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We’re celebrating our 20th anniversary year!

We are thrilled to announce both On-Campus and Great Books Online programs for summer 2021, including brand new programs at Mount Holyoke College, Haverford College, The University of Edinburgh, and University of Oxford!

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. 

An additional word about On-Campus in 2021. As program directors 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. 

Join Us for Amazing Academics and Fun!

Wherever students join us, each and every program features world-class academics led by a faculty of distinguished professors and scholars.  And, of course, lots of summer fun too!  Learn more about everything Great Books Summer Program has to offer. See a typical day for students entering grades 6-8, or see a typical day for students entering grades 9-12.

Enrollment for Mount HolyokeHaverford, Edinburgh, Oxfordand Online programs is now open.  Make your summer plans today!


Summer 2021 On-Campus Programs

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).

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!


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.

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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!



Literary Oxford - 4 Spots Left

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.


    Literary Edinburgh - Waitlist Only

    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.


      Additional Campuses Announced as Available

      Save Your Spot!

      Spaces on-campus will be limited. For more information or questions, email us or call/text 203-612-9470.

      Not ready for On-Campus? Check out our Online summer programs.

      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 info@greatbookssummer.com or call/text 203-612-9470.


      Great Books Summer Program is independent of Mount Holyoke College, 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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