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Experimenting at Hampshire Summer Academic Programs

Summer academic programs provide students with a distillation of Hampshire’s rigorous, hands-on educational approach in weeks-long immersive experiences.

Experimenting at Hampshire Summer Academic Programs

Hampshire College offers a variety of summer academic programs designed to reflect our academic philosophy by linking critical engagement to experience-based education. Our programs support diverse learning communities: undergraduates, pre-college students, graduate students, professionals, practitioners, and life-long learners. Immersive, rigorous, challenging, and fun, these programs delve deeply into their given topic or subject matter.

Applications for all pre-college and undergraduate summer programs will appear here in early November, 2015. Contact summer@hampshire for additional info.


for Pre-College Students

Pre-College programs will run July 17 to July 30, 2016. Pre-College programs are for high school students entering their junior or senior year of high school. 

for Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, and Others

These programs will run between June 1 to July 1, 2016 and are for undergraduate college students, graduate students, post-B.A.s, professionals, and high school seniors who will have graduated by spring 2016. 

» Creative Media Viewfinders exposes students to a wide range of nonfiction and fiction film and video and asks them to create something every other day. 

» Art and the Internet asks: How do we make meaning in the chaos of the internet? 

» Gene Cloning is a biology laboratory-intensive boot camp. 

» Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics, now in its 44th year, is an intensive six-week encounter with college-level mathematics for talented and highly motivated high school students. 

» Micro-Controllers and Hardware Design will jump-start students in micro-controller software and hardware design, allowing them to create diverse projects. 

» Creating Science Fiction asks: Do you have an idea for a science fiction story? Can it be developed into a short film? 

» Food, Farm, and Sustainability Institute is a 4-week, interdisciplinary program focusing on food production and sustainable agriculture, centered at the vibrant Hampshire College Farm Center. 

» The Institute for Curatorial Practice is a 5-week intensive summer program focused on the practice of curation: material, digital, and imaginary. 

» The Institute for Transforming Social Justice is a 4-week intensive summer program on the study and practice of creating social change. 

» TESOL Teacher Training Course is a 4-week program that provides a foundation for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and equip participants with tools for their own reflection and growth as teaching professionals. 





"There are two reasons why Hampshire graduates achieve so much. One is the kind of person the college attracts. The other is what the college does for them by equipping them to become their own wide-ranging explorers and connection-seekers."

Loren Pope, Colleges that Change Lives (2006)

Hampshire College is a member of Colleges that Change Lives, a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and support of a student-centered college search process.

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