Resources and Summer Programs

College and University Sponsored Summer Programs

List of 106 frequently asked questions.

  • Academy of Art University (CA)

    www.academyart.edu/degrees/pre_college.html

    - An experiential college-preparatory program
    - Designed to offer high school students college credit while exploring art & design
    Classes offered:
    - Summer
    - Saturdays during Fall and Spring semesters
    - On campus and online
  • Adelphi University-Summer Precollege Programs

    http://precollege.adelphi.edu/

    Adelphi University’s Summer Pre-College program is an exciting way to gain an unforgettable college experience as a high school student!
    Open to students entering either their freshman, sophomore, junior or senior year of high school, Adelphi’s Pre-College experience brings together students from all over the world to live, learn and explore all that our University has to offer. Here, students will attend a college-level class each day, live in our new, air-conditioned residence halls, and eat in our fantastic dining hall! Adelphi’s beautiful and safe Garden City campus is just minutes from renowned beaches and parks, and just 23 miles from New York City, the world’s premiere city for art, culture, and entertainment.
    Through this college-level program, high school students will explore an academic area of interest in a challenging and supportive University-based learning community. The Pre-College program offers a variety of different course topics from which students can choose, and all Pre-College classes are taught by Adelphi’s nationally recognized faculty. Looking to earn college credit? Our for-credit class options provide students with the opportunity to earn 3 transferable college credits, which can be applied toward future degrees. We also offer non-credit program options for those students who wish to gain a unique college experience.
    While living on campus, students will receive personalized attention from our professional and caring group of instructors, advisers and support staff. Daily trips and excursions round out this once in a lifetime summer experience!
  • American University (DC) - School of Communication

    www.audiscover.org

    Professional, hands-on summer workshops for high school students interested in Scriptwriting, Journalism, Broadcasting, Film, Video, Photography and Communication.
  • American University (DC)- School of International Service/Community Scholars

    www.american.edu/sis/communityofscholars

    A pre-college summer program for high school students. Study international relations in Washington, D.C. while earning 3 college credits.
  • American University (DC)- AU Summer Scholars & Artists

    http://www.american.edu/sis/communityofscholars

    Advanced undergraduates are invited to apply for a fellowship to be an American University Summer Scholar or Artist for summer 2012. Fellows will be awarded $4,000 to conduct full-time research that leads to significant scholarly or creative work. Fellows are required to work full-time on their research for a designated period of eight weeks in the summer. The $4,000 award is expected to cover living expenses during this time. Fellows may take summer courses that directly aid their research; otherwise, any courses taken must fall outside the eight weeks identified as their research period.
  • Babson College (MA)

    www.babson.edu/summerstudy

    Babson’s summer study provides a learning living laboratory for students to focus on applying and advancing their knowledge in business and entrepreneurship, Choose either the Babson Idea Generation (BIG) Program, or the Babson Entrepreneur Development Experience. Students may opt to take a second, 3-credit class Service Learning Experience.
  • Barnard College (NY)-Precollege and Summer Programs

    www.barnard.edu/precollege

    Co-ed programs for rising high school juniors and seniors. Liberal Arts Program - four week. Liberal Arts Intensive - one week. Young Women's Leadership Institute. In partnership with Columbia University.
  • Beacon College- Summer for Success

    http://www.beaconcollege.edu/admissions/summer-programs/beacon-college-high-school-program/

    Founded in 1989, Beacon College was the first institution of higher education in the country accredited to award bachelor degrees exclusively to students with learning disabilities, ADHD and other learning differences. The group of parents who conceived of Beacon College did so knowing that given the right environment, support, and tools, all students can succeed.

    Beacon College offers a three-week summer educational experience for students entering their senior year of high school. The program is designed to teach the participants useful learning strategies that can be used during their senior year in high school and help them overcome the fear of going to college.
  • Berklee College of Music (MA)

    www.berklee.edu/summer

    Twelve-Week Full Credit Summer Program. Berklee's summer programs are taught by members of the Berklee College of Music faculty—not students or teaching assistants. Visiting artists present clinics and concerts during our programs, and as a Berklee summer student, you will have free admission to Berklee-sponsored concerts and recitals. You will also have access to Berklee's Career Development Center and the Stan Getz Media Center and Library.
  • Boston University (MA)-Summer Pre-College Programs

    http://www.bu.edu/summer/high-school-programs/

    High School Honors – Six week residential program in which students take two BU undergraduate courses, earning up to 8 transferable college credits. Must be a rising high school junior or senior.
    Research Internship in Science & Engineering – Six week residential program in which students work in a lab conducting scientific research under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Must be a high school senior.
    Summer Challenge – Two week residential program for students entering their sophomore, junior or senior year. Choose 2 out of 16 non-credit seminars.
    Summer Preview – One week program for high school freshmen and sophomores. Students will take one non-credit subject.
  • Boston Univeristy (MA)- Investigative Journalism Program NECIR

    http://studentprograms.necir.org/high-school-summer-investigative-reporting-workshop/

    The New England Center for Investigative Reporting, based at Boston University's College of Communication, is again offering a unique Investigative Journalism Workshop this summer. This program, now in its seventh year, would be a perfect fit for your students who are interested in journalism or writing. Nearly 130 students from 23 states and 13 countries attended last summer's workshop, and we are expecting sessions to fill up quickly for 2015.
    Our three two-week workshops will begin on June 29. During each session, students participate in seminars and work alongside BU faculty and award-winning local and national journalists on investigative stories that could be published on the center's website or in regional and national publications. Students will live on the BU campus and gain hands-on experience in investigative reporting while developing critical thinking and writing skills.
    For more information about our program, visit our website and see our flyer. I encourage you to share this information with your students and their families.
    Applicants who apply by March 31, 2014, will be entered into our iPad giveaway.
  • Boston Conservatory- Summer Dance Intensive

    https://www.bostonconservatory.edu/summer-dance

    Apply online
    Summer Dance Intensive Registration. Three innovative artists, one extraordinary program!
    Are you ready to take your dancing to the next level? Study with our world-renowned faculty and guest artists in an immersive summer program that will transform your technique, ignite your artistry, and inspire your spirit! During The Boston Conservatory's three-week Summer Dance Intensive, you will study with Conservatory faculty and acclaimed guest artists Roderick George,Clarice Young and Sidra Bell in a program that offers the trademark Boston Conservatory combination of rigorous classical training and a cutting-edge approach to contemporary dance.
  • Boston University (MA)- PROMYS: Program in Mathematics for Young Scientists

    http://www.promys.org/

    PROMYS is a six-week summer program at Boston University designed to encourage strongly motivated high school students to explore in depth the creative world of mathematics in a supportive community of peers, counselors, research mathematicians, and visiting scientists.  Professor Glenn Stevens, the Director of PROMYS, founded the program in 1989 together with other members of the current faculty.
    The Clay Mathematics Institute (CMI) and PROMYS are offering new advanced seminars for returning PROMYS students. Returning students also engage in original research under the mentorship of professional mathematicians.
    Please visit Quick Facts about PROMYS for details of the program.
  • Brandeis-Service Corps

    http://www.brandeis.edu/highschool/servicecorps/index.html

    Tuition: $2500 (scholarships and financial aid available)

    Work on meaningful community service projects. Gain insight into the lives of those you partner with. Meet other teens from across the country who share your desire to change the world
    Go beyond volunteering to make meaningful personal connections with people in the Greater Boston area. Work with diverse populations whose lives are touched by homelessness, developmental disability, poverty, refugee status and more. Each day, you'll be challenged, provoked, and surprised by the people you meet while working together to make the community stronger.
    Throughout the program, you will have the opportunity to delve into the study of social justice and its place at Brandeis, non-profit management, activism and public policy, all the while focusing on human relationships as the key building block to promoting social change. Brandeis Service Corps is a great way to earn community service hours and skills for life.
  • Brown University (RI)- Pre-College Programs

    http://www.brown.edu/academics/pre-college/

    Pre-College Summer@Brown is about challenge, discovery and new friends. Each summer, talented high school students from around the world come to Brown to prepare for college success, and experience life as a student on an Ivy League campus.
  • California College of the Arts (CA)

    www.cca.edu/precollege

    Scholarships available specifically for Bay Area Residents. CCA's summer Pre-College Program is an inspiring opportunity for high school students to study art or creative writing in an art school setting while earning three college credits. Participants immerse themselves in a college-level curriculum and become part of a creative community, meeting and working with other talented, serious students from diverse backgrounds.
  • California State Summer School for the Arts (CA)

    www.csssa.ca.gov

    A four-week summer for talented and motivated students interested in the fields of animation, creative writing, dance, film & video, music, theatre or the visual arts.
  • California State University East Bay
    Summer Reading Skills Program (CA)

    http://csueastbay.readingprograms.org/level/6/

    Classes offered in Berkeley and Pleasant Hill. Programs for students pre-K through 12th grade. 
  • Carleton College (MN)

    www.carleton.edu/summer

    Every summer, high school students gather on the Carleton College campus for intensive academic experiences. Located in Northfield, Minnesota, Carleton offers the best of two worlds: the serenity of a beautiful 950-acre campus and the cultural opportunities of a major metropolitan area.
  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)

    www.cmu.edu/enrollment/pre-college

    Summer Pre-College Programs open to high school juniors and seniors in six areas: AP/Early Action, Architecture, Art, Design, Drama, Music, or
    National High School Game Academy.
  • The Catholic University of America (DC)

    http://summer.cua.edu/

    With The Catholic University of America's Summer program, you can study from home or anywhere this summer! We offer over 600 courses and programs to choose from, the schedule is flexible, commuting is convenient, and the educational quality is first rate. Welcome to CUA Summer!
     
  • Colorado College (CO)

    www.coloradocollege.edu/summersession

    Pre-College Summer Session courses at Colorado College range from general chemistry, beginning fiction writing, and drawing on campus, to psychoanalysis in Chicago, Hemingway in Tanzania, Spanish language in Spain, social transformation in Brazil, and economics in Sweden. Their backyard is their classroom too; there is geology of the Pikes Peak area and ecological studies of the Rockies.
  • Columbia University (NY)- Summer High School Programs

    http://ce.columbia.edu/High-School-Programs-Homepage

    Study in New York City, Barcelona, Japan or Jordan - Sciences, Law, Business, Engineering, Politics, Arts, College Prep, Liberal Arts. Residential / Nonresidential. 


  • Cornell University (NY)

    www.sce.cornell.edu/sc/

    Summer pre-college programs for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors.  We offer precollege programs for talented high school students. Experience the excitement of college life, take college courses with renowned faculty, and enjoy an "unforgettable, life-changing summer."
  • Cornish College of the Arts (WA)

    www.cornish.edu/summer

    Programs for students ages 3.8-18+ years.  Cornish College of the Arts is the Northwest’s premier visual and performing arts college. We offer a variety of courses and workshops for high school students, adults, and children. Summer at Cornish places you in classes with professional artists to hone your creative skills, gain a depth of knowledge about a particular arts discipline, and — for high school students — experience college life.
  • Drexel University-Summer Institutes

    http://drexel.edu/undergrad/summer/

    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.
  • Duke University (NC)

    http://summersession.duke.edu/high-school-students/summer-college-for-high-school-students

    Duke Youth Programs is a part of Duke University Continuing Studies and has provided summer academic enrichment for academically motivated youth for over 20 years. Each summer approximately 650 youth from around the nation and world, representing some 22 states and 5 different countries, attend one of our summer programs.

    All programs seek to engage learners in innovative, interactive, transformative learning experiences. Co-curricular social and recreational activities are carefully planned and delivered to complement the instructional day. The camp “learning community” approaches learning as a shared responsibility among students, instructors, and counselors.
  • FIDM (CA)

    http://fidm.edu/en/News+and+Events/3+Days+of+Fashion

    or

    https://www.expamerica.net/

    Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising offers ‘3 Days of Fashion’ for high school students interested in worlds of Fashion and Business. Campuses are located in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orange County and San Diego.
  • Foresight Prep @ Oberlin College

    http://www.foresightprep.org/

    Foresight Prep @ Oberlin offers a rare opportunity for high school students concerned about social and environmental issues to better understand and realize their personal and professional potential, and capacity for positive impact.
    Unique amongst sustainability-oriented pre-college program, Foresight Prep prioritizes experiential learning that enables students to create change. By interviewing "real world" leaders, professionals and community activists, and synthesizing their findings into the creation of their own transformative projects, students are equipped with the skills and insights to address urgent and complex problems.
    Each seminar is a distinct experience, yet all are designed to integrate five core tenets:
    1. INSIGHT INTO SUSTAINABILITY
    Students will learn to understand sustainability through a “triple bottom line” approach that balances the creation of environmental, social and economic value. They will begin to understand issues and approaches systemically, including their interdependencies and root causes, and synthesize this information to form their own perspective about how to most effectively address complex challenges.
    Through field trips and guest speakers, students will benefit from the perspectives of diverse change-makers—10-15 per seminar, on average—including corporate executives, policy-makers, social entrepreneurs, community organizers and more, in courses facilitated by program faculty who are seasoned practitioners in their fields.
    2. LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
    The program builds students’ capacity to affect positive social change by identifying and cultivating their leadership skills and potential. This process is facilitated by an original, informed and holistic leadership curriculum that recognizes the uniquely collaborative and innovative approaches required to confront complex and rapidly evolving problems.
    3. DIVERSITY
    The program strives to make efforts for greater sustainability more equitable and effective through greater inclusion of marginalized individuals and communities. Though sustainability-related challenges affect us all, they have a disproportionate impact on low-income communities and people of color. Unfortunately, the leadership of major organizations and initiatives rarely represent these stakeholders and, as a result, risk neglecting their priorities (source).
    Foresight Prep seeks to promote equity by cultivating more inclusive and representative future leadership (low income, students of color, and other historically/currently marginalized groups encouraged to apply), and exposing students to a diversity of perspectives and concerns.
    4. COLLEGE AND CAREER PREPARATION
    Foresight Prep facilitates students’ personal and professional development in preparation for the next steps in their journey. The program prioritizes experiential learning opportunities over passive instruction. Hands-on projects provide the chance to develop skills for research, interviews and analysis, while classroom discussions focused on the pursuit of meaningful vocations help students reflect upon paths for achieving social impact and personal fulfillment.
    Students experience an introduction to college life, living in a picturesque college town, on one the country's most progressive campuses, mentored by current students who serve as Residential/Teaching Assistants. Oberlin Admissions staff are accessible to students, visiting the classroom to provide an insider perspective on the college admissions process, and providing feedback on students' final presentations.
    5. NETWORKING & MENTORSHIP
    The program recognizes that a two-week experience, while often life changing, can only provide an introduction to self-reflection and complex topics. Prior to the seminar, students participate in a six-week online preparatory curriculum (about four hrs/week). After the seminar, students become part of an ongoing network connecting them with current high school students, undergraduate mentors and established sustainability leaders. Program faculty provide ongoing support to alumni, facilitating connections with professionals in the field; providing feedback on college applications, senior projects and internship experiences; facilitating online "Hangouts" with fellow alumni, and more.
  • Franklin College, Switzerland

    www.fc.edu

    Franklin College is a private, independent, American college overlooking Lake Lugano in southern Switzerland.  Summer sessions offer students the opportunity to add international perspective to their studies and to broaden their cultural experiences.  Attracts college and university students from over 40 countries.  Subjects include: Art & Art History, Business, Communications, Economics, Foreign Language, International Relations & History, Literature & Writing, Music, & Archaeology.
  • Furman University Summer Scholars (NC)

    www.engagefurman.com

    Opportunity for rising high school juniors and seniors to participate in classes and get a taste of college life.
  • Georgetown University (DC)
    Summer at Georgetown Medical Institute

