South Pasadena High School

Enrichment & Summer Programs



For internship opportunities available outside of our SPHS Internship Program, click here.


Summer is a great time to enrich your experiences through several different types of programs.

 Here are some general links to get you started on your search for 

finding the program that is just right for you!

*Naviance: in your individualized Naviance account, go to the "College" tab, look under the "College Research" box, and click on 'enrichment programs'

*Summer Discovery: this is a website for high school pre-college and study abroad programs. 

*Discovery Internships: internship opportunities for high school students. 

*TeenLife – Guide to overnight Summer Programs, Gap Year Programs, Community Service and more.  TeenLife provides a directory of enrichment programs for students in grades 7-12, along with regular content to support strong teen growth & decision making.  


~Study Abroad Opportunities~ 

 * ASSE International Student Exchange Program: an exchange program that develops leadership skills, self-confidence, and a greater understanding of the world in countries through Europe, Asia, and the Americas

* Oxbridge AcademicPrograms: for over 30 years,Oxbridge has been running programs for intellectually ambitious students in Oxford, Cambridge, St. Andrews, Paris, Montpellier, Salamanca, Barcelona, New York, and Los Angeles

* Oxford Royale Academy: Fuel your ambitions this summer with Oxford Royale Academy's summer schools, taking place in Oxford, Cambridge and other prestigious locations.

Rustic Pathways: innovative and responsible travel experiences for students to positively impact lives and communities around the world

* School Year Abroad (SYA): high school study abroad program 

* University of Notre Dame:  Are you interested in the architectural history of Rome, with all its fountains, ruins, winding streets, and delicious gelato? Or do you gravitate more toward the Emerald Isle, which boasts both the bustling city of Dublin and the castles and sweeping views of the west? Whatever your preference, our study abroad programs offer you a unique opportunity to travel the world, explore a new culture under the guidance of Notre Dame faculty, and make memories that last a lifetime.

* BROADREACH: 70 programs in over 40 different countries in the Caribbean, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania.  New programs for this summer include ways for students to explore photography in Italy and an introduction to veterinary medicine in the Bahamas.  Other programs: Caribbean Dive & Sail Voyages, Marine Science, Animal Science, Photography & Multimedia, Advanced Scuba, Sailing, Language & Culture, STEM and Medicine.  



Cal State LA’s College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology

The new registration is as follows: 


The Virtual- LAunchPad Summer Program will continue to be July 13, 2020 – July 24, 2020, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Monday- Friday.  A virtual orientation and concluding ceremony will also be held; the dates and times will be sent to you once they have been confirmed. 


To register to participate in the Virtual-LAunchPad Summer Program at Cal State LA, students will need to click on the LAunchPad Registration link and complete registration form.


Click on Link:  LAunchPad2020 Registration


Registration closes:  June 19, 2020
The Earth and Planetary Science (EPS) Department
We will be offering 6 courses this summer. All UC Berkeley summer classes will be online and taught via remote instruction. We welcome students at all locations to take our courses.

Please take a look at the list of EPS Summer Course Offerings and visit for more information about each course:

EPS 3: The Water Planet
Session C: June 22 - August 14
EPS 10: Earth’s Greatest Volcanic Eruptions
Session D: July 6 - August 14
EPS W12: The Planets
Session C: June 22 - August 14
EPS 20: Earthquakes in Your Backyard
Session A: May 26 - July 2
Session D: July 6 - August 14
EPS 80: Environmental Earth Sciences
Session D: July 6 - August 14
EPS N82: Introduction to Oceans
Session A: May 26 - July 2
Session D: July 6 - August 14
Registration Open
we have adjusted USC Summer Programs to take place entirely online during our scheduled dates of June 15 – July 10, 2020
USC Summer Programs extends a tradition of excellence to outstanding high school students through a diverse offering of 4-week summer courses. Accepted students will engage in academically rigorous courses designed for online learning, have access to USC faculty who are leaders in their fields, and explore growing academic passions at the university level. Learn more about USC Summer.
Deadline to register - May 8, 2020
Classes begin June 15th
Motivated high school students can take a step toward achieving their academic and artistic goals by attending a Rider University Pre-College Program. Rider University offers a variety of program options for enrichment or for credit. Students who successfully complete our summer pre-college programs are eligible for a renewable scholarship. Visit website for program details.
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Stevens Pre-College allows students to participate in hands-on, project-based learning; experience campus life; visit leading companies; and make their college applications stand out. Stevens offers opportunities to discover collegiate life both in and out of the classroom. Programs in engineering, science, business, computer science, music and the arts are still open for students to apply.  Click here for a listing of our 2020 program offerings! 
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The UCLA Game Lab Summer Institute introduces high school students to game-making as an artistic practice, teaching them techniques and tools to develop analog and digital games that reflect their own creative vision. No previous game-making skills are required!  Students with an interest in games and visual arts will find the curriculum especially rewarding. Students who complete the coursework receive 4 units of college credit!

