Six distinguished campuses & one tall ship, acclaimed professors, and an exceptional summer experience

The Great Books Summer Program is an experience like no other in American education. For over sixteen years, GBSP has gathered exceptional middle and high school students from across the world to read, discuss and debate selections from the greatest works of literature.

Students experience college-level seminars, engage in lively discussion, and enjoy summer fun with other literary-minded students. We offer summer camps at the University of Oxford, Amherst College, Stanford University, Dublin and Beijing. We're excited to announce Great Books Chicago will be at Northwestern University this summer!

Also, new this year is Tales of the Sea: a Tall Ship Adventure that combines the study of maritime literature and lore with living and learning to sail a tall ship on the beautiful coast of Maine.

Why Great Books?

Great Books students say it best! Watch and listen to Great Books students explain what makes the program so special. See more videos.



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