AIM: Calendar & What to Expect
As announced by the president and provost on Tuesday, April 7, Boston University has cancelled on-campus programming for Summer 2020. The nature of the Academic Immersion: Introduction to Medicine and Creative Writing tracks do not make them feasible options for remote learning. For that reason, we have made the incredibly difficult decision to cancel Introduction to Medicine and Creative Writing this year.
The Academic Immersion: Introduction to Experimental Psychology track will be moving to a remote learning environment. Click here for more details about the Introduction to Experimental Psychology remote program for Summer 2020.
The application deadline for Academic Immersion has passed.
A 3-week program
Here’s your chance to do a deep dive into a subject that fascinates you. Picture this: three stimulating weeks on campus engaging in intensive study, with classmates who feel just as passionate about a single academic topic as you do. If you’re entering your junior or senior year of high school, we invite you to apply.AIM is an intensive and rewarding three-week experience. No matter which of the three tracks you are enrolled in, useful information about what the program will be like can be found below. Be sure to read through our check-in and departure sections for other key details.
|Introduction to Experimental Psychology begins||Sunday, July 5|
|Introduction to Experimental Psychology ends||Friday, July 24|
|Introduction to Medicine and Creative Writing begin||Sunday, July 26|
|Introduction to Medicine and Creative Writing end||Friday, August 14|
When making travel arrangements, please keep the following check-in and departure information in mind:
Check-in & Departure Information
All residential student check-ins for Summer Term High School Programs occur on the fourth floor of Warren Towers, 700 Commonwealth Avenue. Parking is available in the Warren Towers garage, located on the third floor. Enter the garage on Hinsdale Mall. For directions to Boston University, please visit Travel to Campus.
During check-in, program assistants are stationed at the front entrance to Warren Towers on 700 Commonwealth Avenue to provide directions.
|2020 check-in dates and times|
|Introduction to Experimental Psychology||July 5, 12–4 pm|
|Introduction to Medicine||July 26, 1–4 pm|
|Creative Writing||July 26, 1–4 pm|
You should arrive no later than 4 pm. If you’re not able to check in by 4 pm because of flight restrictions, you must contact the Summer Term High School Programs office at least one week before the program begins so that arrangements can be made.
- Introduction to Experimental Psychology
- You must attend a program orientation that starts promptly at 4:30 pm on Sunday, July 5.
- After the orientation, you’ll have dinner with your program assistant and the other AIM students.
- Introduction to Medicine and Creative Writing
- The program begins promptly at 5:30 pm on July 26 with dinner with your program assistant. Meet in your floor’s common room.
- You must attend a program orientation at 8 am on Monday, July 27.
You will receive your room assignment and room keys at check-in.
Please see What to Bring for information on what you need for your stay.
The Academic Immersion program will end after the midday reception on the last Friday of the program. You can leave immediately following the reception. You may stay an extra night in the dorm if travel arrangements require it, but you must be fully vacated from Warren Towers by 10 am Saturday with no exceptions. If you stay until the morning after the program concludes, you must continue to follow all program rules and guidelines.
The end time for each track:
|2020 departure dates and times|
|Introduction to Experimental Psychology||July 24, 1 pm|
|Introduction to Medicine||August 14, 1 pm|
|Creative Writing||August 14, 1 pm|
The final reception for each track occurs on the last Friday of the program. Family and friends are invited to attend. An email is sent out one week before with further details.
- Introduction to Experimental Psychology: July 24, 12–1 pm
- Introduction to Medicine and Creative Writing: August 14, 11:30 am–1 pm
You will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the summer. If you are dismissed from the program or leave the program early, you will not receive the certificate.
The following must be completed when you move out of Warren Towers:
- Return residence key, in person, to the Residence Life office and ask for a key receipt*
- Remove all personal belongings and trash from the room
- Close and lock all windows
- Leave the room in a clean, habitable condition
- Turn off the lights
- Lock the door
*If you do not return your residence key to the Residence Life office prior to leaving, you will be charged up to $130 for a lock change and replacement keys. Warren Towers will not accept keys that are sent via mail.
A Day in the Life of an AIM Student
Ok, so what’s it going to be like?
Each weekday, you’ll attend morning classes and experiential learning activities in the afternoon. We also offer lots of fun group events, so you can get to know your fellow students and get familiar with Boston.
Weeknights are free for homework, impromptu activities, and time with your friends until curfew. You can also participate in additional social activities with other pre-college students. Take a look at our Schedule of Social Events below to see the kinds of activities we have planned in previous summers.
Meals are offered by the Fresh Food Company at Marciano Commons, which provides a large assortment of cuisines for all tastes, including vegetarian and vegan options. The dining staff can also accommodate food allergies and other dietary restrictions.
The bottom line: there’s plenty of free time to do your homework, enjoy the campus, and explore this amazing city. You can purchase a short-term membership to Boston University’s Fitness & Recreation Center, study at one of BU’s 23 libraries, or relax on the BU “Beach,” a popular student hangout with views of the Charles River.
|Morning Seminar||9:30–11:30 am|
|Lunch||11:30 am–12:30 pm|
|Experiential Learning Activity||1–4:30 pm|
|Evening Activities/Free Time||7–9 pm|
|Curfew||11 pm (Sunday–Thursday)
12 am (Friday & Saturday)