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    Summer Programs for High School Students: TeenLife’s Top 100 Most Popular Summer Programs for 2021

    Posted February 22, 2021, 7:28 pm by TeenLife
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    Looking for the most popular summer programs for high school students this year?

    Look no further. This article covers TeenLife’s top 100 most popular summer programs for high school students, organized by category.

    What Do We Mean by Popular?

    We reviewed all summer programs for high school students listed on TeenLife and selected the top 100 programs with the most page views on our website.

    We then broke those programs into categories and arranged them alphabetically to create the list you find on this page. Use the menu below to jump to each category.

    The Top 100 Most Popular Summer Programs for High School Students—Organized by Category

    Academic | The Most Popular Academic Summer Programs for High School Students

    Cornell University's Precollege Summer Programs

    • Grades: 11th and 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Domestic - Ithaca, NY
    • Credits: College

    Cornell University's Pre-College Studies Program offers the excitement of taking college courses with renowned faculty on the Cornell campus for an "unforgettable summer." After selecting your program, you'll enroll in one or more of Cornell's rigorous undergraduate courses while working closely with some of the university’s most outstanding professors.

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    Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes

    • Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Virtual
    • Credits: None

    Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes is a summer academic enrichment program that provides academically talented and intellectually curious students currently in grades 8–11 with intensive study in a single course.

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    Brown University Precollege Programs

    • Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Both - United States, Costa Rica, Italy, Spain
    • Credits: College

    Brown University Precollege Programs allow students experience of studying at an Ivy League university before committing to four years on the campus. Through the programs, a host of bright, diverse students can be rigorously challenged without the stress of "formal grades." With this experience, students will prepare to take their next academic steps while gaining some of the independence that college life affords.

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    University of Maryland: Terp Young Scholars (TYS)

    • Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Domestic—College Park, MD
    • Credits: College

    University of Maryland Terp Young Scholars get a head start on college by both earning college credit and getting a taste of college life and freedom during the program. Students who participate in the program will prepare for college through rigorous coursework and excellent instruction from University of Maryland professors. Students can choose between the University's colleges to complete classes within their given area of study during their three-week term.

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    Summer Discovery: High School & Middle School Pre-College Programs

    • Grades: 6th to 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Domestic - Roslyn, NY
    • Credits: College

    Summer Discovery's programs take place all across the country with some international options as well. Pre-college programs vary from extra-curricular activities like softball to college credit programs. College credit programs may include an area of focus like business and pre-med.

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    Andover Summer at Phillips Academy

    • Grades: 7th to 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Domestic - Andover, MA
    • Credits: None

    Andover Summer at Phillips Academy offer students a wide range of learning options such as virtual learning or in-person on the 500-acre campus. Students who participate can choose from a catalog of more than 80 classes. The immersive classes take students beyond the classroom for engaging, hands-on learning that students will truly enjoy.

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    Emory University Summer Pre-College Program

    • Entering Grades: 11th and 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Domestic—Atlanta, GA
    • Credits: College

    Emory University's summer program allows high school students heading to college in the near future a chance to get ahead. There are six-week courses during which students can learn from top professors in their fields of study while earning college credit. There is also a two-week option, though college credit is not earned during these shorter classes.

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    Boston University: Summer Challenge Program

    • Entering Grades: 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Virtual
    • Credits:

    For two weeks, students can virtually attend Boston University to challenge themselves with college academics. Students can choose from a long list of college courses that have been distilled down to fit into a shorter time frame. Students will enjoy a taste of college as well as interesting and engaging lessons from wonderful professors.

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    ACLU National Advocacy Institute

    • Grades: 10th to College
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Domestic—Washington D.C.
    • Credits: None

    With the ACLU National Advocacy Institute, students will enjoy a hands-on learning experience unlike any other. Working alongside ACLU lawyers and activists, students will learn and become the next generation of social activists. They will study both the successes and failures of some of the biggest national and state-wide advocacy campaigns.

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    Duke University Youth Programs - Online

    • Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Virtual
    • Credits: None

    For more than 35 years, Duke University has provided youth programs to the bright minds of academically-focused students. From writing to coding, there are different focuses for every preference or shining skill students hold. Students will take part in an enriched program while meeting other students who hold similar interests.

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    Harvard University: Seven-Week Program for High School Students

    • Grades: 10th, 11th, and 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Domestic—Cambridge, MA
    • Credits: College

    The Seven-Week Program for High School Students at Harvard University allows students to do just what it says. Those who attend will be completely immersed in the Harvard college experience for seven weeks while studying classes selected from a wide range of options. Students will feel prepared to venture on to college after completing high school, and they will do so with some college credit already earned.

