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#summer programs for high school kids at US universities: Boston University

We’ll cover three different summer programs for high school kids at Boston University:

– Summer Challenge (2 weeks)

– High School Honor (6 weeks)

– Research Internship in Science or Engineering (6 weeks for high school seniors)

Summer Challenge

The two-week, residential summer program for rising high school sophomores, juniors, or seniors, offers a preview of college life.

Summer Challenge students participate in lectures, discussions, individual and group work, project-based assignments, and field trips. Small class sizes ensure ample attention from experienced college instructors. Students choose two seminars, often selecting one based on an existing interest, and the second to explore something completely new.

Summer Challenge students also participate in a college admissions workshop and learn to balance their workload and social life.

Seminars

Boston University’s Summer Challenge seminars allow you to engage in a high level of learning and achievement with other high school students—without focusing on grades. Choosing two non-credit seminars (one morning, one afternoon), you’ll participate in lectures, discussions, individual and group work, project-based assignments, and field trips. Small class sizes of about twenty students ensure ample attention from experienced college instructors as you meet the challenges of college-level study. Each seminar culminates in a final presentation. In August/September, a certificate of completion and letters of evaluation from both seminar instructors will be mailed to you.

Afternoon Seminars:

Fees

Application Fee (non-refundable): $50

Program Fee: $3,470

Student Health Services Co-Pay Fee: $25 per visit

The Summer Challenge program fee includes tuition, housing, and all meals in the dining hall. It also includes textbooks and all sponsored activities during the two week program.

The application fee and spending money are not included in the program fee. You may also sign up for a two-week membership to the Fitness and Recreation Center for an additional fee when you arrive on campus.

The Student Health Services co-pay fee can be paid at time of visit or is added to a student’s account for each Student Health Services visit.

Payment Deadline:

  • Students who are accepted by April 12, 2013 must submit payment by May 1, 2013. Payment not received by May 1, 2013 may result in the cancellation of the student’s registration and the forfeit of their selected seminars.
  • Students who are accepted after April 12, 2013 need to pay by the deadline indicated in the acceptance packet.

Calendar Summer 2013

Session 1

June 16 – June 28, 2013

Session 2

July 7 – 19, 2013

Session 3

July 21 – August 2, 2013

When making travel arrangements, please keep the following in mind:

Check-in:

Students should arrive for check-in at Warren Towers, 700 Commonwealth Avenue, between 1 – 4 pm. The program begins promptly at 4:30 pm with student orientation.

  • Session 1: June 16
  • Session 2: July 7
  • Session 3: July 21

Check-out:

Summer Challenge ends at 1 pm on the second Friday of each session. Students can leave after the final presentations conclude or stay overnight in the dorm until 10 am Saturday morning. Students who stay until the following morning must continue to follow all program rules and guidelines.

  • Session 1: June 28
  • Session 2: July 19
  • Session 3: August 2

Final Presentations:

On the second Friday of each session, classes will present what they learned in their seminars during the program. Parents are invited to the final presentations which begin at 10 am and conclude at 1 pm with a light hor d’oeuvres reception.

  • Session 1: June 28
  • Session 2: July 19
  • Session 3: August 2

Certificates and Evaluations:

Students receive a certificate of completion and letters of evaluation from their seminar instructors. Both the certificate and evaluations will be mailed to the student at the end of the summer (August/September). Students who are dismissed from the program due to violation of the program guidelines will not receive their certificates or evaluation letters.

Schedule of Events

Group outings to Harvard Square, Faneuil Hall, and Newbury Street. Movie and game nights in the dorms. Basketball at FitRec and Ultimate Frisbee on the Boston Common.

These are just a few examples of what students can participate in during a summer in Boston. Program events help orient you to the city of Boston and help you get to know the other students in the program. And they’re fun! Take a look at the schedule of events from last summer—it will give you an idea of how you will spend your time on campus. Optional and impromptu events planned by the program assistants and staff also take place throughout the summer.

In addition, we offer a workshop with the Boston University Office of Admissions. This workshop focuses on helping you prepare for the college admission process along with how to succeed when you get to college.

Note: To help build a community among the Summer Challenge students, participation is mandatory for all planned activities. Students will have an opportunity to explore outside activities during scheduled free time – such as practicing their musical instrument, playing sports at FitRec, or walking around Boston.

High School Honors

This 6 week program is for academically motivated rising juniors and seniors, the High School Honors Program provides an opportunity to experience undergraduate life—in the classroom and around campus—while earning college credit.

JUN 30 Program Starts
JUL 01 Classes Begin
AUG 09 Classes & Program End

An authentic college experience

During this six-week summer program, students are enrolled in two academic coursesof their choice, studying alongside Boston University undergraduates and earning up to eight college credits. The High School Honors Program offers more than 100 undergraduate courses in a range of exciting subjects not typically available in high school classrooms—such as cultural anthropology, architecture, and economics. Students receive guidance in identifying subject areas and courses that are appropriately challenging and applicable to future college work.

