The Great Books Summer Program is offered on some of the finest campuses in the world—Amherst College, Stanford University, the University of Oxford, Stanford Center at Peking University, Trinity College, Dublin and our new Chicago location, Northwestern University.
Choose a campus or take advantage of $250 in Campus Hopper Savings and build a summer experience combining two or more campuses to get a taste of university life in multiple locations! Savings available through January 1, 2020. Contact us for details.
Amherst College, founded in 1821, is widely regarded as one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the world. Located in Western Massachusetts, close to the beautiful Berkshires, Amherst draws students from nearly every state and more than 40 countries. With an endowment of more than $2 billion, Amherst's academic and athletic facilities, including the Mead Art Museum and the Robert Frost Library, are among the best of any college in the nation.
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With its palm trees, breathtaking views of the Santa Cruz mountains, Spanish architecture and sunny 70- degree days, Stanford University is an idyllic setting for the Great Books Summer Program. The 8.000-acre campus is one of the most beautiful in the country, offering room to explore as well as carefully crafted residential and academic spaces for study and comfortable California living. Stanford University opened its doors in 1891 and has been one of the finest and most highly-regarded American universities ever since.
Northwestern University, founded in 1851, is one of the country’s leading private research and teaching universities. This world-ranked, prestigious school is located on a scenic, 240-acre main campus adjacent to Lake Michigan. The historic culture of nearby Chicago is a feast for the eyes and ears with landmark architecture, visual arts, and strong musical roots in blues, soul, and jazz. Notable poets of Chicago include Gwendolyn Brooks and Carl Sandburg and writers such as John Dos Passos, Richard Wright, and Upton Sinclair.
Tales of the Sea will marry the study of maritime literature and lore with living and learning to sail on a tall ship. Imagine yourself in the shoes of Ishmael, as he embarked on his legendary whaling voyage. Or relive the anticipation of Jim Hawkins as he stowed away onboard the Hispaniola to search for buccaneers and buried gold in Treasure Island.
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. Its alumnae include two prime ministers, Indira Gandhi and Margaret Thatcher, and Novel Prize winner Dorothy Hodgkin. Somerville is situated close to the city center and bordered by the vibrant neighborhoods of Little Clarendon Street and Jericho.
The Great Books Summer Program at Oxford is limited to students in or entering high school only.
Founded in 1582, the University of Edinburgh is the sixth oldest university in the English-speaking world. It is currently ranked as one of the best universities in the world for arts and humanities. Imagine walking in the same steps as alumnus Robert Louis Stevenson, contemplating the mystical voyage of The Hispaniola in Treasure Island or observing the monsterous transformation of Dr. Jekll to Mr. Hyde.
Literary Edinburgh is limited to students in or entering high school only.
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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 provides a home base in China for Stanford faculty and scholars, facilitating local academic exchange, collaboration, research and outreach activities. The top university in China, Peking University is located in the Haidan District, the educational and technological center of Beijing and home to the historic and beautiful Summer Palace.
This program is limited to students in high school only.
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A Teacher's Perspective
Hear our Writer's Workshop Academic Director Jonathan Volk share a typical day at our summer writing program held on the campuses of Amherst College and Stanford University.
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Hear from Great Books Students
Hear students share their first-hand stories of inspiration and growth through literary exploration at Great Books. Learn about the literary skills, confidence, and lasting friendships they leave with each summer.