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    Georgetown University: Summer Programs for High School Students

    • Entering Grades: 9th to 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Domestic—Washington D.C.
    • Credits: College

    Students who participate in the summer programs offered at Georgetown University will fully experience college life on the campus. Attendees can choose from a wide range of undergraduate college courses and will earn three to four credit hours. The programs also include a college prep seminar that helps students prepare for doing well on standardized tests too.

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    Harvard University: Summer Programs for High School Students

    • Entering Grades: 9th to 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Domestic—Cambridge, MA
    • Credits: College

    Harvard allows 2,700 students to join their campus each summer to experience college life and study. There is a wide variety of classes students can choose to take, but only those who study for seven weeks will earn college credit. There is also a two-week option, though high schoolers will not earn credit after two weeks. Students will do everything from live in dorms and walk to class to learn from enthralling professors in their chosen field.

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    Wake Forest University: Summer Immersion Program

    • Entering Grades: 9th to College
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Domestic—Winston-Salem, NC
    • Credits: None

    During the Wake Forest University Summer Immersion Program, high school students are given an opportunity to test their likes and abilities in the field they think they might like to study. From STEM courses and pre-med to journalism and fine arts, there are tons of options to choose from. Students experience all of college life well before officially attending college or declaring a major.

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    Emerson College Summer Pre-College Programs

    • Entering Grades: 11th and 122th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Domestic—Boston, MA & Virtual
    • Credits: None

    Students who attend Emerson College Pre-College summer programs can do so online, as a day program, or residentially. There are plenty of courses such as acting, communications, filmmaking, and technology that students can study in a fun, interactive way at Emerson. Students will gain valuable skills while testing their abilities.

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    UMass Amherst Pre-College Programs

    • Grades: 10th, 11th, and 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Domestic—Amherst, MA
    • Credits: College

    UMass Amherst Pre-College Programs are set at the beautiful campus with state of the art facilities. Students can take a wide range of courses and study with excellent professors all while staying in new dormitories. Depending on the program, students will spend one to three weeks on campus becoming proficient in their area of study.

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    Boston University: High School Honors Program

    • Grades: 11th and 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Domestic - Boston, MA
    • Credits: College

    Boston University's High School Honors Program allows academically gifted students to visit the campus and study for six weeks. During that time, students can opt to joing a number of classes and even earn up to eight hours college credit by the end of their program. With an excellent staff and more than 80 classes to choose from, it will surely be an enriching and exciting time for the honor students.

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    Boston University Summer Term High School Programs

    • Grades: 8th to 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Domestic—Boston, MA
    • Credits: None

    Boston University offers five summer programs for high school students. Each allows students to choose an area of focus such as performing research, learning about a different area of study, or getting ahead by earning college credit. Each is an avenue to experience college life in a way that best suits the student.

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    Loyola Marymount University Precollege Summer Programs

    • Grades: 10th, 11th, and 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Domestic - Los Angeles, CA
    • Credits: None

    Loyola Marymount University offers a variety of creative, business, and scientific courses that students can take virtually through 2021. Most classes are two weeks long and do not offer college credit. There is one four-week program in filmmaking that does allow students to earn college credit.

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    Cambridge Scholars' Programme

    • Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Abroad - Cambridge, U.K.
    • Credits: None

    During the Cambridge Scholars' Programme, students are allowed to select two to four of the 20 courses offered to study. Students study on the Cambridge grounds for one to three weeks under the watchful eye of Cambridge student mentors and faculty. It is an invaluable experience to both learn under excellent professors while also getting to travel and explore England and Paris with the addition of an optional trip.

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    Yale Young Global Scholars

    • Grades: 11th and 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Virtual/Domestic - New Haven, CT
    • Credits: None

    The Yale Young Global Scholars is a globally diverse two-week academic program that hosts more than 2,400 students from more than 130 countries. During the program, students are able to study a wide range of topics in a small setting with a ratio of 8 students to one professor. When they are not studying, students are busy experiencing college life on campus, though the program will be offered virtually in 2021.

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    American University - Discover the World of Communication

    • Grades: 9th to 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Domestic—Washington D.C.
    • Credits: None

    During this one- or two-week program at the American University, students learn all things communication. Interactive workshops allow them to hone their craft through writing, speaking, and even shooting a short film. Students will even visit a number of local studios to watch professionals in action.