This summer we are offering two versions of the program, one commuter-based, the other residential-based (on-campus housing):

  • Commuter program: Monday, July 13 – Friday, July 24, 2020

  • Residential program (on-campus housing): Sunday, July 26 (check-in) – Friday, August 7, 2020

The Summer Institute program is committed to diversity, and we welcome students of all cultural, racial, gender, linguistic, geographic, and socioeconomic backgrounds and physical abilities. Scholarships are available for students, as well (see below).

 Enrollment opens in February—and tends to fill up pretty quickly! To register and enroll directly, please visit UCLA Summer Sessions on the web.

 Application open
Boston University

Celebrating its 11th year, the Boston University Summer Journalism Institute gives students ages 15 to 18 the opportunity to expand their skills, experience college life and explore Boston.

Each instructor is also a working journalist, so what’s taught is grounded in real-life experience. Each lesson is tied to its practical application, by giving students reporting assignments on campus and in the city. Each day is an opportunity to taste what’s it like to work in the news field, live on a campus, and make new friends from all over the country.

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Academy of Media Production
Creative high school students develop their cinematic and journalistic storytelling skills producing films, videos, multi-camera productions and more at Boston University's Academy of Media Production.
Program Dates: July 6 - 31, 2020
Program Info & Application Materials:
March 31, 2020
UC Santa Barbara Summer Sessions offers a variety of Pre-College Programs that provide students with unique opportunities to earn college credit while in high school. Simultaneously, these programs are designed to shape each student's academic, professional, personal, and social development. Our programs challenge high school students by exposing them to the academic excellence of UC Santa Barbara while immersing them in the university’s social environment. 
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Learn, explore, and experience all New York University and New York City have to offer with one of our unique Summer Programs! Our program offers a variety of course options including three-, six-, and twelve-week sessions. You'll have the flexibility to create your own schedule and select courses from any of nine colleges. 

Start planning your visiting student experience today!

Looking to go abroad? Learn about NYU's Summer Abroad opportunities for visiting students.

NYU also offers summer programs for high school students as well. Explore NYU Summer High School Programs and get a taste of life as a college student. 


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Staying at home doesn't have to hold you back from pursuing your academic goals! Join UCLA Summer Sessions for a Precollege Webinar on Wednesday, May 13 at 5 p.m. PDT.  Registration is required.  Please RSVP at: if you wish to attend.


Learn about the wide variety of 1-10 week long programs and courses for high school students that are available via remote learning this summer, including Precollege Summer Institutes, Summer College Immersion Program, and individual courses.

Precollege Summer Institutes
Complete hands-on projects in Precollege Summer Institutes including Introduction to Investments, Mock Trial, International Development Studies, Sci | Art and Camera Acting, among many others.

Summer College Immersion Program (SCIP)
Gain an invaluable insight into studying at a world-renowned university from wherever you are this summer while taking UCLA courses.

Individual Courses
Take courses alongside UCLA students and other like-minded students around the world with UCLA's renowned instructors. Choose from 100+ courses in languages, economics, psychology, film and television, math, sciences, and many more.

