest at an altitude of between 2,000 and 2,300 metres (6,500-7,500 feet) in the Indian Himalayas. Courses cost from 45,000 INR (US $700) for a one-week course to 90,000 INR (US $1,400) for two week courses, including tuition, accommodation and meals and evening activities.

Program Contact Email: summer@woodstock.ac.in


Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University: Suzhou, China

Chinese Language Summer school

2 weeks: July 2-13 or July 16-27 or July 30-August 10

4 weeks: July 2-27 or July 16-August 10

6 weeks: July 2-August 10

Struggling with basic Chinese? Want to improve the Chinese language you have already learnt? Never have time during the semester? Why not use some of the summer to give a boost to Chinese and your life in Suzhou? The Language Centre is running Chinese language short courses from July 2nd to August 10th for 2, 4 or 6 weeks. The classes take place from Monday to Friday in the mornings with optional cultural activities (at no extra cost) taking place in the afternoons. Taught by our Chinese Language Teaching team who bring a wealth of experience teaching Chinese to international staff and students, the classes will be taught on campus in friendly small classes using a practical and interactive style to build linguistic confidence.

Program Contact Email:Summer@xjtlu.edu.cn


University of Waterloo: Waterloo, ON

University of Waterloo IDEAS Summer Experience

July 14-29

The IDEAS Summer Experience is a 2-week enrichment program for smart teenage innovators interested in addressing some of the world’s most serious challenges. Participants prepare for future university success by developing valuable research, problem solving, and communication skills; learn from our award-winning professors; live in a university residence; participate in on- and off-campus social activities; and apply their new knowledge in coming up with possible solutions to big world problems--the BIG Idea. IDEAS is for international students entering Grades 11 or 12 (ages 15-18). Our program is distinctive because of its multidisciplinary nature. Applications are due by February 18, 2018. Program cost: $4,400 CAD.

Program Contact Email:ideascoordinator@uwaterloo.ca


Upper Canada College: Toronto, ON

Upper Canada College Summer Life

Session A: July 15-August 4;

Session B: August 5-25

The UCC Summer Life program brings students from Canada and around the world to Toronto for a 3-week enrichment program. The Summer Life program comprises 3 sections: Junior (ages 10-11), Intermediate (12-13), Senior (14-15). Campers in the Junior and Intermediate divisions will choose from a wide variety of one-week day camps: soccer, golf, baseball, hockey, basketball, robotics, space, coding, game tech, theatre, dance, visual arts, debate and public speaking. Senior campers participate in a leadership-in-training program, stressing initiative, volunteerism, and mentorship. Campers are accommodated in newly renovated and secure residences on a 40-acre campus in downtown Toronto. Applications open December 1. Cost: $4,995 CAD.
Program Contact Email:summerlife@ucc.on.ca

Vancouver Island University:
Nanaimo, BC

Summer At Vancouver Island University 

July and August

We offer 3 summer camps for high school students, aged 14-18 years. 1. English Language Development Summer Camp July and August (students can attend between 1 to 8 weeks) -  A mix of English classes and west coast Canadian activities For students who need to improve their English Language skills 2. Adventure Camp 2-week camp in July - Combines leadership training and survival skills with outdoor adventure, kayaking or hiking west coast trails. Key skills relate to goal setting, risk assessment and teamwork. 3. University Pre-VIU - 2-week academically focused camp in July to prepare for university in Canada Attend classes taught by university professors in 6 faculties Navigate the process of university application and entrance Visit 4 public universities in British Columbia Participate in typical West coast outdoor activities 

