Summer Opportunities Outside of LFA
There are various summer opportunities for LFA students at esteemed institutions around the country and globe. Please explore the areas below to look at specific enrichment programs in the arts, sciences, and more.
- American Camp Association
- Science Training Programs Directory
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- Programs for Minority Students
- Outdoor Programs
- Science and Math Programs
Art, Music, and Writing Programs
American University – School of Communications
Discover the world of communication in professional, hands-on summer workshops in the full range of disciplines in media, communications, digital, photography, film, animation, and music production.
Berklee College of Music
Berklee offers five to twelve week programs that focus on performance, music theory, recording sessions, song writing, and specific instruments.
Boston University Visual Arts Summer Institute
BU offers an intensive four-week visual art program designed to help students build their art portfolios for the college process.
Bowdoin International Music Festival
Bowdoin engages renowned artists from major conservatories, orchestras and performing groups worldwide to serve as instructors. For serious performers with advanced musical ability.
California College of the Arts and Pre-College Program
Denison University: The Jonathan R. Reynolds Young Writers Workshop
Emerson College Summer Arts and Communication Academy
Programs offered from Filmmaking to Studio Television to Theater to Stage Design to Writers. Additional programs in journalism and political communication.
Interlochen Center for the Arts
Each summer, young artists from around the world gather to learn, create and perform alongside leading artists and instructors.
Interplay Jazz Camp
Offers a week-long holistic jazz workshop that integrates meditation, yoga and natural foods to enhance creativity and support a relaxed approach to practicing and performing.
Jazz in July: Summer Music Program at UMass
Over thirty years of jazz instruction connecting innovation, education, and inspiration.
The Juilliard School Pre-College Summer Programs
Applications are reviewed beginning in mid-February and some programs require auditions. Juilliard offers a full range of opportunities in theatre, music, dance, and vocal studies.
Kenyon College Review Young Writers Summer Program
Young Writers offers intensive week long workshops for intellectually curious, motivated high-school students who value writing.
School of the Museum of Fine Arts: Pre-College Summer Studio
The three-week Pre-College Summer Studio is a unique and rigorous program focused on making art, sharing art, and living art.
Northwestern University National High School Institute – Cherubs
Approximately 400 students will enroll in the Institute’s three Divisions: Debate, 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.
Rhode Island School of Design
The Summer Studies program in the visual and liberal arts encompasses a wide spectrum of interests designed to meet the needs of beginning, intermediate and advanced students.
Sewanne Young Writer’s Conference
Literary stars including Arthur Miller, Derek Walcott, Horton Foote, Mark Strand, and Ernest Gaines, join serious high school writers for two weeks of intensive literary discussion and creation.
College and University Summer School Programs
American University – School of International Community of Scholars
The program offers the opportunity to study international relations in Washington, DC with other students passionate about creating meaningful change in the world.
Babson Entrepreneurial Development Experience
Develop your skills as a passionate, self-motivated entrepreneur within a close-knit driven community.
Barnard College Summer Program
The program provides an opportunity for rising juniors and seniors to experience the challenges and rewards of college life against the exciting backdrop of New York City.
Boston University Summer School
Rising seniors may apply and choose between the General Honors Program and the Research Internship Program in Science and Engineering.
Boston College Summer School
Deadline for registration is up to seven days before courses begin.
Brown University Summer School
The program for rising seniors provides opportunities to participate actively in and out of class, grow as a learner and a person in an Ivy League environment, enjoy extracurricular activities and trips, and become an important member of a dynamic campus.
CMU offers courses in AP classes, architecture, art, design, drama, and music, as well as the National Game Academy.
Choate Rosemary Hall Summer Programs
With a variety of programs (two, four and five weeks), Choate provides specialized learning opportunities, and students leave with better time-management and study skills.
University of Chicago – Graham School
Whether you are intrigued by languages, law, or the latest laboratory techniques U Chicago offers an exciting array of one-of-a- kind learning experiences.
Columbia University High School Programs
Study with distinguished instructors, exchange ideas with intellectually curious peers, and be inspired. Noncredit courses in law, politics, college prep, arts and sciences. Programs in NYC, Barcelona, and the Middle East.
Cornell University, Summer College
It is a comprehensive academic summer program for high school juniors and seniors. Cornell also offers a Summer Honors Program for high school sophomores.