Whether your goal is to get a leg up for college applications, explore a potential career path, or learn a new skill, UCLA Summer Sessions has something just right for you. 
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Washington University is counted among the worlds' leaders in teaching, research, and public service, and draws students and faculty from all 50 states and more than 100 nations. Our mission is to discover and disseminate knowledge, and protect the freedom of inquiry through research, teaching, and learning.

Since 1984, Arts & Sciences Pre-College Programs have provided academically talented students the perfect opportunity to challenge themselves in a supportive and encouraging atmosphere. We commit ourselves each year to the following goals:

  • To develop challenging and innovative programming that aligns with the overall WashU mission and goals.
  • To create a positive academic and community atmosphere by implementing educational, cultural, and social activities for all students.
  • To offer decision-making opportunities for students to develop their independence.
  • To create a safe, respectful environment for all students.
  • To provide academic support to enable all students to experience growth in their academic abilities.
  • To offer need-based scholarship assistance to ensure cost is not a barrier to attending our summer programs.

Our students come from across the country and around the world for the unique WashU pre-college experience.

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The University of Chicago's Summer Session programs bring together a global community of thinkers who ask tough questions and embrace new ideas. Join fellow engaged, idea-driven students from around the globe as you dig in—sometimes literally—to a Summer Session program at one of the world’s great intellectual destinations. Then, together, take in the outdoor music festivals, professional sports games, and Lake Michigan shorelines to round out summertime in Chicago.


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Each summer, more than 7,500 motivated students from the United States and around the world attend Summer Term at Boston University. Summer Term is open to all: you do not have to apply to BU to take summer courses. Simply register.

BU offers more than 700 summer courses, both graduate and undergraduate, over two convenient six-week sessions—so you can achieve your academic objectives and still find time for your other summer activities. Come study alongside students from BU and other colleges, as well as working adults, entering graduate students, and others. Form new connections and build valuable networks.

Why study at BU this summer? Here are many reasons to enroll:

  • Benefit from a wide selection of subjects from 14 of BU’s schools and colleges
  • Fulfill your Hub units—BU summer courses count for Hub requirements the same as in the school year
  • Catch up on credits, complete a prerequisite, or finish a degree requirement
  • Focus on one or two courses in an intensive academic environment
  • Build up your subject-matter expertise or explore a new subject for your own enrichment
  • Enjoy smaller class sizes—or study with a BU professor you’ve heard about
  • Connect with a global community of students and professionals
  • Experience Boston at its best—in the summer!

Registration for Summer 2020 is now open.

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art, design, architecture, fashion or writing
Pratt’s summer PreCollege provides students with an opportunity to build their art and design skills, create a portfolio of their work, and explore possibilities for study and employment in creative fields. Classes are modeled after Pratt’s undergraduate curriculum, taught by experienced faculty and alumni in order to provide students with a rich and immersive educational experience. The college-level coursework equips students with four elective college credits accepted at Pratt and most colleges and universities.
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Experience a precollege program that offers limitless ways to explore the world. You will join more than 300 other high school students who want to pursue their academic interests in and out of the classroom, strengthen their college applications and meet other motivated and ambitious college-bound young women. Accepting young women who will be entering grades 9, 10, 11, 12 in fall 2020.

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This week-long experience led by distinguished UC Irvine School of Law faculty in a law school setting is designed to equip students with knowledge, understanding, and skills that will benefit them as they continue their education and chart their future—to perform better in high school, prepare for college, and explore a possible career as a lawyer.

Renowned faculty will lead engaging morning lectures of current relevance, introducing participants to the legal system and to major areas of law important to students. In the afternoon, students will have an opportunity to participate in mock debates, hearings, and workshop-style sessions. This specialized program advances college readiness on a UC campus in actual law school classrooms. Personal interaction with faculty aims to expand perspectives, boost academic and professional confidence, and support career and college interests.

With curriculum developed by UCI Law faculty, college-bound participants will become stronger candidates through a unique program of timely lectures, intellectually rigorous small group activities, lively open discussion, and practical skills enhancement.