    SCS.GEORGETOWN.EDU/summermedicine

    Medical Programs for high school students who are thinking about careers in medicine. Students can participate in the 8 day Medical Institute and may also apply to the 5 week Fundamentals of Medicine program. Both programs are in partnership with Georgetown Medical Center utilizing a curriculum designed by Medical Center faculty.
  • Georgetown University (DC)

    summer.georgetown.edu

    Get Set for College - Summer College, Gateway to Business, College Preparatory Program, International Relations, American Politics & Public Affairs, Journalism Workshop.
  • The George Washington University (DC)
    Pre-College Program

    precollege.gwu.edu

    Make the nation’s capital your classroom. Chose from College Intensive, Summer Immersion or Summer Arts programs.
    GW Pre-College provides students with an extraordinary opportunity for an enriching summer experience at a top research institution. Our ten colleges and schools, nearly 100 research centers and institutes, world-class library system, and state-of-the-art technology provide an unparalleled breadth and depth of learning opportunities. High school students benefit tremendously from GW's expertise in global development, international relations, public policy and administration, politics, diplomacy, history, biomedical engineering, museum studies, and the arts. Our top-tier faculty guide, inspire, and empower students through immersive programs that connect academic experience with real-world practice.
    GW Pre-College programs are intensive and exciting, allowing students to experience the academic rigors of learning in a college environment. They are academically-challenging programs that integrate lectures and seminars with exploration of area organizations. Drawing on the rich resources of the University and Washington, DC, students are engaged in programs at the center of the nation's political, intellectual, and cultural activity.
    GW Pre-College also offers a transformative introduction to college life. Students develop confidence in their ability to become part of a new community, participating in recreational and social activities while making friends with peers from around the world.
  • Hofstra University (NY)

    http://www.hofstra.edu/academics/colleges/hclas/sse/

    Hofstra University's Summer Science Research Program offers high school students opportunities in science research under the guidance of professionals in science and mathematics.
  • Jacobs University (Germany)

    www.jacobs-university.de/summerprograms

    Summer Campus Germany 2012: Exploring the Life Sciences at Jacobs University – In English! A program for high school students July 22-28. Deadline to apply is May 1, 2012.
  • Landmark College (OR & VT)

    www.landmark.edu

    Three week summer programs for high school juniors and seniors who learn differently.
  • Loyola Marymount University/LMU- Pre-College Summer Programs

    http://summer.lmu.edu/

    This exciting summer experience is about more than what goes on in the classroom. It is about providing a place to explore interests – old and new – while meeting new people and broadening horizons.
    From learning to live with a roommate to strengthening resumes or college applications, students will walk away from a summer on the bluff feeling better prepared to enter the 4-year university environment.
  • Laureate Deisgn University-NABA Summer

    http://laureatedesign.com/summer/apply-to-naba-summer-courses/

    If you have a student interested in Art and Design this is an opportunity for them to discover more of design, fashion, media design, visual arts and theater design.
  • Marist College (NY)

    www.marist.edu/precollege

    Summer Pre-College program: get a taste of campus life and earn college credit while in high school. Programs offered on both the New York and Florence, Italy campus.
  • Marlboro College (NY)

    http://www.marlboro.edu/admissions/teens/summer

    Marlboro College Pre-College Summer Programs offer young adults the opportunity to study with Marlboro College faculty members (ranked #1 in 2013 by Princeton Review), and to build relationships with a group of other students passionate about learning, in the classroom and out. Each program offers an introduction to college-level academic work, combined with hands-on exploration. Evenings provide time for fun group activities ranging from collective 'zine design to swimming in nearby South Pond. Space is limited to 12 participants per programs, creating vibrant communities with room for every voice.
  • Miami University (OH)

    http://www.miami.muohio.edu/admission/admission/high-school/bridges/

    This experience is designed for high-achieving underrepresented high school seniors from all over the nation who are interested in learning more about the educational opportunities at Miami. This is an all-expense paid (meals, lodging, entertainment, etc.) overnight program on Miami's beautiful campus in Oxford, Ohio.
  • Middlebury College Summer Language Programs

    http://www.middleburyinteractive.com/summer-language-academy

    Summer Langauge Academy. See the link above for more information. 
  • The New School- Summer Programs

    http://www.newschool.edu/admission/summer-courses/

    New York. Paris. London. These are just some of the culturally and artistically diverse urban locations where your talented teens can live and create in The New School's summer study programs in art and designfilmmaking,drama, and beyond

    Offered June through August, our intensives are designed for people who are passionate about their craft and dedicated to fearlessly pursuing their dreams. Help put them on the road to college readiness and success today!
  • New York University (NY)

    http://www.nyu.edu/admissions/summer-sessions.html

    NYU Precollege offers rising high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to experience academic and student life at New York University. Students take college level courses for academic credit which may be applied to a future degree. Residential and non-residential options are available.
  • Northern Arizona -Curry Summer Music Camp

    http://nau.edu/CAL/Music/Curry/

    Senior Session: June 21 - July 4 (entering grade 9 - 13 in fall 2015)

    Junior Session: July 5 - 11 (entering grade 7 - 9 in fall 2015)
    Learn 
    • Work with NAU School of Music faculty and renowned musicians from across the country 
    • Full ensemble rehearsals with outstanding clinicians each day
    • Attend master classes, sectionals, and other courses that expand knowledge and appreciation of different facets of music  
    • Private lesson and chamber coaching opportunities
     Perform
    • Finale ensemble concerts in Ardrey Memorial Auditorium at the end of each week
    • Audition to perform for peers in the annual Student Honor Recital, Student Chamber Recital, and Variety Show
    • Pianists perform in recital on the stage of Ardrey Memorial Auditorium at the conclusion of each session
  • Northwestern University (IL)

    www.northwestern.edu/nhsi

    National High School Institute - Summer at Northwestern - Film & Video, Speech, Theatre Arts, Policy Debate.
  • Oxford and Cambridge Advanced Studies Programs


    https://campusoxford.com/summer-programs/

    Live and study like an undergraduate this summer. The Oxford and Cambridge Advanced Studies Program provides a stimulating and authentic academic summer opportunity to High School students.  Founded in 1984 as ‘The Oxford Advanced Studies Program’, it attracts young people of high calibre, giving them a foretaste of college-level study together with the chance to visit some of the treasures to be found in these ancient cities as well as some of England’s heritage beyond.
  • Otis College of Art & Design
    Summer of Art (CA)

    http://www.otis.edu/summer-art

    This intensive, four-week, pre-college program is for those 15 and older who wish to study at one of the top art and design colleges in the country. Serious young artists seeking to strengthen and enhance their art skills as well as students with limited art training are invited to participate. Summer of Art is not suited for students in search of a recreational program.
  • Pace University (NY)

    www.pace.edu/summerscholars

    Summer Scholars Program - American Politics, Model United Nations, Film & Screen Studies, Behind the Scenes: Stage Production, On Broadway: Acting Skills, Legal Studies, Forensic Science, Art & Design, Environmental Studies.
  • Pacific Northwest College of Art (OR)

    www.pnca.edu/precollege

    PNCA’s Pre-College Studios is a rigorous portfolio-based preparatory program structured to give participants a true undergraduate experience. Students choose from one of two studio courses including Painting and Design + Illustration. Scholarships available.
  • Pratt Institute-PreCollege Summer Programs

    pratt.edu/precollege

    Juniors or Sophomores that are interested in art, design, fashion design, film, photography, writing, or architecture programs, can attend a Summer Program at the Pratt Institute's residential summer precollege program. The program meets July 6- 31. (Students must be at least 16 to participate by the summer).

    The precollege program immerses students in an intensive studio experience, where they develop their drawing and painting skills, are introduced to the major of their choice (interior design, industrial design, fashion, etc.) and  create a comprehensive art or writing portfolio in preparation for their college admissions application.  They earn four college credits that are accepted by Pratt Institute and most art and design colleges and universities with art programs. Applicants to Pratt who participated in the precollege program are given special consideration.
     
  • The Royal Veterinary College- Pre-Vet Summer Program: University of London RVC

    http://www.rvc.ac.uk/study/international-students/pre-vet-summer-school

    Founded in 1791, the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), University of London, is the most accredited veterinary school in the world and highly ranked centre for bioscience degrees and research. Located in central London and Hertfordshire we welcome students from around the globe.
    We are proud to announce our new Pre-vet Summer School. Our 12 day programme in August includes a fantastic range of interactive workshops and applied clinical activities for inspiring veterinary medicine and biological sciences students. We encourage students to join us for an unforgettable, challenging and career enhancing experience.
  • Sacramento State-CCE

    http://www.cce.csus.edu/acads?utm_source=EmailDirect.com&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Summer+Academies+2016+(General)+%231+Campaign+(Fixed)

    Registration opens March 1, 2016!
    Sacramento State is offering weeklong academies this summer so high school students can explore exciting careers, make new friends and discover new interests. Click link above for more information.

  • Saint Mary’s College of California
    Talk Back to Socrates Summer Institute (CA)

    http://integralprogram.org/summerinstitute

    This summer, wake up your intellect. Join the Integral Curriculum of Liberal Arts at Saint Mary's College of California to read and discuss works by some of the world's greatest thinkers and writers: Plato, Sophocles, Shakespeare, Goethe, Austen, T.S. Eliot. Learn to pursue the truth by conversing with the greatest minds, and try your thoughts in the fire of disciplined and passionate discussion.
  • Sarah Lawrence College (NY)

    http://www.slc.edu/high-school/

    Various residential summer programs designed for high school students
  • Savannah College of Art and Design-SCAD (GA)

    www.scad.edu/summer

    Pre-College: Rising Star is a five week residential program that awards college credit to rising high school seniors

    SCAD Summer Seminars are residential or nonresidential, non-credit workshops designed for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to explore a variety of disciplines across the SCAD curriculum.
  • School of Creative & Performing Arts (NY)

    www.socapa.org

    Summer intensives in the Arts for high school students interested in filmmaking, acting for film, dance, photography, and screenwriting. Programs in New York, Los Angeles and Vermont.
  • School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MA)

    www.smfa.edu

    The Museum School’s Pre-College Summer Studio is a competitive pre-college program for entering juniors and seniors in high school (students at least 16 years of age). Receive up to five college credits.
  • School of Visual Arts (NY)

    SVA's Pre-College Program is designed for high school students who want to enhance their creative skills, learn more about a particular field of art, develop a portfolio, and/or experience the challenges and triumphs that exist at one of the most dynamic colleges. In courses taught by the same faculty of leading art professionals who teach in the undergraduate degree program of the college, students will explore the fundamentals of art & design at a level not readily available in high school.

    Students will receive one college credit for successful completion of the Saturday program and three credits for the successful completion of the summer program.
  • Sewanee University of the South
    The Bridge Program

    http://bridge.sewanee.edu/

    The Bridge Program in Math & Science is sponsored by the University of the South and provides a scholarship for tuition, room and board - so the program is free! Twenty
    selected students will live in a dorm, work with college students, and study under University professors in state-of-the-art classrooms. It is a wonderful opportunity to get
    a glimpse of college life. Would you please recommend a junior who could contribute to and enrich our campus diversity and who you think would enjoy a three-week summer math and science program in Sewanee, Tenn. to apply for the Bridge ProgramApplications are due April 1and can be found on our website.
  • Sewanee University of the South-Summer Pre-college Programs

    http://sei.sewanee.edu/

    Your students can pursue environmental studies while exploring the Domain of the University of the South—13,000 acres of forests, lakes, caves, and rock outcrops—at the Sewanee Environmental Institute’s Pre-College Field Studies Experience (“SEI” for short) from June 28 to July 11, 2015.

    SEI is designed for your students who are:
    • Passionate about the outdoors
    • Interested in advancing their knowledge and skills in the study of the environment
    • Rising high school juniors and seniors with a history of academic excellence
  • Skidmore College Pre-College Program (NY)

    www.skidmore.edu/precollege

    A five-week pre-College program in the Liberal and Studio Arts.

  • The Smithsonian Latino Center's Young Ambassadors Program

    http://latino.si.edu/programs/youngambassadors.htm

    The Smithsonian Latino Center's Young Ambassadors Program (YAP) is a national program for graduating high school seniors that fosters the next generation of Latino leaders in the arts, sciences, and humanities via the Smithsonian Institution and its resources. YAP is a college preparatory and leadership program that encourages participants to explore various academic and career opportunities through the lens of the Latino experience.
     
