Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate Summer Session at Brown

On-Campus and Online.

Brown University Summer Session 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.

On-campus courses for Brown Undergraduates

The program features 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.

Browse the course catalog for more details about this year's course offerings. 

Note: Students receiving financial aid from the University during the regular school year may qualify for a summer grant. Qualified students should receive e-mail notification from the School of Professional Studies in early February indicating the amount they are eligible for. Please contact spsscholarships@brown.edu with questions.

You must submit all of your 2015-2016 Financial Aid requirements to the Office of Financial Aid in order to receive the 2015 Summer Grant. Brown students may also be eligible to borrow loans for summer classes. The 2015 Summer Loan Application will be available on the Financial Aid Office's Forms page after May 15th. Students may enroll in no more than two courses during a single summer session. For further information, visit the Brown University Financial Aid website.

Online For-Credit Courses for Brown Undergraduates

Brown University undergraduates have the option to participate in a variety of fully-online, for-credit courses – no matter where they may be this summer. These rigorous courses have been developed by Brown University faculty in partnership with experienced online instructional designers. Students study in a small cohort of Brown students, and work intensively each week to complete challenging coursework, participate in lively class discussions, and connect with Brown faculty. This year, the University offers seven online courses, with topics ranging from creative non-fiction, to cognitive development, from Greek mythology to public health and nutrition.

2015 Online Courses

Greek Mythology

German for Reading

Children's Thinking: The Nature of Cognitive Development

The American Presidents and the Western Tradition

Introduction to Creative Nonfiction - Writing the World

Introduction to Creative Nonfiction - Reading, Writing, and Traveling

World of Food: Personal to Global Perspectives on Nutrition, Agriculture, and Policy

Be sure to review the course catalog for more details about this years's online course offerings.

Summer Study for 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. How to Apply »


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 Residential Information page for further details.

Forms for all Visiting Undergraduates

Visiting Undergraduate Student Acceptance Form
Disability and Medical Accommodations Form (if applicable)

High School Students - Pre-Baccalaureate Program

Providence, Rhode Island and Waterfire

On selected nights during the summer,
Waterplace Park is home to WaterFire,
an award-winning evening of art, music,
and sculpture that takes place on the three
rivers of downtown Providence. Hundreds
of bonfires dance atop the rivers, and music
from different areas of the world fills the air
as strollers pass between the Italianate bridges.

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 and Providence

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. The "Culinary Capital", named the winner of Travel+Leisure's America's Favorite Cities, Providence has long been a haven for creativity and innovation.

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.

More on Providence »