Academic Immersion programs

Academic Immersion (AIM)

This summer, dedicate three weeks to intensive study of a single academic topic while living on campus at Boston University. Academic Immersion (AIM) is a residential program for students entering their junior or senior year of high school.

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AIM Topics

Summer 2019 AIM Topics

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Introduction to Experimental Psychology

Academic Immersion: Introduction to Experimental Psychology combines classroom work in the psychological sciences with the experience of conducting research. Students learn to design and carry out their own experiments under the supervision of Boston University instructors.

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Introduction to Medicine

Offered in partnership with the Department of Medical Sciences & Education at the Boston University School of Medicine and the Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Boston University, Academic Immersion: Introduction to Medicine is a pre-medical program that combines classroom work in the sciences with experiential learning activities. Experiential learning activities include simulations, lab work, and explorations of different medical fields.

Creative Writing

Creative Writing

New this summer, and offered in partnership with the Boston University Creative Writing Program, Academic Immersion: Creative Writing gives students the opportunity to develop their writer's voice in a supportive, inspiring environment. Participants learn formal techniques in multiple genres from seasoned instructors and participate in workshops that build confidence as well as skill. Experiential learning activities include craft talks from published authors, free-write exercises, and visits to important cultural centers around Boston.

The Big Picture

For three weeks, AIM students reside in a college dorm in the heart of Boston, making new friends, enjoying planned social activities, and gaining valuable, hands-on experience in the fields of medicine (Academic Immersion: Introduction to Medicine), psychology (Academic Immersion: Introduction to Experimental Psychology), or creative writing (Academic Immersion: Creative Writing).

Academic Immersion: The Big Picture

Intensify Your Summer

Academic Immersion (AIM) is designed for engaged, motivated high school students who want to spend three weeks focusing on a specific subject intensively. All tracks of AIM combine classroom work and theoretical studies with practical applications and experiential activities, including field trips, guest speakers, and group projects. In addition to experiencing college life, AIM participants gain exposure to, and insight into, potential careers that they might be considering.

The AIM tracks are residential only and open to rising high school juniors and seniors.

Contact Us

Boston University Summer Term
High School Programs
755 Commonwealth Ave, Rm B05
Boston, MA 02215

Phone: 617-353-1378
Fax: 617-358-0646
Email: summerhs@bu.edu