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Teen Ink Summer Program and Camp Guide for Teens

Travel / Touring Programs

Learn a wide variety of academic and personal skills while traveling the world. Our list of summer camps includes options for touring colleges, other states, europe, the caribbean, Asia, Africa, and much more. Spending time with other teenage middle schoolers and high schoolers you'll gain leadership skills while learning about new cultures, music, writing, dance, the sciences, or whatever else inspires you. Check out the programs created specifically for girls, too. Browse our list of summer camps for your perfect camp, and be sure to check out the many scholarship opportunities offered by the programs.

A+ Summer Program(opens in a new window)

Held at Stanford University, A+ Summer Program is designed for motivated middle school and high school students. Our stimulating academic camp builds teens’ proficiency in critical thinking, logic and writing skills.

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Tufts Summer Study(opens in a new window)

An opportunity for teens to assess their talents, interests, and values. Your summer camp experience will help you clarify your options as you prepare for the college application process.

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LITA(opens in a new window)

LITA is a unique language immersion summer program for teens that offers a personal and small group approach to exploring Spain. LITA programs focus around a homestay and explorations off the beaten path.

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Syracuse Summer College(opens in a new window)

This 6-week academic summer camp allows high school teens to study, explore career interests and earn college credit.

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US Performing Arts(opens in a new window)

Taught by leading industry professionals and partnered with universities across the country, our summer camps give teenagers the opportunity to pursue their passions while getting a taste of life on a college campus.

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Global Works Travel(opens in a new window)

Global Works’ summer programs for teens encompass service projects, outdoor adventures, cultural exchanges and language immersion in Central and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and the South Pacific.

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University of Dallas Summer Programs(opens in a new window)

Teenagers can experience a unique combination of informed European travel and rigorous study, and earn college credit, through University of Dallas High School Summer Abroad.

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Phillips Academy Summer Session, Andover(opens in a new window)

Phillips Academy Summer is the premier summer academic enrichment camp for high school teens, offering over 60 courses within a diverse, rigorous, and supportive day or residential environment.

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Teen Ink's NYC Summer Writing Program(opens in a new window)

A two-week intensive creative writing summer camp in NYC for teen girls in grades 9-12. Students and staff stay at Juilliard. Program includes classes, daily writing time, museum visits, city sights and Broadway shows.

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Johns-Hopkins Pre-College(opens in a new window)

Anxious to see a university and sample courses and campus life? This academic summer camp lets teenagers begin their college journeys early.

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Juniper Institute for Young Writers at UMass(opens in a new window)

Intensive fiction and poetry workshops, and exposure to world-renowned authors, for teen writers finishing 10th, 11th, or 12th grade. At our summer camp, write new work, revise work-in-progress, and gain insight into the creative process.

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American Leadership(opens in a new window)

NETC American Leadership summer programs are for high school students who want to travel abroad, experience new cultures, meet students from around the US, prepare for college and have fun!

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Putney School Summer Programs(opens in a new window)

Teenage students at our summer camp work closely and cooperatively with professional artists, writers and performers in the visual arts, the performing arts, and creative writing on a spectacular hilltop campus in southern Vermont.

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Deer Hill Expeditions(opens in a new window)

Summer programs engaging teens in Wilderness Expeditions, Service and Native Cultures since 1984. Outstanding adventures, travel and service projects in the American southwest and Costa Rica.

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UCSD Writing Online(opens in a new window)

Academic online courses designed to prepare high school teens for the demands of college-level writing.

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The University of Virginia's Workshop for Young Writers(opens in a new window)

Work with published writers, live on the University of Virginia campus, and join a visionary teen artist’s community. At this camp, take your writing where it’s never been before.

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University of the Arts Pre-College Summer Institute(opens in a new window)

The University of the Arts Pre-College Summer Institute in Philadelphia offers intensive summer camps for high school teens in art, media + design, creative writing, dance, music, and theater.

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College Admission Prep Camps(opens in a new window)

These summer camps held at UC Berkeley, UCLA, and Tufts, offers multiple versions of a pre-college program that covers SAT Prep, Personal Statement Writing and College Counseling for students entering grades 11-12.

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University of Chicago Summer(opens in a new window)

This college-preparatory summer camp engages teens in the most rigorous and rewarding study of their lives.

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Interlochen Center for the Arts(opens in a new window)

Study creative writing, music, theatre arts, visual arts and dance at a summer arts camp for students ages 8-18 or an arts academy for 435 high school teens.

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Augustana Summer Academy(opens in a new window)

Fun college-like academic summer courses for high school students taught by popular professors. From Harry Potter to human cadaver dissection, there’s something for everyone. Evening summer camp activities included.

