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Boston University Summer Term High School Programs

This summer, prepare for your college future with exciting and challenging summer programs for high school students at Boston University Summer Term. With multiple programs to choose from, you can earn college credit, discover new subject areas, perform cutting-edge research in university labs, or immerse yourself in hands-on learning. You will have the opportunity to push yourself academically while experiencing college life, making friends with fellow students, and engaging in social activities around Boston.

BU Summer Term offers the following proram for high school students:

High School Honors: Motivated students currently in their sophomore or junior year enroll in BU undergraduate courses, earning up to 8 college credits in six weeks. Residential or commuter. On campus or online.

Academic Immersion (AIM): Current sophomores and juniors focus intensively on one subject over the course of three weeks, combining classroom work with experiential learning activities. Topics for 2018: Introduction to Experimental Psychology and Introduction to Medicine. Residential only.

RISE Internship/Practicum: The Research in Science & Engineering (RISE) program is celebrating its 40th anniversary this summer! If you are passionate about the sciences and entering your senior year of high school, we invite you to apply. Spend six weeks at BU conducting university laboratory research with some of the nation's brightest scientific minds--and advance your knowledge and skills in the sciences. Residential or commuter. Please note that international students are not eligible for the RISE program.

Summer Challenge: In this two-week program, current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors select two non-credit BU seminars that include lectures, discussions, project-based assignments, and field trips. Residential only.

Summer Preview: Current eighth and ninth graders spend one week studying one subject of interest. Small class sizes ensure individual attention. One Week. Residential or commuter.


What draws teens to your program?

Boston University Summer Term High School Programs provide opportunities to:

  • Take on new academic challenges, explore a variety of interests, and consider possible majors.
  • Preview college and learn how to balance your schoolwork and your social life.
  • Experience living in a college dorm.
  • Become a part of a dynamic social community and engage in fun activities on campus and throughout Boston.

What type of teen attends your program?

Motivated, curious, and bright high school students.


Where do your participants come from?

From all 50 states and 87 countries on six continents.


What's a typical day like?

It depends on the program that you choose! Visit our website for more information.


What should participants expect to learn or take away from your program?

They should expect to expand their academic horizons and meet motivated, inspiring peers from around the world.


Gender: Co-Ed

Type: Overnight/Residential

Physical & Mailing Address:
755 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 105
Boston, MA United States 02115

More Information:

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