    Up to 24 graduating high school seniors who have demonstrated interest and commitment to the arts, sciences, or humanities as it pertains to Latino communities will be selected to participate in a weeklong all-expenses paid interdisciplinary training seminar in Washington D.C. This will be followed by a four-week internship in a preselected museum or cultural center in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
     
    Please review the Applicant Guide, and the YAP FAQs for more information.
  • Smith College (MA)

    www.smith.edu/summer

    Summer at Smith – Precollege programs for high school girls. Programs available in Science, Engineering, History, Writing and Environmental Issues. Costs include housing, meals and field trips.
  • Stanford University (CA)

    summercollege.stanford.edu

    High School Summer College - Residential and Commuter Programs. Both programs feature the opportunity to experience university life firsthand by taking academic courses for college credit. Summer College students have access to campus libraries, athletic facilities, and academic services such as tutoring and advising.
  • Stanford Youth Orchestra (CA)

    youthorchestra.stanford.edu

    Three-week intensive summer orchestral and academic program. In addition to orchestral studies, practice, and performance led by Director Jindong Cai, participants will also attend a range of rigorous interdisciplinary workshops that bring together music, science, technology and culture. Dates are July 15 –August 3, 2013.
  • St. John’s College (MD & NM)

    http://www.sjca.edu/admissions/summeracademy.shtml

    Summer Academy at St. John’s College. Spend a great week with great books. Open to rising high school juniors or seniors offering the opportunity to experience the distinctive community of St. John's College.
  • Studio Art Centers International Florence

    www.saci-florence.edu

    SACI Studio Art Centers International is a U.S. non-profit 501 c (3) university program in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking fully accredited studio art, design, and liberal arts instruction.
  • Sweet Briar College (VA)

    www.sbc.edu/engineering

    Sweet Briar College is hosting an engineering weekend for high school girls to explore the field of engineering. The cost is $30 and it includes lodging, all meals, supplies and a T-shirt.
  • Syracuse University (NY) Summer College

    www.summercollege.syr.edu

    Six-week, three-week and two-week programs for high school juniors and senior. Earn up to 7 college credits.  

    Summer College offers a variety of programs ranging from architecture to web design. Our goal is to make sure we’re offering programs that reflect the richness and diversity of the majors and minors at Syracuse University. We have credit and noncredit programs that run at different lengths.
  • Tulane University- Tulane School of Architecture

    http://architecture.tulane.edu/career-explorations

    Architecture is a discipline and a career that requires professional training. High school students considering career options may have had little opportunity to become acquainted with the unique blend of visual orientation, creative process, academic investigation and professional training that forms an architectural education. Career Explorations in Architecture is designed to offer students a short, intensive introduction to architecture to help them make informed decisions about their direction in post-secondary education and beyond.
    Students will spend their three weeks in the School of Architecture exploring the ideas, methods, and issues of architecture. Lectures, field trips, discussions, critiques, and other activities during the four-hour daily class session will be supplemented by regular design exercises to be completed outside class time. Students will sample the intensity as well as the subjects of a collegiate architecture curriculum. 

    Who
    The program is intended for high school students who have completed their sophomore year. Younger students who demonstrate maturity in their attitudes and schoolwork may also apply. High school graduates may apply as well, and presently enrolled Tulane and Newcomb students may take the course for college credit.

    Credit 
    At the completion of the course, high school students who pursue a degree at Tulane University will have earned a university elective worth three credit hours. Students who pursue a 5 year Master of Architecture (M. ARCH) or a Bachelor of Science in Architecture (BSA) at Tulane University School of Architecture will have earned an architecture elective worth three credit hours. Credits are non-transferrable.

    When
    The program runs from July 12 - July 31, 2015. Class meets in the mornings from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. for a lecture, film screening, or a skill building demonstration. In the afternoon studio meets from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Field trips around New Orleans are scheduled for Saturdays (weather permitting) and are optional for day students. Field trips scheduled during class that require additional time will be announced in advance.

    Tuition
    Tuition for Career Explorations in Architecture is $2,000.00.

    Materials 
    Most of the materials for the course will be supplied by the program. Some equipment and supplies, which can be kept for later use, may be brought or purchased. A complete list of necessary and recommended equipment, all of which will be available for purchase at the Tulane Bookstore, will be handed out on the first day of class. The total cost of the equipment will be about $150.00.

    Housing 
    Students attending the program who wish to live on the Tulane campus during the course may make arrangements to occupy a dorm room. Costs range from $500.00 - $700.00; dependent on single or double occupancy. Room arrangements must be made directly with Associate Dean of Students, Jill Stoll. Cost may vary by 10%.

    Application 
    Because enrollment is limited, students are encouraged to apply early. The deadline to apply is June 1, 2015. As soon as the completed application is reviewed, the student will be notified of acceptance. After June 1 we will consider your application on a space available basis only.
  • The University of Alabama (AL)

    http://uaearlycollege.ua.edu

    Early College is a summer program for high school sophomores and juniors with a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade point average. Students will earn college credit and can chose from online or on-campus courses.

    As a current high school student, you don’t have to dream about attending a premier university. You can start now. With UA Early College, you earn college credit at The University of Alabama, online or on campus, while you are still in high school. The result? You reach your goals faster from a nationally recognized, top-50 public university.
    You take classes online, 24/7, anywhere you have access to high-speed internet. You can even take classes on UA’s campus during the summer while living in a residence hall, dining on campus, and participating in campus activities.
    We surround you with a strong support network of esteemed UA faculty, academic advisers and peer coaches. You choose from a broad array of courses in subject areas like English, math, computer science, history, anthropology, political science, psychology, and foreign languages such as Japanese, Chinese and Spanish.
  • University of Arizona- Early College and Bear Down Summer Bridge Program

    http://bdsummerbridge.arizona.edu/

    http://uaearlycollege.ua.edu/

    The Bear Down Summer Bridge Program provides an excellent opportunity for you to get started on the right foot here at UA. Between taking a class, having a Peer Advisor, and living on campus, you will quickly become an expert at the UA experience. In order for this to happen, though, we expect that students actively participate in all aspects of the program.
    All program participants are expected to:
    Attend all class sessions, Monday-Friday, 8:30-11:30am
    Attend all college transition classes, Monday-Friday, 12:30-1:30pm
    Meet with their Peer Advisor
    Participate in evening hall programs
    Participate in one of our Pre-Welcome Week experiences:
    Sorority or Fraternity Recruitment
    Bear Down Camp
    Wildcat Outdoor Welcome
    Hall Involvement Team
    Student Wellness Retreat: Surviving and Thriving
    Because the summer course is so short, only one absence from the academic class is permitted. Students should plan on being on campus for the entire program.
    We will also be planning a variety of activities for you to get to know the campus and Tucson, like pool parties at the rec, intramural sports, and trips to popular Tucson destinations. Students in the program will also meet with their Peer Advisor throughout their entire freshman year to help keep them on track for a successful first year experience!

    As a current high school student, you don’t have to dream about attending a premier university. You can start now. With UA Early College, you earn college credit at The University of Alabama, online or on campus, while you are still in high school. The result? You reach your goals faster from a nationally recognized, top-50 public university.
    You take classes online, 24/7, anywhere you have access to high-speed internet. You can even take classes on UA’s campus during the summer while living in a residence hall, dining on campus, and participating in campus activities.
    We surround you with a strong support network of esteemed UA faculty, academic advisers and peer coaches. You choose from a broad array of courses in subject areas like English, math, computer science, history, anthropology, political science, psychology, and foreign languages such as Japanese, Chinese and Spanish.
  • UC Berkeley Academic Talent Development Program (CA)

    http://atdp.berkeley.edu/

    ATDP’s Secondary Division, administered through UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education, offers challenging courses to highly motivated students who have completed grades 7-11 (and are entering grades 8-12). Students are invited to attend the program on the basis of exceptional academic talent.
  • UC Berkeley Business Academy for Youth  

    http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/businessacademy/

    The U.C. Berkeley Business Academy (now in its 7th year) provides a two-week introduction to the business world from the Haas School of Business.  The program offers 100 high school students an exclusive opportunity to gain hands-on learning experience in Entrepreneurship, Case study, Corporate Social Responsibility, Financial Accounting, Marketing and other business fundamentals. This is done while exploring a business idea, learning how to implement a business idea, creating a business web site or business plan or critically thinking through a case study that deals with social impact.  Attached is a copy of the flyer for your review.
     
  • UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design (CED)
    embARC (CA)

    http://ced.berkeley.edu/academics/summer-programs/embarc-design-academy/

    Summer Design Academy July 16- August 3rd. Open to local high school students entering their senior year who have a 3.00 grade point average. Students must complete the online application by June 15, 2012.
  • UC Berkeley Summer Sessions (CA)

    www.summer.berkeley.edu/pre-collegiate

    Earn college credit while experiencing university life. Hundreds of courses are available, all taught by UC Berkeley’s outstanding faculty, in more than 80 academic disciplines. To participate you must have completed the 10th or 11th grade by the start of summer classes, have a B average or better, and submit a letter of recommendation from your high school teacher, principal or counselor.
  • UC Berkeley SUCCESS Program

    http://success.berkeley.edu/

    SUCCESS is a six-week summer program offered by UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering. SUCCESS was created to offer high school students a chance to blend maker techniques and skills with ideas introduced to them by Berkeley engineers and researchers on the leading edge of their fields. During the program, students will have the opportunity to visit some of Berkeley’s world-class labs and facilities and create their own innovative projects based concepts they will encounter. SUCCESS’s activities are designed to give participants a first-person understanding of the engineering design process at the heart of every type of problem-solving process.
    Our mission is to ensure our students are equipped with an increased mastery of STEM concepts. At SUCCESS students work alongside UC Berkeley faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates to develop their expertise in STEM fields in order to foster their perception of themselves as SUCCESSful scientists, makers and students
  • UC Davis Young Scholars Program (CA)

    http://ysp.ucdavis.edu

    The UC Davis Young Scholars Program is a summer residential research program designed to expose 40, high achieving high school students to the world of original research in the natural sciences with emphases on the biological, environmental and agricultural sciences. To be eligible for the summer of 2011, students must be currently enrolled as sophomores or juniors in high school.
  • Union College (NY)

    http://engineering2.union.edu/edge/

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

    At EDGE, students will visit a local school for children with special needs to see firsthand the challenges faced by these students. Using this knowledge, participants will then use engineering design and problem solving skills to design and build tools and toys for the children. Students will learn about different engineering fields, the engineering design process, and computer programming to complete various projects. EDGE also emphasizes the importance of communication skills in engineering through project presentations and written reports.
  • University of British Columbia (Okanagan)

    http://www.summerprogram.isi.ubc.ca/


    The Summer Scholars Program is a two-week, non-credit course that will give students a solid foundation in sustainability and the science behind environmental issues. Students will be guided through field research by experts, and gain valuable hands-on experience while they complete a final study project, perfect for their college applications, participate in a fully supervised program of classes, field trips, and recreational activities, and explore Canada and meet students from around the world.
  • University of Cambridge, England

    www.cambridgecollegeprogramme.org

    To be eligible for admission scholars must be rising freshmen, freshmen, sophomores, juniors or seniors in high school. Early application is encouraged, as there is a rolling admission policy. High academic achievement is recommended. There are no cut-off dates for admission. Early application is advised for courses of your first choice and optional offerings.
  • University of Chicago (IL)

    summer.uchicago.edu

    Summer Session - The University of Chicago offers numerous opportunities to accomplished high school students. Tomorrow's undergraduates can immerse themselves in the University of Chicago's unique atmosphere. Choose from undergraduate-level, credit-bearing programs.
  • University of Dallas (TX)

    Udallas.edu/travel

    Study abroad this summer with University of Dallas faculty with their Shakespeeare in Italy program. There is also space in their Arete in Irving program that is based on their home campus in Irving, Texas.
  • University of Michigan (MI)
    School of Music, Theatre & Dance

    www.music.umich.edu/youthprograms

    University of Michigan MPulse Summer Performing Arts Institutes is a pre-college program for students grades 9-12.
  • University of Miami-Summer Scholars Program

    http://miami.edu/dcie/index.php/ssp

    The University of Miami Summer Scholars Program provides an exciting opportunity for current high school sophomores and juniors to explore their academic passions and experience what it’s like to be a college student. This unique academic program allows students to earn college credit, interact with world class professors, make lasting friendships, and grow as independent thinkers.
  • University of Notre Dame (IN)

    http://precollege.nd.edu/

    Two-week program for a select number of rising high school juniors and seniors
  • University of Notre Dame (IN)
    School or Architecture Career Discovery

    www.architecture.nd.edu/programs/career_discovery.aspx

    Program for high school juniors and seniors who want to learn about studying architecture before they get to college. During the 13-day program, students participate in design studios, architecture seminars, and field trips to see exemplary architecture first hand.
  • University of Notre Dame- Saints and Scholars Program

    http://www.hcc-nd.edu/saints-and-scholars/

    The Saints & Scholars Summer Theology Institute is an academically intensive and community engaging experience for high school students who are future leaders of our church and world. Our goal is to support the spiritual and intellectual growth of the next generation of “Saints” – women and men who have the competence to learn the wisdom of Christian tradition and who have the courage to put that wisdom into action! 
  • University of Pennsylvania
    The School of Engineering and Applied Science

    http://www.seas.upenn.edu/saast/

    The School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania offers a unique opportunity for a selective group of highly motivated and talented high school students to experience rigorous and challenging college-level coursework.  The Academy’s intensive, three-week programs combine sophisticated theory with hands-on practical experience in cutting edge technologies.
  • University of Rochester (NY)

    http://enrollment.rochester.edu/precollege/

    University of Rochester's pre-college, academic programs that offer students a chance to experience college life and explore new careers. Open to middle and high school aged students.
  • University of San Francisco (CA)

    www.usfaca.edu/summer

    Summer at USF with reduced tuition rate for summer 2012 classes. USF is offering over 350 courses with a 33% tuition discount to pre-college students. Summer sessions are offered between May 21-August 10, 2012.
  • University of Southern California (CA)

    summer.usc.edu

    Summer Seminars for High School Students.
  • University of St. Andrews, Scotland

    www.st-andrews.ac.uk

    Four-week residential pre-college experiences for students in grades 10-12. Topics include Creative Writing, Scottish Studies, and various Science disciplines.
  • Vanderbilt Pre-College PAVE Program (TN)

    http://pave.vanderbilt.edu

    Six-week summer course of study designed to strengthen the academic skills of students who are planning to enter a college engineering, pre-medical, science or technology program.
  • Vanderbilt Summer Academy (TN)
    Programs for Talented Youth

    www.pty.vanderbilt.edu

    Vanderbilt University’s Programs for Talented Youth seeks to identify and aid academically talented youth from diverse educational, racial, and economic backgrounds by providing academic enrichment and challenge, while fostering balance and healthfulness in their lives.
  • Walnut Hill, Boston (MA)

    www.walnuthillarts.org/summer

    Summer at America's Premier School for the Arts.
  • Washington University in St. Louis (MO)

    http://summerexperiences.wustl.edu/

    Experience Washington University the summer after your sophomore or junior year. Choose between a five-week program for college credit or a three-week non-credit summer institute. Summer Institutes include sessions in writing, Pre-Medicine, and Photojournalism.
  • Wheaton-Summer College

    http://wheatoncollege.edu/summer-college/?utm_source=bm23&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Discover%40Wheaton+Summer+College&utm_content=Wheaton+admission+decisions+released%21&utm_campaign=ADM-15-Counselors-March20

