UChicago Arts and Sciences Summer in Chicago

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Pre-College Summer Program in Chicago

Arts and Sciences in Chicago is an intensive pre-college summer program for high school students that cultivates critical thinking, innovative problem-solving, and effective communication skills through interdisciplinary work drawing upon material from the sciences, humanities, and the social sciences. Students educated in the liberal arts tradition are distinguished by their ability to successfully navigate a fast-paced world that is increasingly characterized by complexity, diversity, and change. In a program inspired by the UChicago’s fabled Core curriculum, academically ambitious high school students will have the opportunity to experience the university’s brand of intellectual engagement in an on-campus program taught by teams of faculty and graduate student instructors from different disciplines.

Prepare for college while getting a first-hand look at the real academic college experience. Interested in learning more? Contact us today to request more information about our pre-college summer programs for high school students.

“I would 100% recommend this program to others. It helps you to understand what to expect when you go off to college. It also makes you think a little differently than you would in high school. You have to open up your mind a little and realize not everything is so black and white in the real world.”

Gustavo C.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Course Details

Students can choose between two options:

What is Nature?
What is nature, and what counts as natural? This course is aimed at students with an interest in examining the complicated and varied relationships between individuals and the natural world. Like humans, nature, too, has a history, and its meanings, boundaries, and uses have changed dramatically over time. By studying those changes, we gain insight not merely into the world we inhabit and the ways that we have shaped it, for better or worse, but also into ourselves—our beliefs, values, and ambitions. The course will delve into approaches to nature from the ancient Greeks to key scientific thinkers like Bacon, Galileo, and Darwin, to the modern environmental movement. We will look at nature through the lens of numerous disciplines (history, philosophy, science, literature, art) and using a variety of texts and objects. Students will have the opportunity to apply their new perspectives outside of the classroom during visits to sites such as the Field Museum and Rainbow Beach.

Course Code: SUAS 10101 94
Session: I
Dates: Orientation June 17-18; class meet June 19 to July 7, 2017; MTWRF 10am-3pm (one-hour lunch break)
Instructor: Aviva Rothman and Madeleine McLeester

From the Country to the City: The Experience of Urbanization in the Modern World
Increased urbanization has been a source of momentous change in the history of the modern world. During the industrial revolution in Europe, thousands of people left the countryside for cities. In the last hundred years, urbanization has continued apace: the world’s urban population was 746 million in 1950, and is now 3.9 billion, with most of that growth taking place in Africa and Asia. This course will examine what happens when the world becomes increasingly urban, and how people understand the change in their lives when they move from rural areas to cities. It will look at how new waves of urbanization change our senses of belonging, and pose challenges both architectural and political, from dealing with over-burdened city institutions, to the demand for political representation made by people arriving in the city.

This course will study urbanization through a wide variety of disciplinary approaches. We will read classic texts in political economics, geography and philosophy, such as Georg Simmel’s The Metropolis and Mental Life and Raymond Williams’ The Country and the City, which look at the consequences of urbanization, while also delving into architecture, art, literature, and film from Europe, Asia, and Africa, such as Jia Zhangke’s film on contemporary Shanghai, I Wish I Knew, Joseph Roth’s paean to the Vienna of the Austrian empire, The Radetzky March, and Ken Saro-Wiwa’s exploration of Nigerian urbanism in his short story, “The Stars Below.”

Students will also have a chance to think through some of the ideas we are discussing outside of the classroom: through field trips around Chicago, visits to the Art Institute and the Chicago Architecture Foundation, and through student-led collaborative research on contemporary issues in urbanization.

Course Code: SUAS 10201 94
Session: I
Dates: Orientation June 17-18; class meet June 19 to July 7, 2017; MTWRF 10am-3pm (one-hour lunch break)
Instructor: Joshua Craze and Lucas Pinheiro

Tuition & Fees

Residential Students Commuter Students

Total Program Cost: $6,275 (without student health insurance)

$3,975 per course

Student Life Fee

Housing & Dining
$1,911 for this 3-week session

Optional: Student Health Insurance**
$204 for this 3-week session

Total Program Cost: $4,364 (without student health insurance)


Student Life Fee

Optional: Student Health Insurance**
$204 for this 3-week session

* Estimate; final cost for 2017 to be determined.
** Students who cannot prove that they have adequate health care coverage in the U.S. must enroll in the University Student Health Insurance plan (USHIP), and will be billed accordingly.

Scholarships are available for this program; see the Tuition, Scholarship, & Billing page for details.

Neubauer International Summer Scholars: Thanks to the vision and the generosity of the Neubauer family, top students from Brazil, Mexico, and Vietnam can now participate in select University of Chicago Summer Session courses free of charge. Students selected as Neubauer International Summer Scholars will receive a full scholarship to participate in either UChicago Arts and Sciences or UChicago Immersion - Summer Programs for High School Students. To apply, go to prospects.uchicago.edu/register/neubauerintl. Please note that this is a separate program from the Neubauer Family Adelante Summer Scholars program (summer.uchicago.edu/high-school/neubauer-summer-scholars).


  • Eligibility: current high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors (9th, 10th, and 11th), 14 years and older.
  • Students may be residential (live on campus in the dorm) or commuters (live at home, if local).
  • Applications accepted online beginning mid-November.
  • Rolling admissions: the program will fill quickly, so submit your complete application as soon as possible.
  • International students must submit all application materials before April 10, 2017.
  • US students must submit all application materials by May 1, 2017.
  • Review Application Overview pages for detailed information.

You can also review the Apply and FAQ pages for detailed information.


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