The Summer School at Washington University offers courses for both the College of Arts & Sciences and University College in order to meet the goals and interests of a variety of student populations, from the pre-college learner to the nontraditional adult. Administered primarily by University College, the Summer School runs day and evening courses, workshops, and institutes for current and visiting students. Summer School courses are scheduled over five separate sessions, many in flexible, hybrid, or online formats.
Fudan at Washington University Summer Program
Washington University welcomes students from Fudan University to participate in the Fudan at Washington University Summer Program. Students enroll in two courses with Washington University undergraduates, live in a residence hall with other students from around the world, and attend various programmed activities designed to introduce them to St. Louis and American culture. For more information, visit our website or call 314-935-4695.
Institute in Biology for Science Teachers
Science teachers earn 6 units of graduate credit in this hands-on, three-week summer institute. Participants interested in continuing on to earn an MS in Biology for Science Teachers can take online courses during the academic year. For more information, visit our website or call 314-935-8974.
International Summer Study
Visiting international students enroll in two courses, attend social and cultural events, and meet with representatives from schools and departments. Students can attend institutes in Global Leadership, Innovation, and American Politics & Culture, or enroll in Arts & Sciences courses. For more information, visit our website or call 314-935-4695.
Summer Writers Institute
The Summer Writers Institute brings together some of the brightest and most accomplished writers from St. Louis and beyond. The two-week program features workshops in various genres from personal narrative to modern humor writing, readings, craft talks, individual conferences with instructors, and a final open mic. Kept to small enrollments to encourage dynamic discussions, the Institute allows students to hone their craft and explore new approaches. Workshops are led by professional, published writers who are experts in their fields and accomplished in providing constructive critique. Courses are conducted on Washington University's campus — home to a century of great writing, from reluctant student Tennessee Williams to current National Book Award Finalist Carl Phillips. For more information, visit our website or call 314-935-4695.
WUSTL-ALLEX Intensive Chinese and Japanese Language Institutes
Students jump-start Chinese and Japanese language proficiency in this seven-week, 4-unit program. Small classes are taught by master professors representing many of the country's preeminent Asian language programs, as well as native speakers from China, Taiwan, and Japan. With two teachers for every language student, the program features frequent and meaningful cultural exchanges in the target language and teaches students to speak and act in a culturally appropriate way. For more information, visit our website or call 314-935-4695.
WUSTL-ALLEX Chinese and Japanese Teacher Training Institute
Post-baccalaureate students from China, Japan, and Taiwan study Chinese and Japanese pedagogy in this seven-week, 4.5-unit program. After learning from master professors, students go on to colleges and universities across the country to begin or enhance Chinese and Japanese language programs. For more information, visit our website or call 314-935-4695.
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The Pre-Collegiate Summer Experiences at Washington University in St. Louis offer a variety of summer programs for academically advanced middle and high school students. For more information, visit our website or call 314-935-4807
The High School Summer Scholars Program, open to rising juniors and seniors, allows students to experience all the facets of college life. As a participant in this selective five-week program, students live on campus, enroll in courses, and study alongside undergraduates. Students choose from a broad range of courses as well as our 1-unit, noncredit college success workshops. Students meet daily in academic support groups that develop students' skills in time management, presentations, and research methods. In addition to course work, students enjoy a variety of educational, social, and cultural opportunities with fellow students from across the country and around the world. Scholarship assistance is available to students who demonstrate financial need.
The noncredit High School Summer Institutes explore a specialized interest, career, or major. Institutes combine traditional class and lab curriculum with organized field trips, guest lectures, and hands-on activities. Themes include medicine, engineering, leadership, writing, and more. Space is limited, so students should consider applying early. Scholarship assistance is available to students who demonstrate financial need.
The High School College Access program allows juniors and seniors in high school to enroll in one or two introductory-level evening courses during the fall or spring semesters, and day or evening courses during the summer semester, while commuting from home. There are also a select number of online courses for students living both in St. Louis and outside of the St. Louis area.
The EducationUSA Academy at Washington University in St. Louis is a noncredit program for international students seeking to improve their English proficiency while learning about the American college experience. This three-week residential program is open to rising sophomore, junior, and senior students living outside of the United States. Limited scholarship assistance is available to students who demonstrate financial need.
The Middle School Summer Challenge is designed to expand students' critical thinking skills in a challenging and innovative environment that includes hands-on learning, field trips, and much more. Students choose two noncredit courses. Residential and commuter options are available. This program is open to rising seventh- through ninth-grade students. Scholarship assistance is available to students who demonstrate financial need.
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