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We’re celebrating our 21st year!

On-Campus Enrollment is Now Open!

We are thrilled to announce Summer 2022 On-Campus programs are returning . There will be a host of exciting choices for students entering grades 6-8, grades 9-12, and graduating seniors!  We are offering multiple weeks of great On-Campus Programs starting in late June. our School include Amherst College, Haverford College, and California (location TBD). Our abroad programs are in Madrid and Oxford. And for the sea-faring soul, we are bringing back a Tall Ship Adventure. 

On-Campus in 2022. Just like this past summer, we are committed to providing quality enrichment for students, we are planning for all possibilities.  We are optimistic that the COVID picture will continue to change for the better in the weeks and months ahead. We will emphasize smaller groups and work only with locations that have excellent, established health and safety regimens in place already.

Join Us for Amazing Academics and Fun!

An independent program with a twenty-year history of inspiring readers, writers, thinkers, and leaders, Great Books Summer Program  brings together bright students from all around the world.  Great Books students engage with enduring texts of literature and philosophy  to discover and explore the great human issues and questions as they develop important close reading and critical thinking skills. 

Advanced reading selections, discussion groups, and seminars led by a faculty of distinguished professors and scholars from some of the best universities and colleges around the world help students take command of their own best thinking and powers of expression. Great Books Summer Program delivers excellent preparation for seminar-style college classes, for the life skill of thinking well on one's feet, and in no small measure the SAT critical thinking section.

And, of course, Great Books offers lots of opportunities for summer fun too!  Learn more about everything Great Books Summer Program has to offer.  See a typical day for students entering grades 6-8. Or, learn more about a typical day for students entering grades 9-12.

Enrollment will open soon for summer 2022.  Make your plans early!

2022 Dates and Campuses 

Great Books at Haverford College

For Rising Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12

Haverford, PA

One, Two, and Three-Week Programs: 

July 10 - July 16

July 17 - July 23

July 24 - July 30

Great Books is proud to return to the campus of Haverford College, one of America's leading liberal arts colleges.  Haverford's history of humanitarian and civil rights advocacy, an honor code governing student life, and a legacy of civil discourse make the college the ideal environment for Great Books Summer Program.

An exquisitely beautiful campus, Haverford is home to the oldest college arboretum in the nation. Throughout campus, the ancient oaks and fragrant pines continue to provide shade and calm to the community.

Tuition and Fees

  • One-week Tuition: $2495
  • Two-week Tuition: $4990

Materials & Events fees of $225 for one week and $475 for two. All on-campus programs have a registration fee of $250.


Great Books & Writer's Workshop at Amherst College

For Rising Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12

Amherst, MA

One, Two, and Three-Week Programs: 

Tentative Dates:

June 26 - July 2

July 3 - July 9

July 10 - July 16

We held the first session on the campus of Amherst College 21 years ago with Amherst professor and Great Books co-founder Dr. Ilan Stavans.  We're always thrilled to return to where it all began for GBSP!

Amherst College, founded in 1821, is widely regarded as one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the world.  Amherst is known for its rigorous academics and is the home of the nation's first undergraduate neuroscience program.  Located in western Massachusetts, close to the beautiful Berkshires, Amherst draws students from nearly every state and more than 50 countries.

We will be offering Seminar and Discussion programs and a Writer’s Workshop for students who are eager to explore the art of writing in all forms.

Tuition and Fees

  • One-week Tuition: $2495
  • Two-week Tuition: $4990

Materials & Events fees of $225 for one week and $475 for two. All on-campus programs have a registration fee of $250.


A Tall Ship Adventure

For Rising Grades 9-12

Historic Portland, ME

One Week Program:  July 24 - July 30

Great Books is excited to announce our second year of Tales of the Sea: a Tall Ship Adventure.  This is a literary voyage of a lifetime for high school students. This unique program marries the study of maritime literature and lore with living and learning to sail on a tall ship. Living and participating as crew members from the moment they step aboard, students will learn alongside the talented tall ship training staff.  Time will be split between seminar and discussion and sailing education with visits to coastal islands, and whale watching too.

Tuition and Fees

  • One-week Tuition:  $2995

Materials & Events fees of $225 for this special program. All on-campus and travel programs have a registration fee of $250.



