Summer Programs in the US

  • Srihari
  • 29 Dec, 2019

US Summer Programs for High Schoolers

Srihari Balaji, Freshman @ Union College 

Summer Schools are summer programs conducted by U.S. and Indian colleges/universities for high school students to gain insight about academics and research in college. These programs also allow students to take courses usually offered to the first-year undergraduates. Summer schools also enable students to decide their college major, minor, and research path. The following are the summer schools that Indian high school students, specifically grade 10 and 11 students, are eligible to apply.

1) The Brown Leadership Institute

  • Type of Program: Selective
  • Recommended for: grade 9-12
  • Cost: Residential 2-week Program: $4,625
  • 2020 Program Dates: June 14 - June 26; June 28 - July 10; July 12 - July 24

The Brown Leadership Institute is a two-week residential program aiming to help students develop and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes associated with effective and socially responsible leadership. This institute also partners with the Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship to provide a second and unique opportunity for those looking to hone their entrepreneurial and social leadership skills. Students spend a week in both institutes. Summer@Brown is a program offering multiple 1-4-week sessions that allow high school students to take non-credit liberal arts and science courses.


2) Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

MIT does not offer summer programs that allow students to live on-campus, but there are three highly-selective programs that Indian students can apply. They are as follows:

i) Research Science Institute (RSI)

  • Type of Program: Very selective
  • Recommended for: Grade 11th
  • Cost: cost-free
  • No of students: 80
  • Program Dates: June 21 to August 1, 2020.

RSI is a six-week residential academic enrichment program for about 80 bright 11th-grade students. The program is free of charge for all participants.


ii) MIT Launch

  • Type of Program: Very selective
  • Recommended for: Grade 9th- 11th





MIT, Cambridge, MA

TBD for 2020


Northwestern Univ

June 28 - July 25, 2020


Univ of Michigan

June 7 - July 4, 2020

July 12 - August 8, 2020


Univ of Pennsylvania

June 21 - July 18, 2020



MIT Launch is a four-week intensive program that teaches high school students entrepreneurial skills and mindset by starting real companies.


iii) Women's Technology Program

  • Type of Program: Very selective
  • Recommended for: Grade 11th
  • Cost: See note below
  • Duration: June 27 – July 25, 2020
  • No. of students: 60

This is a four-week intensive program for 60 female high school students to explore hands-on engineering classes. This program is taught by female MIT graduate students. There are team-based projects conducted as well. Only 11th-grade female high school students are eligible to apply for this summer experience.


3) The Summer Science Program

  • Type of Program: Extremely selective
  • Recommended for: Grade 10 and 11
  • Cost: $6,950
  • Duration:
    • June 14-July 22, 2020. Planned dates for SSP in Astrophysics at New Mexico Tech & SSP in Biochemistry at Purdue Univ. 
    • June 21-July 29, 2020. Planned dates for SSP in Astrophysics at CU Boulder & SSP in Biochemistry at Indiana Univ.

The Summer Science Program is an academic summer program where high school students experience college-level education and do research in celestial mechanics by studying the orbits of asteroids or biochemistry by studying the kinetic properties of enzymes. The program was established in 1959 at The Thacher School in Ojai, California. Astrophysics courses are now taught on two campuses: New Mexico Tech in Socorro, New Mexico and the University of Colorado, Boulder in Boulder, Colorado. Biochemistry course is taught at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana and University of California San Diego in La Jolla, California.


4) Yale Young Global Scholars Program

  • Type of program: Extremely selective
  • Recommended for: Grade 10 and 11
  • Duration:  The YYGS 2020 program is divided into three sessions starting from June 21st to July 31st.
  • Cost: $6,300

Yale Young Global Scholars is an unparalleled academic and leadership program at Yale University, founded on the tenets of liberal arts, renowned for its diverse and inclusive community, and committed to increasing education access.


5) Boston University's PROMYS

  • Type of program: Extremely selective
  • Recommended for: Grades 9-12 and Gap year
  • Duration:  July 5 to August 15, 2020
  • Cost: $5000

PROMYS is a challenging program designed to encourage ambitious high school students to explore the creative world of mathematics. Each summer, approximately 80 high school students from around the country gather on the campus of Boston University for six weeks of rigorous mathematical activity. Through their intensive efforts to solve an assortment of unusually challenging problems in Number Theory, participants will practice the art of mathematical discovery. The problem sets encourage students to design their numerical experiments and to employ their powers of analysis to discover mathematical patterns, formulate and test conjectures, and justify their ideas by devising their mathematical proofs.