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    UConn Pre-College Summer

    • Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Domestic—Storrs, CT
    • Credits: None

    From engineering and art to history and game design, there are tons of summer programs that take place at UConn for high school students to explore their interests. Whether they want to test their skill and interest in a pre-professional program or delve further into a science class, there are many opportunities with summer programs. Students study under excellent professors for one week to better understand their subject matter.

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    K12 Tuition-Free Online Summer School Programs

    • Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Virtual
    • Credits: High School

    Students who participate in K12 Tutition-Free Online Summer School Programs will spend one month exploring high-demand jobs. There are three areas of study including healthcare, information technology, and business and marketing. In each, the student will learn more about what the job entails, the concepts it uses, and complete projects that help them understand the role of the job.

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    Stanford Summer Humanities Institute

    • Grades: 11th and 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Domestic—Stanford, CA
    • Credits: None

    During the Stanford Summer Humanities Institute, students take on introductory classes on the freshman college level. These courses dive into the big-picture questions of the humanities and serve to enrich students.

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    Alfred University Summer Programs

    • Grades: 9th to 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Alfred, NY
    • Credits: None

    Alfred University Summer Programs expose students to college life on campus while exploring subjects they enjoy. From sports and creative subjects to the sciences, there are tons of fun options for students to test out. They will love meeting new friends while expanding their horizons during their summer program.

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    The School of The New York Times: Summer Academy Online

    • Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Virtual
    • Credits: None

    Students who participate in the School of The New York Times Summer Academy will get to learn from New York Times jounalists in an exciting classroom atmosphere. They will explore headline-making issues and changing cultural landscapes. It is the perfect opportunity to embrace a potential career path with expert advise and guidance.

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    University of South Florida Pre-College: Summer Programs for High School Students

    • Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Virtual
    • Credits: College

    Motivated high school students can particpate in college courses online with the University of South Florida. They can choose from a wide range of courses to earn USF credit. Simply choose an academic interest and begin your college career.

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    Harvard University: Two-Week Program for High School Students

    • Grades: 11th, 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Domestic—Cambridge, MA
    • Credits: None

    Harvard University's two-week program allows students the opportunity to experience and get a feel for college life at one of the most prestigious schools. Students will live in a historic undergraduate dorm and take classes that suit their interest. Outside of the classroom, students can attend events that cater to a range of interests from college readiness and academics to social events and recreational activities.

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    Columbia University: Online Summer Immersion Programs

    • Grades:9th to 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Virtual
    • Credits: None

    Students can try out Ivy League learning with Columbia University's online summer immersion programs. They can opt for one to three weeks of diving into a subject they wish to learn more about under excellent professors. During breaks, students can even participate in extracurricular activities like special seminars, community outreach, and awareness activities.

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    UC San Diego Academic Connections

    • Grades: 9th to 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Virtual
    • Credits: College

    The UC San Diego Academic Connections program is an academically enriching program for a diverse group of gifted, college-bound students. The program exposes students to exciting fields of research and study. The courses are challenging and encourage students to participate in active learning.

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    INTO PREP: SAT 25-Day Residential Camp

    • Grades: 6th to 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Bryn Mawr, PA
    • Credits: None

    This intensive test-prep program helps students prepare for the standardized tests and achieve higher scores so that they may be accepted to the school they hope to attend. The program features homework and placement tests, up to 20 mock SAT exams, and reviews. The program even gaurantees a 270-point increase on the SAT and a six-point increase on the ACT.

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    Northwestern Center for Talent Development (CTD) Summer Program

    • Entering Grades: 6th to 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Domestic—Evanston, IL
    • Credits: High School

    The Northwestern Center for Talent Development Summer Program allows students to take honors and even AP courses for credit during three- and six-week programs. Students can choose from a variety of subject areas to get ahead in their academic pursuits. They will also strengthen their gifts and skills while connecting with like-minded peers.

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    Columbia University: Online "College Edge" Summer Sessions

    • Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Virtual
    • Credits: College

    The Columbia University College Edge gives students just that, an edge on getting into their dream school. Students are allowed to enroll in lower level college courses which allows them to make their college application all the more impressive.

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    Sotheby's Summer Institute Precollege Program

    • Entering Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Virtual
    • Credits: None

    The Sotheby's Summer Institute Precollege Program allows students a direct line into the real world of arts and culture. This interactive learning program teaches students about the different facets of the art world such as curation and much more. During the two-week program, students will foster invaluable relationships with their peers and mentors too.

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    Wake Forest University: Virtual Pre-College Courses in Medicine and Business

    • Grades: 9th to 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Virtual
    • Credits: None

    High school students interested in medicine or business can take interactive classes through Wake Forest University's virtual program. There are two courses offered. After students have completed their studies, they will receive a certificate of completion.