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Focus at UC Berkeley(opens in a new window)

Summer Focus camp allows entering 11th-12th grade students to earn college credit while still in high school! This six-week pre-college summer program at UC Berkeley gives teens an excellent idea of what college life will be like!

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Lifeworks International(opens in a new window)

Incredible community service adventure travel programs in the British Virgin Islands, Costa Rica, China, Thailand, India, Peru, Ecuador and the Galapagos. Teens actively participate in promoting positive change.

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Great Summers(opens in a new window)

Experience the summer of a lifetime! Free info. and expert guidance on 800+ outstanding summer programs and teen camps for high schoolers, from pre-college, academic, teen tour, and language, to community service and travel.

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Summer Discovery & Discovery Internships(opens in a new window)

Welcome to Summer Discovery Pre-College Programs, the world's finest and most popular teen summer high school enrichment programs, internships, and middle-school summer camps.

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Travel for Teens(opens in a new window)

Travel for Teens offers community service, language immersion, photography, and cultural immersion trips to Europe, Asia, Africa, Central America, and Australia for students 13 to 18 years old.

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Sewanee Young Writers(opens in a new window)

Been bitten by the writing bug? Teens, visit our summer camp for two weeks of literary discussion and creation.

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Writing and Thinking Workshop at Lake Forest College(opens in a new window)

Join our supportive and dynamic summer camp community of teen writers and thinkers on the beautiful campus of Chicago’s national liberal arts college.

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ActionQuest(opens in a new window)

ActionQuest runs incredible summer adventure travel programs helping teens learn sailing, scuba diving, and marine biology while exploring the British Virgin Islands, Australia, and Ecuador/Galapagos.

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Earlham Explore-A-College(opens in a new window)

A college-level summer camp for high-schoolers. Take a class from an Earlham professor and earn 2 college credits. Classes in Sciences, Languages, Humanities, Art and Outdoor Education

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Bard College at Simon's Rock Young Writers Workshop(opens in a new window)

Since 1983 the Young Writers Workshop summer program has offered teens the opportunity to explore new directions in their writing in a supportive, collaborative summer camp environment.

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Stanford Summer College(opens in a new window)

Summer students enroll in undergrad courses, earn college credits, and live in a student dormitory to gain an inside perspective on college life.

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ArtsAbroad Summer Programs(opens in a new window)

Music, Theatre, Visual Arts and Dance summer camp and travel programs in Europe and the Caribbean. Open to teen students age 14-19. Prepare for college, see the world, and improve your art!

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Yale Summer(opens in a new window)

Our academic summer camp program seeks exceptionally promising teen students of all backgrounds and educates them to develop their intellectual, moral, civic and creative capacities to the fullest.

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World Horizons International(opens in a new window)

Summer travel for teens includes community service, language and cultural immersion. Project locations: Iceland, Fiji, Costa Rica, Canada, Dominica, Maine, Utah, Hawaii.

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Atlantic Center for the Arts(opens in a new window)

Atlantic Center for the Arts’ your word: Teen Creative Writing Residency summer camp program offers writers workshops and mentorship by distinguished authors in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction/memoir.

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Blue Tree creative programs for girls(opens in a new window)

A creative summer camp for girls ages 11 to 17... Writing, Fashion, Dance, Acting, Story Arts, (maga)Zine and more! Two-week residential sessions at Bryn Mawr College (PA) and Smith College (MA). Join us!

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Creative Writing Institute(opens in a new window)

Held at UC Berkeley and Stanford, this two-week imaginative writing summer camp is designed for entering 10th-12th graders. Students choose a focus of Poetry, Fiction, or Non-fiction.

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Smith College(opens in a new window)

Explore Smith’s diverse programs for high school girls on our beautiful campus. Choose from Summer Science and Engineering, Women’s Writing Workshop, Discovering Women’s History, Field Studies for Sustainable Futures, or College Admission Workshop. Financial aid is available!

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BIMA -The Berkshire Institute for Music and Arts(opens in a new window)

BIMA summer camp engages Jewish teens in an intensive arts program at Williams College to advance their skills in music (choral/jazz/chamber ensembles), creative writing, or painting.

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Buck's Rock Performing and Creative Arts Camp(opens in a new window)

Campers (ages 9-16) freely explore the performing and creative arts in a supportive, non-competitive summer camp environment with professional artists and instructors.

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George Washington Univ. Pre-College Program(opens in a new window)

Discover GW and DC! Two residential summer program enable teens to explore their academic interests and college life: a 6-week for-credit program for 11th graders or 10-day camps for grades 9-11.