A challenging experience for academically talented and motivated students, Duke offers a range of activities outside of class, including student government, drama, intramural sports, and community service.
Emory University Pre-College Program
Georgetown University Summer Program
George Washington University Summer Program
Harvard Summer School
For more than 45 years, Harvard Summer School accepts 1,000 highly qualified high school juniors and seniors into its eight-week session. Secondary students take regular college-level courses along with undergraduates from Harvard and elsewhere.
Northwestern University College Prep Program
Pennsylvania School for Global Entrepreneurship at Lehigh University
PSGE was developed to inspire the spirit of entrepreneurship, and expose students to the creative processes, cultural understanding, and effective business practices of tomorrow leaders.
University of Pennsylvania Pre-College Program
Designed for academically-gifted high school juniors and seniors, the program offers a wide-range of courses including pre-business, pre-law and politics, pre-medicine, social sciences, mathematics, writing and the arts.
Phillips Academy – Andover
Fostering a passion for lifelong learning, the Summer Session combines a full boarding, pre-college experience with small classes in a multicultural community with innovative pedagogy complementing traditional areas over a five week period.
Phillips Exeter Academy
Residential/day program for motivated students who are entering grades 9-12 and PG. More than 90 courses offerings where the focus is on “learning for learning’s sake.”
Skidmore College Pre-College Program in the Liberal Arts
Stanford University Summer School
Vanderbilt Summer Academy for Talented Youth
Wellesley College Summer School
College of William & Mary
Summer program in Early American History
Yale University: Senior Explorations
Students explore the breadth of a liberal arts education and pre-professional curriculum.
Dartmouth Debate Workshop and Institute
The Dartmouth Forensic Union offers two of the premier debate programs in the country, serving the needs of the young and advanced debaters.
Harvard Debate Council Summer Workshops
The Harvard Debate Council offers instruction in tradition and contemporary debate styles, using cutting edge technology to expand research methodologies.
Michigan Debate Institute
Since 1985 Michigan Debate Institutes have offered a strong faculty, innovative curriculum design and the tremendous resources of the University of Michigan to thousands of students from all 50 states representing over one thousand high schools. Graduates have experienced great competitive success.
American University of Paris
Established in 1976, Bold Earth now offers 27 wilderness, service learning, language, and immersion trips every summer for teenagers from around the world.
Center for International Studies
Assists in finding educational opportunities in England, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, Spain, Australia, and New Zealand.
University of Dallas Summer Study in Europe
You can study Latin in Rome, Shakespeare in Italy and King Arthur in London with professors from the University of Dallas.
Knowledge Exchange Institute (KEI)
KEI offers international summer enrichment programs around the world through classes, internships, field trips, cultural activities, and research opportunities.
Leysin American School in Switzerland
Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy
Oxford Advanced Studies Program
The Oxford Advanced Studies Program is an academic and cultural summer course for high school students, specifically designed to be intellectually stimulating and academically relevant.
The Oxbridge Academic Programs
Over 70 innovative, challenging courses for students in Oxford, Cambridge and Paris.
Multiple opportunities for overseas volunteer projects and international internships.
University of St. Andrews (Scotland): Scottish Studies Summer Program
School for Field Studies
SFS sends high school seniors to internationally-based field stations to take on a rigorous course of experimental, field based study.
School Year Abroad (SYA)
It is an academic program for high school students who want to study overseas.
The Sol Education Abroad Experience
With Sol Education Abroad, students will achieve a genuine cultural immersion through housing with carefully selected local host families, first-rate Spanish language classes, stimulating excursions, and some of the most rewarding cultural activities possible.
Spoleto Study Abroad
The program is designed for high school students interested in the arts and humanities, located in the beautiful Spoleto Valley in Central Italy.
Offers academic programs in England, France, Spain, Italy and the United States.
Visions Service Adventures
Visions offers summer programs focused on service work and cross-cultural exchange for high school students around the world.
Where There Be Dragons
WTBD offers travel packages, trekking trips, service projects, language immersion, wilderness exploration, cultural studies, and home stays in countries around the world.
Leadership Programs and Internships
African Leadership Academy
Students live and learn on the beautiful African Leadership Academy campus in the outskirts of Johannesburg, South Africa for an intense, 10-month pre-university program building lasting friendships with Africa’s future leaders, engage in deep study of the African continent, and design and implement a community service project.