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    Duke University Youth Programs: Young Writers' Online Camp

    • Grades: 6th to 11th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Virtual
    • Credits: None

    During Duke University's Younger Writers' Camp, students spend two weeks honing their skills under the watchful eye of expert mentors. They will meet and foster friendships with other young writers as they perfect their craft and explore different writing genres.

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    Husson University: Early College Access Program (ECAP)

    • Grades: 11th, 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Virtual
    • Credits: College

    Students who participate in the Husson University Early College Access Program get a jump-start on college. After being accepted, students can enroll in up to two college courses per semester. This allows students to earn up to 21 credits over two years.

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    George Washington University: Pre-College Summer Programs

    • Grades: 9th to 11th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Domestic—Washington D.C.
    • Credits: College

    Students who participate in George Washington University's pre-college summer programs can participate in enriching experiences and learning both inside the classroom and out. There's a six-week option that allows students to choose from more than 20 undergraduate classes that they can earn college credit for upon completion. There's also a two-week option that isn't graded and is simply composed of interactive, experiential activities.

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    American University: Discover the World of Communication Online

    • Grades: 11th and 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: College
    • Credits: College

    Students can bolster their college application by taking virtual classes with American University. They will complete assignments that will bulk up their portfolio all while sharpening their skills and abilities in their chosen form of communication.

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    Boston University: Summer Journalism Academy (Online)

    • Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, PG
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Virtual
    • Credits: None

    The Boston University Summer Journalism Academy allows students the perfect opportunity to get experience while becoming better writers or photographers. They will work with and study under excellent full-time journalists to expand their reporter's skills.

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    Summer Springboard

    • Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Domestic—San Diego, CA
    • Credits: None

    Summer Springboard helps connect students to some of the top schools in the country where they can complete enriching programs. Areas of study include everything from journalism and public policy to medicine and business. School that participate in the program include Berkely, Georgetown and Yale Universities.

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    Cornell University's Precollege Summer Program: Intro to Architecture

    • Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, PG
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Domestic—Ithaca, NY & Virtual
    • Credits: College

    Cornell University's intro to architecture precollege program allows students to work with the renowned falcuty at the notable school. Those who participate will experience a collabrotive and innovative studio atmosphere. Students will complete assignments and receive critiques and reviews that will better their skills and abilities.

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    Brown Pre-College Programs: Summer @ Brown

    • Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Domestic—Providence, RI
    • Credits: College

    Summer @ Brown allows students the chance to experience campus life before arriving there permanately. Students can pick from over 200 courses to study as well as other activities and events. They will meet and have fun with tons of other like-minded students during their time at Brown.

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    ISSOS International Summer Schools

    • Grades: 8th to 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Abroad - Multiple Locations
    • Credits: None

    ISSOS International Summer Schools include the campuses of St Andrews, Cambridge, and Yale Universities. Students who attend will study rigorous course work as well as take part in enrichment activities outside of classes. Students will also enjoy a number of adventerous trips and excursions too.

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    Arts | The Most Popular Arts-Focused Summer Programs for High School Students

    School of the Art Institute of Chicago: Early College Program - Summer Institute

    • Grades: 11th and 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Virtual
    • Credits: College

    This program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago allows students to study at one of the most important independent, accredited art schools around. Students will explore their love for art and study in their chosen media. Students will be challenged to think and discover under the eye of excellent professors as they earn college credit.

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    Otis College of Art and Design: Summer of Art, College Preparation Program

    • Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, PG
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Domestic—Los Angeles, CA & Virtual
    • Credits: College

    Otis College's Summer of Art is a four-week program that allows students to study art and design. During that time, students of all levels will strengthen their skills and can specialize with a range of courses such as 2D animation or toy design among others. Classes are small and students will earn college credit as they gain college experience too.

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    Fashion Design & Sewing Summer Camp in NYC

    • Grades: 7th to 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Domestic—New York, NYC
    • Credits: None

    The Fashion Design & Sewing Summer Camp is the only program that allows students to learn about fashion design, sewing, and the business side of the industry, all while living in New York City. Students will meet fashion designers, learn to sew in the garment district of New York, and trips to fashion exhibits. This all-encompassing program is great for anyone who is keen to learn and explore more about the fashion industry.

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    Business/Entrepreneurship | The Most Popular Business-Focused Summer Programs for High School Students

    Emory University: Summer Pre-College Program: Business

    • Grades: 11th, 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Domestic—11th, 12th
    • Credits: College

    The Emory Pre-College Program gives college-bound sophomores and juniors an exciting glimpse of academic and residential life at a top-ranked national university. High school students can explore topics with professors who are the leading experts in their fields. Two-week non-credit courses and six-week credit courses are available.