For Indian students specifically, PROMYS awards Tara and Jasubhai Mehta Fellowships in Mathematics which covers all costs for tuition, housing, and meals for the six weeks of PROMYS at Boston University in the United States. The Fellowships also cover roundtrip travel from India, visa application fees, and a small stipend for recommended books. The Tara and Jasubhai Mehta Fellowships to PROMYS are for mathematically talented students in India who would be financially unable to attend PROMYS without a scholarship and travel assistance. 2019 is the fifth year of the Mehta Fellowships and the 31st summer of PROMYS.


6) The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor's Michigan Math and Science Scholars (MMSS)

  • Type of program: Selective
  • Recommended for: Grades 9-12
  • Cost: $1,300 + Residential cost: $850
  • Duration:  MMSS 2020 Schedule: 
    • Session 1: Sunday, June 28 – Friday, July 10; 
    • Session 2: Sunday, July 12 – Friday, July 24 
    • Session 3: Sunday, July 26 – Friday, August 7.

The Michigan Math and Science Scholars program is designed to offer a pre-college experience exposing students to a breadth of curricula offered at the University of Michigan while introducing high school students to current developments and research in the sciences. The program is open to any high school rising sophomore, junior or, senior from around the world! Three 2-week sessions are offered; students are allowed to attend one, two or all three sessions.


7) Northwestern University's Pre-College Summer Programs

  • Type of program: Selective
  • Recommended for: Grades 10 and 11
  • Duration:  Starts June 21, 2020 with an orientation. 3-6 weeks courses offered. 
  • Cost: $5686 PLUS Room and Dining for 3-6 weeks ranges from $1480 - $2979. Students interested in Chemistry/Physics a lab course fee of $250 may be included.

Northwestern University offers a range of summer programs for pre-college students.


8) Stanford University's Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes

  • Type of Program: Very selective
  • Recommended for: Grade 8-11
  • Cost: $7,500
  • Duration: 
    • Session One. Monday, June 22–Friday, July 10, 2020.
    • Session Two. Monday, July 13–Friday, July 31, 2020.

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes is a three-week summer residential program held on Stanford campus that provides academically talented and intellectually curious students currently in grades 8–11 with intensive study in a single course.


9) Harvard University's Pre-College Program and Secondary School program

i) Secondary School Program

  • Type of Program: Very selective
  • Recommended for: Grade 10-12
  • Duration: June 20–August 8, 2020
  • Cost: Online or commuter experience: $3,340–$6,680, Residential experience: $12,810

Imagine studying at Harvard for seven weeks, fully immersed in the college experience. Whether you choose to live on campus, commute, or take courses online, you’ll have the opportunity to explore complex topics, gain valuable life skills, and form lasting bonds.

If you are a high school student who will graduate in 2020, 2021, or 2022, we invite you to explore all that the Secondary School Program has to offer.


ii) Pre-College Program

  • Type of Program: Very Selective
  • Recommended for: Grade 10 and 11
  • Duration: 
    • Session I: June 28-July 10, 2020; 
    • Session II: July 12-July 24, 2020; 
    • Session III: July 26 - August 7, 2020.
  • Cost: $4750

The Harvard Pre-College Program is an immersive, collaborative, and transformative residential experience. Alongside peers from around the world, you’ll thrive in a dynamic and supportive academic environment.

Whether you decide to attend for two, four, or six weeks, you’ll be introduced to college life as you attend challenging courses, live on campus, and enjoy fun excursions and activities.


10) Johns Hopkins University's The Summer Intensive program and Engineering Innovation Program

i) The Summer Intensive Program

  • Type of program: Very selective
  • Recommended for: Grade 9, 10 and 11
  • Program dates: different programs have different dates. But, whole program starts on June 22nd and ends on July 17th
  • Cost: $5,300

Summer Intensive (formerly Discover Hopkins) are programs designed to expose you to topics from different perspectives. For instance, observe top researchers and listen to experts at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, as you survey the latest in environmental health.

A typical day includes instructor-led morning lectures, supplemented by afternoon field trips and guest speakers—faculty, alumni, and other leading researchers or practitioners—will enhance your learning of the topic.

