Undergraduate Summer Session at Brown

Open to Brown undergraduates, visiting students and high school students.

Covid-19 Update: Summer Session courses – online and remote – open for Registration

All Summer Session courses are open for registration, including those that have moved from campus-based to online/remote delivery. While registration remains open until June 24, Brown undergraduates are encouraged to register for their desired course(s) by May 15, as after that date registration will open to non-Brown students. Please note that some courses may include synchronous class meetings: how many meetings and when they will occur will be determined by instructors at the beginning of the course. All such meetings will be recorded so that students unable to attend will have access to the material. To learn more about the experience of taking an online course, please review this tutorial. Please direct inquiries about Summer Session to [email protected].

Brown University Summer Session 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. Approximately 500 students enroll in Summer Session, so classes are typically small, allowing for dynamic discussions, friendly student support, and plenty of time with your instructor and peers.

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Summer Study for Brown Undergraduates

Summer Session offers students the opportunity to extend their undergraduate study into the summer term, allowing them to focus on a single subject area, take courses that are typically full during the rest of the academic year, catch up on progress to a degree or improve academic standing, or explore new subjects of interest. Brown undergraduates enroll in summer session courses through [email protected]: registration typically opens in early April. See the Calendar and Fees page for details.

Note: Brown Undergraduates 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 Division of Pre-College and Summer Undergraduate Programs in early February indicating the amount they are eligible for. Please contact [email protected] with questions.

You must submit all of your financial aid requirements for the upcoming year to the Office of Financial Aid in order to receive the 2020 Summer Grant. Brown students may also be eligible to borrow loans for summer classes. The 2020 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.

Summer Study for Visiting Undergraduates

Undergraduates and graduate students who are matriculated at other accredited 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 »

Summer Study for High School Students - Pre-Baccalaureate Program

Courses at the 1000 level and those designated for first year undergraduates are open to qualified rising and graduated high school seniors. Learn More »

Summer Study for Brown Employees

EEP: Brown University employees who wish to take a work-related course should apply to the Employee Education Program (EEP) coordinated through the Benefits Office. Employees who wish to take Brown courses as degree candidates or who wish to take courses at an institution other than Brown should contact Michele Wise [email protected] in the Benefits Office to learn about applicable guidelines of the Employee Education Program and how to apply.

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.

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.

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Online Course Standards and Consumer Protection

Brown University is a Rhode Island institutional member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), an agreement among member US states, Washington D.C., and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offerings of postsecondary distance education courses and programs, including those offered online. SARA is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in a state other than their home state. Brown University wants all of its students who enroll in online courses to have productive, challenging, and useful learning experiences. Should a student enrolled in an online course allege consumer fraud, state licensing of postsecondary institutions, and/or quality of education or accreditation requirements relating to a Brown University online courses, they can learn more on this page.