Program Contact Email:aamera.jiwaji@viu.ca 



The American Farm School: Thessaloniki, Greece

Greek Summer

June 29-July 29

Greek Summer is an excellent choice for students eager to explore the world and themselves, to make a difference today and to develop their potential to be change makers in college and in their world. Greek Summer participants have an opportunity for hands-on learning about sustainable living and agriculture during their ten days on our working farm. Our farm is nestled on the Aegean Sea and looks out to Mount Olympus.  A particularly meaningful part of the program is the family stay in a traditional Greek village where students spend days exploring village life, conducting community service projects, and developing relationships with their Greek families and villagers that can last a lifetime. While changing the lives of their hosts, they change their own lives and perceptions - making this summer more than a simple vacation. We are in Greece, so experiences extend beyond the farm and the village to sample the rich culture and history that surrounds them.  Students summit Mount Olympus and sail the Aegean to visit some of the most beautiful islands in Greece. Their time in Greece fittingly closes bicycling around Athens in the shadow of the Acropolis. Past participants have viewed their time in the program as life-changing and cherish the memories and the relationships that they developed. This experience is like no other, building powerful memories while setting students apart. Greek Summer will give your students something to remember for a lifetime and to share with friends and family!

Program Contact Email:greeksummer@afs.edu.gr

Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne: Lausanne, Switzerland

EHL Summer Academy

July 8-14

Take part in a series of workshops that offer an exciting blend of theory, practice and fun! 

Here are some of the activities on offer:

- Explore the latest trends in the hospitality sector,

- Become a chef for a day,

- Learn what 'service excellence' and 'kitchen management' mean,

- Find out what leadership is,

- Improve your teamwork skills by taking part in a group exercise based on a real-life hospitality case study. 

Various outings are also scheduled such as a visit to a five-star hotel and to a local vineyard in the Lausanne area. Our summer academy welcomes two English-speaking groups and one French-speaking group. Each group is composed of maximum 30 participants.

Program Contact Email:info@ehl.ch

EU Business School: Barcelona, Spain

International Summer School
July 1-21
The International Summer School is a three-week program in Barcelona designed for young professionals, bachelor's students and recent university graduates. An excellent opportunity for students to expand their horizons and open the doors to their future career! Students attend business lectures such as Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Business Communication, as well as visiting companies in the Barcelona area, to provide them with a real insight into how successful businesses operate. The rest of the program is packed full of cultural activities such as tapas tours and day trips to the beautiful city of Girona! Our students then spend the weekend exploring the city, enjoying the local gastronomy and relaxing on the beach.
Program Contact Email: summer@euruni.edu

Imperial College London:
London, United Kingdom

Imperial College London Global Summer School

July 2-14

August 6-18

Imperial on the lookout for the highest achieving students from all corners of the globe to join us for a challenging summer school experience. If your students are aged 16-17 years old, excel at science and maths and have strong English language skills, our two-week residential experience in the heart of London is a great way to develop their subject knowledge in science, engineering or medicine and add weight to a future university application.

Program Contact Email:globalsummerschool@imperial.ac.uk

Jacobs University Bremen: Bremen, Germany

Jacobs University Summer Camp

July 29-August 4

The Jacobs University Summer Camp is an excellent opportunity for high school students to find out what it is like to study at an academically challenging, international, English-speaking university in Germany. We bring together young people from all over the world, to participate in workshops on the big issues facing modern societies today: from safeguarding the environment to democracy.  And of course, there are plenty of opportunities to unwind and have fun along the way, with excursions, sports activities, and a big final night party! The cost of the camp is 400. The fee includes room and board, excursions within the context of the program and participation in one workshop. Please note that travel costs to and from the camp and additional spending money are the responsibility of the participants. The application deadline is February 16, 2018.

Program Contact Email:summerprograms@jacobs-university.de


Karlsruhe Institute of Technology - Carl Benz School of Engineering:
Karlsruhe, Germany

CBS Summer School

Option I: June 23-29

Option II: June 30 - July 6

Our Summer Programs stand out due to their unique combinations of practical and theoretical course programs in engineering as well as leisure activities. Lecture topics focus on the compelling subjects of mechanics, mathematics and thermodynamic and are exemplified within practical workshops. The course is aimed for secondary school students between the ages of 16 and 19. The CBS Summer School is the perfect opportunity for you to gain a first impression of studying engineering, to learn more about a possible future career in the field and to get to know our CBS Campus.

