From: Carrie Sun
College Counseling Staff
I hope this email finds you well. Recently, we've received some questions regarding summer schools, and the university counseling team would like to provide some clarifications on this topic.
Firstly, it's essential to understand that attending a summer school is not a compulsory element of your child's educational journey, nor is it a guaranteed way to enhance their college applications. In other words, it is not going to be as influential as you may think (or as some companies running programs may lead you to believe). The key is to focus on the intention behind attending a summer school and what your child aims to gain from the experience. How can they leverage what they have learnt from the experience and how can it help them moving forward is really what most universities are looking at from a summer experience.
Summer schools can be broadly categorized based on location and type:
· Popular application countries like the USA, UK, and Canada offer various programs.
· European countries have recently initiated several summer school projects.
· University-organized: These are hosted on university campuses, taught by university staff, with students usually staying in university accommodations. It's crucial to verify if the program is directly organized by the university.
· Institution-organized: These are collaborations between organizations and universities, often inviting university professors to teach. They are generally more accessible, with less stringent application requirements. A good way to gauge the quality of these programs is by their application criteria; higher requirements often indicate a more prestigious program. Also for many of these programs the company running the summer camp is actually renting the space from the university-there is no affiliation.
Common Objectives for Attending Summer Schools:
· Focused Academic Interest: For students with a clear interest in a specific field, such as computer engineering or creative writing, choosing a relevant program is beneficial. Attending a summer program can let a student know that this subject is really what they want to pursue in university.
· University Life Experience: General programs focusing on leadership or communication skills can provide a taste of university life and can really let a student know what university life will be like in general and at that specific campus in particular.
· Arts-oriented Programs: These are ideal for experiencing university-level arts education and understanding contemporary artistic trends.
It's generally not recommended for younger students (middle school students) to apply due to age restrictions and safety concerns. However there are online programs that are targeted to middle -school students.
Common Application Materials:
· High School Transcripts
· Language Proficiency Scores (TOEFL, IELTS)
· Recommendation Letters from Counselors or High School Teachers
Remember, the decision to attend a summer school should be a thoughtful one, considering what the student hopes to gain from the experience.
Here are some university summer school programs for your reference. If you have any questions about summer schools, please don't hesitate to contact us.
The following are extremely competitive US summer programs:
· Competitive US Programs: Texas Tech University Clark Scholars Research Science Institute Stony Brook University Garcia Summer Program University of Florida Student Science Training Program SPARC Camp Yale Young Scholars Program
· Other University-Sponsored Programs:
United States: Embry-Riddle Summer Camps (Ages 7+) RPI Summer Programs (Grades 8-11) Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies (All Grades) New York Film Academy Youth Admissions (Ages 14-17)
United Kingdom: Imperial Global Summer School (16-17 Year Olds)
Canada: University of Toronto International Programs (15-18 Year Olds) University of Waterloo Engineering Science Quest (Grades 2-9)
Hong Kong: HKUST Summer School (Grade 10/11)
Singapore: NUS Summer Camp 2024 (Grades 8-12)
European Program: EHL Hospitality Business Innovation