What are Summer Programs for High School Students?

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With information being added to existing ocean of knowledge with each passing year, joining one of the summer programs has become almost mandatory for students in high school.  Summer programs are actually college programs or precollege programs. They give these students an insight on what college studies would be like, effectively preparing them for various aspects of their college education apart from the other available options.

Why Students Should Join High School Summer Programs?

With the choices including preparatory and academic courses, broadly speaking high school student gets a plethora of benefits for joining summer programs-

  1. Learn to Mix with students from other culture and countries.
  2. Understands the transition between the self-studies required in universities and monitored studies in schools.
  3. Can choose subjects towards which he or she has more affinity and become friends with other students with similar interests.
  4. Develops confidence as an individual.
  5. Learn about academic, social, and cultural aspects when he lives at the campus.
  6. Becomes familiar with desired vocations.
  7. Becomes familiar with a higher level of language used at university levels
  8. Becomes aware of various admission processes that he or she would need to comply with for joining the university
  9. Becomes familiar with the subject of interest in greater depth
  10. Gets experience to sit in the classroom similar to universities unlike the schools

Importance of High School Summer Programs

Joining a High School Summer Program not only gives them the best option to spend their summer but also give them the opportunities to explore the college life. Students can explore the fields which they want to pursue in the future, become familiar with the culture of other countries, and can also make friends around the globe. Moreover, it would be an incentive if they can earn college credits by entering the high school summer programs.

Some Popular High School Summer Programs

There are deadlines for joining summer college programs so students desirous of joining such programs should be applying for such courses at the earliest.

Following is the list of some famous and approved High School college programs worldwide. Students enrolling in some of these programs are also given financial assistance or scholarships.

Nacel International’s High School (study abroad) Program in Australia

As the name suggests, this program includes traveling to foreign countries and exposure to language as well as culture. There are different options as per the student’s interests. Some of these also include adventure trips. The programs focus on work, study, cultural blending, and volunteering. Some of these programs may be only for summer semester whereas others may be for an entire year. They have a website with details about deadline for applications, cost of courses and any other instructions. On average, the program at Perth in Australia for spring or fall semester may cost $1,066 for each week. Therefore, the total cost of such semester programs is $17,050. In contrast, the academic year program would cost $32,200 or $1,006 for each week. These rates are for year 2014-15 only.

Summer Program of Tufts University in Talloires, France

This annual program is better known as Tufts summit. It will be held between June 30th and July 26th in 2015. As of now the details of costs have not been updated, and it is expected that the relevant information will be available in November. Basically, the program creates diverse cultural environment of people from across the globe. French gets its due importance. Students are taught diplomacy skills and are introduced to International politics. The program focuses on French culture, local sites visits, historic sites visits, places of natural beauty, and other places. Outdoor activities such as swimming and hiking are also included in the program.

John Hopkins’s Center for Talented Youth, Princeton University

The CTY program on Global Issues offered by Princeton University is exclusively for students in Grade 10 and above, right through 12th grade. Students are made aware of global issues, and their implications in the world that is becoming increasingly integrated. The object is to draw brightest minds to work on such problems. In 2015, the program will be held between June 28th and July 17th. John Hopkins University has a department for managingfinancial aidto students. Students do have to qualify, and all eligible students are provided with financial support, subject to the overall allocation towards the program by the university.

Academic Connections offered by San Diego-based University of California

This is a three-week program. Students are exposed to college level studies. They can select the subjects, and graduate students or well-known faculty teachers or researchers in that subject would help them on the subject of their choice. Students who have a minimum GPA (cumulative) score of 3.3 or more are eligible for this program provided that they are students from 9th grade and above. Even 12th-grade students are allowed to join this program.

COSMOS or the California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science

This four-week residential program is held in summers. The program tries to improve their skills in STEM subjects, i.e., science, technology, mathematics and engineering. Scientists, faculty members, and researchers help in the process. There are facilities as well as laboratories with sophisticated equipments to help high students explore their thinking. University level programs are also available. The programs make students aware of various career and academic options related to STEM fields.

Scholarships– There are few scholarships for this program. However, some may be partial and other students may be eligible for full scholarships. Please contact the office of COSMOS for further details.

SSP or Secondary School Program from Harvard University

The university’s SSP program allows students to learn in an environment that has advanced equipments and comprehensive libraries, as well as laboratories. In addition, the students are guided by faculty at Harvard, who are amongst the best. Basically, students are introduced to new subjects. Studies are combined with other fun and adventurous activities in the program. The courses offered here, are real. Therefore, students can even earn college credits. As of the date, students in high school graduating in 2014, 2015, and 2016 can apply for admission.

Summer Academy Programs from Cambridge and Oxford Universities, UK

Students from High School in the age group of 15 to 18 can join OCSA, which is a program offered by UK’s Oxford university. Basically one week is spent at Oxford University, and the second week is spent at Cambridge University. It is a residential program, so students would have to stay at the respective colleges. Over 2000 students from different nationalities come for this program. There are three summer sessions for this program, each of two weeks. The 1st session begins on 5th July and ends on the 18th.  The second one starts on the 19th July and ends on the 1st August. Third session is from August 2nd through August 15th.

Scholarships– Early birds Scholarships are given to the participants sending the application form. All tuition fees will be covered in this scholarship and it is on first come first serve basis.

Yale Young Global School from Yale University

Details about this course for 2015 may only be available in October 2014 on their website. It is only for outstanding students. The campus of the university is well equipped and large with several classrooms, historic residential accommodation, exceptional dining halls, etc. Students get to interact with fellow students, as well as professors on subjects of their choice. The session from June 23rd to July 26th is for PLE or Politics, Law, and Economics. The course that begins on July 9th and ends on July 22nd is based on IAS or International Affairs and Security. The last session starts on July 25th and ends on August 7th. This one is based on SPI or Science Policy and Innovation.

Financial Aid– Yale University offers financial aid under YYGS to those students who need such support. This grant excludes traveling expenses. Moreover, not everybody would be eligible for this aid.

Experience University Life in University of British Columbia, Canada

The University of British Columbia (UBC) offers Experience University life to students in the age group of 15 to 18. This is an international program. There are various programs of different durations. Some may last for two weeks; others may be for four weeks and yet others for six weeks. Basically, it introduces students to university life.

Financial Aid–  Contact UBC authorities for more information on financial aid or scholarships.

Miami Summer Scholars Program offered by University of Ohio

This is two-week course for gifted juniors as well as seniors. Basically, the program is based on academic content which is taught by the faculty at the college. It’s a residence program. There are workshops for test prep, scholarship application, financial aid, various processes for admission to the college, etc.

Financial Aid– For financial aid, please contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance.

Conclusion

Such programs can also be used effectively by students for decreasing the time that is generally taken for completing their under graduation courses. Earned College credits help to reduce such time more comprehensively. Attending such programs also has a positive effect on the student’s high school performance.

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