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Walnut Hill School for the Arts Summer Programs(opens in a new window)

Summer camp opportunities in theater, creative writing and visual art for teens ages 13-18. Come immerse yourself in poetry, fiction, playwriting, acting, dance, and musical theater right outside Boston!

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Center for Creative Youth(opens in a new window)

Supported by National Endowment for the Arts, high school students spend 5-weeks at Wesleyan University. Our summer camp program offers 10 art forms, plus amazing interdisciplinary classes. All arts, all of July.

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Harvard Summer School(opens in a new window)

Motivated high school students find the Harvard Summer School a challenging, rewarding, and exciting Ivy League college camp program experience.

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Lone Star Scholars Academy(opens in a new window)

Two-week residential academic summer camp for high school teens, offering university-level courses for college credit, awesome field trips, fun evening activities and a group service project.

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Emerson College Summer Programs(opens in a new window)

Teenagers, explore your passion at Emerson College. Choose from summer camps in filmmaking or film writing, acting, musical theatre, stage design, creative writing, journalism or political communication-social advocacy-leadership.

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EXPLO: Exploration Summer Programs(opens in a new window)

At Yale University, Wellesley College, and St. Mark’s School, make teen friends from around the world, discover new interests and abilities, and have fun. More courses, activities, and trips than any other summer camp or program!

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French Woods Festival(opens in a new window)

America’s leading performing arts summer camp where every child or teen chooses their own individual schedule, from more than 80 activities run by certified teachers and counselor specialists.

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Cornell University Summer College(opens in a new window)

The best summer of my life! Join other talented high school students in this summer academic camp as you take college-credit courses with Cornell faculty and explore college and career options.

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Arts and Performing Arts Camp at Long Lake(opens in a new window)

An oasis for Performing and Fine Arts. YOU design your perfect summer camp in Fine Arts, Music, Theater, Rock Bands, Dance, Circus, Magic and fun water fun and land sports.

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Churchill Academy - Westminster(opens in a new window)

Take this opportunity to really experience college life and enhance your leadership skills at Churchill Academy's academic summer camp.

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Between the Lines(opens in a new window)

An exciting two-week creative writing and cultural exchange summer camp for teens. Improve your writing, make international friends, live in university dorms, and have fun in the UNESCO city of literature, Iowa City.

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Northwestern University College Prep Program(opens in a new window)

Teens, experience college life, pursue new academic challenges and earn college credit at our summer camps. Take a two-week seminar or choose from a variety of three- to eight-week courses.

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Pratt Summer(opens in a new window)

Study the fine arts, architecture, creative writing and more at this prestigious institute's summer camps for teens.

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Summer Institute for the Gifted(opens in a new window)

SIG is the ultimate 3-wk summer camp for gifted teenagers. Great campuses and 30+ academic, performing arts and sports classes. Then show off your talent at the SIG Final Program!

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Global Leadership Adventures(opens in a new window)

GLA offers volunteer travel summer programs for teens in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Participants explore historic and natural sites, learn the local language and history, and serve the community through volunteer efforts.

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Northeastern University Summer Programs(opens in a new window)

Northeastern’s Summer Programs for teens include credit and noncredit summer camp options designed to prepare rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors for the academic, social, and campus experiences of college.

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Sarah Lawrence College Programs For High School Students(opens in a new window)

Discover Sarah Lawrence’s unique programs. 2-week courses in 8 fields. Whatever your interests, SLC will help teens explore their passions in a supportive summer camp environment. High School courses offered in Fall and Spring too!

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Great Books Summer Program(opens in a new window)

Great Books Summer Program is a lively, warm and welcoming summer camp community of outstanding teens, grades 6th-12th, who love literature and ideas.

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Iowa Young Writers Studio(opens in a new window)

Join us this summer to share your work, practice craft, and improve your writing. Find out how much your writing can improve after just 2 intensive weeks at our summer camp!

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Emory Pre-College Program(opens in a new window)

The Emory Pre-College summer camp program gives college-bound high school students an exciting glimpse of academic and residential life at a top-ranked national university.

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Abroad Programs by SPI(opens in a new window)

High school study abroad programs for college credit in Spain, France, Italy, Costa Rica and China. Earn college credit and have the summer of your life with an SPI summer program!

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Whale Camp at the Fundy Marine Science Institute(opens in a new window)

Teens can directly observe and research whales, dolphins, porpoise, puffins, seals in their natural habitat. College credit for writing and art summer camps. Based on beautiful Grand Manan Island between Maine & Nova Scotia.

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