    Discover@Wheaton Summer College

    Seeking a taste of the college experience?
    How about the chance to earn credit from an elite private liberal arts college?
    This you'll find, and more, at Discover@Wheaton Summer College for High School Students.
    Discover your passions through one of our four exciting courses options in neuroscience, the history of popular music, the psychology of the selfie, and leadership and social change,
    Discover your strengths through working with four of Wheaton's most acclaimed professors (and its President), completing challenging assignments, inspiring projects, and producing a final work to be showcased at the end of the program.
    Discover your future living on one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation, building life-long friendships with other talented high school students, and exploring Boston, Providence, and other local New England attractions.
    Discover what Wheaton College has to offer you this summer with Discover@Wheaton
  • Wittenberg University - President's Leadership Academy (OH)

    www.wittenberg.edu/PLA

    For an entire week, Wittenberg University will provide you with cutting-edge leadership development skills to take your efforts in bold, new directions. Courses, workshops, and hands-on experiences will help you learn how to lead with confidence, understand the role of servant leadership, and develop the critical expertise necessary for success.
  • Worchester Polytechnic Institute (MA)

    http://www.wpi.edu/academics/k12/overnight.html

    Choose between the WPI Frontiers program for juniors or seniors or the Launch program for freshmen and sophomores.
  • Yale Young Global Scholars Program (CT)

    globalscholars.yale.edu

    Yale University directly administers the program through the Yale Office of International Affairs. The members of the program leadership team are all employees of the university and most of our instructional support staff are Yale affiliates, including current Yale undergraduates, recent Yale College graduates, and Yale graduate students. Those few who are not Yale degree holders have backgrounds at schools like Harvard University, the University of Oxford, and Brown University.

    The program is highly selective and gives students an unforgettable summer experience. To give students room to flourish in a new learning environment and to explore new academic interests, YYGS does not offer course credit, nor do students receive any quantitative evaluation during or after the program.

Gap Year Programs

List of 68 frequently asked questions.

  • Academy at Watkinson

    http://www.watkinson.org/programs/theacademy

    A pre-college year designed by you.
    Productive independence. That’s the whole point of college. But what if, for whatever reason, your high school years didn’t adequately prepare you? What if your transcript isn’t quite what you’d like it to be, or you don’t feel prepared for the social, schedule, or academic pressure of college life? Some parents consider a year at community college a viable option for students who feel any of these stressors. Research shows, however, that students who aren't ready for the full academic load of college life often get frustrated and quit. Other students who are gifted, but struggle with one tricky content area, derail their own progress. And still others struggle through, but end up taking the five- or six-year route through college. All of these are costly options.
    Enter The Academy at Watkinson. Part gap year, part post-graduate year, and wholly an extension of Watkinson’s unique educational philosophy, The Academy allows students to shape their own balance of studying the world and learning more about themselves. The result is an enhanced ability to thrive independently in whatever college they choose.
  • Adventure Ireland

    Gap Year - 8-12 weeks option for students aged 18+. Can include internships, sports qualifications, cultural options and work experience.

    Outdoor Pursuits - Full 9 month adventure.

    The purpose of this program is for student 18+ to immerse themselves in Irish culture while becoming certified outdoor sports instructors.  Your semester will include surfing, lifeguarding, climbing, team building, and adventure activities.  Optional world-recognised assessment and certification in Surfing & Lifeguarding Training and Certification in Leadership Skills, Team Building, and Adventure Activities. Three week-long internship opportunities are available to students to help them gain valuable experience.

    Students will be based in Bundoran, County Donegal.  Bundoran is famous throughout Europe for its fantastic surf and lively atmosphere.  Mondays - Thursdays students will take classes with Irish students; Fridays they will enjoy cultural field trips around Ireland.  Your weekends are your own! Travel to mainland Europe, the U.K., or just around Ireland.
  • ALU Gap Year Program

    http://www.alueducation.com/

    Offering a GAP Year program. ALU’s campus in Mauritius is known as African Leadership College (ALC) Mauritius. ALC Mauritius has partnered with leading UK institution Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) who will be awarding the degrees currently on offer at ALC. ALC Mauritius is situated in the North of Mauritius at Beau Plan and its offering of degree programs enjoys accreditation from both UK and Mauritius tertiary education regulatory bodies.
  • AmeriCorp

    http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps

    Each year, AmeriCorps offers 75,000 opportunities for adults of all ages and backgrounds to serve through a network of partnerships with local and national nonprofit groups.  Opportunities include: tutoring disabled or disadvantaged youth, build affordable housing, clean parks and streams, and many more
  • American University GAP Program

    http://www.american.edu/spexs/augap/

    American University’s Gap Program will provide you with an enriching experience in Washington, D.C. You will build a foundation for academic and professional success, while focusing on skills that can be applied later in college and a career. This program is an excellent option if you have just completed high school and are taking a year off before starting colleg
  • Amigos de las Americas- Summer and Gap Year Programs

    http://www.amigoslink.org/

    Summer and GAP YEAR Programs- AMIGOS operates quality, youth-led programs throughout the Americas which improve the health and well-being of millions. Supported by a vigorous network of Pan-American chapters and partner agencies and a sound financial base, youth from diverse backgrounds and from throughout the Americas challenge themselves and expand their world view by participating in self-directed, meaningful service with communities different from their own.
  • Art History Abroad- AHA

    http://www.arthistoryabroad.com/The-AHA-Gap-Year-Course.html

    Every year, Art History Abroad takes students aged around 18-25 to the great art centres of Italy
    Our tutors are young, unstuffy and expert, most of them Masters who know how to make the obvious extraordinary and the unusual captivating.
    We have been going for over 20 years and we've built up a reputation for giving our students not what they expect but more than they could ever dream of - including private visits to places like the Basilica of St Mark's, Venice. This is a voyage of discovery - six weeks that'll last you all your life. But don't just take our word for it. Almost all our new students come because they know someone who has been. Ask them if you like. We have a list of people who would not mind being called. Meanwhile, take a look at who we are and what we do, and decide what further questions you may have.
  • Aspire by API

    http://www.aspirebyapi.com/

    Gap year, Study Abroad and Summer Programs. Learn more by clicking the link above. 
  • Camp Bighorn

    http://www.campbighorn.com/journey/

    Bighorn invites anyone ages 18 and up to break the routine of life and step into 8 months of adventure with us at Camp Bighorn, developing the foundation of their faith in Christ through a rich curriculum of wilderness adventure, biblical study, intentional community, cross cultural experience, and servant leadership.
     
  • Camps International

    http://www.campsinternational.com/

    Gap year programs around the globe from 3 months to 2 weeks. 


  • Carpe Diem

    https://www.carpediemeducation.org/

    Our programs are designed to safely challenge every student. Through service, travel, community and cultural exchange – our students receive a unique and personal insight into themselves and the cultures they live within. Our Overseas Educators are trained to facilitate personal growth and learning within the structure of an academic semester. This combination has proven to be the best way to open the eyes of Carpe Diem students to the various perspectives of the people and environments across the world. We challenge our students by consciously teaching them how to be better group leaders and better self-leaders – and how to safely travel independently anywhere in the world.
  • Center for Interim Programs, LLC- Gap Year Counselors

    http://www.interimprograms.com/

    Founded in 1980, the Center for Interim Programs is the first and longest-running independent gap year counseling organization in the United States. At Interim, we believe that the process of personal expansion and creative risk-taking is relevant to people of all ages, at any stage of life. The growth, perspective, and life experience gained through a well-planned gap year is a tremendous complement to one's formal education and work.
    We offer an initial, free 90-minute consultation. See Our Services page.
    We actively cultivate and maintain a database of over 6,500 group travel programs, volunteer options, internship placements, apprenticeships, language schools, wilderness courses, academic semesters, trade schools, research trips, and more worldwide.
    Our high quality and personalized recommendations come from more than 35 years of program relationships, site visits, ongoing research, fact-checking, and alumni feedback.
  • CIEE Gap Year Abroad

    http://www.ciee.org/hsabroad/gap/index.html

    Gap Year Abroad with CIEE offers college-bound high school graduates an opportunity to acquire a broader global perspective, foster independence and gain self-knowledge. Our Gap Year Study Abroad programs offer accelerated language growth through classes and immersion in a foreign community, the opportunity to live with a host family, and experience abroad participating in organized volunteer work in the local community.
  • City Year

    www.cityyear.org

    At City Year’s 21 locations across the United States, teams of diverse young people called corps members serve full-time in schools for 10 months working to improve student attendance, behavior and course performance in English and math.  

    When it come to making an impact in the lives of the students and communities we serve, we wouldn’t be able to do it without the dedication and devotion of our corps members.
    As a City Year AmeriCorps member, you'll spend your 11 months serving hands-on with a small group of students to change their educational outcomes and their futures as a whole. The role is tremendously rewarding, but far from easy, which is why we’re so selective with our application process. In fact, only 1 in 4 applicants is chosen. To get a better idea of what you’ll be doing if you’re accepted as a corps member, take a look at a typical day below.
  • Cross Cultural Solutions (CCS)

    http://www.crossculturalsolutions.org/

    International Summer and Gap Year Programs- Cross-Cultural Solutions is widely known as the leading organization in the field of international volunteering.
    Our volunteer programs are unique in every way. Our global infrastructure supports thousands of international volunteers each year and over 250 sustainable community initiatives. More than 250 CCS in-country staff members are working year-round, ensuring that you are volunteering with a project that interests you and is contributing directly to the goals of each community. No other short-term international volunteer program has such a global presence and community-centered approach toward volunteering abroad.
     
     
  • Dynamy Internship Year

    www.dynamy.org

    Internship Year is a hands-on gap year program for students who want to learn differently. For an academic year or semester, students participate in an array of real-world activities that increase self-awareness and self-reliance, and lead to a confident transition to higher education.
  • Earthwatch Institute

    http://earthwatch.org/

    Earthwatch expeditions are ongoing research projects confronting critical, current issues, run by qualified and respected members of the scientific community. Topics span a wide range of scientific study including climate change, endangered species, history of civilizations, sustainable development, and the state of the oceans.
  • EF- Academic Year Abroad

    http://www.ef.edu/aya/

    Invest in your dreams and achieve fluency as you explore one of the world's greatest cities on a Gap Year or Semester abroad. Our interactive immersion programs are structured to give you a fundamental understanding of your study language and enable you to use it in an academic or professional context. Find out where a new language will take you by living abroad for a year!
    EF offers 6, 9, and 11 month programs and the opportunity to volunteer or intern abroad. Personalize your course based on your goals and choose the Special Interest Lessons (SPINS) that interest you most.
  • Elon University Gap Semester Program

    www.elon.edu/gapsemester

    Start your Elon career with the fall semester Elon Gap Program and earn 8 hours of academic credit. The program kicks off with spring orientation and concludes when you return to Elon for January Winter term and spring classes. 

    Who says you have to jump straight from high school graduation to first semester freshman year? Maybe you want more time for personal growth, challenge and enrichment. Imagine discovering more about yourself hiking under the big sky. Or learning firsthand what you can do to help improve a community. Maybe an international experience would challenge you to reexamine your role as a global citizen.

    You’ll do all this and more in Elon’s three-pronged Gap Semester Program, a special 13-week fall term experience designed for students who wish to begin their Elon education through a different perspective while still earning 9 hours of academic credit.
    Students will have an initial on-campus orientation to the Gap Semester and then return to Elon for the January Winter Term and spring semester.
  • Enrichment Alley

    www.enrichmentalley.com

    Whether you're looking for a summer learning experience, a gap year adventure, or a school year program for a single individual or a school group, you'll find it here. Discover opportunities to immerse yourself in a single subject, participate in a field experience, join a guided travel group, or make a difference through service learning.
  • Foundation for Sustainable Development-FSD

    http://www.fsdinternational.org/trainingprograms

    International Volunteer and Gap Year Programs- FSD partners with more than 300 community-based organizations throughout Asia, Africa, and Latin America to support sustainable change. Our development model relies on active community participation to mobilize lasting solutions. While respecting local value systems, we partner with local leaders to build networks and collaborate on community-driven approaches to development issues.
  • Expedition Education Institute (EEI)- Marlboro College

    http://www.getonthebus.org/

    The Expedition Education Institute in partnership with Marlboro College offers traveling graduate, gap year and college programs focused within bioregions of North America.
    Full semester programs span up to 14 weeks with at least 11 weeks in the field and in community. Undergraduate students have the potential to earn 15 college credits.
  • Frontier

    http://www.frontiergap.com/

    In 2014, Frontier celebrated 25 years of dedicated volunteer projects! For over 25 years Frontier volunteers, staff and host-country counterparts have worked tirelessly in their mission to safeguard biodiversity, build sustainable livelihoods and inspire young and old to make their travel meaningful.
    Established in 1989 as a non-profit conservation and development non-governmental organisation (NGO), Frontier has been an innovator in creating quality volunteer programmes across the globe. Frontier’s first projects started in Tanzania as a partnership with the WWF to create the world’s first successful multi-user marine park in a developing country, a marine park which volunteers still work in today and one that exemplifies Frontier’s aim of creating long lasting and sustainable results.
    Since then, Frontier has grown to operate over 400 capacity building conservation, community and adventure projects in over 60 countries spanning 5 continents. Over the past two and a half decades, Frontier has helped volunteers of more than 30 nationalities take part in projects all around the world, making Frontier a truly international organisation with a global impact.


