Explore new paths and connect with different ways of thinking, seeing, and doing.

If you could take a class in any subject, what would it be? No matter your answer to that question, chances are you’ll find it at Summer@Brown. Choose from more than 200 non-credit courses reflecting the wide range of Brown University’s Open Curriculum that challenge you with new perspectives on how you work, how you learn, and how you live.

At a Glance







With so many students from different locations, backgrounds, and interests, you'll join a community of peers who brings broad and deep perspectives to living and learning together. 

Outside of class, you’ll participate in workshops, activities, and events — scheduled from morning to night —  that inform, engage and entertain. Along the way, you’ll make new friends from around the world and learn to live independently and responsibly: skills that will prepare you well for life in college and long after. 

You are also able to embrace the challenge of college-level academics without the pressure of formal grades and credit, in classes taught by instructors just as interested in your learning as you are, alongside students just as engaged as you.

What to Study?

Program Snapshot


Students completing grades 9–12, ages 14–18 by June 19, 2022


Choose from over 200 courses in multiple 1-, 2-, 3- and 4-week sessions


Sunday, June 19 – Friday, August 5


Brown University campus in Providence, Rhode Island


  • Join a community of young scholars all engaged in the serious fun of learning.
  • Explore the breadth and depth of Brown’s undergraduate curriculum and emphasis on student-centered learning.
  • Experience the satisfying challenges of college-level academics. 
  • Immerse yourself in subjects you choose. 
  • Concentrate on learning without the pressure of formal grades.
  • All students who successfully complete their course will receive a Certificate of Completion. Students who successfully complete a 2-week or longer course will receive a Course Performance Report.


Taking part in Summer@Brown on the Brown University campus will give you a real taste of what college life and learning is like on an Ivy League campus. You have the opportunity to experience first-year undergraduate study at Brown, through which you also get to experience Brown’s student-centered learning.

A Typical Day

You will be in class for three hours daily, five days a week – along with about three additional hours of outside study time each day, too. Expect to be challenged and to engage with your instructor and fellow students by asking questions and being asked questions, actively joining class discussions and group work as well as individual study.  When and where you study is up to you, and you’ll need to figure out how you will complete your out-of-class work while still engaging in all the Student Life activities, workshops and events taking place throughout each day. No matter when your class meets – morning, early or late afternoon – you’ll have the opportunity to engage with students taking other courses too, through a variety of activities that help you grow as a student and as a person. See Life on the Brown Campus for more information.

Program Directors