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Northwestern University Summer Session

EducationUSA Academy

The 2020 EducationUSA Session has been cancelled

The 2020 Northwestern EducationUSA session has been cancelled due to worldwide concern over the coronavirus pandemic. At this time Northwestern is planning to hold all other Summer Session programming and is following the guidance of public health experts and officials as the situation evolves.

EducationUSA Academy

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Next Session: July, 2021

Northwestern University Summer Session, in partnership with the US Department of State's EducationUSA network, is pleased to offer a three-week EducationUSA Academy for international high school students. This unique academic program will provide instruction in English, college preparatory content, tours of diverse college and university campuses, and cross-cultural activities for 15- to 17-year-old students from around the world. Through the EducationUSA Academy, international students can improve their English competency and become more familiar with the US higher education system, academic culture, campus life, and application processes for admission to US colleges and universities. Students will have the opportunity to apply their learning at one of the US's premier universities and engage in the rich culture of one of its most exciting cities: Chicago. 

Extracurricular Activities & College and University Tours

On-campus Extracurricular Activities

Students will have the opportunity to experience Northwestern's beautiful lakeshore campus by participating in the following on campus activities in the afternoons and evenings:

College and University Tours

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EducationUSA Academy students will tour Northwestern's campus and attend an information session with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. If interested, students may also attend information sessions with any of the six undergraduate schools:

Students may also attend a class and sample Northwestern's academic experience. See a list of available courses.

Visits to other Universities

Chicago is home to several prominent, internationally recognized colleges and universities noted for their excellence in higher education. EducationUSA Academy students will participate in two college/university tours to meet with Admissions Office representatives, attend an information session, and tour each campus.

Tour 1 (Week 2)
University of Chicago
University of Illinois at Chicago

Tour 2 (Week 3)
Loyola University Chicago
DePaul University

Program Costs & Sample Schedule

Program Costs


*Includes course tuition, program and activity fees, room and meals, books and course materials, transportation to/from airport, transportation for college visits and cultural activities, and health insurance during the program.

Sample Schedule

Each day we explore topics that prepare you for the college experience. The three-week program is an immersion in American culture as you learn about university life in the US, experience the Chicago area, and delve into the local arts. Instructors devote class time to stimulating topics and demonstrate tools that will help you succeed in college. These tools range from proven effective study methods to various computer applications. The weekly topics are designed to lead you through an authentic college experience in preparation for study in the US.Below is an outline of a typical class day. We will provide a detailed daily schedule before the program begins.

sample schedule
8-8:45 am Breakfast
9-9:30 am Conversation: What do you already know about academic research?
9:30-10:15 am Exploring theories, arguments, and evidence

10:15-10:30 am

10:30-11:45 am Case study: How movies teach children to discriminate
12-12:45 pm Lunch
1-2:45 pm Applying what you know: How to organize research data
3-5:00 pm Attend college classes, workshops, presentations, tour of local colleges and universities
5:15-6:00 pm Dinner
6 -10:00 pm Homework, relaxation, extracurricular activities. Plan for next day!

Tentative class field trips: Chicago Architecture Tour, Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Cultural Center, Museum of Contemporary Photography

Off-campus Field Trips

(afternoons and weekends)

EducationUSA Academy students will experience Chicago's rich diverse culture through a series of off campus field trips.

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