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Summer@Brown for English Language Learners

Want to improve your English? Study in English.

Summer 2020 Application Opens on December 3, 2019.

Summer@Brown Courses for English Language Learners (ELL) are two-week courses, offered in a broad range of academic disciplines, reflecting the breadth and depth of Brown’s undergraduate curriculum. The mission of Summer@Brown Courses for English Language Learners is to offer college-bound students for whom English is not their primary language, an opportunity to experience Brown’s rigorous curriculum while strengthening their English language proficiency. By offering students an opportunity to study English within the context of an academic discipline, students are able to broaden their understanding of a specific discipline while gaining a stronger and more nuanced command of the English language. Summer@Brown Courses for English Language Learners are, like all Summer@Brown courses, designed to reflect the challenges of first year college level courses, and so provide solid preparation for further study in each discipline.

In addition to morning sessions, there are three afternoon meeting times per week to provide students with additional support in the following language areas; listening, public speaking, reading and academic writing. Students can expect to be challenged both in terms of their English language learning and critical thinking skills.

Daily Schedule:

7:30am – 9:00am Breakfast
9:00am - 11:30am Academic courses
11:30am – 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm – 2:30pm Academic courses (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday)
Afternoon Campus co-curricular events/free time
5:00pm – 7:00pm Dinner
Evening Homework/Evening campus events
10:00pm Curfew

Summer@Brown Courses for English Language Learners is embedded within the Summer@Brown program. Students will have the distinctive Summer@Brown experience as they have access to all that Summer@Brown has to offer specific to the academic, residential and curricular offerings and resources.

English Language Proficiency Criteria

Summer@Brown Courses for English Language Learners provide students with exposure to college-level learning. Students are asked to be ready to critically engage with course content in English. Students who enroll in these courses need a high degree of proficiency in English, with fluidity in the following areas; speaking, listening, writing, and reading. Such a degree of proficiency will enable students to fully and independently engage in both the academic and co-curricular activities. Students should have at least three full years of English language instruction.

Look for courses that have been designated as Summer@Brown for English Language Learners.

2019 Program Dates:

Three, two-week sessions

June 23 - July 5, 2019
July 7 - July 19, 2019
July 21 - August 2, 2019
Students can enroll in multiple sessions.

Course Meeting Time:

Monday: 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday: 9 am - 11:30 am AND 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Friday: 9:00 am - 11:30 am


For students completing grades 9-12, ages 15-18 by June 2019

2019 Fees:

Two-Week Course Residential: $4,302
Two-Week Course Commuter: $3,106

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Campus Life

A Summer@Brown experience goes way beyond the classroom.

Classes meet daily in the morning, and again on three afternoons each week, and may require up to three additional hours for out-of-class assignments, but outside the classroom, students participate in popular social and academic activities across campus and in the residence halls – all provided free of charge, and available to all Summer@Brown students.

Residential Life

Students live in Brown residence halls within walking distance of academic buildings and campus resources, and eat their meals in Brown’s dining halls.

Residence halls are staffed with carefully selected and trained Residence Directors (RDs) and Residential Assistants (RAs), who live onsite and guide students to create a balanced academic and social life.

Students not living on campus are put in touch with an RA for commuting students, so they can also take advantage of the rich variety of offerings outside the classroom.

Campus Events and Activities

At a weekly Activities Fair held on arrival Sundays, students learn about the academic, social and recreational opportunities they can enjoy while at Summer@Brown.

Popular campus events and activities like Carnival, Movie Nights, Talent Show, karaoke, yoga and dance instruction, and tie dying workshops provide students a safe and welcoming environment where they can form friendships and meet other students from around the world.

College Success Programs

Summer@Brown students will prepare for the transition to college and explore academic pathways through academic workshops such as: “Managing your Time”, “Communicating Clearly”, “Listening and Taking Notes”, “Majors to Career Changes”, “Thinking Critically” and "The Annual College Fair" hosted at Brown.

Weekend off-site Excursions

Weekend off-site trips give students opportunities to socialize with new friends and to explore surrounding cities and attractions like Boston, Newport, and Scarborough Beach or a Pawtucket Red Sox Game – with free transportation and the freedom to plan their own schedule.

BeU Organizations

Along with fellow peers and staff, students get involved in organizations they identify with and engage in thoughtful workshops with groups like the Asian Students Organization, International Students - Global Union, Women’s Student Association, Black Summer@Brown Group, and Spectrum LGBTQ.

Recreational Organizations

While having fun and getting good exercise after the hours spent in class, students learn how to work together as a team through such activities as Backyard Sports, Basketball, Soccer, Quidditch, and Ultimate Frisbee.

BeU Lounge Workshops

The Lounge is a collective space for diversity and identity related workshops, supporting education and the expression of various intersectional affinities. Previous workshops have been on “Beyonce on Identity”, “Over the Rainbow”, “Introduction to Intersectional Feminism”, “Religion and Spirituality on Campus”, and “Race/Ethnicity, and Ableism @Brown”.

Beyond the Book Organizations

Finding community through common interests and joining together in fun and interesting activities like Book Bag to Briefcase: How to Seek Internship Opportunities, Art Club - Arts and Crafts, Fun Science Creation, Going Global Studying Abroad, and Wellness-Balance/Academic Social.

About the Program Director: Rosario Navarro

Director, Location-Based Programs

Rosario received her B.A. in Elementary Education from Lesley University, M.Ed. from Boston College in Educational Leadership K-12, and doctoral coursework in Adult Learning and Development at Lesley University. Rosario began her professional experience in higher education administration as a student affairs professional. She has been at Brown for over twelve years and currently oversees the pre-college courses for English language learners and On Location programs.


