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Latin American Phoenix Scholars

The Latin American Phoenix Scholars program brings together top students studying across Latin America. This opportunity gives students early taste of an exceptional college experience in a cohort-based model.

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Selected students will receive a full scholarship to enroll in a 4-week academic program. The program is comprised of 2 parts:

  1. 3-week academic course remotely taught online; and
  2. Phoenix Week, a one-week series of workshops and activities hosted on the University of Chicago campus.

Students will spend 3 weeks immersed in an online academic, credit-bearing course. These courses typically require 5-6 hours of work daily, comprised of engagement with faculty, teaching assistants, or peers, and also including time spent on homework, problem sets, papers, or other independent work. For the academic courses, Latin American Phoenix Scholars students will be in class with students from other scholarship programs. Students will be graded for their work and receive a grade for the course.

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The exposure to UChicago’s top-quality classes, challenging coursework, and discussion-centered learning, together with getting to know its Liberal Arts-based core and its intellectual, fun and hard-working students and alumni, made it thrilling for me to picture myself on campus, receiving a superb education and being part of an amazing community. I am extremely grateful to the Latin American Phoenix Scholars Program for trusting and supporting me, because all of this may not have been possible without it.
-Dario H., LAPS 2020 -

As a culmination of their academic course, students will then join their peers on campus to participate in Phoenix Week, where they will live in residence for the week. Phoenix Week is designed to introduce students to UChicago, prepare them for college-level work, provide insight to the highly selective admissions process, and allow for students in the program to get to know each other. Participation in Phoenix Week is required to receive their certificate of completion.

Application Requirements

Applications will be accepted online beginning in December, and the deadline is March 9, 2022. Students who attend high school in Latin America and who are currently in their junior year of high school are invited to apply. Students in Brazil are eligible to apply if they are currently in their third year of high school, and will not graduate by Summer 2022.

Applicants must complete the Summer Session Application, and all the related requirements which can be reviewed in the How To Apply section.

Application materials include:

  • Online application
  • Transcript (official or unofficial)
  • Writing sample
  • At least one teacher recommendation
  • At least one parent confirmation email received
  • Counselor nomination

Students who wish to apply to LAPS should select it as their first-choice program, and then identify which courses from the list below they are most interested in. 

All courses will be taught remotely online for Summer 2022. Students in this program will be in class with students enrolled in the other Scholarship Programs. These are the courses offered to all Scholarship Program students:

  • Freedom of Expression and the Politics of Social Media
  • Pathways in Molecular Engineering
  • Revolution and Resistance in the Modern World 
  • Science, Technology, and the Body
  • The Biochemistry of Nutrition
  • The Rise and Persistence of “The Top 1%”: The Sociology of Economic Advantage

Course details can be found here.

The order in which the courses are selected will be considered the order of preference.

Applicants to this program do not need to complete the rest of the Scholarship Application unless they wish to be considered for other Summer Session course offerings.

Applicants will be asked to respond to the following essay questions in the application:
     -    Why did you choose the particular program/courses for which you have applied? How are they related to your current interests and future plans? Please be as specific as possible, and make sure your response covers each of the courses you elected. (Limit: 500 words)
     -    Chicago is a city of diversity and each one of our 77 neighborhoods has its own unique culture. Tell us what your culture means to you. How will this program impact your life and your community? (Limit: 500 words)
     -    There are more than 4,500 colleges and universities across the United States. Why would you like to spend your summer with the University of Chicago? What about our academic community excites you the most? (Limit: 250 words)

In addition to the Summer Session application, applicants should seek a nomination from their current high school counselor at their school part of the application process. Nomination forms should be completed by the counselor. Any questions should be directed to Alejandra Campos at

Applications will be accepted online beginning in early December. The Regular deadline to apply is March 9, 2022. Rolling admissions is not offered for this program. There is no application fee to apply. 

English Proficiency Requirements

The University of Chicago Summer Session only admits students who have demonstrated a superior level of English language competence. Admission to our scholarship programs is highly competitive. UChicago does not offer an ESL program for summer students. All students participating in this program are expected to be fluent in academic English, and there is no ESL support provided as part of this program.

  • Applicants are invited to submit scores from any English proficiency examination they believe represents their English language ability. Applicants who choose to submit English proficiency scores may share either official or self-reported scores. Any applicants who provides self-reported scores may be required to submit official score reports if they are admitted and choose to enroll in the program.
  • If an applicant feels as though mastery of the English language is already represented throughout the application, then they are not required to submit formal exam scores for this particular program. For the application, if you do not have any test scores to report, then please enter 555 for the section that requests Duolingo test scores and today’s date under "Test Scores" in order to submit the application.

Tuition & Fees

All costs, inclusive of tuition and fees, for the program are completely covered. Students will need access to wifi and to provide their own device to participate in the program. 

Course Dates

June 13 - July 9
Class starts: June 13
Class concludes: June 30

Arrive on-campus: July 3
Closing session: July 8