✅ = Registration open for Summer 2023
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BU offers summer camps and programs from a wide variety of disciplines for students K–12. Whether you’re looking to gain confidence in mathematics, expand your skills in journalism, hone your choreography abilities, or participate in pre-college programs, BU has an opportunity to help you meet your goals. If you’re in search of enriching experiences that will allow you to build connections and explore your interests, check out the opportunities listed below.
✅ Summer Preview | For students entering 8th–10th
Get a taste of college life for one exciting week this summer. Delve into fascinating subjects. Make new friends. Explore the fun, vibrant city of Boston. Our Summer Preview program offers students a choice of three different weeklong, noncredit seminars. It’s a great opportunity for you to dig into an area of academic interest or become familiar with an entirely new subject.
☑️ Center for English Language & Orientation | For high school students
This 5-week, online program offers English language and leadership training for international students interested in applying to an undergraduate program at a U.S. college or university, meetings and presentations with BU Admissions, as well as an interactive student panel featuring current international students.
✅ Upward Bound | For students entering 10th and 11th
The Upward Bound program is a free, federally-funded college preparatory program that serves low-income and first-generation Boston students. This program provides an academically intensive six-week residential summer program and an after-school program of tutoring and academic courses during the school year.
✅ Summer Challenge | For students entering 10th–12th
It’s called Summer Challenge because it pushes you in so many ways. You will explore your interests, discover new ones, test your academic boundaries, and immerse yourself in the college experience. Along the way, you will make new friends and get to know more about Boston University. Are you up to the challenge?
✅ High School Honors | For students entering 11th or 12th
Ready to push your limits academically? Excited to get out of your comfort zone, explore new subjects, and earn college credit? If this sounds like you, High School Honors offers a Boston University pre-college experience that will challenge you and expand your horizons.
✅ Program in Mathematics for Young Scientists | For students ages 14–18
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.
✅ GeMsGetMath@BU | For students entering 10th or 11th
Gender Minorities in Mathematics is a five-day non-residential mathematics program for high schools of any gender who live in the greater Boston area. The program builds young students’ confidence in math and science through computation and experimentation in an affirming environment. Participants will also have access to expert mathematical training and mentoring.
✅ RISE Internship/Practicum | For students in 11th
At the Research in Science & Engineering (RISE) program, you will spend six weeks at BU conducting university laboratory research with some of the nation’s brightest scientific minds while advancing your STEM knowledge and skills.
✅ AI4ALL | For young women entering 11th–12th
A three-week summer program focused on Artificial Intelligence (AI) for young women who are currently sophomores or juniors in high school. Participants explore topics in AI such as robotics, computer vision, and natural language processing through team projects, industry field trips, and presentations from guest speakers.
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☑️ Institute of Reading Development | For students K–12th
Help your child become a confident, enthusiastic reader in Summer Reading Skills Programs. These programs teach key reading skills for every grade, from phonics and sight words for younger children, to comprehension, textbook strategies and writing skills for older kids, and everything in between.
✅ The Summer Journalism Academy | For high school students
The Summer Journalism Academy offers a hands-on experience for high school students interested in journalism, writing, or photography. Students will have the opportunity to expand their skills and prepare for college, either through a residential experience on campus or through remote instruction from home. Lessons are taught by working journalists and grounded in real-life experience.
Sport and movement camps
✅ Camp Terrier at FitRec | For ages 5–15
With a variety of interest areas, your camper can choose how to spend their summer vacation. Each area has its own learning outcomes and goals.
✅ Reach Summer Dance Program | For students entering 8th–12th
Reach is a four-week program that trains teen apprentices in dance and choreography and helps them to develop essential skills in a structured, educational environment. Reach provides a quality art experience to thousands of urban youth when the participating teens and professionals take their work on tour. As an apprentice, you’ll get to meet and work with youth from around the greater Boston area and perform all over the city as part of Reach’s intergenerational company of students, college interns, and professionals.
Music, theatre, and visual arts programs
✅ Wheelock Family Theatre | For students K–12th
Dive into creative expression by choosing from a wide variety of Wheelock Family Theatre summer class offerings. From puppetry, to Shakespeare, dinosaurs, directing, and more—there is an opportunity for everyone to increase their knowledge and ignite their imagination.
✅ BU Tanglewood Institute | For for ages 14–20
As a student at BUTI, you become part of the Tanglewood continuum—a rich and expanding family of artists. From your peer musicians in training to teachers who inspire, all the way through to the TMC Fellows, members of the BSO, and rock stars in the field, you can see yourself every step of the way. All it takes is one summer and you’ll forever be a part of this community of artists, educators, leaders, and advocates. You can expect a transformational summer of music making and growth. You’ll step outside your comfort zone to challenge yourself, broaden your perspective, and forge bonds that last a lifetime.
✅ Summer Theatre Institute | For high school students
This program offers a five-week pre-college experience for highly motivated high school theatre artists. Designed to mirror the first year BFA experience within the College of Fine Arts School of Theatre at Boston University, the Institute allows all participants the opportunity to test their interests and abilities in a professional training environment. Students earn 4.0 college credits for their coursework in acting, design, theatre for social change, improvisation, and other theatre techniques, as well as immersive theatre workshops and the creation of an original piece of theatre with members of their ensemble.
✅ Visual Arts Summer Institute | For high school students
The Boston University School of Visual Arts’ Summer Institute offers high school students (ages 15–18) an intensive visual arts program designed to help them build exceptional portfolios and get a taste of the collegiate art school experience. Whether preparing portfolios for college admission or simply working to improve technical abilities, students are introduced to materials and methods used in professional artistic practice.
✅ PopHealthExperience | For students entering 10th–12th
An engaging and immersive introduction to the field of public health. Students learn from Boston University School of Public Health faculty and graduate students about a range of public health topics, participate in hands-on research activities, discover career choices, and develop leadership skills.
✅ AIM: Intro. to Experimental Psychology | For students entering 11th–12th
The program combines classroom work in the psychological sciences with the experience of conducting research. You will learn to design and carry out your own research experiments under the supervision of Boston University instructors.
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