Summer Programs

  • A Taste of Arabic and Kiswahili

    In partnership with New Haven Public Schools, the Yale MacMillan Center Councils on African and Middle East Studies lead a free two-week summer language program for 30 rising 7th and 8th grade students. The program offers students a “taste” of the languages of Arabic and Kiswahili. Program instructors engage students in conversational practice as well as provide opportunities for students to learn about the cultures, foods, and geographies of these rarely-studied languages. 

    For more information, click HERE.

  • Citizens, Thinkers, Writers

    Citizens, Thinkers, Writers is a two-week summer residential program for students from New Haven public schools who are interested in exploring fundamental human questions in a college setting. In small discussion seminars led by professors, students gain invaluable experience in close reading, analytic writing, and college-level discussion. During the program, students actively participate in a long-running philosophical conversation that dates back to ancient Greece and Rome and link this conversation to their own experiences as citizens of twenty-first-century New Haven.

    For more information, click HERE

  • Morse Summer Music Academy

    The Morse Summer Music Academy provides comprehensive summer music instruction for nearly 150 accomplished student musicians from New Haven public schools. The program nurtures and develops creativity, musicianship, and musical leadership in students who are passionate about music. Parental involvement and continuing musical opportunities throughout the school year are hallmarks of the Academy. The program is open for application to students in 5th through 11th grades who sing or play piano, woodwind, brass, string, guitar, and percussion instruments. 

    For more information, visit the Music In Schools website

  • Shafer Family Scholarships for Yale University Summer Session

    Shafer Scholars are rising high school seniors who attend New Haven public schools and are nominated by their high school guidance counselors to enroll in a five-week Yale summer session program. A scholarship from the Shafer family of New Haven provides full tuition for two courses, room and board, a book allowance, and a stipend for each student. Students take Yale College courses in the company of college students and are able to earn college credits. Shafer Scholars live on campus in one of Yale’s residential colleges for the duration of their program and have the opportunity to participate in the co-curricular, recreational, and social programs with students from other high schools and colleges from across the country and the world.

  • Ulysses S. Grant Foundation

    The Ulysses S. Grant Foundation is a six-week academic summer program for talented and motivated middle school students from New Haven, held on the Yale University campus. Since 1953, U.S. Grant has drawn on the experience and enthusiasm of Yale undergraduates to challenge students so they can acquire the academic preparation and skills they will need to enter and succeed in college and excel in their current school environment.

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  • Yale Daily News Summer Journalism Program

    Run by members of the Yale Daily News, the Summer Journalism Program is a one-week intensive course in journalism for high school students. Students participate in workshops on the fundamentals of reporting and writing, attend lectures by guest speakers from major national publications, and work hands-on reporting a story to together create a full summer edition of the Yale Daily News by the end of the week. The program is free and open to all Connecticut high school students.

    For more information, visit the Yale Daily News website

  • Yale Summer Debate Program

    Offered by the Urban Debate League, the weeklong Yale Summer Debate Program is open to all New Haven high school students, regardless of debate experience. During the program, students develop their skills in public speaking, constructing arguments, and delivering rebuttals. The program is premised on the philosophy that students can use debate as a tool to critically engage with the world around them, helping them to become better debaters, students, and more active members of society. 

    For more information, visit the Yale Urban Debate League website