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The 20 Best College Summer Programs for Gifted Students

Berklee College of Music

Berklee summer programs will give you a taste of Berklee—the preeminent institute of contemporary music and the performing arts—on the stage, in the studio, and in the classroom.

With programs in music performance, theater, dance, music production, songwriting, opera, and music business there is a Berklee summer program for you—whether you are in middle school, high school, college, or beyond.

Columbia University : Summer High School Programs
Rigorous summer pre-college academic programs for students entering grades 9 through 12 and freshman year of college.

  • Experience college life in a supportive, highly-supervised setting.
  • Meet other talented, high-achieving high school students from all over the world.
  • Broaden your world view while exploring New York City, Barcelona, or Jordan.
  • Earn a Columbia University Statement of Attendance and evaluation letters from Columbia instructors.

Cornell Summer Programs

Duke Summer Session 

How will you spend your summer? Join us in celebrating our 100th anniversary (we think it is a big deal) AND maximize your college experience with courses that run the gamut of intellectual adventure.  Select a traditional 6-week term to focus on one or two classes, or immerse yourself in a single course in a 4-week intensive term.

Summer is also an amazing time to sample the richness of Durham, NC, and the surrounding area. Investigate the incredible local food scene. Enjoy Durham Bulls’ ballgames, American Dance Festival performances, and free Friday evening downtown concerts. Sneak away for a weekend or two at the Carolina coast or the mountains – or explore both. And pretty much any day has the potential to be a great day when you relax and unwind in the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, located in the center of campus..

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 Duke University Talent Identification Program
Duke TIP is a global leader in identifying academically gifted students and providing them with opportunities to support their development. Find out what these TIPsters had to say about their Talent Search experience. Many choices and programs are available.

Johns Hopkins University Center For Talented Youth
For students to become leaders in their chosen field

As part of the Johns Hopkins University, CTY conducts the oldest and most extensive university-based Talent Search worldwide since 1979. For academically advanced students in grades 2-12 who qualify, CTY offers challenging online program throughout the year and summer program in U.S. and Hong Kong.  CTY recognizes SAT, PSAT, STB, ACT and SCAT for admission.

Juilliard Summer Dance Intensive
The Juilliard School’s Summer Dance Intensive is a rigorous three-week ballet and modern dance program for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors ages 15-17. Students are expected to have significant training in ballet, and an audition is required in addition to the application. The program is designed to refine technique and performance of various styles of dance through classes in ballet and modern technique, classical partnering, ballroom dancing, music, improvisation, Alexander technique and anatomy, ending in a student performance at the end of the session. Students may stay in one of Juilliard’s residence halls and have the opportunity to see various cultural sites around New York City on free evenings and weekends. More »

University of Michigan – Stamps (School or Art & Design)

Each summer, the Stamps School offers several pre-college programs for high-school students interested in art and design.

MIT Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES)

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers this enrichment program for high school juniors interested in engineering, science and entrepreneurship. Students select five of 14 rigorous academic courses to study over the six weeks of the program, during which time they have several opportunities to network with a diverse group of individuals within the fields of science and engineering. Students also share and celebrate their own cultures. MITES is scholarship-based; those students selected for the program need only provide their own transportation to and from the MIT campus. More » 

Stanford University: Cardiothoracic Summer Internship 

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We welcome every student regardless of their school, nationality and grades, as long as they have an interest in possibly pursuing medicine & science in the U.S.!




Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG) 

(3 week summer sessions on various US University Campuses)

Now in its 28th season, SIG is dedicated to providing quality educational opportunities for academically talented youth ages 9-18.


Summer Discovery

Life on a University Campus (UCLA, Northeastern, Michigan, Cambridge etc.) between 2 to 6 weeks

Take 2 University courses for credit, Enjoy local travel to amusement and historic sites as well as local university tours while making friends from many different countries etc.


 Summer Discovery – Internships
Summer Discovery offers a variety of internships for HS Students. Here is about their newest:
We recently acquired a summer opportunity in Boston, MA for a student interested in computer technology/programming.  The company is called Kenmore Design, a web development company, and is looking for a student who is bilingual (Chinese, Japanese, or Russian and English) and has experience with HTML or Linex.  The student would participate in the internship for 4 weeks as a part of the Discovery Internships program. The program is open to students completing grades 10-12, ages 15-18.  Interested in this or any other Summer Discovery Internship:
Contact: Ms. Lexi Lepler


University of California Berkeley: (BBAY)

Program 1: Berkeley Business Academy for Youth(BBAY)

ATDP’s Secondary Division, administered through UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education, offers challenging courses to highly motivated students who have completed grades 7-11 (and are entering grades 8-12). Students are invited to attend the program on the basis of exceptional academic talent. Classes are held on the UC Berkeley campus, with many scheduled at the Graduate School of Education’s Tolman Hall in the northwest corner of campus.


University of Notre Dame iLed Program (Grade 11 & 12 Students)

2 weeks in July, faculty from the College of Engineering, Science, Mendoza College of Business, Arts & Letters and Architecture, introduce iLED participants to their disciplines through lectures, discussion, and hands-on activities. The program also includes trips to the city of Chicago and nearby locations. Our goal is to introduce students to the University of Notre Dame and the importance of ethical leadership as they consider their future university studies.
Please Contact: Ms. Catherine Leung (Hong Kong Based) at and 9747-8252.


University of Pennsylvania: Wharton – Finance

The Knowledge@Wharton High School (KWHS) Global Young Leaders Academy – Finance is the latest addition to the successful KWHS summer program. An alternative to the existing GYLA sessions that teach business and entrepreneurship, this latest module launched in 2019 provides current high school students from around the globe with a two-week summer experience at Wharton focusing on finance and investment. With the guidance of Wharton faculty and PhD students, participants will explore all aspects of finance, from the time value of money and corporate finance, to ethics and investment decision-making. Students will trade on Wharton’s Online Trading & Investment Simulator — using real-world market data without risking real money — and develop and deliver a team-based investment project. In addition to rigorous course work, GYLA students collaborate closely in smaller teams, experience campus life, develop relationships with classmates from around the world, and discover Philadelphia and other local destinations.


Wilderness Adventures 

(Many Wilderness Trips in the USA – including: Alaska, Grand Tetons, Hawaii, Montana, Yellowstone etc.)

(International locations: Alps and Pyrenees, Australia, British Columbia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Kilimanjaro, Peru, Thailand, and Vietnam etc.)

We know that a small group experience in the wilderness serves as a valuable catalyst to enable our students to become more responsible, tolerant, and self-confident while developing a powerful, all-inclusive community. We also know that through an intimate outdoor experience, our students learn to become peer leaders, acquire a responsible appreciation for the natural wonders of our planet, and develop a newfound environmental ethic to carry with them throughout their lives. Wilderness Adventures is an equal opportunity service provider.

Our mission: Do Something Wild – inspire growth and wonder.

Our core values: Community, Leadership, and the Natural World.


Yale University: Global Scholars Program (Grade 9 & 10)
Participants in the Yale Young Global Scholars Program for Outstanding High School Students can expect an amazing summer experience studying in beautiful campus lecture halls and classrooms, living in Yale’s historic residential colleges, eating in award-winning dining halls, meeting a talented community of fellow students, engaging with world-renowned professors, and interacting with extraordinary visiting practitioners.