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    Virtual Wall Street Summer Camp

    • Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, PG
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Virtual
    • Credits: None

    Teach Me Wall Street virtucal camp will teach students all about the stock market and various financial institutions. Students can choose between three tracks or opt to take all three with a different topic each week. Participants will learn about trading, ethics, and have an opportunity to ask any questions they might have.

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    Foundation for Teaching Economics: Entrepreneurship in the Global Economy

    • Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, PG
    • Abroad/Domestic/Vritual: Davis, CA & Virtual
    • Credits: College

    The Foundation for Teaching Economics is designed to teach students to take on leadership roles in both public and private institutions. Students will cover topics such as entrepreneurship, history and economics too. Students can choose between several classes and earn college credit along the way.

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    Parsons Paris: Virtual Pre-College Course in the Business of Fashion

    • Grades: 9th to 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Vritual: Virtual
    • Credits: None

    At Parsons Paris: Virtual Pre-College Course in the Business of Fashion, students will learn about how trends come to be, the history of fashion, and how to have a successful career in the fashion industry. Students can learn the material at their own pace over the course of two or four weeks depending on your selected option. The program concludes with a hands-on project that showcases everything the students have learned throughout the course.

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    Leadership | The Most Popular Leadership-Focused Summer Programs for High School Students

    Baruch Leadership Academy

    • Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Vritual: Domestic
    • Credits: None

    The Baruch Leadership Academy is a fast-paced program that allows students to study in New York City. Students can choose between six programs and SAT prep courses to help them prepare for college. Each program is tailored to a specific career path such as business or medicine too.

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    Emerging Leader Internship Program for High School Students

    • Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Vritual: Domestic
    • Credits: None

    The Emerging Leader Internship Program for High School Student allows students to complete a unique project over the course of six weeks with the help and supervision of professors from top universities such as MIT, Stanford, and Duke among others. Students will learn how to make themselves standout to be accepted into their dream college.

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    National Student Leadership Conference (NSLC) Summer Programs

    • Grades: 7th to 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Domestic
    • Credits: College

    NSLC offers more than 30 courses focused on all kinds of varied interests that take place on college campuses across the country. Students can choose from one-, two-, or three-week programs. In addition to exploring their chosen career path, students will also learn key leadership skills too.

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    Brown Pre-College Programs: Leadership Institute

    • Grades: 9th to 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Domestic
    • Credits: None

    The Brown Leadership Institute offers 10 different courses that teach and hone leadership skills among other subjects. This interactive program allows students to participate in an exciting, hands-on learning experience that is enhanced by excellent staff and faculty.

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    Community Service | The Most Popular Community Service Summer Programs for High School Students

    Travel for Teens: Community Service Programs Abroad

    • Grades: 9th to 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic: Abroad
    • Credits: None

    Travel for Teens community service program allows high school students to perform community service tasks in some of the world's best destinations. They can travel, learn and strengthen language skills, and contribute to a cause all while discovering the world.

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    VISIONS Service Adventures

    • Grades: 16th to College
    • Abroad/Domestic: Both
    • Credits: None

    Students who participate in VISIONS Service Adventures program can choose from a wide range of options. From skill improvement and community service to activism and more, there is so much that students can contribute to. Programs are offered domestically and internationally, so they can see the world at the same time too.

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    Global Leadership Adventures: International Volunteer Programs for Teens

    • Grades: 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic: Abroad
    • Credits: None

    Global Leadership Adventures inspires high school students to look beyond themselves. In these programs, students volunteer abroad and get to meet and work with locals. This immersive program has an emphasis on health and international relief.

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    NetWork Volunteers: Volunteer Internship Program

    • Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic - United States
    • Credits: None

    NetWork Volunteers allows students to participate in a wide range of community-based internship all across the United States. There are different internship focuses such as arts and culture, education and even environmental sustainability. Students will get a certification of their completed hours at the end of their program too.

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    iBme: Mindfulness Retreats

    • Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College
    • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Various
    • Credits: None

    iBme Mindfulness Retreats help teens reduce stress and cope with normal school, life, and social demands in a self-empowering way. An iBme retreat reconnects teens with their own natural confidence and ease—their inner spark. On retreats, teens learn simple mindfulness tools, meditation, develop genuine relationships and cultivate communication skills, and participate in small-group connections and check-ins.