Outside of class, High School Honors students interact with a vibrant community of peers from all over the United States and the world, participating in workshops and planned social activities on campus and throughout the city of Boston—whether they live on-campus or choose to commute from home.

High School Honors students take two courses, up to eight credits (but no less than six credits), choosing from over 100 Boston University undergraduate college courses. Enroll in any two that you like and for which you have the prerequisites.

Tuition, Fees & Payment

Tuition & Fees

Application Fee (non-refundable)

$50

Tuition (for 8 credits)*

$4,680

Registration and Program Fee

$450

Student Health Services (co-pay fee for each visit)** $25

Room & Board Options***

14 Meals per Week

$2,188

19 Meals per Week

$2,378

*There may be additional fees; for example, $200 laboratory fee for science courses or $100 fee for Boston Studies courses.
**There is a co-pay fee of $25 for each time a student visits Student Health Services.
***Room & Board fees are for the entire 6-week session. Students interested in commuting should follow the commuting guidelines. If you have any questions, please contact the program staff at summerhs@bu.edu.

2013 Academic Calendar

When making travel arrangements, please keep the following in mind:

Students check in at Warren Towers, 700 Commonwealth Avenue, between noon and 4 pm on Sunday, June 30, 2013. Student orientation begins promptly at 4:30 pm. Commuter students are required to attend this meeting.

Final examinations are typically given on the last day of class, so students should arrange to leave the last day of their classes. Students are allowed to stay in their dorms until 10 am on Saturday, August 10, 2013.

High School Honors Program Academic Calendar
Program Starts Sunday, June 30, 2013
Classes Begin Monday, July 1, 2013
Holiday, Classes Suspended Thursday, July 4, 2013
Substitute Thursday Schedule of Classes Friday, July 5, 2013
Last Day to Register/Add Courses Monday, July 8, 2013
Last Day to Drop Without a ‘W’ Grade Monday, July 8, 2013
Last Day to Drop With a ‘W’ Grade Thursday, July 25, 2013
Final Examinations Last Day of Class
Classes and Program End Friday, August 9, 2013

Research Internship in Science and Engineering

With hands-on research opportunities in the fields of astronomy, biology, chemistry, biomedical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering, medical laboratory research, physics, and psychology, the high school summer Research Internship in Science & Engineering (RISE) program provides an opportunity to explore, in depth, the many facets of university-level research.

In this six-week honors program, academically motivated rising seniors conduct research for forty hours per week under the guidance of a faculty member, postdoctoral fellow, or graduate student mentor.

Research interns are fully immersed in a new or ongoing research project, starting with analysis of the project through readings and learning experimental techniques; continuing with intensive laboratory research; and culminating in data analysis, and a RISE poster symposium. In some cases, research interns submit their work to national science fair contests such as the Siemens Competition and the Intel Science Talent Search.

Throughout the six-weeks, students participate in weekly workshops with the RISE Coordinator that provide insight on the scientific process, research ethics, how to read a research paper, how to make a poster, and how to network in the science and engineering fields. There are also sessions on college admission strategies and pre-professional health programs.

Pursue Research in:

  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering
  • Medical laboratory research
  • Physics
  • Psychology

Tuition, Fees & Payment

Tuition & Fees

Application Fee (non-refundable)

$50

Tuition

$3,700

Registration & Program Fee

$450

Student Health Services (co-pay fee for each visit)*

$25

Room & Board Options**

14 Meals per Week $2,188
19 Meals per Week $2,378

*There is a $25 co-pay fee each time a student visits Student Health Services.
**Room & Board fees are for the entire 6-week session. Students interested in commuting should follow the commuting guidelines. If you have any questions, please contact the program staff at rise@bu.edu.

Program Calendar

When making travel arrangements, please keep the following in mind:

Students check in at Warren Towers, 700 Commonwealth Avenue, between noon and 4 pm on Sunday, June 30, 2013. Student orientation begins promptly at 4:30 pm. Commuter students are required to attend this orientation meeting.

Research interns have a poster session the afternoon of Friday, August 9, 2013 from 1:30 – 3 pm, so students should arrange to leave after 3 pm that day. Students will be allowed to stay in their dorms until 10 am on Saturday, August 10, 2013.

Summer 2013

Program Start Sunday, June 30, 2013
Research Orientation and Mentor Luncheon Monday, July 1, 2013
Holiday, Fourth of July – No Lab Thursday, July 4, 2013
Poster Session and End of Program Friday, August 9, 2013

Programs for International High School Students

There are many reasons why international high school students come to Boston University’s Summer Term High School Programs. One of the biggest reasons, of course, is to experience what it is like to study at a world-renowned United States university. As you engage with students from all over the United States, Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Australia, and the Americas, you discover new academic challenges, practice and improve your English language skills, and immerse yourself in the American culture in one of the most historic, exciting, and cosmopolitan cities in the nation.