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The Cornerstone Summer Institute is a week-long summer camp at the University of Virginia where high school students learn about slavery and its legacies by exploring the University, Charlottesville, and area landmarks. The camp provides rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors with the opportunity to engage in historical investigation, archaeological excavation, and community engagement in order to learn and develop thinking skills that will prepare them for success in college and beyond. For 2020, CSI will run from June 20 to 26. Come spend a week at UVA with us this summer! Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis until April 1, 2020. Some financial aid is available for students with demonstrated need.


April 1, 2020

Penn Summer High School Programs welcome bright and ambitious high school students who want to experience campus life, pursue challenging academic studies with leading faculty, and stand out on college applications. With residential and commuter options available for 2-, 3-, or 6-week programs, high school students from around the world can experience summer at Penn.

  • Penn Summer Prep: Experience college life in the 2-week, non-credit program
  • Penn Summer Academies: Dive deep into academic study for 3 intensive weeks in one of the non-credit academies
  • Pre-College Program: Take 6-week, for-credit summer courses alongside Penn undergraduates


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PREFACE is a summer program for talented students who have been historically under-served in the areas of science, engineering and the technological fields, and who express a strong, early interest in pursuing careers in these areas. This year’s program will take place Sunday, June 28 through Saturday, July 11 on the Rensselaer campus in Troy, NY.

The PREFACE Program is for students who will be in either the 11th or 12th grade in the fall. Interested candidates should review the information on the PREFACE website and complete the online application.

Application open

Premiering Summer 2020, we’re pleased to offer Lehigh University Summer Academy, a three-week pre-college residential program for rising 6th-11th grade students. We’re eager to share this information with you since it provides an exciting summer enrichment opportunity for your high school students.

Designed to help students achieve their full potential, Lehigh University Summer Academy offers innovative, thought-provoking and enriching course work, combined with learning that extends beyond the traditional classroom. Service-learning projects, leadership development, field trips and social events will also be an integral part of the program. Participants will build their “tool belt” for success both in school and life. Most importantly, students will make meaningful connections and create friendships that will last a lifetime!

Two three-week sessions are available this summer. Each session is limited to only 80 students to ensure a highly personal enrichment experience. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and financial assistance is available. Educators and school administrators are invited to nominate students for the program.

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How many students get the chance to build an architectural portfolio, create a business plan, meet executives from collegiate and professional sport administrations, all while earning six college credits? At UM, students explore their academic passion and consider their future career opportunities when they attend the University of Miami’s Summer Scholars program. High-achieving high school sophomores and juniors can gain an authentic college experience and earn six college credits in a variety of academic areas.

For students looking to gain hands-on experience in a more condensed format, we also offer our incredible two-week, non-credit academy program for an intense experiential learning environment.

2020 program dates:

Three-week Summer Scholars Program (credit): For high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors The program runs July 4–17, 2020

Two-week UM Academies (non-credit): For high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors The program runs July 4–17, 2020

Priority Application Deadline is approaching: February 1, 2020. Students are encouraged to apply early for the best chance at admission in their first-choice program. Applications are processed on a rolling basis once complete.

The Edge summer college program at the University of Delaware offers opportunities to talented high school students across the country moving into their junior or senior year. Students have the chance to live and learn at one of the most engaging colleges on the East Coast.


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Summer Camp 2020 participants will be able to attend a workshop in one of the following academic fields:
  1. Social Sciences, Economics and Management
  2. Mathematics and Physics
  3. Energy, Resources and Technology

Students who participate in the Summer Camp will also have the opportunity to book additional weeks of German language courses. Registration information for these German courses will be made available for students after they get admitted to the Summer Camp.

Summer Camp 2020 will take place on the Jacobs University campus between July 24 and August 1, 2020

Open until March 15, 2020

·         Stanford Summer Humanities Institute brings students in grades 10 and 11 together to explore the big questions at the heart of the humanities.  

·         Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes allows students currently in grades 8–11 to apply to a single-subject intensive course selected from a wide range of disciplines, and benefit from small class size and academically themed residences. 

