Experience BU’s Summer Programs for High School Students

Illuminate your future—this summer at Boston University. BU’s long-running Summer Term pre-college offerings include a choice of one-, two-, three-, and six-week programs, where you can participate remotely from anywhere in the world. Our programs for high school students prepare you for success in college. With five exciting and challenging pre-college summer programs to choose from, you can earn college credit, discover a new subject area, perform cutting-edge research in University labs, or immerse yourself in project-based learning. Summer is a great time to push yourself academically while experiencing college life in this new normal, making new friends, and engaging in remote social activities. We invite you to join other motivated teens from 50 states and 87 countries in our summer programs for high school students—a great introduction to college life and academics.


Summer High School Programs at a Glance

High School Honors RISE Internship/ Practicum Academic Immersion Summer Challenge Summer Preview
High School Level Rising juniors and seniors Rising seniors Rising juniors and seniors Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors Rising 8th graders, freshmen, and sophomores
Session Dates Six or seven weeks, starting May 24 or July 6 Six weeks, starting July 6 Three weeks, starting July 6 (psychology) and July 26 (medicine, global studies, and creative writing) Two weeks, starting July 12 and July 26 One week, starting July 26
Academic Experience Choose from more than 80 college courses and earn college credit Conduct university-level research Spend three weeks immersing yourself in the study of psychology, medicine, global studies, or creative writing Choose 2 of 20 seminars to expand your academic horizons Choose a seminar to get a sneak peek of the college experience
Earn College Credit Up to 8 credits
Format Remote or online Remote Remote Remote Remote


Admitted Students

Get a Head Start on College with Our Summer High School Programs

Experience pre-college summer study at one of the world’s top teaching and research universities. Immerse yourself in college academics. Open your mind to new subjects. Bond with high school students from around the country and globe.

You can take college courses alongside BU undergraduates and earn up to 8 college credits. You can pursue in-depth STEM research with individual faculty mentors or as part of a group project. Or, you can immerse yourself in a variety of stimulating noncredit seminars that blend lectures with experiential learning, discussions, and projects. Your hard work will be balanced with remote social events and fun activities.

Boston University’s Summer Pre-College Programs Enable You to:

  • Take on new academic challenges, explore a variety of interests, and consider possible majors
  • Preview college and learn how to balance your schoolwork and social life
  • Meet highly motivated high school students from all 50 states and 87 countries on six continents
  • Become part of a dynamic social community and engage in fun remote activities

Earn College Credit

Motivated rising 11th and 12th graders enroll in BU undergraduate classes

High School Honors

Conduct STEM Research

Academically accomplished rising 12th graders conduct university-level scientific research


Immerse Yourself in Project-based Learning

Rising 11th and 12th graders focus intensively on medicine, psychology, global studies, or creative writing, through project-based learning activities


Explore New Subjects

Rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders expand academic horizons with 2 noncredit project-based seminars

Summer Challenge

Preview College Life

Rising 8th, 9th, and 10th graders spend a week studying biology, business, or creative writing

Summer Preview

Start Your Summer

Application information for all five summer programs for high school students

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Parents & Guardians

An amazing summer is ahead! Find out what pre-college life at BU will be like for your student.

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Applications are open for summer 2021.


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