Undergraduate Programs
Brown University Undergraduate Summer Session
Brown University Undergraduate Summer Session
Brown University Undergraduate Summer Session

Undergraduate Summer Session at Brown

Enrich Your Undergraduate Experience

Course Information

Summer Session at Brown University offers small classes in a variety of fields, from anthropology to visual arts. Excellent teachers from Brown's instructional staff and a few selected instructors from other institutions comprise the faculty of the Summer Session. All faculty members hold office hours regularly to assist students with their individual studies and projects. While some 450 students overall enroll in Summer Session, classes are small, allowing dynamic discussions, friendly student support, and plenty of time with your instructor.

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Online For-Credit Courses

After last summer's success and positive response from student participants, this summer we offer two versions of Creative Nonfiction as a for-credit undergraduate course. Creative Nonfiction: Writing the World and Creative Nonfiction: Reading, Writing, Traveling.

Both sections serve as a pre-requisite to advanced creative nonfiction writing courses in the Department of English and satisfy the Writing Requirement at Brown University.

Look for more undergraduate courses in summer 2015!

Brown Undergraduates

Summer Session at Brown extends the undergraduate curriculum into the summer months, offering students the opportunity to focus intensively on a single subject area; to enroll in courses that are typically full during the rest of the academic year; catch up on their progress to degree or improve their academic standing; or take courses in an additional concentration or to explore new subjects.

Students receiving financial aid from the University may qualify for summer aid: contact the financial aid office for details. Students may enroll in no more than two courses during a single summer session. For further information, visit the Brown University Financial Aid website.


Approximately 450 undergraduates take courses during the summer at Brown. While many students live off-campus during the summer, on-campus housing is available. Visit the Campus Life page for further details.

Visiting Undergraduates

Undergraduates and graduate students who are matriculated at other four-year colleges or universities are welcome to apply for admission to the Brown Summer Session. Students must be in good standing at their institutions and, for courses with pre-requisites, have the necessary preparation. Learn More »

High School Students - Pre-Baccalaureate Program

Courses at the 100 level and those designated for first year undergraduates are open to qualified rising and graduated high school seniors: study side-by-side with Brown undergraduates and earn college credit in these seven-week courses drawn from across the Brown curriculum. Learn more »

About Brown

Brown University is located in the city of Providence, the capital of Rhode Island, at the head of Narragansett Bay. The campus overlooks the center of the city from College Hill, an historic residential area that Brown shares with the Rhode Island School of Design.

Brown, whose history reaches back more than two centuries, maintains a university-college of liberal arts, offering many of the advantages of both the small college and the large university. Brown's respect for high academic standards is evident in its Summer Session curriculum, which seeks to uphold Brown's international reputation as a teaching college within a research university.