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Summer 2022!


We’re celebrating our 21th anniversary year!

We are looking forward to both On-Campus and Great Books Online programs for summer 2022.

Thank you to our 2021 campers who attended programs at Occidental College, Mount Holyoke College, Haverford College, The University of Edinburgh, and University of Oxford!

Next summer there will be a host of exciting choices for students entering grades 6-8, grades 9-12, and graduating seniors!  Six weeks of lively Online Programs begin in June.  Multiple weeks of great On-Campus Programs start in July. 

On-Campus in 2022. Just like last summer, we are committed to providing quality enrichment for students, we are planning for all possibilities.  We are optimistic that the COVID picture will change markedly for the better in the weeks and months ahead. We will emphasize smaller groups and work only with locations that have excellent, established health and safety regimens in place already.

We will announce details for additional locations on a rolling basis as plans for top-quality, safe, in-person programs are finalized. 

Summer 2021 Programs

Occidental College

Los Angeles, CA

One-Week Programs: July 4 - 10, & July 11 - 17

Two-Week Program; July 4 - 17

For students in grades 6-8 and grades 9-12 -- Due to local restrictions, this program is open to CA residents only.

Great Books is excited to announce our new On-Campus summer program at Occidental College, the alma mater of former President Barack Obama. Open enrollment for this campus begins Monday, April 26!

Occidental College fully integrates the liberal arts and sciences with the cultural and intellectual resources of a global city.

Nestled in the hills of Los Angeles’ Eagle Rock community, the Occidental campus is both peaceful and a place of palpable energy just miles from downtown.

Long considered one of the top colleges in the country, Occidental College is also ranked as one of the most beautiful with 120 acres of century-old oak and eucalyptus trees, graceful arches, and halls built in the Spanish Colonial style.

Tuition and Fees

  • One-week Tuition: $2895
  • Two-week Tuition: $5790

Materials & Events fees of $225 for one week and $425 for two. All on-campus programs have a registration fee of $250.

Join us for the summer of a lifetime at Occidental College!

Call or Email today!

Mount Holyoke College

South Hadley, MA

One-Week Program: July 11-17, 2021 

Two-Week Program: July 18-31, 2021

For students in the Intermediate Program (grades 6-8) and Senior Program (grades 9-12).

Writer’s Workshops Too!
One Week Writer’s Workshop: July 18-24, 2021 (Grades 9-12)

Great Books is excited to announce our new On-Campus summer program at Mount Holyoke College, an institution steeped in excellence, hope, and growth.

The college's 800-acre campus includes the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, the John Payson Williston Observatory, and a botanic garden. It awards the Glascock Prize annually. Alumni and affiliates include notable poets, authors, feminists, academics, entertainers, scientists, politicians, and civil rights activists, as well as recipients of the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, Olympic Gold Medal, Rhodes Scholarship, Emmy Award, and Academy Award.

Tuition and Fees

  • One-week Tuition: $2495
  • Two-week Tuition: $4990

Materials & Events fees of $225 for one week and $425 for two. All on-campus programs have a registration fee of $250.

Call or Email today!

Literary Edinburgh 

Edinburgh, Scotland 

One-Week Program: July 18 - 24, 2021

For students in Grades 9-12.

Great Books is excited to offer On-Campus programming this summer at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland!

For centuries, Scottish writing has been at the forefront of world literature with this majestic kingdom's poets, authors, and playwrights - some of the greatest writers who ever put pen to paper.

Great Books literary exploration will take place in the hallowed halls of the University of Edinburgh. 

Tuition and Fees

    • One-week Tuition to Edinburgh: $2995
    • Two-week Tuition to Edinburgh and Oxford: $5990

    Materials & Events fees of $325 for one week and $525 for both weeks together. All on-campus programs have a non-refundable registration fee of $250.

    Literary Oxford 

    Oxford, England

    One-Week Program: July 25 - 31, 2021

    For students in Grades 9-12.

    Great Books is excited to return to On-Campus programming this summer at University of Oxford! 

    Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, founded in 1096. Its spires and towers soar above a beautiful, tree-lined medieval town filled with the distinguished and historic colleges that comprise one of the greatest universities in the world.

      The unique atmosphere of ancient cathedrals, abbeys, a central castle, and 38 constituent colleges is breathtaking to behold, making Oxford a magnet for students and scholars from around the world.

      Tuition and Fees

      • One-week Tuition to Oxford: $2995
      • Two-week Tuition to Edinburgh and Oxford: $5990

      Materials & Events fees of $325 for one week and $525 for both weeks together. All on-campus programs have a non-refundable registration fee of $250.

      Great Books at Haverford College

      Haverford, PA

      Two-Week Program:  July 11 - 24

      One-Week Program:  July 25 - 31

      Great Books is proud to announce a new on-campus summer program at Haverford College, one of America's leading liberal arts colleges. 