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    Language | The Most Popular Language Summer Programs for High School Students

    EF International Languages: Learn Abroad for Summer

    • Grades: 6th to College
    • Abroad/Domestic: Abroad—Various locations
    • Credits: College

    EF International Language programs teach students their chosen language all while studying in an exciting destination. Students will improve their skills and put them to the test while exploring the city.

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    Concordia Language Villages: Summer Language Immersion Programs

    • Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic: Domestic—Bemidji, MN
    • Credits: High School

    Concordia’s summer language programs immerse teens in one of 15 languages: Arabic, Chinese, Danish, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish or Swedish. Their one-, two- and four-week language programs are a powerful combination of language immersion and summer camp fun.

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    CESA Languages Abroad - Summer Programs

    • Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, PG
    • Abroad/Domestic: Both
    • Credits: College

    During the CESA Languages Abroad - Summer Programs, students will be totally immersed in the culture of the language they are learning and perfecting. They will be placed in a homestay or dorm where they will participate in classes as well as putting their skills to practice in the city.

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    Outdoor Adventure | The Most Popular Adventure-Focused Summer Programs for High School Students

    National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Summer Programs for Teens

    • Grades: 9th to College
    • Abroad/Domestic: Both - Various Locations
    • Credits: None

    The National Outdoor Leadership School allows students to spend one week to one month in the great outdoors of both the United States and Canada. During this program, students learn all of the most important leadership skills they will need in school, on sports teams, and beyond in their careers.

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    Outward Bound

    • Grades: 6th to College
    • Abroad/Domestic: Both—Various locations
    • Credits: None

    Outward Bound takes students all over the world to experience the natural settings of many beautiful countries. Those who participate will learn valuable outdoor adventure skills as well as leadership and interpersonal skills that can be put to use in daily life.

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    STEM | The Most Popular Academic STEM Summer Programs for High School Students

    Boston Leadership Institute: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Summer Programs

    • Grades: 8th to College
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Domestic - Boston, MA & Virtual
    • Credits: None

    Students who participate in the STEM edition of the Boston Leadership Institute will participate in experienctial learning and research. All kinds of sciences includeing biology, chemistry, and even options like neuroscience and psychology are offered. Students will also enjoy taking exciting field trips during their program.

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    UC San Diego: Sally Ride Science Junior Academy

    • Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Domestic—San Diego, CA & Virtual
    • Credits: None

    Students of all ages can enter the STEAM workshops offered at the Sally Ride Science Junior Academy. Students will take on exciting roles as programmers, marine scientists, and more as they particpate in hands-on projects.

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    Emory University Summer Pre-College Program: Pre-Health and Science

    • Grades: 11th, 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Domestic—Atlanta, GA
    • Credits: College

    Students who enter the Emory Univeristy Pre-College Program of Pre-Health and Science will have the option of studying a number of pre-med courses. From cancer research to sports medicine, those who are interested in the healthcare profession willl learn about the challenging and complex world of medicine.

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    Pathways to Stem Cell Science

    • Grades: 6th to College
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Domestic—Torrence, CA
    • Credits: None

    Pathways to STEM Cell Science is a non-profit, biotech education and research company that allows students of all ages to have real, hands-on experience. Students will work and learn alongside PhD-level research scientists as well as learn about different bioscience careers.

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    Engineering Summer Academy at Penn

    • Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Domestic—Philadelphia, PA
    • Credits: College

    The Engineering Summer Academy at Penn offers a small group of students the chance to study rigorous course work at the college-level while living in Philadelphia. Students can particpate in on-campus activities too. Those who are eligible for the program can enroll in one of six courses including biotechnology, computer graphics, computer science, networks, nanotechnology or robotics.

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    Stanford Medical Youth Science Program

    • Grades: 11th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Virtual
    • Credits: None

    The Stanford Medical Youth Science Program lasts five weeks and caters to low-income or underrepresented students from some California counties. Students who attend will prepare students for college and expose them to a number of health-related professions. Those who participate will attend lectures, college admission workshops and tour hospitals and healthcare organizations.

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    iD Tech Camps for Kids and Teens

    • Grades: 6th to 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Domestic—Multiple Locations
    • Credits: None

    iD Tech Camps for Kids and Teens allows students of all ages to participate in more than 30 courses. Students work in fun-filled labs where they can design a video game, code an app or much more with the help of expert instructors.

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    Pathways to Stem Cell Science: Summer Program

    • Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, PG
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Domestic—Monrovia, CA
    • Credits: None

    Want to learn cutting-edge science from professional researchers working hands-on with stem cells in a biotech research lab? Pathways to Stem Cell Science is the world’s only biotech-based provider of career education & STEM programs for all ages PreK-12 & college.

