Leadership Institute Online

Accepted student information for the Leadership Institute Online.

Welcome to Brown University Pre-College Programs

We are thrilled you will be attending the Brown Pre-College Leadership Institute this summer! You will spend four weeks learning with students from all over the world who are also passionate about advancing social justice issues and developing their leadership skills. We can’t wait to meet you and get started. 

Important Dates

Be sure all of your forms and payment are completed by their assigned deadlines:

  • May 25: Full payment
  • June 3: All required forms 

Students registered after these deadlines are expected to complete form requirements and make payment within 48 hours of registration.


Forms are submitted electronically through DocuSign, an electronic signature provider where you can digitally fill out and sign our required forms. Most forms include sections for both students and parents/guardians to complete.


You should log in to your student portal to complete your pre-program requirements. Parents and guardians also receive a checklist of items to complete, which are sent via email. Please remind them to check their email accounts for this important information that requires action.

The usernames and passwords associated with your Brown email address will be needed prior to and during your course time. Please be sure to document all usernames and passwords.

Accessibility Services

If applicable: Students may request accommodations based on a learning, psychological and/or physical disability, including medical conditions. Please be aware that all accommodation requests will be considered, however, there may be limits as to what can be provided without sufficient notice. Please email accessibility@brown.edu if you have any questions or to request an accommodation by June 3.

The week before your online course begins will serve as the course orientation, during which you will get to know Canvas (Brown's learning management system), review course expectations and strategies for your success, learn about your instructor/s and classmates and help us to learn a bit about you. These activities should take you just a few hours that week to complete at your own pace. We suggest you complete your orientation by Friday at Noon . We will send you an email the morning that your orientation begins with instructions explaining how to access your course and begin orientation activities.

You will begin working with your instructor and classmates on the course itself on the course start date in the Catalog.

You should plan to log into your course at least once a day to complete daily assignments and plan your time to complete upcoming projects and meet deadlines. Expect to spend 15 to20 hours per week engaged with course materials and plan your schedule accordingly.

Inactive Online Students

Students are expected to remain active in their online course, engage with course material and complete all course assignments on time. Inactivity in a course without communication with the instructor will result in a student being dropped from the course. Students dropped for lack of participation are not eligible for a refund.     

Synchronous Sessions

Mandatory synchronous Zoom sessions will be held on Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to  12:30 p.m. EST each week and will consist of interactive workshops and presentations with your classmates, instructors and/or Teaching Assistants/Teaching Associates.

We believe that students have the ability and responsibility to be engaged global citizens. The Action Plan is a capstone project, enabling students to apply what they've learned at Brown in their home communities.

We will help you define issues that you are passionate about and construct a plan for addressing them. We will assist you in setting realistic goals, identifying mentors and resource people and anticipating challenges.

We encourage you to think about some topics before you start your course but most students don't actually know what their Action Plan will be until they start working on it in class. Instructors and Teaching Assistants/Teaching Associates will help students design an Action Plan that fits their interests and skills. Students will present their Action Plan at the conclusion of the course to their classmates.

What are some examples of Action Plans?

  • Developing a program, initiative or educational campaign (climate change, media literacy, body image) in your school, church/mosque/synagogue or neighborhood
  • Collaborating with existing organizations or community groups that address a societal problem such as affordable housing, relationship violence or college access
  • Planning and implementing a fundraiser for an organization or cause
  • Improving your own leadership skills or developing your own content knowledge around an issue of importance to you
  • Students will have access to course-specific resources virtually in Canvas.
  • All active students are able to access University Library resources virtually. To visit the Brown University Library follow the link here.

Writing Center appointments are available to all Pre-College students to assist with written assignments. Please follow the link here for details and an appointment request form.

Online students are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities, including social events, workshops, mentor groups and webinars. Registration for these events will be available in the student portal.

Code of Conduct

Please review the Brown Pre-College Code of Conduct and associated policies.

Financial Information

Please review our financial policies, including payment and refund information.

If your course is longer than one week, you will receive a Course Performance Report from your instructor and you in turn will be asked to complete a course evaluation. If you successfully complete your program you will receive a Certificate of Completion. All completion materials including the Course Performance Report will be sent out in early September. The certificate will be sent via US Mail to your listed address and the Course Performance Report will be sent electronically to the email address we have on file for you.