      Haverford's history of humanitarian and civil rights advocacy, an honor code governing student life, and a legacy of civil discourse make the college the ideal environment for Great Books Summer Program.

      An exquisitely beautiful campus, Haverford is home to the oldest college arboretum in the nation. Throughout campus, the ancient oaks and fragrant pines continue to provide shade and calm to the community.


      Tuition and Fees

      • One-week Tuition: $2395
      • Two-week Tuition: $4790

      Materials & Events fees of $225 for one week and $425 for two. All on-campus programs have a registration fee of $250.

      Join us for the summer of a lifetime at Haverford!

      Great Books Online

      Great Books Online is live, interactive, fun and back for a second summer! Led by the same esteemed faculty and scholars as our on-campus programs, GBO models university seminars and discussions. And adds the fun and comraderie of summer camp!  

      Each week begins with an orientation on Sundays.  The program runs from 9:00am-2:00pm daily Monday through Friday with optional special events in the evenings twice weekly.

      See All Online Program Dates by Time Zone

      Choose the program that best matches your time zone.  Or, simply select the one that matches your schedule best.  In New York but want to sleep in?  Attend our West Coast programs!  In Europe? Join us in the afternoon in our East Coast programs. In China and looking for classes in early July?  Join the East Coast classes and take classes in the evening your time.  The choice is yours!

      • East Coast = Eastern Time (New York)
      • West Coast = Pacific Time (Los Angeles) 
      • Asia = China Standard Time (Beijing)


      GBO Writer's Workshop Online

      A stand-alone program or a great addition to a week of Great Books Online.

      We offer one-week intensive sessions of Writer's Workshop Online, in addition to our traditional discussion-based literature programs. Aspiring young authors learn nuanced writing techniques and gain experience across genres and styles with our distinguished faculty of published authors and accomplished writers. Available for students in Grades 6 - 8 & 9 - 12.

      GBO Tuition and Fees

      Tuition for Great Books Online and Writer's Workshop Online is $795 per week which includes a one-time non-refundable $95 deposit.

      Additional Campuses Announced as Available

      Save Your Spot!

      Spaces on-campus will be limited.  Hurry.  Open enrollment for our Edinburgh and Oxford  programs will begin March 5. For more information or questions, email us or call/text 203-612-9470.

      Celebrating 20 Years of Summer On-Campus

      Summer 2021 marks Great Books Summer Program’s 20th anniversary. Since our first year, we’ve brought together thousands of students from across the USA and around the globe on many of the world’s best universities and colleges.

      While we look forward to more announcements for the upcoming summer on campuses old and new, here’s a look at summers past:

      Amherst College - Amherst, Massachusetts

      Amherst College, founded in 1821, is widely regarded as one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the world. Located in Western Massachusetts, Amherst's academic and athletic facilities are among the best of any in the nation. And, of course, Amherst has been home to Great Books Summer Program from the very beginning!

      Stanford University - Palo Alto, California

      Stanford University’s 8.000-acre campus is one of the most beautiful in the country. Stanford University opened its doors in 1891 and has been one of the most highly-regarded American universities since. The second campus to welcome Great Books Summer Program, we have well over a decade of memories on this campus! 

      Northwestern University - Evanston, IL

      Northwestern University, founded in 1851, is one of the country’s leading private research and teaching universities. This world-ranked, prestigious school is adjacent to Lake Michigan. The historic culture of nearby Chicago is rich with landmark architecture, visual arts, and strong musical roots in blues, soul, and jazz. 

      Tales of the Sea: a Tall Ship Adventure - Historic Portland, Maine

      Great Books on the high seas! Tales of the Sea marries the study of maritime literature and lore with living and learning to sail on a tall ship.  Students relive the anticipation of Jim Hawkins stowaway onboard the Hispaniola in search of buccaneers and buried gold in Treasure Island.

      University of Oxford - Oxford, England

      The first abroad Great Books program! Somerville College is one of the constituent colleges of University of Oxford in England. Oxford was the first university in the English-speaking world, established around 1096. Founded in 1897, Somerville is a relatively newer college among the 38 which make up Oxford. 

      Stanford Center at Peking University - Beijing, China

      Stanford Center at Peking University (SCPKU) is the result of a long-term partnership between Stanford University and Peking University, two preeminent global institutions. Established in 2012, SCPKU facilitates local academic exchange, collaboration, research, and outreach activities. 

      Interested in upcoming campus announcements?

      Be sure to reach out to add yourself to our mailing list to be the first to hear about new dates and locations! Email or call/text 203-612-9470.

      Great Books Summer Program is independent of Haverford College, Amherst College, Stanford University, University of Chicago, Peking University, University of Oxford, and University of Edinburgh, Scotland. All names are trademarks of their respective owners. Photo credit to Kerun Ip for image of Stanford Center at Peking University.
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