The New School, Paris: Paris, France

Summer Intensive Programs at Parsons Paris

Two sessions in June and July

Summer intensive studies at Parsons Paris allow students to experience Paris, a vibrant city, from an insider's perspective by exploring the many facets of art, design, fashion and photography firsthand throughout Paris. The program is open to all students who wish to deepen their knowledge and develop their skills in a rigorous and stimulating academic environment. Classes are held at Parsons Paris, a short walk from the Louvre, Opera Garnier, and Gaite Lyrique media arts center. Many classes will also meet in locations throughout the city, ranging from art and design exhibition settings to architectural landmarks and parks, with coursework complemented by excursions and day trips. Housing is available for students registered for classes during both summer sessions.

Program Contact Email:rebecca.cott@apiabroad.com


St. Stephen's School:
Rome, Italy

Arts and Humanities Summer Program

July 22-August 4

The 2018 Arts & Humanities ProgramOur program is open to students 13 - 18 years of age. Summer 2018 core courses feature Renaissance Art, and Ancient Roman Topography (a St. Stephen's School signature course). Both courses are held on-site in the city of Rome, allowing students to visit the significant monuments and sites in person, and to attain an in-depth knowledge of the city for the period in question. Students also enroll in a language course, either Italian or Latin. The 2018 elective courses will include Creative Writing and 2D/3D Studio Art. Student exhibitions and special performances will be held at the conclusion of the summer school session. A trip to Pompeii and other sites in the south of Italy is also included.

Program Contact Email: Leon.maggio@sssrome.it

University of Bristol: Bristol, United Kingdom

Destination Vet Summer School

July 16-27

Dream of becoming a vet? Destination Vet is a rare opportunity to gain real-world experience, receive application advice and sample life in a UK vet school. Join our unique two week summer school programme created to help students prepare for an undergraduate degree in Veterinary Science. Combining world-class teaching, clinical experience, admissions advice and interview skills you will work with students from across the world to build your own work experience portfolio. You will also take part in exciting social activities to give you a real taste of what life as a UK student is really all about!

Program Contact Email:global-opportunities@bristol.ac.uk

University of Bristol: Bristol, United Kingdom

Biomedical Sciences Lab Summer School

July 15 – August 4

A unique opportunity to gain new skills in laboratory techniques and deepen scientific knowledge. Application closes April 30 2018: Are you a Biomedical Sciences student who wants a career in research? Join our three-week summer school and gain invaluable preparatory research experience. The programme combines world-class teaching with hands-on lab experience. You'll have the opportunity to work with state-of-the-art technology in the fields of: Physiology, Pharmacology, Neuroscience, Immunology, Microbiology, Biochemistry

Program Contact Email:global-opportunities@bristol.ac.uk

July 16-27

This 10-day summer school lets you explore and experience the joy of creating unique solutions to market opportunities and turning these into a business plan. After completing the programme successfully, you will earn 6 transferrable ECTS credits. This summer school is for creative entrepreneurial students who are willing to take risks in the marketplace. If you are creative, forward-thinking, wanting to share a unique summer with other like-minded students, then you should not miss this opportunity. No prior knowledge is required. All that is required is your passion and intellect. For more information, please visit our website here: http://www.vesalius.edu/innovative-entrepreneurship-summer-school/

Program Contact Email:heidi.vicente@vesalius.edu

Middle East-North Africa

Northwestern University in Qatar: Doha, Qatar

NU-Q Summer Media Program

June 24-July 5

The NU-Q Summer Media Program is an exciting opportunity for high school students to experience the fields of Media and Strategic Communications in a multi-national environment. Northwestern faculty members lead students in hands-on activities, utilizing state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. In addition to academic exercises, the program provides excellent opportunities for college preparation, application guidance, essay writing and etc. The program is open to all high-school students. On-campus housing is available and Northwestern University in Qatar provides visa assistance for participants who require one to enter Qatar. Upon completion of the two-week program, students will receive a Northwestern transcript and certificate.

Program Contact Email:fred.silva@northwestern.edu


 South America

JCT4Education SAT Seminar: Medellin, Colombia

SAT Seminar

April 18-23 or September 19-24

The JCT4Education SAT Seminar Program is designed for ambitious second, third or fourth year students in high school who are intent on improving their SAT performance. Over the five-day program, the students will have coursework in SAT mathematics, critical reading and writing.