·         Stanford AI4ALL invites students in 9th grade to apply to this three-week residential summer program. Participants learn about topics in AI, partake in ongoing research at Stanford, and receive mentorship from professors, graduate students, and industry professionals. Young women and students from underrepresented and/or low-income backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply.  

·         Stanford University Mathematics Camp (SUMaC) students participate in a highly-selective program centered around lectures, guided research, and group problem-solving in advanced math topics. This four-week program is intended for an elite group of talented students in grades 10 and 11. 

·         Stanford Pre-Collegiate University-Level Online Math and Physics offers 13 courses throughout the year, including a summer term for high school students, grades 9–12. Students earn Stanford University Continuing Studies credit.

Application Open

Over the past ten years, The Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine of USC (“Ellison Institute of USC”) has offered a free, three-week program for students interested in clinical or research oncology at our state-of-the-art building in West Los Angeles. Students will have first-hand experience in our research labs, as they complete various experiments under the guidance of our research faculty & staff. The Junior Fellows will also spend time with our clinic staff to learn more about clinic operations and putting research into practice with patients.  Our Jr. Fellows alumni have matriculated to very competitive Universities across the country (UCLA, USC, Duke, Berkeley, Stanford, U. of Michigan, U. of PENN, Cornel, Brown, Tufts, etc.). 


This year's internship is scheduled for June 15th to July 2nd, 2020.  Applications are welcome until April 2nd, 2020. 


More information and the application for the 2020 Junior Fellows class can be found at


Application open January 15 - April 2, 2020

The Los Angeles Pediatric Society established the Eve and Gene Black Summer Medical Career Program in 1969 and is proud to celebrate its 50th year in 2019. The purpose of the program is to encourage high school students to choose careers in the health professions.


This program is best described as a medical mentor program. Under the supervision of a health care educator/medical facility coordinator, participants shadow various medical professionals (nurse, nutritionist, pharmacist, lab technician, physician and/or medical specialist etc.) who together provide a range of patient care services.


Application Open
Deadline to apply: February 17, 2020

Just The Beginning - A Pipeline Organization (“JTB-APO”) [] will host its fifth Los Angeles Summer Legal Institute (SLI) in June 2020. JTB-APO is a non-profit organization of judges, lawyers, educators and other professionals dedicated to promoting diversity within the legal profession. The SLI is a free five-day immersion program for high school students consisting of interactive sessions, workshops, lectures, field trips and networking events intended to introduce students to the legal profession and the judicial system. The SLI is scheduled for Monday, June 15, 2020 through Friday, June 19, 2020 at Loyola Law School.

  • The SLI is FREE for all students
  • The SLI is open to all high school students
  • The SLI is hosted by Loyola Law School in downtown Los Angeles (919 Albany St, Los Angeles, CA  90015)
  • Lunch will be provided each day
  • Public Transportation passes are available


JTB-APO is now accepting applications for the 2020 SLI at Early applications are encouraged. If you have any questions or would like additional information about JTB-APO or the 2020 SLI, please do not hesitate to contact me, or Missy Jeje of JTB-APO (

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Application closes on March 9, 2020
During summer 2020, we’ll offer both one-day and two-week programs that are unique in the islands. Our two-week, immersion offering — with residential or commuter options:
  • Allows students to earn college credit in courses that stress hands-on learning, collaboration and personal growth.
  • Features college prep sessions on a host of topics, including financial aid, interviewing skills and creating a personal brand.
  • And students who opt to live on campus can take advantage of pre-planned excursions that feature learning themes, from culture to the environment.
Meanwhile, our one-day Exploration program is designed to give students a glimpse into college life. The day features a focus on interdisciplinary, interactive learning. We’ll also include sessions on need-to-know topics, like college admissions and costs.

To learn more about our Emerging Scholars program and this summer’s sessions, click here, or download our program flyer here.