  • Gapforce

    http://www.gapforce.org/us/

    Gap year and Summer programs around the globe. Click on the link above for more information.
  • Gap Year- gapyear.com 

    www.gapyear.com

    Gap year travel that includes backpacking trips, volunteering projects, and jobs.  Find your adventure here.
  • Global Leadership Adventures

    https://www.experiencegla.com/

    Gap year and Summer programs around the world. See the link above. 
  • Global Volunteers

    http://www.globalvolunteers.org/index.asp

    Global Volunteers is a private, non-profit, non-sectarian, non-governmental organization engaging short-term volunteers on micro-economic and human development programs in close partnership with local people worldwide. Working at the invitation and under the direction of local leaders, volunteers help create a foundation for world peace through mutual international understanding. Our purpose is to maintain a genuine, sustained service partnership with the host community and provide volunteers a genuine opportunity to serve.
  • Go Overseas

    http://www.gooverseas.com/gap-year

    An online resource for finding and comparing gap programs abroad.
  • High Mountain Institute

    http://www.hminet.org/

    Our school combines academics and the natural world. We seek to connect ourselves, our students, and our community to the environment in which we live. HMI is not simply an environmental, experiential, or traditional school. We borrow liberally from all three traditions, but also leave ourselves open to the world at large. This allows us to present students with new experiences that they can understand and apply to their lives as a whole.
    The HMI Semester is an academic and wilderness semester school for motivated college-bound juniors.
    The HMI Summer Term is a five-week interdisciplinary program that combines academic enrichment and wilderness expeditions in the Colorado Rockies.
    The Apprentice Program is a professional residency for recent college graduates in traditional and outdoor education.
    The HMI Gap is a rock climbing and conservation semester for 18-22 year olds that travels throughout the American West and Patagonia.
    The High Peaks Adventure is an introduction to the outdoors and outdoor adventure for middle school students.
    Wilderness medicine and avalanche safety courses
    Custom leadership training programs, campus rentals, and guided fourteener climbs in the Collegiate Peaks areas, outside of Buena Vista, CO, are also available.
  • Himalayan Connections

    http://www.gapyear.himalayanconnections.org/

    Himalayan Connections provides programs that engage with the cultures, religions, and environments of the Himalayan region of Sikkim; promote cross-cultural understanding through service, internships, homestays, and exchange; and to cultivate personal well-being through mindfulness and mindful travel.




  • International School for Earth Studies

    http://www.earthstudies.ca/


    "Discover Gap Year Programs in Canada!"
    5 week and ten day programs working with animals.
     
     
     
  • International Studies Abroad (ISA)

    http://studiesabroad.com/

    ISA Gap programs offer high school graduates the opportunity to study abroad before college. Our programs are ideal for students who want to explore their interests and are ready for an experience that will help them enter college more focused and independent. Programs range from one month to one year. 
  • Irish Gap Year

    https://www.irishgapyear.com/info/community-volunteering/

    The Adventure & Leadership Gap Year Program includes a number of weekly modules where students volunteer within the local community. Our Community Volunteering program sees students work with young people, the elderly and the natural environment.
    Volunteering has a meaningful and positive impact on both the community and the volunteer.
    In return for their time and energy students reap huge benefits. They gain a sense of achievement, feel part of a community, discover new skills, meet a diverse group of people who will help widen their world view and most of all make new friends.



  • The Leap

    http://theleap.co.uk/

    See the brochure here.

    We're a family-run gap year company based in Marlborough, UK.
    Founded over a decade ago at the kitchen table by husband and wife team Guy and Milly Whitehead, today The Leap operates in 12 different countries with a team of 17 staff spread across 5 continents.
    We offer an unrivalled collection of financially-protected, high-quality gap year placements where safety comes first - all organised and supported by caring and experienced staff.
  • LEAPNOW

    www.leapnow.org

    Academic Year and Gap Semester learning adventures that bring together international travel and academic credit.
  • madelife

    http://madelife.com/about/

    madelife is a launchpad for artists and entrepreneurs founded on mentorship and collaboration and continuous iteration.
    Our mission is to support and promote artists and creative entrepreneurs out of our 6000-square-foot retail + gallery space, black-box theater, design and sound studio in Boulder, Colorado. madelife cultivates a creative ecosystem with our unique mentorship-based Creative Accelerator program as the backbone. We also curate eclectic-modern goods and art from hundreds of local artists and designers, host monthly art exhibitions, produce live events and workshops, and record and produce video and music projects.
    Our core values are collaboration, mentorship, honoring the uniqueness of each person, and the drive to help creative people be financially successful.
  • Maximo Nivel

    http://www.maximonivel.com/

    Maximo Nivel provides high quality, affordable study abroad programs in Latin America. Since 2003, we have offered our international programs to participants from all over the world. Our programs in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru include: Spanish immersion, Volunteer Abroad, Service Learning, International Internships, TEFL Certification, Semester Abroad, High School Abroad, and other great adventure and culture programs. Our intercultural centers are locally-based organizations in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru.
    Our programs are internationally accredited and university credit is available for most programs. Our success is based on our commitment to quality and the highest level of client service. Whether you want to study abroad, take a gap year, get international work experience, or just get involved in life, language, and culture in an international setting, Maximo Nivel has a program for you.
    We pride ourselves on always providing a great home base in Latin America! We continuously invest in professional staff and first-class facilities to ensure your overall experience with us is nothing short of excellent.
  • MEI International Academy

    http://www.meiacademy.com/

    Gap year and summer programs. 1 year to 1 semester. Click link above for more information.
  • Minds Abroad

    www.mindsabroad.com

    Fall semester program in China. 18 weeks include 17 college credits and weekend travel to 14 cities throughout Asia.

    Minds Abroad offers study abroad, student travel and gap year programs in Asia, especially in China and India.  Because of the way our programs integrate our students into the local communities of their host countries, we were recently recognized as a “Top 10 Program in Citizen Diplomacy.” This award was conferred to us by the Center for Citizen Diplomacy in partnership with the U.S. State Department.
  • Nacel Open Door Congress-Bundestag Vocational Youth Exchange Program

    http://www.nacelopendoor.org/

    Congress-Bundestag Vocational Youth Exchange to Germany (CBYX)
    The Congress-Bundestag Vocational Scholarship provides an opportunity for U.S. high school graduates who have undertaken vocational training to spend their 13th year abroad pursuing their vocational interests. It is important to emphasize at the outset that this is a “Young Adult” program which seeks to enroll students who have demonstrated maturity and responsibility and who can be entrusted to fulfill their roles as exchange students without day-to-day supervision.
    The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program provides a unique intercultural educational opportunity for American and German youth. Each year over 300 American high school students receive full scholarships to become exchange students to Germany, where they will live with host families for a year and attend German schools. This program is supported, as well as funded, by the United States Congress and the German Bundestag.
    For the upcoming school year, a special Congress-Bundestag scholarship opportunity is being offered to 25 graduating high school seniors with a vocational background. This program is being administered by Nacel Open Door.
  • National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)

    http://www.nols.edu/courses/

    We believe positive, ethical leaders change the world. Based on this belief, NOLS has become the leader in wilderness education. Founded in 1965 by legendary mountaineer Paul Petzoldt, NOLS takes students of all ages on remote wilderness expeditions and teaches them technical outdoor skills, leadership, and environmental ethics.

    What NOLS teaches cannot be learned in a traditional classroom or on a city street. It takes practice to learn outdoor skills and time to develop leadership. The backcountry provides the ideal setting for this unique, experiential education—NOLS classrooms are some of the world’s wildest and most awe-inspiring locations. We believe living in untouched places like our classrooms will teach students responsibility for all that surrounds us.

    “NOLS courses may take place in ‘natural’ classrooms, but the lessons learned transcend walls, mountains, rivers, and international borders.” 
    – Susan Genatossio, NOLS parent

    Our instructors all believe leadership can be learned, and they have been trained in the NOLS leadership curriculum, outdoor ethics, and wilderness skills to help every student become the strongest leader he or she can be. NOLS instructors are experienced wilderness expedition leaders, and they are passionate educators. They possess a blend of technical skills competence, and teaching abilities, and they genuinely enjoy interacting with groups of people. NOLS operates on the firm belief that learning should be fun, something our instructors exemplify and our students attest to every day.
    With courses ranging from 10 days to a full academic year, we attract highly motivated students who want to learn how to lead. NOLS graduates have everything needed to lead others in the backcountry, as well as the leadership ability to excel at work or in the classroom. We expect a great deal of our students. NOLS courses are demanding, because we believe people thrive when challenged. Our hands-on, learn-by-doing approach means our graduates get the skills they need to be competent, responsible wilderness travelers long after their course.
    Join us to experience the fun, the growth, and the adventure of a NOLS course
  • NGOabroad

    http://www.ngoabroad.com/

    NGOabroad is a unique service that helps you enter or advance in international humanitarian work & provides frugal, customized international volunteer opportunities.
  • Outward Bound Gap Year Program

    http://www.outwardbound.org/gap-year-semester-courses/

    Gain real-world knowledge. Build self confidence. Redefine what “service” means to you. This is the place to master technical outdoor skills. To explore exotic places and remote wilderness locales. And to learn alongside the best instructors in the industry. With a focus on hands-on leadership training and an unwavering commitment to excellence, our Semester courses prepare students aged 18-30 for future success. With options that span the globe, these expeditions are far more than stamps in a passport; they are once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunities.

    From 30 days to 85 days, from mountaineering to dog sledding to swimming with dolphins, Outward Bound courses offer opportunities for you to develop real-world decision making, group management and leadership skills in spectacular settings that will challenge and inspire you.
    Students benefit from working with rigorously trained and motivated instructors who are specialists in their chosen field. Students participate in a progression of experiences that begin with skill building, advance to increasingly complex decision making and culminate with real leadership.
    Students emerge from Outward Bound courses with leadership skills, an improved ability to solve problems, to resolve conflicts effectively, to communicate confidently and with a desire to actively engage in service to others.



  • The Oxbow School

    Semester, Gap Year and Summer Programs

    http://oxbowschool.org/
  • Oxford Advanced Studies Program-Oxbridge

    Our Gap Year program offers enthusiastic students the opportunity to study and live in the historic and vibrant historic city of Oxford.  Based at Oxford Tutorial College in the city center, close to the heart of the university, we offer an informal learning environment, stimulating creativity and research opportunity.   
    The core of our instruction method is the tutorial.  In Britain “tutorial” refers to an intensive one-on-one meeting between scholar and tutor in which an essay might be critiqued, a philosophical tract or novel discussed, or the ideas arising from both essay and reading explored by both.  This method of instruction has been in use for centuries and serves as the academic 'modus operandi' of Oxford University.   
    The program is designed with the needs of US and international students in mind.   Participants include ‘Gap Year’ students and those at college or high school taking an overseas term or semester, possibly to receive credit.  They are looking for a study experience with academic freedom, to expand their intellectual and cultural horizons.  Drawing on a wealth of teaching talent, we provide a personal approach with small class sizes, enabling us to closely monitor the academic progress of each student.   
    The fabric of Oxford, with its beautiful array of parks, rivers, quads, and gardens, its lively student culture and centuries of academic ferment and tradition, and the splendor of its buildings and ‘dreaming spires’, is an integral part of the experience of all who come here to study.  Taking advantage of this, we arrange weekly visits to places of historical and cultural interest, in the city and its environs, to ensure that our students depart with more than just a taste of England’s rich heritage.
    By giving themselves ‘The Oxford Edge,’ our students are able to stand out amongst their peers and set a cornerstone for successful academic study.  We witness students develop and mature academically during their time with us, equipping themselves to meet the intellectual and personal challenges of college and adult life.  For those with a passion for scholarly adventure, who have tired of the lecture hall and wish to experience the directness, dialogue and intellectual latitude of the tutorial, and to expand their horizons in a place of beauty and rich tradition, this is a marvellous experience. 
  • Oyster Worldwide

    http://www.oysterworldwide.com/

    Many of our projects were founded in 1999 and have been nurtured and supported by us ever since. We are known for giving you the opportunity to make a genuine contribution to your chosen project and for the first class support you receive.
    Oyster’s wide range of gap year programmes, career break projects and volunteering breaks allow you to get under the skin of a country and to do something worthwhile whilst you are there.
    From paid gap year jobs to worldwide volunteering opportunities, we have something for you. With projects from just one week up to a full year, there is huge scope for being able to do something amazing with the time that you have.
    It’s fun too, making lifelong friendships and returning home with a fresh outlook on the world and where you come from. If you want to feel you are part of local life rather than a tourist passing through, we would love to hear from you to tell you all about our great short term and gap year opportunities.
  • Pacific Discovery