Program Contact Email:bguerra@jct4education.com


U.S.A. - Midwest

Alma College: Alma, MI

Global Challenge

June 17-23

The Alma College Global Challenge is a United Nations Security Council crisis simulation, addressing topics such as the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and the devastating effects of climate change. Students will represent the 15 countries on the Security Council, and work together to draft resolutions that outline solutions to the crisis at hand. By the end of the week students will understand the impact they can have in the world, and will have the tools to begin making a difference. Students will have a chance to: Gain a better understanding of the fast-paced and difficult tasks of UN representatives through negotiations, speeches, and drafting resolution sessions during the Security Council simulation, Develop research, public speaking, and leadership skills, Work with current student mentors from the Alma College Model UN Team, which has been recognized as the Outstanding Delegation 24 years in a row at the National Model UN Conference, Make connections with faculty members Dr. Sandy Hulme, the Alma College Model UN Director, and Dr. Ed Lorenz, the Public Affairs Institute Director, Present their resolutions to family and friends at a closing reception, and share their accomplishments achieved throughout the week, Make lasting friendships with the participants and current Alma students, while learning about the incredible opportunities available at Alma College Cost: $350 NOTE: Prospective students who attend Global Challenge and ultimately enroll at Alma College will receive a $350 tuition credit on their account. Want to join us for an entire week? We’ve planned some fun, off-campus activities, including 2 nights in a hotel and tentatively a baseball game and a day at an amusement park! Stay for a full week for a total cost of $500 (camp costs included).

Program Contact Email: crawleyje@alma.edu

Fox Valley Technical College:
Appleton, WI

American Language & Culture

July 9-August 17

Enhance your language skills and prepare for university study with this 6 week program. Participants will take courses focusing on speaking, reading, writing, and English for College Success.

Illinois Institute of Technology:
Chicago, IL

Illinois Institute of Technology Summer Programs


LOOKING FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT TO DO THIS SUMMER? Want to develop leadership skills, complete a design project, or understand how Google Maps work? If you’re interested in technology, business, architecture, science, engineering, or computers, you’ll find plenty to keep you both busy and excited at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) summer camp programs for high school students!

Program Contact Email:sdeleon2@iit.edu

Michigan State University:
East Lansing, MI

American Semester Program

July 9-27

The American Semester Program is a unique study abroad opportunity for international gap year and undergraduate students offered at Michigan State University during the month of July. 

Program Highlights:

Unique courses available in film, entrepreneurship, law, digital media, and EAL/ESL 

All courses are instructed by MSU professors

Duration is 3 Weeks

Each course is equivalent to 3transferrable credit hours

On-campus housing & meals provided

Access to MSU resources

Dedicated domestic student ambassadors to assist students during their stay 

Field trips and cultural programing offered regularly for participants 

Program Contact Email:carden12@msu.edu

Michigan Technological University:
Houghton, MI

Summer Youth Programs

June 17-August 4

Summer camp? Sort of... but better. Our programs aren't ordinary, and neither are our students. They build robots, perform chemical analyses, explore entrepreneurship, and explore ecosystems. They come from across the country and around the world to learn engineering, digital photography, molten metal casting, and more--all in an adventurous, fun, and hands-on way. For over 40 years, Michigan Technological University faculty, students, role models and other professionals have been leading Summer Youth Programs' middle school and pre-college explorations, as well as competitive scholarship programs. Our programs are built around activities, field trips and team projects. There are many courses and explorations to choose from, including computing, engineering, humanities, outdoor and environmental studies and more! Over 1,000 students travel to Michigan Tech's campus each year from throughout the country and around the world; places such as South Korea, Canada, Spain, Japan, Bahrain and Pakistan to name a few!

Program Contact Email: syp@mtu.edu

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College:
Green Bay, WI

Short-term Cultural Immersion

July 9-28

This program is designed to give students an immersive language experience, and the daily schedule is the most structured with regular cultural outings. The cost includes the 3-credit English Program, Books, Housing, 2 Meals/Day, and Cultural Excursions. This program is tailored for lower-intermediate English speakers.

