Planned Program Activities & Free Time

Boston University Summer Term High School Programs offer a true pre-college experience. Along with rigorous academics, our high school programs provide a well-planned and exciting social experience at Boston University. We want you to spend your time with us figuring out what it means to be a college student. We want you to learn how to manage your time by balancing your academic work with fun events and free time.

In order to build a strong student community, we have planned a variety of mandatory activities. These include group outings in Boston and engaging social events around the BU campus. Activities occur during the afternoon, evenings, and on weekends, depending on the program. These events are an important part of each high school program, and all students are required to attend.

Our staff is available every step of the way as you immerse yourself in your classes, the dorm, campus, and in the city of Boston to make sure you are fulfilling your potential and getting everything out of your summer experience—academically, socially, and personally.

Free Time Guidelines

Students are allowed to leave campus during their free time. However, students are not permitted to leave campus by themselves—they must be accompanied by at least one other student in the program or by a program assistant. Summer Preview students must be with a program assistant if travelling off campus. Students may not leave the city of Boston without the permission of their parents and our program. Our program reserves the right to restrict students’ access to any part of Boston for security or other concerns. When students do leave campus, they need to inform a program assistant of their destination and time of return. Students must return before any scheduled activity and no later than curfew. Failure to follow these guidelines may result in discipline and possible removal from the program.

Summer Challenge and Summer Preview Students Only: If a student must miss a Program activity because of a special circumstance (i.e. family reunion), the student’s parent must send a written request to the Summer Term Office at least two weeks before the program begins. Requests should be sent via email to the Summer Term High School Programs office and should include a description of the special circumstances, the date and time the student will be away from the planned activity, and signatures from both the parent and student. Requests made once the program begins will not be considered. A decision will be made and a student is only authorized to leave once the Summer Term Office sends the student's parent or guardian a decision via email.

REMEMBER: Students are not allowed to miss any class time and there are no overnight absences for Summer Challenge/Summer Preview students. If the Summer Term Office authorizes a student to miss a planned activity, the student must return by curfew.