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The CURIE and CATALYST Academies are one-week summer residential programs for high school students who excel in math and science, enjoy solving problems, and want to learn more about careers in engineering. The target population for the CURIE Academy is rising junior and senior women students of all backgrounds; while the target population for the CATALYST Academy are rising junior and senior male and female students from backgrounds (African American, Native American/Alaska Native, Latino/a and Pacific Islander, and/or first generation college students) severely underrepresented in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines.
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Deadline to apply March 2, 2020
U.S. Marine Corps
Semper Fidelis All-American Program
The Semper Fidelis All-American Program recognizes high school students who face life’s battles with the conviction and determination to succeed. They have turned obstacles into victories through drive and passion and will be recognized for their achievements at the exclusive Battles Won Academy. Recognize high schools juniors who encompass the fighting spirit. These students embody the same fighting spirit that Marines stand for by taking on the challenges of succeeding academically while bettering their communities and excelling in athletics and extracurricular activities. This is an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C. in July with the mentor of their choice, daily workouts, teambuilding events, tour of the Nation’s capital, network with an elite circle of speakers, and opportunities to apply for specific scholarships afterward.

Summer Leadership and Character Development Academy 
The Marine Corps conducts the Summer Leadership and Character Development Academy (SLCDA) annually to create an immersive youth-character development and leadership program to help identify diverse and exceptionally qualified high school students who have the potential and desire to become future Marine Officers. The United States Marine Corps SLCDA is a six-day summer program at Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA designed to prepare rising high school juniors and seniors for college by introducing them to Marine Corps leadership skills, ethics, character development, teamwork, and camaraderie
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Application closes January 31, 2020
Summer Pre-College program options include the following:
  • Summer Session, students take two full-length Carnegie Mellon courses in a variety of disciplines, ranging from Computer Science, History to Music Technology.
  • Summer Academy for Math and Science, provides students from underrepresented communities the opportunity to achieve skills to pursue and complete majors in STEM fields.
  • National High School Game Academy, for students who want to learn about modern video game development through a unique blend of left- and right-brain college-level work.
  • Computational Biology, a three-week program for students looking to learn more about the intersection of the two disciplines.
  • Unique programs in the Fine Arts - Architecture, Art, Design, Drama or Music – in which the students experience developing their skills in a conservatory or studio setting.
  • Writing & Culture is our new program this year. Guided by the mentorship and instruction of our highly distinguished, permanent faculty members, students will improve their ability to analyze complex, ever-changing problems through astute investigations of culture and society.
Program Dates: June 27, 2020 - August 8, 2020
Final Application Deadline: March 15, 2020
At the University of Miami’s Summer Scholars Program, students get the chance to litigate a mock trial, participate in a medical scenario in a state-of-the-art simulation hospital, or get up close and personal with sharks and dolphins all while earning six college credits. High-achieving high school sophomores and juniors can gain an authentic college experience and earn six college credits this summer in a variety of areas while exploring their academic passions and considering their future career opportunities.


Explore our two options:

Three-week Summer Scholars Program (credit): For high school sophomores and juniors The program runs July 4–24, 2020

Two-week, UM Academies (non-credit): For high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors The program runs July 4–17, 2020

Applications for Summer 2020 opens on December 1st
Deadline to apply April 30, 2020
USC Summer Programs offers students a preview of "freshman year" through its college immersion experience. Students explore Los Angeles as a laboratory for cultural learning beyond the traditional classroom. Our programs are designed to combine college level course work, academic field trips, and structured extracurricular activities.
USC Summer Programs offers courses in a variety of subjects from which students choose one course for intense study. Courses are interactive, engaging and challenging, and students receive 3 units of transferable USC elective credit upon successful completion of the 4-Week program. Students can choose from over 20 courses in over 10 subject areas.    
Applications for Summer 2020 now open!
Program Dates: June 14 - July 11, 2020
Sn Francisco Bay area, for new and continuing college students who learn differently.

Who Should Attend? College-bound recent high school graduates and current college students who struggle in the classroom.

San Francisco Bay Area
Cost: $2,000

This intensive five-day workshop is designed for students who have difficulty:

Recalling information for a test, after hours of  study

Organizing thoughts and putting them into a clearly written paper

Focusing on reading and retaining written information

Managing time and materials

Starting or finishing a task

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Program Dates: July 27-31, 2020