Program Contact Email:beau.james@nwtc.edu


School of the Art Institute of Chicago:
Chicago, IL

Early College Program Summer Institute

Session 1: Two weeks June 18-29 

Session 2: Two weeks July 2-13 

Session 3: Two weeks July 16-27 

Session 4: Four weeks July 2-27

Each year, the Early College Program Summer Institute (ECPSI) brings students from around the world to downtown Chicago to expand skills in art, design, and writing. Working closely with our renowned faculty and inspiring teaching assistants, ECPSI students leave our program with great portfolio pieces and a renewed passion for their artistic practice. ECPSI classes are Monday-Friday. 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. providing you with an immersive studio experience. On Tuesday/Thursday evenings 6:00-8:00 p.m. you will participate in exciting workshops designed to help you gain new skills and explore new ideas.

Program Contact Email:ecp@saic.edu


 University of Chicago: Chicago, ILCollege Pathway ProgramsJune 17-July 5 and July 8-26Learn what makes UChicago one of the most innovative and impactful universities in the world through the Pathway programs. Each College Pathway program provides a broad overview of how scholars at the University of Chicago articulate problems and apply solutions in a particular field of study – Economics, Human Rights, Molecular Engineering, and Neuroscience. Participants delve into a variety of perspectives and topics through a series of lectures by faculty members and research associates. This program is ideal for high school students who want to explore different facets of a subject area, in order to learn more about the approaches and issues involved, and to determine what about it they want to study further.Program Contact Email: summersession@uchicago.edu


University of Missouri: Columbia, MO

Career Exploration Summer Program

July 12-27

The Mizzou International Experience (MIE) is an educational program designed specifically for high school students and educators around the world. This program is designed and developed by Mizzou K-12, College of Education at the University of Missouri. The Career Exploration Summer Program is a 15-day, action-packed experience, during which students explore a taste of many potential 21st century careers. Students or "explorers," discover their strengths through a series of self-assessment activities. The explorers interact with industry professionals and university faculty, during site visits to Fortune 500 companies and academic departments.

Program Contact Email:mucoemie@missouri.edu


University of Notre Dame:
Notre Dame, IN

Pre-College Summer Programs

Summer Scholars: June 23-July 7

Leadership Seminars: July 14-25

Summer Scholars participants spend two weeks in one of 20 exciting programs of study. We keep the classes small and personal attention from Notre Dame faculty high. 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. Students collaborate on coursework outside designated class times, as they would in any college setting. There is also ample time to enjoy the social facets of college life, especially those unique to Notre Dame.

Leadership Seminars explore topics in one of three areas affecting the global community: American Arts, Popular Culture, and Social Change; Global Issues: Towards a Just Peace; and Science, Ethics, and Responsibility. The courses are centered around vibrant discussion and a robust exchange of ideas. In this context, students are encouraged to examine their own conclusions and hone their own leadership capacities by improving their communications and analytical skills. 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.

Program Contact Email:precoll@nd.edu


University of Wisconsin-La Crosse:
La Crosse, WI

Middle School U.S. Culture and English Academy

July 22-August 5

This program combines English language instruction, U.S. cultural immersion and U.S. classroom experience in an on-campus residential program for international middle school students. Students will experience 15 hours of English language instruction, each week, in a U.S. classroom to advance their English skills. The focus will be preparation for English-based academic experiences and professional careers. Students will also enjoy daily leisure activities and weekend excursions in safe, beautiful southwestern Wisconsin.

Program Contact Email:mwakim@uwlax.edu


University of Wisconsin-La Crosse: La Crosse, WI

High School & University U.S. Culture and English Academy

July 22-August 12

This program combines English language instruction, U.S. cultural immersion and U.S. classroom experience in an on-campus residential program for international high school/university students. Students will experience 15 hours of English language instruction, each week, in a U.S. classroom to advance their English skills. The focus will be preparation for English-based academic experiences and professional careers. Students will also enjoy daily leisure activities and weekend excursions in safe, beautiful southwestern Wisconsin.