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    Acadia Institute: Advanced Marine Science Camp Program

    • Grades:10th, 11th, 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Domestic—Seal Harbor, ME
    • Credits: College

    The Acadia Institute's Advanced Marine Science Camp Program is a dream for students who wish to perform field work. Students will write lab reports and perform analysis. Each session is two weeks and allows students plenty of time to study alongside wonderful instructors.

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    Stem Cell Research Internship

    • Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Domestic—Torrance, CA
    • Credits: None

    The Stem Cell Research Internship allows high school students to perform independent research with the guidance of stem cell science. The eight-week program include a five-day industry-style training course. After that, students will work in a PhD-style research experience.

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    Brown Pre-College Programs: STEM Programs

    • Grades: 9th, 10th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Domestic—Providence, RI
    • Credits: None

    Brown's Pre-College STEM programs allow students to focus on STEM fields that interest them while honing their skills. Students can choose from a wide range of two-week courses. They will also be able to interact with Brown graduate students and see the graduate-level research they're performing.

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    Colorado School of Mines: Engineering Design Summer Camps

    • Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Domestic—Golden, CO
    • Credits: None

    The Colorado School of Mines: Engineering Design Summer Camps are one-week programs that give students hands-on experience. Those who participate will perform a management sequence for engineering design. Students will even model and make a prototype of their design before giving a marketing presentation at the end of their program.

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    Coding School Online Summer Program

    • Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Domestic—Wellesley, MA
    • Credits: None

    The Coding School affords participants an incredile opportunity to study in small groups, one-on-one, and even with friends. Students learn from engineers at organizations and companies like NASA, Netflix, and MIT. These courses are great ways to improve your resume while studying under exceptional instructors.

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    Illinois Tech Online Precollege STEM Programs

    • Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Domestic—Chicago, IL
    • Credits: None

    Illinois Tech allows students to study different areas of STEM all throughout the year. Students can opt into a range of studies that last one to two weeks. Focuses include cybersecurity, computational science courses, and mathematics among others.

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    Boston Leadership Institute: Biological Research Summer Program

    • Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, College
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Domestic—Boston, MA
    • Credits: None

    Students who participate in Boston Leadership Institute's Biological Research Summer Program will conduct reserach as they learn more about synthetic biology. Students will learn how synthetic biologists are designing bacteria to perform a variety of tasks. At the end of the program, students will present their research with an accompanying paper.

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    Healthcare and Psychology | Summer Pre-College Program for High School Students at Wagner College

    • Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Domestic—Staten Island, NY
    • Credits: College

    Wagner College affords students the opportunity to live in New York City for three weeks as they study one of two courses, psychpathology or healthcare immersion. During their program, they will earn six college credits while gaining valuable skills and college experience.

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    uCode: Online Coding Classes for Teens

    • Grades: 6th to 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Virtual
    • Credits: None

    During UCode's six, 70-minute long sessions, students learn to effectively code and think computationally. This beginner-friendly course teaches real coding languages through curriculum-based projects. Students can work at their own speed as they sharpen their skills and gauge their interest in coding and computer science.

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    Boston Leadership Institute: Online STEM Programs

    • Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Virtual
    • Credits: None

    Boston Leadership Institute's online STEM programs allow students to try out and learn about a number of different career paths. Courses include forensics, pre-med task force, mental illness, and photography task force among others. Students will gain skills, build their portfolio, and enjoy learning with these fun digital programs.

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    Alexa Cafe: All-Girls STEM Camp

    • Grades: 6th to 10th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Domestic—Mutliple Locations
    • Credits: None

    The Alexa Cafe all-girls STEM camps take place at multiple universities across the country. Girls can study a number of tech and science-based fields such as web design and video gaming. They'll participate in hands-on workshops and collaborate on projects for an interactive experience.

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    National Student Leadership Conference (NSLC) | High School STEM Programs

    • Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Domestic—Multiple Locations
    • Credits: College

    The National Student Leadership Conference STEM programs take place all over the United States and allow students to choose between 13 courses. Students will learn about the latest career paths through hands-on simulations and workshops. Areas of study include areospace, data science, engineering, and cybersecurity among others.

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    Boston University: Research in Science & Engineering (RISE) Program: Internship Track

    • Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Domestic—Boston, MA
    • Credits: None

    Boston University's RISE program gives high school students the chance to perform research projects with faculty supervision. During this six-week program, students will spend 40 hours per week in the lab conducting their experiements. Those who participate will gain both technical and analyticals skills under their mentor's guidance.

