Six distinguished campuses, one tall ship, & more. All with acclaimed professors for an exceptional summer experience.

The Great Books Summer Program is an experience like no other in American education. For over nineteen 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, Northwestern University, and Beijing. New for 2020: University of Edinburgh!

We also offer experiential learning programs that bring literature to life. Tales of the Sea: a Tall Ship Adventure, combines the study of maritime literature and lore with living and learning to sail a tall ship. Also New in 2020: American West explores the literature and lore of the frontier and expansion west filled with adventure, fortune, and treachery.

Why Great Books?

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