Summer Intensive includes weekend excursions to nearby attractions such as Baltimore Inner Harbor, Hershey Park, and Washington DC.

Summer Intensive is open to both residential and commuter students. Students register for one course (1 credit) per session and may enroll in up to 3 sessions (6 weeks) for up to 3 credits. Students choose the session or sessions that best fits their schedule.


ii) Engineering Innovation Program

  • Type of program: Very selective
  • Recommended for: Grade 11 and 12
  • Program dates: June 22 – July 17;  no class on Friday, July 3
  • Cost: Johns Hopkins Homewood campus (Baltimore, MD): $7,500; Hood College campus (Frederick, MD): $7365

Engineering Innovation is an exciting college-level summer program for motivated high school students with an aptitude in math and science and an interest in (or curiosity about) engineering. This program has been available to high school students since 2006. In the program, students learn to think and problem-solve like engineers and have the opportunity to earn Johns Hopkins University (JHU) credit.


11) The University of Chicago's Summer Session

  • Type of Program: Very selective
  • Recommended for: grade 11
  • Duration:  TBA
  • Cost: $7100

The University of Chicago's Summer Session programs bring together a global community of thinkers who ask tough questions and embrace new ideas. Join fellow engaged, idea-driven students from around the globe as you dig in—sometimes literally—to a Summer Session program at one of the world’s great intellectual destinations. Then, together, take in the outdoor music festivals, professional sports games, and Lake Michigan shorelines to round out summertime in Chicago.


12) Cornell University Summer Program

  • Type of Program: Selective
  • Recommended for: Grade 10, 11, and 12
  • Duration: 
    • Three-week session A: June 20–July 11, 2020
    • Three-week session B: July 12–August 1, 2020
    • Five-week dual program: June 20–July 25, 2020
    • Six-week program: June 20–August 4, 2020
  • Cost: 
    • Two-week session A (non-credit)  $4,550
    • Two-week session B (non-credit)  $5,500
    • Three-week     $6,750
    • Five-week         $12,250
    • Six-week            $13,500

Experience the challenge of college study with Cornell faculty and earn college credit while still a 10th, 11th, or 12th-grade student.


13) Carnegie Mellon University Pre-College Summer Programs

  • Type of Program: Very selective
  • Recommended for: Grade 11 and 12
  • Program dates: Differs from program to program
  • Cost: Program dependent, but Math and Science summer academy is FREE.

The Carnegie Mellon Pre-College programs provide learning and development opportunities for high school students both inside and outside of the classroom.

CMU's Pre-College program, which mirrors the undergraduate experience, allows rising juniors and seniors to explore their interests while receiving instruction from acclaimed Carnegie Mellon faculty and staff.

Students will have the opportunity to participate in a robust student experience which is curated by Student Affairs staff and a team of residential staff who are current Carnegie Mellon students.

CMU values the holistic student experience that includes academic and personal development to prepare students for the future.


14) Columbia University's Summer Program

  • Type of Program: Very selective
  • Recommended for: Grade 11 and 12
  • Duration: 
    • Session 1: June 29–July 17, 2020; 
    • Session 2: July 21–August 7, 2020
  • Cost: $11,566

At the three-week Summer Immersion, students choose from 60 possible courses in 12 subject areas. Each option provides an in-depth examination of a particular subject. Courses are taught by members of the Columbia University community. Students come from 70 countries worldwide and over 45 states. A full schedule of extracurricular activities is included in the programming. From dance parties to a movie and karaoke nights to field games and cultural celebrations, students will connect with new friends and experience new opportunities. Midday breaks include college preparedness programs, special lectures, community outreach, and awareness projects, and special interest clubs. Residential students are supervised by residential advisors who are available 24/7 to assist with any needs. Students must keep to a curfew and follow behavioral guidelines. College Credit Options: High achieving juniors and seniors in high school may enroll in college-level courses during the summer term and will receive college credit upon successful completion.


15) COSMOS (California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science)

  • Type of Program: Very selective
  • Recommended for: Grade 8-12
  • Duration: July 5th - August 1st, 2020
  • Cost: $6,500

COSMOS is an intensive 4-week summer residential program for students completing grades 8-12. Students apply to one of the four University of California’s COSMOS campuses — UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC San Diego, and UC Santa Cruz.



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