In addition, the High School Honors Program provides transferable college credit. If you are considering applying to an American college, your college transcript will demonstrate your ability to manage the challenging coursework of a top-level American university.

Please note: The Research Internship in Science & Engineering (RISE) program is not open to international students.

TOEFL

Although results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are not required for registration, English is the language of instruction at Boston University, and a high degree of competency is assumed. Most academic programs require a minimum score of:

  • 550 on the paper-based TOEFL (PBT)
  • 84 on the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT)
  • 7 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Medical Insurance

All international students enrolled during the summer are required to have medical insurance. Since many U.S. doctors and hospitals do not recognize out-of-country coverage, it is strongly recommended that international students on a Boston University F-1 visa participate in a qualifying medical insurance plan offered by Boston University. Participating in the Boston University medical plan is not required, but it is often less expensive than 3rd-party providers. The cost for this summer is $304. Please contact Student Accounting Services at 617-353-2870 or visit the medical section of their website for more information on how to obtain medical insurance.

Summer Challenge & Summer Preview Applicants

International Students must complete and include the International Student Data Form with their application. This additional form can be emailed, faxed, or mailed to our office once the online application form has been submitted.

Since Summer Challenge and Summer Preview are short term non-credit programs, international students should enter the United States in a visitor status instead of F-1 student status. For citizens of countries requiring a visa to enter the U.S., participants should obtain a B-2 “Visitor for Pleasure” visa to come to the U.S. which will allow them to engage in their tourist-related plans as well as to participate in Summer Challenge or Summer Preview. Citizens of countries who enjoy the benefits of the Visa Waiver Program should enter the U.S. in WT “Waiver Tourist” status which permits the same activity.

High School Honors Applicants

The High School Honors Program is a full-time academic summer program. International students (not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States) who are coming to the United States for the purpose of participating in the High School Honors Program must have an F-1 student visa. In order to receive a student visa, you must apply for an I-20 from Boston University. Please follow the instructions below in order to apply for your I-20 and F-1 student visa.

How to Apply for an I-20

Applying for your I-20: Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status

Applying for the I-20 is the first step to receiving an F-1 student visa. I-20s are for international students registered full time for summer study at Boston University. In order to be issued an I-20, international students must submit all of the following:

  • International Student Data Form.
  • Summer Immigration I-20 Application.
  • A letter from your financial institution stating that you (or your sponsor) have sufficient funds to cover your summer expenses ($8,593 for the High School Honors Program).
  • Financial Sponsorship Certification (needs to accompany all other financial documents if you will be sponsored by a family member or other individual).
  • Copy of valid passport (including copy of data page and passport expiration date).
  • Copies of the front and reverse side of your I-94 card and other relevant immigration documents (only required if you are currently in the U.S.).

If you are currently on an F-1 visa from a U.S. High School, please submit the following documents:

  • International Student Data Form.
  • Copy of valid passport (including copy of data page and passport expiration date).
  • Copies of the front and reverse side of your I-94 card and other relevant immigration documents (only required if you are currently in the U.S.).
  • Copy of your F-1 student visa.

Note: All of these above documents should be sent with your completed application.

For admitted international students, an I-20 will be mailed to you via FedEx three weeks from when you inform us that you will be attending the High School Honors program. All international materials and forms must be submitted to our office for us to process an I-20. Once you have received the I-20, you should immediately apply for the F-1 student visa at the closest American consulate.

To ensure you receive your student visa well in advance of your attendance to the High School Honors Program, you should leave yourself plenty of time when applying to the program.

Applying for the F-1 Student Visa

Please read instructions from the Boston University International Student and Scholars Officefor details on how to obtain the F-1 student visa once you have received your I-20.

Boston University Summer Term High School Programs offer a true pre-college experience. Along with rigorous academics, our high school programs provide a well-planned and exciting social experience at Boston University. We want you to spend your time with us figuring out what it means to be a college student. We want you to learn how to manage your time by balancing your academic work with fun events and free time.

In order to build a strong student community, we have planned a variety of mandatory activities. These include group outings in Boston and engaging social events around the BU campus. Activities are an important part of each high school program, and all students are required to attend.

Our staff is available every step of the way as you immerse yourself in your classes, the dorm, campus, and in the city of Boston to make sure you are fulfilling your potential and getting everything out of your summer experience—academically, socially, and personally.

Conclusions

Good choice and good value for money. The Research Internship option is particularly interesting for kids with a passion for science. Currently we are not aware of similar programs elsewhere.

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