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Please Note: Great Books Summer Program Program is actively building Great Books Online for the summer in the event that restrictions due to COVID-19 persist. While we expect to be open in all locations and resume camp as usual, we will be ready to offer students options if needed. Contact us with questions.

Information for Summer 2020

Tuition Schedule

In 2020, the Great Books Summer Program will offer one, two, and three and four-week programs at Amherst College and Stanford University; and one-week program at Northwestern University.  We will also offer a two-week session at Oxford, a one-week session at a Edinburgh, a special two-week session in Beijing. and a one-week immersive adventure on a Tall Ship. See our Day Program tuition options at Amherst, Northwestern, Stanford and Beijing.

The following are 2020 rates:

Amherst College
One Week
Amherst College
Two Weeks
Amherst College
Three Weeks
Amherst CollegeFour Weeks$8080
Amherst CollegeFive Weeks​$10075
Northwestern UniversityOne Week$2395
Northwestern UniversityTwo Weeks$4690
Tall Ship AdventureOne Week$2495
American WestOne Week$2495
Oxford University
Two Weeks
University of Edinburgh
One Week
Oxford and Edinburgh
Three Weeks
Stanford University
One Week
Stanford University
Two Weeks
Stanford University
Three Weeks
Stanford University
Four Weeks
Stanford Center in Beijing (Day)One Week$2195
Stanford Center in Beijing (Day)
Two Weeks

Tuition includes all instruction, accommodations, supervision and recreational activities, and three meals per day with snacks provided. Additional fees below also apply.  (Beijing Day Program includes lunch and does not include accommodations.)

Registration Fee

All applicants incur a non-refundable $250 registration fee payable with their tuition deposit.

Materials & Events

There will also be a materials and events fee of $225 for one-week students, $325 for two-week students, $425 for three-week students, $525 for four-week students, and $625 for five-week students.  Materials include the rental of an e-reader loaded with our reading anthology, a book featured in the weekly curriculum, a digital copy of the anthology, a notebook, t-shirt, book bag, water bottle and all other necessary elective supplies. Snacks and special meals are also provided during the session.

Weekend & Excursions

Students attending two week sessions and students attending our Tall Ships Adventure will have a $225 excursion fee. Students attending three-week sessions will have a $450 excursion fee and students attending four-week sessions will have a $675 excursion fee. Students attending our Oxford program will have an excursion fee of $750 to cover excursions to London and Stratford-upon-Avon as well as daily outings. Students attending the Edinburgh program will have an excursion fee of $450 to cover daily excursions throughout the city. The combined Oxford and Edinburgh program will have an excursion fee of $1,200. 

Airport Transfers & Unaccompanied Minors

Arrangements for airport transportation to and from Amherst, Northwestern, Stanford, Tall Ship, and American West can be made for an additional $100 each way.  There is an additional fee of $50 each way for a student traveling as an unaccompanied minor. (Round-trip fee for an unaccompanied minor is $100.) Students who apply to our Beijing, Oxford, or Edinburgh programs will receive information about travel upon registration.

International Application Processing

An international fee of $175 will be added for each student arriving from outside the US or UK. Chinese students attending our program in Beijing will not incur an International Application Processing fee. 

Sibling Savings

If two or more siblings attend, each sibling receives a savings of $100 on their tuition.

Referral Discount

For each first-time attendee you refer to the 2020 Great Books season, you will receive a $100 savings on tuition.

Payment Schedule

To be considered for enrollment, a student's application must include a $625 deposit.  This includes a $375 tuition deposit which will be credited toward your total tuition fee and a $250 non-refundable registration fee.  The payment schedule for the Great Books Summer Program is as follows:

Deposit of $625 is due with your application.
Please note that this includes a tuition deposit of $375 which is fully refundable until April 8, 2020. It also includes a $250 registration fee which is non-refundable.

Final Payment:  Families paying by credit card have the option to pay in full at the time of enrollment, pay in monthly installments leading up to a final payment deadline of June 5, 2020, or may request that the balance be automatically charged to their account on May 4, 2020. 

An application submitted after June 1, 2020 requires full payment at the time of enrollment. Enrollments will continue to be accepted as long as space is available.

Refund Policy

All cancellations and requests for refunds must be made in writing to Great Books Summer Program Admissions, PO Box 743, Fairfield, CT 06824 or faxed to 1- 203-255-0675.  You will receive a confirmation of your refund request within one week of receipt. There are no refunds for cancellations after April 8, 2020.  



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