Summer Programs for High School Students

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Why Summer Session for
High School Students?

Immerse yourself in a college experience where you will raise your interests and abilities to new levels. Ranked 3rd in the U.S. and 10th in the world for undergraduate education, the University of Chicago offers you the chance to learn from scholars, researchers, and educators who are transforming the way we see our world. Our beautiful campus offers you opportunities to read for class under a tree on the quads, chat with friends at a student-run coffee shop, or people-watch at a sidewalk café. We're just a short bus ride from the city center and all that summer in Chicago has to offer, whether your tastes run to finding the best bubble tea in Chinatown, biking along the lakefront to your favorite beach, or searching for retro fashion finds in Pilsen. Summer at UChicago means never running out of things to learn, do, and enjoy.

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College Courses for High School Students high school students walking on the UChicago campus

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UChicago Immersion, Stones and Bones, and Research in the Biological Sciences are a carefully curated selection of pre-college summer programs whose courses are open only to high school students. These intensive 3 or 4-week summer courses are taught at the college level and kept small, offering both experiential and UChicago seminar-style learning. In addition to engaging in classroom discussions, you might use the latest lab equipment, dig for fossils, conduct research in Chicago neighborhoods, or work with some of the city's celebrated theater professionals, depending on the course selected.

High school students have the unique opportunity to tackle big problems and fundamental questions in the University's unique interdisciplinary style, while gaining rigorous training in critical thinking, reading, writing, and discussion skills to help prepare for college, in the UChicago Arts and Sciences Summer programs, either on campus in Chicago or in Asia, at the University of Chicago Centers in Beijing, Bengaluru, and Hong Kong.


High school students may also enroll in Summer Quarter Undergraduate Courses offered each summer by the University of Chicago College in over 20 subject areas. Chicago Public Schools students apply for these courses as a Summer Bridge or as a Summer Session student. Explore UChicago summer courses available to high school students today!


Through Neubauer Family Adelante Summer Scholars, top students engaged in Hispanic and Latino communities can now participate in select University of Chicago Summer Session courses free of charge. Outstanding rising high school seniors who share the Neubauers' commitment to the Hispanic and Latino communities are invited to apply and get an early taste of an exceptional college experience.  

Summer Bridge at the University of Chicago is an exciting opportunity for advanced high school students from the Chicago Public School system to challenge themselves by enrolling in a rigorous university course.

The STARTALK Summer Languages Institute in Arabic and Chinese for CPS Students offers eligible students from Chicago Public Schools and affiliated City of Chicago charter schools the opportunity to continue their study of the language on campus during the summer.


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