Summer@Brown Online

Experience Summer@Brown where you are.

Enroll in Summer@Brown Online and choose from more than 80 courses that offer rigorous, active learning experiences, reflecting the breadth of Brown’s Open Curriculum, led by innovative and engaged instructors. Students can learn in one of three ways, depending on the course they choose: asynchronous, mostly asynchronous or blended online. Through coursework that inspires curiosity and discovery, you’ll connect with peers from around the world — students who are as enthusiastic, creative and curious as you are.

Summer@Brown Online offers academic challenges and personalized feedback that you can access from wherever you are. In addition to your coursework, you’ll have the opportunity to engage with other students in a range of community-building and informative activities and workshops.

You will be 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 to 12, ages 14 to 18 by June 18, 2023


Multiple 2-, 3-, 4- and 6-week asynchronous, mostly asynchronous or blended sessions (definitions of these three types of online learning can be found below)


Monday, June 26 to Friday, August 4, 2023


Online, through Canvas, Brown’s learning management system

Please note: All online courses are taught with the University’s Learning Management System called Canvas. For that reason, every online course includes a required orientation that familiarizes you with Canvas and the course’s expectations. The orientation will be available to registered students one week prior to the course starting and will take approximately three hours to complete. You are expected to complete the orientation the Friday prior to the start of your course, determining when during that week you will complete the orientation, so you are well prepared to start your course.


  • 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 online course will receive a Certificate of Completion. Students who successfully complete a 3-week or longer online course will receive a Course Performance Report.


When you take a Summer@Brown Online course you have the freedom to decide when and where you learn. With time to reflect, read and write, you can enhance important critical thinking skills. You also have the opportunity to strengthen your capacity for self-discipline and personal responsibility; skills necessary to excel in all learning environments. By taking an online class you also become more comfortable with online learning – a format that is becoming increasingly important both in and out of school. Summer@Brown provides the opportunity for you to choose the type of online learning experience that is best for you. 

All online courses will include virtual office hours with your instructor and daily asynchronous engagement. Students learn in one of three ways as outlined below: 

  • Asynchronous: The course will be offered entirely asynchronously; giving you the opportunity, to set your own schedule each day, allowing for the most flexibility and self-directed learning.
  • Mostly asynchronous: The course will include a majority of asynchronous content and a few optional live sessions with your instructor and classmates each week to supplement course material. 
  • Blended: The course will include asynchronous content and 1-3 prescheduled, required live sessions each week. These required live sessions are integral to the course experience. The times for these synchronous sessions will be listed in the course meeting time no later than March 24, 2023.

NOTE: ‘Mostly asynchronous’ and ‘Blended’ learning options provide additional ways for you to interact with your instructor and classmates.

Each online course indicates at the end of the course description which method instructors will use in that particular course. Please reach out to a Program Advisor, if you need assistance with choosing the right online learning experience for you.

A Typical Day

All online courses are designed for active learning. Plan to spend a couple of hours each day (about 15 hours per week) on a variety of course activities. One day you might watch videos recorded by your instructor and engage in written discussions or peer review sessions with classmates. On another day, you might do some independent reading, attend a scheduled session with the entire class, listen to a guest lecturer, view a video demonstration or meet in small groups. Online courses provide many opportunities to have close contact with your instructor and fellow students.

Outside of your course, you have the opportunity to meet students taking other online and in-person courses through various activities that help you grow as a person. See Your Virtual Community for more information.

Program Directors