CAMBRIDGE, MA, USA - NOVEMBER 2, 2013: Radcliffe Quad undergrad housing at Harvard University in Fall in Cambridge, MA, USA on November 2, 2013.

Ivy League Summer Academy

Ivy League Summer Academy offers custom study abroad programs for high school students seeking academic enrichment in the United States. Our high school summer school programs combine academic lectures, with social and cultures excursions for an unforgettable summer abroad. Students can choose a two-week session at Harvard University, a two-week session at Yale University or combine the two for a four-week experience of a lifetime.


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Session Dates

All sessions focus on academic courses, as students select a concentration of their choice for each two-week session. The total number of academic teaching is 24 hours for the duration of the program.

2017 Ivy League Summer Academy Session Dates:

  • Session 1:  Accommodated at Harvard Law School – July 2-15, 2017
  • Session 2:  Accommodated at Yale University – July 16-29, 2017

For more information, please scroll down to read more on the Ivy League Summer Academy and call 400.080.9529

CAMBRIDGE, MA, USA - NOVEMBER 2, 2013: Radcliffe Quad undergrad housing at Harvard University in Fall in Cambridge, MA, USA on November 2, 2013.

Course Listings

Ivy League Summer Academy Course Listings

This program will give participants the opportunity to familiarize themselves with a traditional Ivy League university environment. More than 30 hours of classroom and workshop time will be included in each session. High school students will also gain a better understanding of the variety of subjects offered when applying for university admission, as well as learn about the university application process. In addition, students work on personal statements and practice admission interviews. The following concentrations are available on Session I at Harvard Law School:  Political Science & Government, and Business & Management. Session II at Yale University offers Innovation & Leadership, and Natural Sciences.

Session I

Political Science & Government: Are you interested in learning how governments work, how to develop policy, conduct research, and analyze data? Many fields including national security, law, journalism, and teaching benefit from a background in political science.  You might attend classes on American politics, comparative politics, international relations, political theory, public law, and public policy. Throughout the track you will advance your oral and written communication skills as you problem solve and collaborate with your diverse classmates.

Business & Management: Businesses are moving the world. Good ideas are creating outstanding companies such as Google, Coca-Cola, and Marriott, and products and services such as the iPhone,, and Virgin Airlines are changing our personal lives. But how is it possible to develop such ideas and create such companies, products, services, and brands? Do you want to find out more about what business really is, and possibly start up your own? The Business and Management track would be ideal for you, as we will work with you on all the exciting and important aspects of inventing, operating, and growing a business. You might even find out whether you would like to study business management or entrepreneurship at the university level.

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Session II

Innovation & Leadership: This track will equip students with the knowledge and skills to open their own business, as well as creatively think about problem-solving and strategy. Through simulations and case studies, students will expand their leadership skills and become more confident and experienced as they prepare for a career in the enterprising field of business innovation.

Natural Sciences: The study of living things is an exciting and rapidly developing subject area. This track is for students contemplating a career in biology, physics, chemistry, medicine, or related areas of life science.  Students will gain broad exposure to scientific processes and discoveries and develop a deeper understanding of modern science.

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Program Features


A great advantage of joining the Ivy League Summer Academy is the full schedule of excursions and activities. There’s truly never a dull moment. Ivy League Summer Academy excursions are designed to engage participants in their surroundings, gain an understanding of regional cultures, and share amazing memories with a new group of international friends!

Session I: Boston

Delegates attending Session I will have the chance to visit historic sites and museums such as:

    • Museum of Science – Learn about engineers’ successes and their incredible inventions, consider energy saving techniques to apply to your own business, interact with post-modern designs, and study human exploration
    • Boston City Tour – Discover the Freedom Trail and explore Quincy Market
    • Plimoth Plantation – Visit the re-creation of a 17th century English village built by the pilgrims. Engage with costumed role players portraying actual residents of the historic Plymouth Colony;
    • Fenway Park – Cheer hard for the Boston Red Sox and enjoy a Major League Baseball game
    • John Adams Courthouse – Explore the historic courthouse and home to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and Appeals Court


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Session II: New Haven

Session II delegates will travel to vibrant New York City and fully immerse themselves in everything this exciting destination has to offer including:

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Broadway Show
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Financial District

Session II delegates have the opportunity to visit Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Connecticut. This  living history museum portrays coastal life at an historic seaport. During the day, delegates will visit the Olde Mistick Village for some retail therapy or to cool down with homemade ice cream.


Housing and Student Life


Session I: Boston 
Delegates will stay on campus in Dane Hall or similar, located at Harvard Law School, closely located to Harvard Square. Staying in single rooms with shared bathrooms, delegates will have access to wireless internet, coin-operated laundry facilities, and space for private study in their rooms. Accommodations are located within walking distance of classes, providing the perfect atmosphere for college student life.

Session II: New Haven
Delegates will experience authentic Ivy League life by staying in the student accommodations of Yale University. Throughout the 2-week program, delegates of Session II will stay at Rosenfeld Hall or similar. Most accommodations will be in a twin room with shared bathroom facilities, located in easy reach of classrooms. With 24/7 security and the leafy grounds, delegates have a safe and pleasant learning environment for their summer study program.

Delegates enjoy cafeteria-style meals in a college dining hall. Breakfast starts the day with a ‘continental style’ or  a hot cooked breakfast. Multiple options are available at dinner, including a vegetarian dish and a salad bar. Some meals will be eaten off campus, giving delegates the opportunity to socialize with their fellow students and develop long -lasting friendships. Students are responsible for some of their own lunches. These can be purchased at a university snack bar or at any of the many sandwich shops, small restaurants, and coffeehouses near campus.

All our programs have central offices open daily from breakfast until midnight where students can seek advice and answers to their questions. The Program Director and residential staff members live in the same residence as the students, ensuring availability and care around the clock.

Harvard and Yale grounds are patrolled by 24/7 security. In addition, key card restricted access provides a safe and pleasant learning environment.



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