Program Contact Email: mwakim@uwlax.edu


Valparaiso University: Valparaiso, IN

Summer Global Leadership Institute

(Tentative) July 5-20

Valparaiso University is pleased to offer a global leadership program where high school students from across the world can come together and be a part of an unforgettable summer program. Participants attend classes, visit local attractions, take learning field trips, and make lifelong friends from all parts of the world. The purpose of the program is to help aspiring young leaders to develop the skills necessary to address the challenges posed by the 21st century. The Summer Global Leadership Institute (SGLI) helps students understand their role and responsibility in an ever more culturally diverse world.

Program Contact Email:joseph.frake@valpo.edu


Washington University in St. Louis:
St. Louis, MO

Summer Experiences at Washington University in St. Louis

June 10-August 17 (program length varies)

Summer Experiences provide academically talented students the opportunity to prepare for college success. We offer a variety of credit and noncredit programs for students from across the country and around the world. Topics include medicine, engineering, humanities, leadership, creative writing, and more. Experience the independence of college life at WashU! Scholarship assistance is available for all programs.

Program Contact Email:summerexperiences@wustl.edu

U.S.A. - Northeast

Barnard College: New York, NY

Summer in the City

June 26-July 22

Young women from around the globe come to Barnard College in New York City to pursue their passions in a rigorous, academic setting. With five distinct programs ranging from entrepreneurship to dance, students have the unique opportunity to explore an area of interest on a deeper level through both in-class discussions and city exploration. As part of the learning experience at Barnard, students will get a taste of both college life and the Big Apple! Applications go live in January. Financial aid is available by application.

Program Contact Email:pcp@barnard.edu


Centenary University: Hackettstown, NJ

Summer Culture and Language Program

July 7-August 17

Students aged 18-26 are eligible to participate in our 6-week Summer Culture and Language Program.  Students will earn up to 8 college credits after successful completion of the program.  Tuition includes 8-college credits, 6-week of room and board, trips to NYC, Boston and Washington D.C., etc. Tuition also includes textbooks, airport pickup and drop-off. Please see the attachment for details.

Program Contact Email:tangh@centenaryuniversity.edu


Columbia University: New York, NY

Columbia University Programs for High School Students

All Year

Columbia's School of Professional Studies offers a variety of opportunities for high school students to explore academic topics across Columbia's liberal arts and engineering departments.  It is an exciting opportunity to meet Columbia faculty, connect with motivated peers, and explore dynamic areas of study across Columbia's community.  Please see the link provided to see details on the many program options offered.

Program Contact Email:hsp@columbia.edu


Drexel University: Philadelphia, PA

Summer Institutes


Drexel's summer academic programs are open to highly motivated high school students who wish to explore what a university-level program is all about. Workshops are led by Drexel faculty and utilize Drexel's labs, facilities, and the city of Philadelphia's many resources.

Program Contact Email:jmd569@drexel.edu


Fordham University: New York, NY

Fordham University Academic Preparatory Institute

June 4-16

The 2018 Fordham Academic Preparatory Institute is an intensive language immersion program aimed at equipping young learners with the cultural competency, study skills and language proficiency they need to succeed in American academic settings and beyond. Participants learn the basics of composing a personal essay, conducting research, and sitting an interview, and are introduced to the teaching methodologies widely used in American academic settings, including content- and project-based learning techniques. Targeting promising, creative and ambitious young minds, the program enhances English proficiency while cultivating expertise that will be critical in participants' future academic and professional lives.

Program Contact Email:aamevans@fordham.edu


La Roche College: Pittsburgh, PA

ESL for Medical Purposes Summer Institute

July 20 - August 5 Approx.

This short-term program is for students who wish to increase their knowledge and experience with American English and culture, with a special focus on English medical terminology, careers, and practice. In addition to 50 hours of classroom instruction, students also will participate in various trips, activities and cultural events. APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 1, 2017

Program Contact Email:michael.bauer@laroche.edu

Lehigh University: Bethlehem, PA

Iacocca Global Entrepreneurship Intensive for high school students

July 1-28

The Pennsylvania School for Global Entrepreneurship (PSGE) is now the IACOCCA GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP INTENSIVE for high school students at Lehigh University. The Iacocca Global Entrepreneurship Intensive is a four-week residential entrepreneurial program that brings together American and international high school students from more than 64 different countries, make life-long friendships and study topics in global entrepreneurship, leadership, team building, innovation, creativity, and doing business around the world. One of the highlights of the program includes student marketing/business plan team projects with local business partners.