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    LMU Pre-College Programs: Environmental Science - The Living City

    • Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Domestic—Los Angeles, CA
    • Credits: None

    LMU's Environmental Science, The Living City, program teaches students how various scientific studies help urban ecologists understand threats as they surface. Students will attend lectures and labs for hands-on learning. They'll also learn how they can positively affect their communities.

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    Smith Precollege Summer Programs: Summer Science and Engineering Program

    • Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Domestic—Northampton, MA
    • Credits: None

    SSEP is the perfect program for high school students who want to perform hands-on research with Smith faculty. Students will work in small groups to conduct experiments as they learn from low-key lectures in the lab. Each program is two weeks long.

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    Science Camps of America - Big Island of Hawaii Summer Camp for Teens

    • Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Domestic—Pahala, HI
    • Credits: None

    The Science Camps of America - Big Island of Hawaii Summer Camp combines science and the great outdoor with hands-on, up-close learning in the field. Students can choose between two programs. One focuses on Earth science and studies land and sea. The second focuses on air and space and includes climate science, astonomy, and more.

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    Boston University: Academic Immersion (AIM)—Introduction to Medicine

    • Grades: 11th, 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Virtual
    • Credits: None

    Boston University's Academic Immersion (AIM): Introduction to Medicine is a three-week pre-med program. Partnered with BU's School of Medicine, AIM's pre-med track is dedicated to provide a broad introduction to the field of medicine. Int he mornings, you will attend seminars and focus on three core topics: anatomy and physiology, infectious diseases, and contemporary issues in medicine.

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    Quarter Zero's Startup Camp

    • Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, PG
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Domestic—Santa Barbara, CA
    • Credits: None

    Students can choose between five- and ten-day programs at Quarter Zero's Startup Camp that focus on entrepreneurship. Students will participate in outdoor adventure activities as well as skill development. This is a fun, fast-paced camp for enthusiastic students.

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    NSU: AIM-High Medical Immersion Program

    • Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Domestic—Davie, FL
    • Credits: None

    AIM-High is an immersive medical program for high school students to attend to assess their interest in pursuing a career in medicine or science. Students can study in-person for one week and join digitally the second week if they choose. Programs include robotics, 3-D printing, first aid and CPR as well as other options.

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    Georgetown University Summer Program - Forensic Science Academy

    • Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Domestic—Washington D.C.
    • Credits: None

    At Georgetown University Summer Program - Forensic Science Academy, students who are interested in pursuing forensic science can get hands-on experience with advanced learning tools during this program. Participants will learn about science and medicine in law enforcement as well as discuss ethical dilemmas.

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    UConn Pre-College Summer: Biomedical Engineering

    • Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Virtual
    • Credits: None

    Students who participate in UConn's pre-college biomedical engineering program will study and learn about the human body's biosignals such as electrocardiogram (heart) and electromyogram (muscles). They can also learn how you can use these signals to interface with external aids like prosthetics. By the end of the program, students will develop their basic biosystems for acquiring data and controlling devices.

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    Virtual Tech Camps from iD Tech

    • Grades: Below 6th to 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Virtual
    • Credits: None

    iD Tech's Virtual Tech Camps are here for those interested in coding, 3D modeling, or just taking your Minecraft game to the next level. From ages 7 to 9 all the way up to 13 to 18, students of all ages, abilities, and interest levels. You can take the classes from anywhere and pick the time that is most convenient for you.

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    Georgetown University Summer Pre-College Program - 1-Week Medical Academy

    • Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Domestic—Washington D.C.
    • Credits: None

    Georgetown University's one-week medical academy allows students to get an introduction to the medical profession. Students will explore a wide range of subjects and topics within the medical field like surgery, infectious diseases, biomedical ethics, and much more. They will participate in field trips, hands-on activities and classroom lectures.

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    Howard University: High School Summer Enrichment Science Academy

    • Grades: 11th, 12th
    • Abroad/Domestic/Virtual: Domestic—Washinton D.C.
    • Credits: None

    The Howard University high school summer enrichment science academy is a six-week program designed for students with an interest in science who are planning to have a career in pharmacy or other healthcare professions. Though this competitive program is fast-paced, there are also science excursions that students will take on the weekends.

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    Travel/Cultural Immersion | The Most Popular Travel Summer Programs for High School Students

    Travel For Teens: Summer Programs Abroad

    • Grades: 8th to College
    • Abroad/Domestic: Abroad - Multiple Locations
    • Credits: None

    Travel For Teens allows students to travel abroad and really learn about the local culture. These programs are designed to be both exploratory and fun as well as educational. Students can participate in courses like photography or contribute to community service during these programs as well.

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