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Summer@Brown Online

A Summer@Brown experience wherever you are.

Application opens December 3 for Summer 2020

Summer@Brown Online courses are rigorous, active learning experiences, designed and led by innovative and dedicated Brown instructors and that replicate the seminar-style, student-centered learning experiences that characterize Summer@Brown. Through coursework designed to inspire curiosity and discovery, students connect with their peers from around the world – students who are enthusiastic, creative, and accomplished students.

Academic challenge and meaningful, personalized feedback

Throughout your course, you will interact with your instructor and your student colleagues. Your instructor will evaluate your assignments, respond to your discussion posts, and invite you to connect one-on-one to provide support and advance your learning.

Access your coursework anytime, anywhere.

Brown’s online courses are asynchronous, which means you are not required to log in at a set time of day. Courses are designed so that students committing about 10 hours per week are able to complete the course.

Academic Success – Week by week

Your first week of study begins with a few days of course orientation: getting to know Canvas (Brown's learning management system)... reviewing course expectations and strategies for your success, learning about your instructor, and helping us to learn a bit about you.

Once the course itself begins, and in the following weeks, you will be working with your instructor and classmates on a variety of assignments and activities, for which you will be expected to log in daily to participate in discussions and keep up with course assignments. Students who meet all course requirements will receive a Certificate of Completion and a Course Performance Report. Pre-College online courses are not for college credit.

2019 Program Dates:

Multiple 3-5 week sessions. July 1 - August 7, 2019

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

2019 Fees

3-Week Course: $692
4-Week Course: $974
5-Week Course: $1,278

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Access your coursework anytime, anywhere.
Access your coursework anytime, anywhere.

Course Instructors

Ensuring that students have a successful learning experience begins with the instructor’s design of their course – no matter whether in a traditional face-to-face classroom or in an online environment. Summer@Brown Online instructors work in close partnership with an experienced online instructional designer to develop rigorous and meaningful learning experience for their students. Just like an in-person course, online courses are designed to provide instructors plenty of opportunity to engage with and provide thoughtful feedback to students throughout the course. Unlike a classroom-based course, however, one of the benefits to learning online is that students are not limited to a specific time and place to engage with the course: the course is always open, and designed for continuous engagement – with the instructor and between and among the students in the course.

In addition to your work in the course while online, you also will engage in active learning experiences such as researching, exploring, creating, and collecting materials and resources. You will return to the course to share your learning with your professor or the class. You, your professor, and your classmates are all in this together.

Brown’s online learning instructors are enthusiastic, imaginative educators working at the forefront of online teaching and learning. They work closely with the University’s instructional designers to develop and facilitate courses that exemplify best practices of student-centered design and inquiry-based learning. Our courses foster exciting, dynamic learning communities that encourage one-on-one interaction, teamwork, and networking.

For an example, watch Indrek Kulaots talk about his online course in Renewable Energy:

About the Program Director

James Chansky

Associate Dean, Pre-College and Summer Undergraduate Programs

Received his B.A. in Philosophy from Temple University and Ph.D. in Philosophy from Boston College. For 10 years, Jim taught philosophy in a maximum and medium security prison in upstate NY through Skidmore College’s Inmate Higher Education Bachelor’s Degree Program, where he also served as an advisor and administrator. He has also taught philosophy at Boston College and Skidmore College. He has been involved to varying degrees in pre-college education for over 20 years, at Skidmore College and, since 2011, at Brown University. As Assistant Dean, along with three Associate Directors, he is responsible for Summer@Brown, the University’s Summer Session, STEM, Engineering Programs, Online course delivery and Diversity and Inclusion initiatives and partnerships within the Pre-college Programs.

How to Apply

Application opens December 3 for Summer 2020

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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