Program Contact Email:dqs206@lehigh.edu

Marist College: Poughkeepsie, NY & Florence, Italy

Marist Summer Pre-College

Session I (NY): July 1-14

Session II (NY/Italy): July 15-28

Are you an academically motivated student interested in a once-in-a-lifetime experience? The Marist Summer Pre-College Programs provide rising high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to take a course in a field they are passionate about while getting a taste of college life. Summer Pre-College is a wonderful opportunity for students to get a head start in college by earning 3-6 college credits and living at Marist’s campus in the Historic Hudson River Valley. We offer 18 programs over the 4 weeks. Students will be working and residing with diverse classmates from around the world! They will reside in campus residence halls, enjoy meals in our dining hall, and explore different careers they might like to pursue. Professionally, Pre-College graduates gain the skills and confidence essential for success, regardless of where they plan to study in the future. Students will work one-on-one with Marist faculty and admission representatives, creating an outstanding support network as they continue their college search process.
Program Contact Email:precollege@marist.edu


Millersville University: Millersville, PA

English Language Institute at Millersville University

1) Complete the Admission Online Application (We accept the SAO – Standard Application Online)

a) Submit a Student Essay – “Why do you want to attend Idyllwild Arts Academy? How will you benefit from and Idyllwild Arts education?” (250 words minimum) – Mandatory for Creative Writing, Dance, Music and Theatre Applicants. Not Mandatory for InterArts/Fashion Design, Film & Digital Media or Visual Arts.

b) Confidential Parent Questionnaire: This questionnaire must be completed by a parent or guardian.

c) Application Fee: A $60.00 non-refundable application fee is required of all U.S. applicants; a $100.00 non-refundable application fee is required of all International applicants. (There is an additional $50.00 charge for those who do not apply online.)

2)Artistic Reference: The Artistic Reference form should be completed by a teacher or private instructor who has recently taught the applicant in his/her chosen arts discipline. Download Arts Reference Form

3)Academic Reference: The Academic Reference form should be completed by a recent teacher of a major academic subject. Counselors and principals who have not taught the applicant are asked not to submit an academic reference but are welcome to submit additional letters of recommendation. Download Academic Reference Form

4)School Transcripts: Transcripts (record of grades) are required and should be requested directly from the student’s school(s). Unofficial copies may be submitted for initial review.

5)Audition or Portfolio Presentation: As a requirement for admission, students must audition, present a departmental essay or portfolio relevant to his/her art discipline. Please refer to the Audition and Portfolio Requirements.

6)Admission Interview: A personal interview is required of all international students. Interviews may be conducted on campus, through Skype or during an audition tour.

* We accept the SSAT

Home Schooling Requirements

The Idyllwild Arts Academy recognizes a family’s right to choose home schooling as an option for their children. In order to be considered for admission to the Arts Academy, students who are home schooled must participate in a state recognized home schooling program and submit the following materials in lieu of high school transcripts as well as have a parent answer the questions below:

  • Documentation of compliance with a state accredited home schooling program
  • A comprehensive description of the home schooling curriculum, outlining coursework and books used
  • Grades for each course taken with a description of grading standards
  • SSAT testing results or those of another standardized test

Please answer the following questions: What factors played into your decision to home school your child? How do you feel your child will perform in an independent school environment both socially and academically?

Admission Policy

Idyllwild Arts Academy admits students of any sex, race, religion, color, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or gender identification to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, religion, color, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or gender identification in administration of its educational policies, scholarship and financial planning, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

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Financial Supplement (Tuition and Fees)
Financial Aid Application (Parent’s Guide and Forms)

Contact Admission Office

If you already have an application, please mail the completed application materials to:

Admission Office
Idyllwild Arts Academy

52500 Temecula Road
P. O. Box 38
Idyllwild, CA 92549-0038

Direct Line: 951.468.7223
Fax: 951.659.3168
Email: admission@idyllwildarts.org

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