The Bronfman Youth Fellowship in Israel (BYFI)
This is a program for promising young people in the North American Jewish community to study Judaism and the Jewish world through the eyes of Israel.
Junior Statesman of America
For students interested in politics, law, economics, and philosophy, JSA is a nationally recognized program located on the campuses of five, highly selective college campuses. Students are involved in classes and sessions designed to develop their knowledge of political systems, their ability to speak and write persuasively, and their appreciation for intellectual and ethical principles.
University of Pennsylvania Leadership Program in the Business World
Leadership in the Business World is a four-week program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania designed to introduce talent rising high school seniors to the fundamental skills and knowledge necessary to lead in the 21st century.
This is a national education program seeking high school students as teachers and mentors.
Yale Daily News
Yale’s undergraduate newspaper offers a seven day summer internship program for aspiring journalists.
Military Academy Summer Programs
United States Military Academy (West Point)
The United States Military Academy conducts the Invitational Academic Workshop (IAW) for academically gifted high school juniors going into their senior year. The IAW is a week-long program of academic workshops, military training, physical fitness training and intramural athletics.
United States Naval Academy Summer Session
The United States Naval Academy Summer Seminar offers the opportunity for rising high school seniors to visit the Naval Academy for one week during the summer. Students will experience all aspects of the Naval Academy including the academic program and midshipman life.
Programs for Minority Students
LEAD offers minority high school juniors (rising seniors) with strong academic credentials and demonstrated leadership skills an opportunity to explore challenging careers in business. LEAD’s summer business institutes are held for three to four weeks at 10 leading graduate business schools such as UPenn, Duke, Northwestern, Virginia and Dartmouth.
SAMS: The Summer Academy for Mathematics + Science
The Summer Academy for Mathematics and Science is a rigorous residential summer experience for good students who have a strong interest in math and science and want to become excellent students. Students who are entering their junior or senior year and are considering careers in engineering, science and other math-based disciplines are eligible to apply.
W.E.B. DuBois Scholars Institute
The Institute provides leadership, scholarship, community service, and entrepreneur training along with exposure to science and technology for high-achieving youth attending secondary schools. It was founded with the goal of solving some of society’s intractable social problems by training problem solvers.
Since 1983, ACC has been offering 90 day programs in Latin America, Africa, and Asia, allowing students to become part of the community they join.
They offer carefully planned, action-packed Adventures are geared for young men and women between the ages of 13 and 18. Each 16–28 day Adventure includes a wide variety of exciting wilderness activities such as rock climbing, whitewater rafting, sea kayaking, mountain biking, canoeing, mountaineering, and backpacking in some of the most breathtaking scenery in western North America.
National Outdoor Leadership Schools
Blending the finest parts of a traditional school with the best wilderness education available, NOLS offers outdoor programs throughout the world from the United States and India to New Zealand and Patagonia.
Students set sail on a 70’ schooner and gain advanced seamanship knowledge while developing teamwork and leadership skills in the “floating classroom.”
Student Conservation Association
The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is America’s conservation corps. Volunteers restore national parks, marine sanctuaries, cultural landmarks and community green spaces in all 50 states. There are opportunities to find free internships throughout the United States.
Outdoor adventure program for young adults with expeditions through the United States, Europe, Central America and Australia.
Science and Math Programs
MIT Women's Technology Program
A 4-week residential summer school for high school girls to explore electrical engineering and computer science.
MIT’s Research Science Institute (RSI)
RSI is the first cost-free to students, summer science & engineering program to combine on-campus course work in scientific theory with off-campus work in science and technology research.
Ross Mathematical Program at Ohio State University
The Ross Program is an intensive summer experience designed to encourage motivated pre-college students to explore mathematics. During those eight weeks, students are immersed in a world of mathematical discovery.
University of Pennsylvania Applied Science and Technology
The School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania offers a unique opportunity for high school students to study computer graphics, nanotechnology, biotechnology, and robotics.
PROMYS at Boston University
PROMYS offers an intensive experience in creative mathematical exploration, taught by Boston University faculty to approximately 65 high school students with an exceptionally strong interest in mathematics.
The Summer Science Program
The program is organized around a classic astronomical research curriculum.
Vanderbilt Summer Engineering, Science, and Technology Vanderbilt offers a unique program for high school students to explore a science, engineering, medical, or technology based career in a risk environment.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute Frontiers Program