    https://www.pacificdiscovery.org/

    Pacific Discovery offers inspiring summer, semester and gap year educational travel programs abroad. Our programs blend meaningful and challenging experiential travel, cultural immersion, personal and leadership development, outdoors and wilderness exploration, volunteer and community service projects, ethical travel and sustainability focus, and transferable academic credit options.
    Our Mission is to make the world a better place by providing extraordinary learning adventures that assist participants in gaining the skills, confidence and insight to realize their potential in an increasingly global society; developing empathy for other cultures; furthering understanding of international issues; and heightening appreciation for the earth's wilderness and diversity. “My overall trip experience was...incredible, educational, empowering, moving, insightful, exhausting and wonderfully beautiful. This trip was the best decision I have ever made - not only did I gain new friends, I walked away with a better understanding of cultures I knew nothing about, and overcame fears by facing real life obstacles. It was by far the most eye opening experience I have ever done and I would recommend it to anyone.”
    Kacy McCracken
  • RIDGE Mountain Academy

    http://www.ridgeacademy.com/

    RIDGE Mountain Academy is designed for male and female student athletes ages 16 to 20 who have a passion for the mountains. Located in Whitefish, Montana, RIDGE is a campus-based academy that focuses on mountain sports, education, and life skills. RIDGE prepares student athletes of all abilities —beginner to elite— to strengthen their training, forge new skills, and discover their true potential.
  • University of Rochester- Eastman School of Music Immersion Gap Year

    http://www.esm.rochester.edu/immersion/

    If you’re passionate about music—if you can’t wait to get home from school so that you can practice, if the highlight of the week is orchestra rehearsal, if you scour the web for the recordings and videos of your favorite groups or artists—I hope you’ll take this opportunity to learn more about Eastman Immersion.
    In this gap year program for students 17 years old and up, you will spend a full academic year practicing, performing, listening, and sharing your art as part of a rich cultural and intellectual community. At the Eastman School of Music, we always strive not only to provide an intensive, professional musical experience, but also to nurture inquiring minds so that they can become effective leaders in the future.
  • Rothberg International School/The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

    https://overseas.huji.ac.il/freshman

    This option is specially designed for first-year students, whether they plan to continue their studies in Israel or back home. Students may enroll for the entire year or for either the autumn or spring semester. A variety of first-year courses are offered in the areas of Israel and Middle Eastern studies, Religion, Brain and Behavioral Sciences, and Environmental Studies.
  • Rustic Pathways

    www.rusticpathways.com/gap

    Select from a variety of open-ended, semester or year-long travel programs. Service programs are also provided.
  • Sea | mester

    http://www.seamester.com/meet-seamester/

    For over 40 years, we've consistently delivered outstanding educational experiences for young adults. By combining hands-on education, formal academics with cooperative living and adventure travel throughout the world, we have successfully ignited the inherent leadership skills within thousands of students.
    This is what we do, yet what really sets us apart is how we do it and the results that we achieve. To understand who we are and what drives us, you need to dig a little deeper into the sum of our parts... So this section is dedicated to us, and why we think the Sea|mester experience is pretty incredible.

  • Sojourns Abroad-Resource Page

    www.sojournsabroad.org

    A Resource page providing a variety of Gap Year Programs – Cultural immersion for global citizenship for college age students. Chose from Bel Camino, Italy or Paris, France.
  • Summit Adventure

    http://www.summitadventure.com/college-semester/

    The Summit Adventure Immersion Service and Adventure Semester gives college students and gap year participants opportunities to immerse themselves in powerful outdoor adventure and cross-cultural service learning. The High Sierra of Central California and the Andes around Quito, Ecuador provide the settings for academic courses in leadership, communication, spiritual formation, cross-cultural ministry, and outdoor physical education. These courses offer between 16-18 credits which can be transferred directly to any student’s college or university. Three months of Christ-centered adventure-based learning and community living in high mountains and foreign cultures will change you forever.
  • Teen Life-Resource Page

    www.teenlife.com

    15,000 opportunities for Grades 7-12. Whether you prefer a travel, special interest, educational, volunteer, or world development program, there are literally hundreds of gap year programs out there. We promise there is a gap year program out there for you.
  • Thinking Beyond Borders (TBB)

    www.thinkingbeyondborders.org

    Students gain new perspectives through fieldwork, home-stays, and academic study in developing communities. Global gap year experience, full-year and semester options available. TBB’s Global Gap Year and Ecuador Gap Semester are designed for students who are serious about creating change. Each program immerses you in communities around the globe to learn about the world’s greatest challenges. By living with multiple home stay families, exploring a variety of topics, and engaging in a powerful curriculum, you’ll gain knowledge of both local issues and global solutions. As part of a group of 16 students and 3 teachers, you’ll receive structured mentoring to become a proactive agent of change.
  • Tzedek America

    http://tzedekamerica.org/

    Tzedek America is an experiential nine month residential national gap year program based in Los Angeles. The program is designed to encourage you to embrace your passions, explore what drives you and find meaning in your life. Through national and international travel, social justice internships, adventure programming and shared responsibilities, you will begin to see and experience firsthand the challenges facing America today.
    The Tzedek America experience teaches leadership, communication and confidence building skills that will help you make a difference. These lifelong learning skills will enable you to create a successful and purposeful life while you work to make a better world.
    The Tzedek America experience offers the opportunity to explore and redefine your Jewish identity as it pertains to your role as an American citizen.
  • USA Gap Year Fairs

    www.usagapyearfairs.org

    An excellent resource for all things GAP YEAR: Programs and Fairs listed.  With over thirty different fairs all over the country starting in November and going through March, the Gap Year Fairs have something for everyone! Each fair is preceded by a speaker who, as an authority on Gap Years, offers a personal and unique perspective. Speakers are also present as a resource to answer questions you might have on any point of the Gap Year experience; from deciding what program is right for you to how taking a Gap Year affects the college admission process.
  • Venture Semester and Vermont Youth Conservation Corp (VYCC)

    http://www.farmatvycc.org/

    VYCC offers a 20-week (late June-mid Nov) experience living and working on the VYCC farm in Richmond, VT. In addition to farm work, participants are involved in leadership training as well as efforts to alleviate hunger for local families in need.
  • Visitoz

    http://www.visitoz.org/

    Visitoz provides training and gauranteed jobs in rural and Outback Australia. The programme is from 3 months to one year. Learn more by the clicking the link above. 
  • Where There Be Dragons

    www.wheretherebedragons.com

    Semester, gap year, and college-accredited programs. “Learning adventures in the developing world.”
  • Winterline

    http://www.winterline.com/

    In 9 months, across 10 countries in 3 continents, you'll travel from the urban jungle to the wilderness, from mountains to the open ocean, from rich industrial environments to impoverished villages in developing nations.
    You will learn how to build a house, cook a meal, manage your finances, sail a boat, speak in public, care for the young and the elderly, start a business, serve a customer, negotiate a deal, and drive a car safely.
    You will learn how to help save a person's life when far removed from medical help.
    You will develop skills in negotiation, critical thinking and problem-solving, and in team-building and leadership. You will learn how governance works, and will put it into practice on a day-to-day basis. You will be taught how to operate power tools and heavy machinery such as forklifts and tractors.
  • Worldwide Opportunities for Organic Farming

    http://www.wwoof.net/

    Organic farms around the world receive volunteers and offer training and lodging in exchange for work in the garden or on the farm.
  • YMCA of the Rockies

    http://snowmountainranch.org/work/trek-program/

    Work in the Colorado Rockies; build a healthy spirit, mind and body while experiencing the great outdoors: TREK is a working 8 month Christian gap program for 18-24 year-olds seeking personal and spiritula growth while working a full time seasonal job in Estes Park or Snow Mountain Ranch. 
  • Youth International

    http://www.youthinternational.org/

    Youth International is an experiential learning program that combines rugged international travel, inter-cultural exchange, home stays with local families, volunteer community service work, and outdoor adventure. Teams of up to 14 people between the ages of 18 and 25 travel together with two group leaders. For a full 3-month semester, they explore three different countries in one region of the world. Programs begin in September and February.
    Through a balanced combination of experiences, each Youth International team member is set up for an intense and dynamic first-hand education about the region in which they are travelling. At the same time, they are presented with a unique environment and opportunity for self-discovery.
    Youth International has been sending groups on learning adventures abroad since 1997, and offers three separate programs: Asia, South America, and Africa.

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  • ACIS Educational Journeys

    http://www.acis.com/about/educational-travel

    Through Educational Travel, students:
    • Actually see and enrich their knowledge of places and works of art they’ve learned about in the classroom.
    • Gain a deeper understanding of history and culture than a book can ever convey.
    • Get the chance to try out the languages they’ve studied with native speakers.
    • Build independence and confidence as they explore new places and local customs.
    Perhaps most important of all, students gain new insights into their own culture, and a more global perspective—so important in today’s interconnected world.
     
    As a leader in quality educational travel, ACIS has built a reputation for providing thoughtfully designed trips that deliver all of the above—and then some. Learn more about what makes ACIS different. And be sure to meet our team, too.


  • Accounting Career Awareness Program (ACAP)

    www.acapsfbayarea.org

    ACAP is a career development program designed specifically for minority students entering their sophomore, junior or senior year of high school who may be interested in majoring in the fields of accounting, finance or business. The summer residency week will be held at UC Berkeley from July 15-20, 2012.
  • ActionQuest
     

    www.actionquest.com


    ActionQuest & Lifeworks offer international educational opportunities for teenagers, with a strong emphasis on building self-reliance as well as personal and social responsibility. ActionQuest is run primarily abroad sailing vessels and offers leadership and water sports certification programs. Lifeworks is mainly land-based and includes up to 100 hours of service work.
  • Adventure Ireland

    www.adventure-ireland.com

    Summer Camps - three-week camp for students aged 12-18 years.

    Gap Year - 8-12 weeks option for students aged 18+. Can include internships, sports qualifications, cultural options and work experience.

    Outdoor Pursuits - Full 9 month adventure.
  • American Farm Institute
    Greek Summer

    www.afs.edu.gr

    Since its founding in 1970, the Greek Summer program has offered high school students a unique cultural experience abroad that includes living with a Greek village family; community service work on a village project and on the campus of the American Farm School; an incredible travel adventure exploring Greece's historic sites and natural beauty; and an unforgettable climb of the legendary peak of Mt. Olympus.
  • African Conservation Experience

    https://www.conservationafrica.net/Gap-Year-Students

    We offer competitive, experiential placements on wildlife conservation projects in Southern Africa. Projects vary from 2-12 weeks and student volunteers can participate in a variety of conservation tasks from wildlife care and rehabilitation to veterniary work, game capture and wildlife surveys, depending on the particle project.
  • American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS)

    www.aifs.com

    Summer Advantage and GAP Year Programs - High school study abroad - China, England, France, Italy, Russia, Spain.

    Founded in 1964, the American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS) is one of the oldest, largest and most respected cultural exchange organizations in the world. With global offices in 6 countries, we organize cultural exchange programs for more than 50,000 participants each year. Our programs include  and. Since 1964, more than 1.5 million students and teachers have participated in AIFS programs worldwide.
  • Animal Rescue Foundation

    http://www.arf.net/people-programs/teen-training/

    Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) offers volunteer opportunities for interested teens, grades 9-12.
  • Arthritis Foundation

    http://www.kintera.org/htmlcontent.asp?cid=633340

    he Arthritis Foundation Summer Science Internship Program places outstanding high school and college students in the world renowned Rheumatology and Immunology Laboratories at Stanford University and the University of California, San Francisco. Since its inception in 1982, this program has provided over 200 aspiring scientists the opportunity to work alongside cutting edge arthritis researchers.

    Through this internship students receive hands-on experience in the fields of rheumatology and immunology, with a focus on arthritis and related autoimmune diseases. Interns participate in either basic laboratory (bench) research or clinical translational/epidemiological (patient outcomes oriented) research. This exceptional internship program is designed to encourage these gifted young students to pursue a career in scientific study and research with an ultimate goal of inspiring them to focus their research potential on arthritis and related autoimmune diseases. Many graduates of the Summer Science Internship Program have gone on to pursue successful careers in the fields of medicine and/or scientific research.

    This eight-week long internship is open to high school juniors and seniors as well as first and second year college undergraduates. Laboratory placements are available at the University of California, San Francisco and Stanford University.
  • ASSE International Student Exchange Programs

    www.asse.com

    ASSE provides exchange programs in countries throughout the world. GAP Year, Summer Programs and more.  Scholarships are available.
  • Bold Earth Teen Adventures

    http://www.boldearth.com

    Bold Earth has been providing adventure travel all over the world since 1976. Its mission is for each participant to enjoy a safe summer of enthusiasm, leadership, respect, playfulness, trust, responsibility and accomplishment.
  • Bronfman Youth Fellowship in Israel

    www.bronfman.org

    Summer study in Israel followed by seminars and other alumni activities in North America. Jewish students.
    info@byfi.org

    518-475-7212

  • Broadreach

    http://www.gobroadreach.com/



    Over the past 20 years, Broadreach has expanded the horizons of over 13,000 middle school, high school and college students. On 70+ summer adventures in 40+ countries, our students have pursued their interests, unlocking the world, understanding its people and discovering themselves along the way. They’ve earned 7000+ college credits in subjects ranging from marine biology and medicine to Spanish and photography, and more than 25,000+ certifications through hands-on education. They’ve logged over 100,000 community service hours while making the world a better place, and traveled countless miles across oceans, off beaten paths and into ancient cultures. They came alone, but left with 10-12 incredible friends and the knowledge that life’s possibilities are limitless.

    So join us. And let’s discover your world of opportunity
  • Bluestamp Engineering-SF

    http://bluestampengineering.com/students/9709-2/

    BlueStamp Engineering is a six-week, hands-on summer program where high school students build technology projects they’re passionate about. Each student selects their own projects and completes the program with 2 projects (which they keep). They also develop their own personal online portfolio that details their journey with videos, technical descriptions of their work, milestones, and blog postings. This personal portfolio can then be shared with colleges and prospective employers.
    What projects do BlueStamp students build? Examples include various robotics projects, radio controlled tanks, medical devices, solar powered electronics, induction motors, wind turbines, and many more.

