Programs

Pre-College Programs

Our Pre-College programs are designed for motivated and intellectually curious students who seek a bridge to the freedom of college in a structured and supportive campus or study-abroad environment. Pursue a passion or discover new interests in an exciting atmosphere that encourages active involvement, creativity, a sense of community, exploration, adventure, and fun.

Castleton University, Vermont

July 12, 2020–July 24, 2020
July 26–August 7, 2020

Join a community of motivated and intellectually curious students for one or both sessions of our Pre-College Vermont program at Castleton University. Choose one seminar per session from a wide range of options and take part in engaging discussions and hands-on projects that allow you to explore new interests or dig deeper into existing passions. Get a taste of college life as you become part of an inspiring and supportive community of Putney Pre-College faculty and students. This program is available for both high school and middle school students. 

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Amherst College

June 28, 2020 – July 17, 2020

Join an international community of high school students for our Pre-College program at Amherst College, one of the most prestigious liberal arts colleges in the country. Choose two exciting seminars to study throughout your time on campus. Take part in engaging discussions and hands-on projects that allow you to explore new interests or dig deeper into existing passions. Get a taste of college life as you become part of an inspiring and supportive community of Pre-College faculty and students from around the world.

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UCLA

July 5, 2020 – July 18, 2020

Set in the Westwood district of Los Angeles, UCLA forms the cornerstone of California’s prestigious public research university system. Settle into our dorms on this summer Pre-College program and immerse yourself in challenging coursework with engaging instructors and like-minded peers. Enjoy access to top-notch facilities, including tennis courts, libraries, sports fields, a gym, and a pool.

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Berlin

July 1, 2020 – July 21, 2020

Join us in Berlin for an insider’s experience of Germany on this Pre-College summer program for high school students. Broaden your horizons with in-depth, field-based seminars as you become part of an inspiring and supportive community of instructors and students from around the world. Choose two seminars and dive into your subject matter through engaging discussions, site visits, and hands-on projects that immerse you in German life.

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Barcelona

June 27, 2020 – July 17, 2020

Join us in Barcelona for an insider’s experience of Spain on this Pre-College summer program for high school students. Broaden your horizons with in-depth, field-based seminars as you become part of an inspiring and supportive community of instructors and students from around the world. Choose two seminars and dive into your subject matter through engaging discussions and hands-on projects that immerse you in Catalán life.

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Tokyo

June 27, 2020 – July 17, 2020

Join us in Tokyo for an insider’s experience of Japan on this Pre-College summer program for high school students. Broaden your horizons with in-depth, field-based seminars as you become part of an inspiring and supportive community of instructors and students from around the world. Choose two seminars and dive into your subject matter through engaging discussions, site visits, and hands-on projects that immerse you in Japanese life.

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Harvard Youth Climate Summit

JuLY 25, 2020 – August 2, 2020

Join like-minded students and engaging educators for a climate change program at the Harvard School of Public Health. Delve into climate issues related to your interests, such as health, energy, water, transportation, and agriculture. Gain perspective from world leaders and politicians. Meet inspiring climate activists, scientists, and renewable energy innovators at the forefront of addressing the climate crisis. Develop a capstone project focused on transforming your ideas into action.

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“We can’t say enough wonderful things about the program! It was life changing for our daughter. She came back so much more confident and eager to pursue her passions!”

— James & Michele Bonner, East Greenwich, RI

Seminars

Our seminars are specially designed to challenge you intellectually and help you focus your interests as you look ahead toward college. They are purposefully small and immersive, and are taught in and out of the classroom for a learning experience that rivals anything you have experienced before. Choose two seminars—a major and a minor—and dive into your coursework through engaging discussions and hands-on projects. Frame your seminar concepts and key issues, then take the learning beyond the classroom as you dig deeper through fieldwork, site visits, and meetings with local experts. In the process, gain a better understanding of the subject matter, as well as the research, interview, and analytical tools to tackle any academic challenge. To cap your program, prepare a final presentation or project to share with your instructors and peers, and celebrate your accomplishments together.

Outstanding Instructors

We select our distinguished instructors not only for their impressive academic credentials—many hold advanced degrees from institutions such as Oxford, Harvard, Stanford, and Yale—but also for their enthusiasm, passion, and proven capacity to connect with and inspire students. They are dedicated, warm, dynamic, experienced, and caring individuals who in most cases also live in dormitories with students, sharing in their lives and fully participating in extracurricular activities.

Campus Life

Live in dormitories in a campus setting in the U.S. or go abroad to use Barcelona, Berlin, or Tokyo as your classroom, with dorm-style hotels and residences as your home base. Take advantage of unparalleled access to world-class facilities, residential instructor teams, and renowned cultural sites. Get a taste of college life as you learn to manage your time between stimulating, college-level seminars and a wide range of extracurricular activities.

Activities

In the afternoons and evenings, enjoy sports, excursions, and other activities led by our instructors, staff, and local contacts. Immerse yourself in the local culture as you visit museums, go on a hike, join in a soccer or volleyball game, or rehearse a song for our popular talent show. Afternoon and evening activities are not just pre-planned by our staff but are also initiated and led by our own students. In the process, learn valuable leadership skills as you share your passions with your peers.

Community

Join a community of curious, like-minded peers and instructors who share your enthusiasm and commitment to personal and intellectual growth. Our students hail from all 50 U.S. states and countries around the world to create a vibrant and dynamic community. Every evening we come together for community meeting to share our ideas, successes, and goals, and plan for the coming day. Become part of a community where your interests are supported and nurtured and make lasting friendships in the process.