Program Director Rosario Navarro Answers Commonly Asked Questions »

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Campus Resources

Dining Halls

Brown University has two dining halls that students use for three meals each day: Sharpe Refectory (the “Ratty”) and Verney-Woolley (“V-Dub”). Academic year menus and information is available here.

MY MEAL: MyMeal is an online tool that can help you make smart, healthy choices in Brown dining units. Use it to:
  • View upcoming menu options
  • Plan healthy meals throughout the day, and
  • Identify and filter the top 8 food allergens

Visit for more information.

Libraries and Study Centers

Brown libraries and study centers are available for research, browsing, or quiet study throughout the summer. Highlights include the John D. Rockefeller Library ("the Rock"), the Sciences Library and the Friedman Study Center, and the special collections at the John Hay Library. Learn More »

The Brown Writing Center

The Writing Center helps students choose and refine topics, and write organized, well-supported, and eloquent essays. The Center offers summer hours especially for Brown Pre-College students.

Computing Labs

Locations across campus offer computers, scanners and printers. If you do not own a laptop there are a limited number available for loan through the Computing and Information Services Department while on campus.

Health and Psychological Services

Students can receive medical and emotional support services for short-term critical needs while they are on-campus. These services are physically open Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:00pm. When the offices are not open, there are emergency on-call support systems in place, including Brown’s EMS that can evaluate and transport students and athletes to Hasbro Children’s Hospital if further care is needed.

Locations of Interest On and Near Campus

Some places students might want to visit while participating in a program at Brown are listed below:

The BeU Lounge

Brown University, and Pre-College Programs, are committed to developing an academic and residential community that embodies the social and intellectual diversity of the world.The BeU lounge series is a gateway that provide pre-college students an opportunity to step out of their comfort zone by making new friends and participating in learning opportunities that delve into diversity, equity, inclusion and identity exploration. Resident Assistants who are passionate about these subjects will facilitate workshops, programs, and roundtable discussions to help students comfortably navigate their personal identity development and the diverse world in which we live.

Providence: Historic and Hip

Brown is located in Providence, Rhode Island, the state's capital and largest city. Known as the "Creative Capital", Providence has long been a haven for creativity and innovation. Three-and-a-half centuries of history are alive and well on the streets surrounding Brown, as is evident in the immaculately preserved Colonial, Federal, Greek revival, and Victorian houses of "College Hill".

Thayer Street runs through the center of campus, and where you’ll find the Brown University Bookstore and a host of restaurants, coffee shops, stores, banks, and street vendors.

Admission Criteria
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How to Apply

Summer 2020 Application Opens on December 3, 2019.

Admission Criteria

Prospective students must apply for admission. When evaluating applications, the admissions team looks for academic excellence, intellectual curiosity, social maturity, self-motivation and a readiness for participation in an independent academic environment.

A Complete Application Consists of the Following Items:

  1. A Completed Application Form
    Parents and Students: Please be sure to create only one account per applicant.
    Your application provides basic information about you. In addition, students should be prepared to write an essay. Although the essay prompt may differ depending on the program you apply to, in general, you should be prepared to tell us:
    • what you hope to learn in the program to which you are applying and why that program is of interest to you;
    • what areas of study you are interested in;
    • what contributions you hope to make in and outside of the classroom;
    • and any further information you want to convey to us.
  2. A Non-refundable Application Fee (payable securely by credit card within the Student Portal)
    One application fee per application submitted
    • Before 3/1/2019: $50
    • 3/1/2019 to 4/29/2019: $75
    • 4/30/2019 and after: $100
  3. An Academic Transcript or Grade Report

    Academic records must be submitted in the application form by the applicant. They do NOT need to be submitted by your school guidance counselor. Applicants must submit grades from the 2018-2019 academic term and at least two previous academic years. Acceptable attachments include, but are not limited to:

    • Progress reports;
    • Report cards;
    • Narrative assessments; and/or
    • Unofficial transcripts.

    Documentation must include your full name and the academic term(s) represented. Please also be sure an explanation of the grading scale used by your school(s) (i.e., A = Excellent, 5 = Average, etc.,) appears on the documents, or provide one for us, along with an English translation as appropriate.

Please note:

  • In some cases, additional application materials may be requested. Additional materials may include transcripts, essays, or teacher recommendations.
  • Applications will not be reviewed by the Admission Review Committee until they are complete.
  • Program admission does not guarantee enrollment in a specific course.
  • Courses may be cancelled at any time due to unforeseen circumstance.

Notification of Admission Decision

Applicants will be notified by email to log into their Student Portal to view their admission decision once it has been made. Our admissions team carefully reviews each application submitted. In most cases, admission decisions are made within 10 business days of receiving a complete application; however, during high volume times, it may take up to 15 business days.

Confirming Attendance with a Program Deposit

Accepted students must confirm their attendance by submitting a $300 non-refundable program deposit. Students attending more than one program must submit a $300 non-refundable deposit for each program. Students will not be able to enroll in courses until a program deposit is received.


Student and parents are encouraged to review our Policies page to learn about important payment deadlines, refunds, code of conduct, and more.

Important Information for International Students

Brown University Pre-College programs welcome applications from international students. Learn about English language proficiency requirements, Immigration Guidelines, Deadlines for Submitting Documentation, How to Apply for a Visa, and more on our International Students page.

For Pre-Baccalaureate Students: Please note that we must receive your completed application, including your teacher recommendation, by April 15th, in order to ensure sufficient time to review your application, and, if admitted, process I-20 materials. If you currently hold valid F-1 status, or are Canadian, you may be still eligible to participate in the program. Please email for more information.

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