    Visit http://bluestampengineering.com/students/ to see what our past students built! Recently a few BSE alums banded together to build more sweet projects.
  • Camp Cardiac

    www.campcardiac.org

    "Camp Cardiac serves as an ideal introduction for any high school student interested in exploring a career in medicine. With a focus on both education and real world experience, Camp Cardiac provides students with a unique opportunity to learn directly from experts in the medical field. In addition, this 1-week summer day camp provides a foundation for heart healthy living with an emphasis on both diet and exercise. Although Camp Cardiac's primary focus is on care and maintenance of the heart, it provides an excellent starting point for careers in all fields of medicine."
  • The Cherubs National High School Institute

    http://www.northwestern.edu/nhsi/

    Approximately 700 students will enroll in the Institute’s 5 Divisions: Debate, Speech, Journalism, Film & Video Production, and Theatre Arts. Students in the Institute are affectionately called Cherubs, a tradition that began in the 1930s with the founder of the Institute, Dean Ralph Dennis.
  • Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute
    2012 CHORI Summer Research Program

    http://www.chori.org/Education/K_12/K_12.html

    Various research training programs for high school students and undergraduates. Deadline to apply is March 15, 2012 by 5pm EST.
  • China Prep

    www.chinaprep.com

    An experiential education business that provides small groups of U.S. students with dynamic learning experiences in China. Designed for students with a broad range of Mandarin Chinese skills, participants learn about China through customized programs of site visits, language classes and travel. Together they explore China first-hand, guided by program leaders whose passion is matched by their deep local knowledge.
  • CIEE Highschool Abroad and Summer Programs

    http://www.ciee.org/high-school-study-abroad/

    Study abroad in for an academic high school or join us during a Summer Program.  Are you ready for a summer packed with eye-opening, life-changing discoveries? Then start packing! A summer abroad with CIEE sticks with you forever. Your trip is just the beginning.

    Studying abroad isn’t just for college students. A year spent studying abroad during high school is the perfect way for you to gain the international perspective, life skills, independence, and maturity that could make the difference when seeking admission to your top college.
    With CIEE High School Abroad, take part in an engaging and exciting program designed to immerse you fully in a new culture. We’ll offer the structure, resources, and support you need to make the experience all your own.
  • College Visits

    www.college-visits.com

    "College Visits offers the college bound student a first-hand look at colleges and universities throughout the United States. Because of our experience in working with a multitude of higher education institutions, we are able to obtain meetings with admissions representatives, student led tours, and campus housing. This helps to take the hassle and worry away from the student and parents in organizing a family visit. College Visits tours cover all aspects of college life. We tour small, medium and large schools, rural and urban, and public and private schools. Our tours cover almost every region of the U.S. so if there is a particular school or region you are interested in, chances are College Visits goes there."
  • Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange

    www.USAGermanyScholarship.org

    Full scholarships to study abroad in Germany. Funded by the US State Department, this program is for high school students who want to fully immerse themselves in German culture by living with a host family and attending a local high school.
  • COOK! Culinary Programs

    www.pauldingandco.com/cook

    Paulding and Company’s COOK! Programs are creative and challenging culinary courses for kids ages 9 - 18. Held primarily in the summer, in the Paulding & Company kitchen in Emeryville, the camps offer diverse training in everything from basic cooking skills to specialized cuisines, to kitchen science and more. These hands-on classes are designed to give kids the confidence and skills they need to cook for themselves, for friends, and for their families. COOK! promotes the understanding that life is more colorful, more fragrant, and simply more interesting when you cook.
  • Deer Hill Expeditions

    www.deerhillexpeditions.com

    Challenging wilderness adventures in the American Southwest and Costa Rica.
  • Cross-Cultural Solutions- CSS

    http://www.crossculturalsolutions.org/

    A private organization offering GAP year and summer volunteer opportunities around the globe.



  • Discovery Internships

    www.highschoolinternships.com

    Formerly Career Explorations. As a Discovery Intern you'll spend 4 weeks living with high school students from around the world while exploring a career interest through an internship in either NYC, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, or London. Your Internship Placement is Guaranteed.
  • Duke TIP

    http://tip.duke.edu/

    The Duke University Talent Identification Program- a non-profit organization- is dedicated to being a global leader in identifying academically talented students and providing innovative programs to support the development of their optimal educational potential. Programs for students, families, and educators will be of such excellence that they will become models for the education of academically talented students worldwide.
  • East Bay Regional Park District

    www.ebparks.org

    Leaders In Training – Summer Camp and Leadership Program for Teens (ages 13-17). Students help run camp activities, role model for the younger campers, and participate in skill-building workshops and seminars
  • Education First Educational Tours

    www.eftours.com

    Guided tours of various cities throughout the world. Students can pick from 290 international itineraries.
  • Ecology Project International-

    https://www.ecologyproject.org/programs/student-travel

    9 to 18-day courses in Costa Rica, Belize, and Yellowstone National Park for middle school and high school students.
    On all of our programs, students work directly with scientists, collecting data for on-going studies on critically threatened species and ecosystems. They engage with the scientific process while making a positive impact on the world.
  • Education Unlimited

    www.educationunlimited.com

    Education Unlimited provides academic summer camps & precollege summer programs for students entering grades 4-12. Our California summer camps and Massachusetts summer programs include public speaking camps, summer college admissions prep programs, science camps for girls, summer acting camp, creative writing camp, computer camp, video production camp and East Coast college tours. (UC Berkeley, Stanford, UCLA, University of San Diego, MIT and Cal Tech)
  • Enrichment Alley

    www.enrichmentalley.com

    Whether you're looking for a summer learning experience, a gap year adventure, or a school year program for a single individual or a school group, you'll find it here. Discover opportunities to immerse yourself in a single subject, participate in a field experience, join a guided travel group, or make a difference through service learning.
  • Experience America

    http://www.expamerica.net/

    We are proud to offer exciting and fresh summer camps in three different cities. We will be offering the Game Experience and Entrepreneurship programs in Seattle, Washington at the University of Washington. The Fashion Design program where students will attend class at FIDM and stay at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Lastly, we will be taking an adventurous group of students to Tokyo and Nagoya on the Experience Japan program.
  • FACES For The Future (FSMA)-Summer Medical Academy For Youth

    www.facesforthefuture.org

    Founded in 2005, the FACES Summer Medical Academy (FSMA) is a tuition-based, intensive summer experience designed to expose high school students to the fields of medicine, nursing, and allied health professions. In partnership with Samuel Merritt University, the goal of the program is to offer youth a glimpse into the array of advanced educational strategies and tools that comprise current medical training. Furthermore, young people are introduced to critical concepts that promote an understanding of culturally responsive and compassionate health care practice.
    During the two-week academy, FSMA students are exposed to clinical skills training, gross anatomy and pathology workshops, clinical simulation scenarios, problem-based learning, and workshops in patient centered care models. FSMA students are taught by physicians, nurses, and other health professionals. They also experience mentoring in small groups led by college and graduate students focused on careers in medicine and the health professions.

    Contact the Program Manager, Brooke Briggance, at 
    Brooke.Briggance@phi.org or call (510) 285-5653.


  • Experiment in International Living- A Program of World Learning

    http://www.experiment.org/

    The Experiment in International Living provides summer abroad programs for high school students who want to connect deeply and engage meaningfully with the richness and complexities of another country. Participants explore the host country through hands-on experiences in local communities and through the lens of a specific theme.
    Programs are designed to equip participants not only with essential cultural skills, college prep skills, and, in many cases, language skills, but also with a deeper awareness of and sensitivity to critical global issues shaping the diverse communities and regions we visit. Each year, hundreds of Experimenters come away from their summer abroad with invaluable new skills, connections, awareness, and knowledge that help them to thrive — and lead — in diverse, intercultural environments.
    The Experiment is committed to providing participants from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds with access to The Experiment’s immersive cross-cultural programs through its partnerships, scholarships, and other initiatives.
  • Flatiron School

    http://precollege.flatironschool.com/

    Learn to code in San Francisco. Flatiron Pre-College Academy offers two week intensive courses in web design, development, and entrepreneurship for highschool students. 
  • Foresight Prep at Oberlin College

    http://www.foresightprep.org/

    An unparalleled summer experiential learning opportunity for highly-motivated high school students ready to create change. Participate in intensive, hands-on learning, build relationships with established professionals, experience life on campus, and join an ongoing network for support in future educational and career paths.
  • Frontier

    Frontier-usa.org

    (Frontier) The Society for Environmental Exploration. Volunteer abroad to help with wildlife conservation and gain cross- cultural experiences.
  • Foundation for Teaching Economics

    http://www.fte.org/student-programs/economics-for-leaders-program/

    The goal of the Economics for Leaders (EFL) program is to give promising students the skills to be more effective leaders and to teach them how to employ economic analysis when considering difficult public policy choices. Given the existing challenges confronting our nation and, assuming that problems in years to come will be equally consequential, the job of preparing the next generation of leaders may be one of the most important actions we can take now to ensure our well being in the future. The Foundation for Teaching Economics is committed to finding and nurturing those budding leaders.
    EFL is a selective summer program that teaches leaders how to integrate economics into the process of decision-making in a hands-on, experiential environment.

    Programs are led by economics professors and leadership instructors selected, nationwide, for their expertise and teaching effectiveness.  Morning discussions, activities, and interactive sessions introduce participants to the “economic way of thinking.”  Afternoon sessions build an understanding of leadership and participants practice leadership skills in a fun-filled series of tasks and dilemmas.  Students also engage in a creative decision-making challenge in which they apply and demonstrate the skills and knowledge they have gained during the week.

    Economics for Leaders
     is an unparalleled learning and growing opportunity. When asked if the program impacted their children, parents of participants responded with a resounding ‘yes!’ Read the responses here. The program is competitive with approximately two applicants applying for each available space. College admission officers have commented that students who attend selective programs, such asEconomics for Leaders, make more competitive applicants.
  • Georgia Hardy Tours

    www.ghardytours.com

    Offers summer secondary school credit courses abroad.
  • Game Experience

    http://www.expamerica.net/summer/game-experience/?utm_source=High+School+Guidance+Counselors&utm_campaign=daa36d24d3-Game_Experience_Private_Resend4_7_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_6d168903c3-daa36d24d3-206227369

    The Game Experience introduces students to the next level of summer camps. Learn the fundamentals of video game design from a team of industry professionals; get behind-the-scenes access to some of the most exciting game studios in the world; and connect with other students from around world interested in game development. Last years Game Experience was a truly international experience with students from the United States, Canada, Germany, Japan, China and Hong Kong attending.
  • Global Glimpse

    www.globalglimpse.org

    Global Glimpse is a non-profit organization that provides high school students with educational service and leadership programs abroad.
  • Global Works

    www.globalworkstravel.com

    Community service-based travel programs for high school students.
  • Headlands Institute

    www.headlandsinstitute.org

    Teen Environmental Education Mentorship (TEEM) is a paid environmental education internship and leadership program for San Francisco and Marin high school students. TEEM interns gain first-hand knowledge about the field of environmental education through field trips, one-on-one mentorships with our professional educators, and by leading interactive activities with our elementary school participants.
  • International Seminar Series

    www.study-serve.org


    Service Learning in Paris and Barcelona - Our core cultural immersion program, with a site in Paris and in Barcelona, is a three and a half week adventure for rising seniors and juniors in high school, based on community service, language acquisition, a core seminar and an engagement in the art and architecture of the host city.

    The Gap Year Program - We now offer two twelve-week Gap Year programs (beginning Spring 2012) for college-aged students. Each will include a homestay, community service, language immersion, a personal project, as well as travel and cultural activities. These programs will provide both a unique learning environment as well as important time off and time away for students preparing for the rigors and responsibility of higher education and beyond.
  • ISA High School

    http://studiesabroad.com/high-school/landingpage

    Study Abroad for College Credit & Volunteer Programs
    SA High School has been a leading provider of high-quality, affordable, cultural and language immersion programs for high school students since 1989. Our mission is to provide students with a transformative experience aimed at fostering independence, cross-cultural sensitivity, and global citizenship. The passion we possess for international education and travel is best encapsulated in our motto: “The world awaits…Discover it!” Our 2015 program destinations include: China, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, England, France, Italy, Peru, and Spain.
  • Junior State of America (JSA)

    www.jsa.org

    Civic education and leadership programs for high school students
  • Kaiser Permanente LAUNCH
    High School Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP

    http://xnet.kp.org/hr/ca/youth/syep/index.htm

    Paid summer work experience at Kaiser Permanete facilities throughout California. Students must be between the ages of 1520, priority given to high school juniors and seniors.
  • LeadAmerica

    www.lead-america.org

    LeadAmerica Conferences are college-accredited and held throughout the summer at various universities across the US. Programs are designed to better prepare students for the unique challenges of college life, both social and academic.
  • LEAPNOW

    www.leapnow.org

    Academic Year and Gap Semester learning adventures that bring together international travel and academic credit.
  • Lick-Wilmerding High School-Summer Programs

    http://www.lwhs.org/page/Community/The-Center-for-Civic-Engagement/Summer-Tech-Program

    An innovative, hands-on program for students in grades 5–7. Our programs will inspire students and expose them to cinematic process and techniques, fabrication, and welding in the LWHS shops.
  • Lifeworks International

    www.lifeworks-international.com

    Community service-based travel programs for high school students. Whether you are looking to contribute to authentic service projects, experience a new and different culture, practice your language skills, or whitewater raft through a rainforest, being part of a Lifeworks team will be the experience of a lifetime.
  • Loop Abroad

    www.loopabroad.com

    "Loop Abroad offers 2-week programs in Thailand for students who want to volunteer with elephants or work with a veterinarian. Open to rising freshman to graduating seniors. No application deadline. Financial aid is available."
     
  • Magellan Study Abroad

    www.magellanstudyabroad.com

    Scholarship program for students interested in a language immersion program. Deadline to apply is December 10, 2012.
  • Metropolitan Transportation Commission

    http://jobs.mtc.ca.gov

    Each year MTC sponsors a High School Internship Program. The purpose of the program is to introduce high school students (in the 10th, 11th or 12th grade) to career opportunities in the field of transportation, to show them how public transportation agencies play an overall part in the community, county, and regional transportation operations, and to provide MTC’s transportation partners (such as traffic engineers at city and county public works departments or planners at transit agencies) with assistance.
  • Minds Abroad

    www.mindsabroad.com

    Programs in China, Vietnam, India and Thailand. All programs include a balance of coursework, service and travel.
  • National Geographic Student Expeditions

    www.ngstudentexpeditions.com

    We invite the next generation of explorers to get out in the field and follow in the footsteps of National Geographic’s photographers, writers, and scientists. Students completing 9th through 12th grades are eligible to participate in National Geographic Student Expeditions.
  • National Youth Leadership Forum

    www.nylf.org

    Offers programs in Medicine, Law and CSI, National Security, and Collegiate Success.
  • NatureBridge

    www.yosemitefieldresearch.org

    Formerly Yosemite Institute - Students go on a two-week backpacking adventure in Yosemite National Park. With a peer group of 12, students are challenged with a focused academic agenda: to design and carry out an ecological research project.
  • New Worlds Emerge

    www.newworldsemerge.org

    Short term cultural immersion programs that include the option for high school students to earn college credit. Chose from one or two week programs in seven countries.
  • New York Film Academy

    www.nyfa.edu/summer_camp

    Camps for high school students interested in directing, filmmaking, acting for film, musical theatre, screenwriting, broadcast journalism, 3D animation, editing and digital filmmaking.
  • Oakland Zoo

    www.oaklandzoo.org

    The Oakland Zoo welcomes young people ages 13 and up who are interested in volunteering, in either of our two well-regarded teen programs. Spend your summer volunteering with the Oakland Zoo as either a Teen Wild Guide or ZooCamp Teen Assistant.
  • The Oxbow School Summer Art Program

    http://oxbowschool.org/#camp_overview.html

    Welcome to the Oxbow Summer Art Camp, a unique experience for 14 to 16 year olds who love art. At Oxbow, we don’t do busy craft projects. Our art-immersion program encourages the exploration of each student’s creativity and vision. We provide campers exceptional instruction in the fundamentals of a variety of mediums. Students then have the opportunity to design and create their own projects. Campers benefit from the Oxbow philosophy that there is no limit to what they can create given an environment of high-level instruction, encouragement, and support. Campers return home with concrete evidence of their progress and the realization that they are capable of making great art.
  • Oxford Advanced Studies Program

    www.oasp.ac.uk

    Oxford, England. A summer study program offering challenging academic courses taught by experienced British graduate teachers. Academic curriculum in a range of subjects, with stimulating lectures accompanied by in-depth tutorial courses. Supporting this is a calendar of activities and visits including London, Stratford, Blenheim Palace, and Warwick Castle.
  • Phillips Exeter Academy Summer School

    www.exeter.edu/summer

    Every summer Phillips Exeter Academy welcomes to campus some 700 students for five weeks of academic study, athletics, and exploration that carry participants far beyond the classrooms and the playing fields.
  • QuestBridge College Prep Scholarship

    www.questbridge.org

    The College Prep Scholarship program educates high-achieving low-income juniors about selective colleges and helps them prepare for the admissions process. Through a single (free) application, students can receive full scholarships to attend college summer programs, all-expense-paid campus visits to one of 31 partner colleges, and various other awards such as laptops. Deadline to apply is March 27, 2012.
  • Pioneer Academics

    http://pioneeracademics.com/html/pioneerconcept.php

    Pioneer Academics is a U.S.-based organization founded in cooperation between American university professors and international education experts.
    Its goal is to provide outstanding high school students around the world with challenging and creative research opportunities across a wide range of disciplines.
    Through the Pioneer Research Program, students not only improve their academic experience and research skills but are also guided, mentored, and inspired by thought leaders in their fields.
    Pioneer students have the unique opportunity to interact with American professors from top-ranked universities in an intimate online learning environment to develop the skills needed to succeed in college.
    Pioneer professors guide students in the study of specialized fields that students have never been exposed to in a formal academic setting. By the end of the program, students produce a capstone project that showcases the student’s mastery of the subject.
  • San Francisco Film Society

    http://www.sffs.org/Education/Film-Craft-and-Film-Studies-Classes.aspx

    Film Craft & Film Studies Classes. Check out Young Filmmakers Camp June 25-August 10, 2012 at University High School in San Francisco. This intensive film program is an opportunity for teens to learn from first-class film professionals in a fun, interactive environment.
  • Sojourns Abroad

    www.sojournsabroad.org

    Gap Year Program – Cultural immersion for global citizenship for college age students. Chose from Bel Camino, Italy or Paris, France.
  • The Spark of Hope Challenge

    www.thesparkofhope.com

    The Spark of Hope Challenge is a leadership development program for senior high school students in the last two years of secondary school.
  • SPI Study Abroad Programs

    http://www.spiabroad.com/ 

    SPI Study Abroad Programs. SPI's college credit opportunity as a great resume builder for college applications.
    Study Abroad Scholarships
    View our current scholarship opportunities here.
     
  • Sports Industry Academy-High School Summer Program

    http://www.sportsindustryacademy.com/overview.html

    The Sports Industry Academy Summer Program
     will provide an introduction to the $400 + Billion Sports Industry to mature andhighly talented high school students from across the country. Prominent sports executives will guide Scholars on the inner-workings of the sports industry. 

    In addition to learning about the business of sports, Scholars will be provided with an introduction to the academic environment of our host, U.C. Santa Barbara.  Scholars will receive an exclusive and comprehensive daylong workshop by a Senior Admissions Counselor on how to navigate the university admissions process, including keys on writing a “winning” personal statement.
  • St. Albans School of Public Service

    www.schoolofpublicservice.org

    The St. Albans School of Public Service (SPS) lasts only four weeks each summer, but our students describe it as "life-changing." The School of Public Service is a unique program that brings 35 rising high school seniors from all over the United States to the heart of Washington, D.C., where they undertake an in-depth exploration of government, politics, and public service.
  • Summerfuel

    http://www.summerfuel.com/compare#tab-pc

    We offer personalized adventures for students seeking a summer experience like no other. Our extensive range of programs encourages independence and friendship, striking the perfect balance between learning, exploration, and fun. We’re proud of our reputation for providing a high level of attention and care, for being pioneers in our field, and for finding exciting new ways to make each student’s summer unforgettable.

    Students who join our challenging pre-college programs, or our authentic language and cultural immersion programs, develop essential skills that put them ahead of the game. All of our programs are designed to broaden academic and personal horizons, and we work thoughtfully to create opportunities for a truly diverse student population. We have been offering the best, most comprehensive student adventures since 1984, and we still know what students want from their summers today.

    Each Summerfuel Pre-College program gives high school students a chance to live like an undergraduate and enjoy a preview of university life. Students are inspired by active, engaging curricula designed to help them think critically, explore new subjects and discover their passions.
    Classes are balanced by a full schedule of afternoon activities, evening events and excursions intended to offer fun, interesting ways to connect with new friends and make the most of students’ time? on campus
  • Summer Study Programs

    www.summerstudy.com

    Pre-College programs and summer enrichment. Choose from programs located at Penn State, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Vermont or The Sorbonne in Paris, France.
  • Summer Discovery

    www.summerdiscovery.com

    High school pre-college enrichment programs at UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, Michigan, Georgetown, Pennsylvania, Boston, England, Spain, Italy. SAT & ACT prep & tutoring by The Princeton Review.
  • School Year Abroad

    www.sya.org

    High school study abroad and homestay. SYA Summer, an extension of School Year Abroad (SYA), offers five-week summer programs in China, France, Italy and Spain that run from June through July.
  • Students Shoulder to Shoulder
    The International School of Global Citizenship

    www.shouldertoshoulder.com

    Students Shoulder to Shoulder's (SStS) mission is to inspire high school students to engage in responsible global citizenship through on-line study, full immersion service programs, and public presentation.
  • Study Abroad Italy

    www.saiprograms.com

    High school summer study programs in England, Italy and Sonoma County.
  • Study Programs International

    www.spiabroad.com

    SPI High School Study Abroad Programs offers French, Italian, Chinese, and Spanish language immersion summer programs exclusively for high school students.
  • Telluride Association

    www.tellurideassociation.org

    Telluride aims to foster an everyday synthesis of self-governance and intellectual inquiry that enables students to develop their potential for leadership and public service. Open to high school sophomores and juniors.
  • Teen Life Summer Programs

    www.teenlife.com

    A varitey of information on overnight summer programs, GAP Year programs and Stem Programs which are focused on academic enrichment, community service and internships.
  • US Performing Arts Camps

    www.usperformingarts.com

    Summer programs for students, ages 11-20, in disciplines of dance, film & media, musical theatre, and theatre acting.
  • Visions Service Adventures

    Global community service programs for middle and high school students. The focus is on meaningful service, cultural immersion, adventure and community building.

    VISIONS has set the standard for international community service programs for high school and middle school students for almost 30 years. Collaborative service work and cross-cultural living help our teen volunteers understand a complicated world and learn meaningful ways to contribute productively.
    EST. 1988
    Our roots go back to the early 1970s when a few New York friends and educators relocated to a Pennsylvania farm to establish an experiential summer camp for teens. Years of summers in this setting taught us that kids loved the camaraderie, the physical labor, and the shared sense of purpose. Teens thrived while working and living together. The idea of VISIONS sprang from this knowledge. Teenagers want to be part of something bigger and are willing to work hard to meet big goals. In 1988, we created a kind of Peace Corps for youth, sensing that this kind of volunteerism would appeal to teens. We were right. Learn more about the VISIONS story.
  • Viviendas León (Housing for León), Nicaragua

    www.ViviendasLeon.org

    Summer Travel Program - Nicaragua.
    Students live and work with Nicaraguans during their two-week stay in and around the city of León.
  • Where There Be Dragons

    www.wheretherebedragons.com

    Semester, gap year, and college-accredited programs. “Learning adventures in the developing world.”
  • Wildcare (Marin, CA)

    http://www.wildcarebayarea.org/

    Wildcare offerse several summer opportunities for students interested in animal aid, advocacy and education.
  • Wilderness Ventures

    www.wildernessventures.com

    Choose from 2 or 6-week outdoor adventures.
  • Windsor Mountain International Summer Camp

    www.WindsorMountain.org

    Student Travel around the world

    Grades 8-10 - New England Traveling Theatre, Puerto Rico.

    Grades 9-12 - Caribbean, China, Cuba, Hawaii, Mexico, Peru, Southern Africa.
  • Woolman at Sierra Friends Center

    http://semester.woolman.org/

    Our mission is to steward diverse learning communities and educational programs that weave together spirituality, peace, sustainability and social action. Our lives and work embody a vision for peace and justice achieved through learning and service.

    Woolman is a nonprofit educational community originally founded in 1963 as a Quaker high school. Woolman now offers a high school semester program, summer camp programs for youth and families, and community activities. John Woolman, an 18th century Quaker human rights activist who aspired to live his life in complete integrity with his principles, inspired the name for the school.
    Located on 230 acres in the Sierra Nevada Foothills within walking distance of the Yuba river, the Woolman campus is an experiment in sustainable community living. As a Quaker community we welcome people of all backgrounds, and do not require or push any religious beliefs. While many of our staff and participants do not identify as Quaker, the Quaker ideals of inquiry-based education, consensus decision making, peace, equality, and integrity provide the foundation to our shared endeavor.
  • Windmere International Summer School Program

    http://www.windermereschool.co.uk/our-school/international-summer-school/

    Windermere School is located in the Lake District National Park in the North West of England. Our School offers day and boarding school for pupils aged 2 to 18. During the summer months we run an international summer school, welcoming 300 pupils from across the world.
     
    Traditionally, Windermere International Summer School provides English language courses for students aged 11 to 17. New for 2015, we are offering native English speakers the opportunity to join us. The morning English lessons will be replaced with four hours of sailing tuition by our qualified instructors at our private lakeside water sports centre, which holds RYA Champion Club Status.
     
    All our students will then come together in the afternoons, evenings and weekends to take part in our adventurous activity and sports programmes. Students with live together in our school’s fully-catered boarding houses, and supervised 24-hours a day by a team of residential activity staff.
     
    Our courses run throughout July and August:
     
    ·         Course 1, from 6 July to 29 July (£3,200)
    ·         Course 2, from 1 August to 15 August (£1,860)
    ·         Course 3, from 17 August – 30 August (£1,800)
     
    To apply for a place, students can complete the appropriate registration and parental consent forms available on the website, and return them with the requested deposit. On receipt of an application we will confirm the place with a letter of acceptance and an invoice for the balance.
     
  • World Affairs Council- Summer Institute on International Affairs

    http://www.worldaffairs.org/about-us/what-we-do/education

    Summer Institute on International Affairs provides high school and community college students with in-depth study and training on today’s global issues. This seminar style program allows students to experience council events, engage with like-minded peers and practice research, writing and speaking skills. The program is designed to be interactive, with students learning about the world through policy simulations, debates, presentations and speaker interviews. Applications are now available online for this year’s program and are due on Tuesday, May 26. To learn more and apply, please click here.

    Scholarships are available and Due May 1st, 2015
  • World Strides-Summer Programs

    http://www.newworldsemerge.org/

    http://ws.educationaltravel.com/


    Programs all around the world for grades 8-12. 6-32 day programs and earn 1 to 3 College Credits.


  • Youth For Understanding USA

    www.yfu-usa.org

    A non-profit international educational exchange organization with programs in 64 countries.
  • The Young Center California Youth Think Tank

    www.theyoungcenter.com

    California Youth Think Tank helps youth (grades 7-12) develop effective leadership, communication and critical thinking skills, and expand their knowledge as they interact daily with other dynamic California youth leaders on special projects. Summer College Residence Program will be June 25-June 30 at the University of Southern California.

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