Great Books & Writer's Workshop in California

For Rising Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12

One & Two Week Programs

June/July 2022

Location and Dates to be Announced!

Great Books Summer Program will be in sunny California this summer, enjoying the notorious clear blue skies and palm trees dotting the landscape. We plan to announce a location to share in the coming weeks.

Per usual, we will be offering Seminar and Discussion programs and a west coast Writer’s Workshop for students who are eager to explore the art of writing in all forms.

Tuition and Fees

  • One-week Tuition: $2895
  • Two-week Tuition: $5790

Materials & Events fees of $225 for one week and $475 for two. All on-campus programs have a registration fee of $250.



Literary Madrid

For Rising Grades 9-12

Madrid, Spain

One and Two Week Programs:  July 10 - July 23

Great Books is excited to return to Madrid! 

Join us in Madrid for a Great Books experience like no other!  Now for the second summer, we're bringing Great Books to the beautiful capital city and vibrant cultural center of Madrid.

Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and history of Spain and experience la vida española with us this summer.  This unique program offers the ability for students to dive into Spanish culture whether they speak Spanish or don't know a word.  All reading and discussion is in English, but those wishing to hone their Spanish skills will have ample opportunity to practice if they choose.

Tuition and Fees

  • One-week Tuition: $2995
  • Two-week Tuition: $5990

Materials & Events fees of $425 for one week and $625 for two. All on-campus programs have a registration fee of $250.


Literary Oxford 

For Rising Grades 9-12

Oxford, England

One-Week Program: Tentative Dates - July 24 - July 30

Great Books is excited to return to On-Campus programming this summer at University of Oxford! 

Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, founded in 1096. Its spires and towers soar above a beautiful, tree-lined medieval town filled with the distinguished and historic colleges that comprise one of the greatest universities in the world.

    The unique atmosphere of ancient cathedrals, abbeys, a central castle, and 38 constituent colleges is breathtaking to behold, making Oxford a magnet for students and scholars from around the world.

    Tuition and Fees

    • One-week Tuition: $2995

    Materials & Events fees of $425 for one week and $625 for two (in combination with one week of Madrid.)  All on-campus programs have a registration fee of $250.

    Save your Spot!

    Spaces on-campus for 2022 will be limited. For more information or questions, email us or call/text 203-612-9470.

    Not ready for On-Campus? Check out our Online summer programs.

    Celebrating 21 Years of Summer On-Campus

    Summer 2022 marks Great Books Summer Program’s 21st year. Since our first year, we’ve brought together thousands of students from across the USA and around the globe on the campuses of many of the world’s best universities and colleges.

    Here’s a look at the where Great Books Summer Program has spent summers past:

    Amherst College - Amherst, Massachusetts

    Amherst College, founded in 1821, is widely regarded as one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the world. Located in Western Massachusetts, Amherst's academic and athletic facilities are among the best of any in the nation. And, of course, Amherst has been home to Great Books Summer Program from the very beginning!

    Stanford University - Palo Alto, California

    Stanford University’s 8.000-acre campus is one of the most beautiful in the country. Stanford University opened its doors in 1891 and has been one of the most highly-regarded American universities since. The second campus to welcome Great Books Summer Program, we have well over a decade of memories on this campus! 

    Northwestern University - Evanston, IL

    Northwestern University, founded in 1851, is one of the country’s leading private research and teaching universities. This world-ranked, prestigious school is adjacent to Lake Michigan. The historic culture of nearby Chicago is rich with landmark architecture, visual arts, and strong musical roots in blues, soul, and jazz. 

    Tales of the Sea: a Tall Ship Adventure - Historic Portland, Maine

    Great Books on the high seas! Tales of the Sea marries the study of maritime literature and lore with living and learning to sail on a tall ship.  Students relive the anticipation of Jim Hawkins stowaway onboard the Hispaniola in search of buccaneers and buried gold in Treasure Island.

    University of Oxford - Oxford, England

    The first abroad Great Books program! Somerville College is one of the constituent colleges of University of Oxford in England. Oxford was the first university in the English-speaking world, established around 1096. Founded in 1897, Somerville is a relatively newer college among the 38 which make up Oxford. 

    Stanford Center at Peking University - Beijing, China

    Stanford Center at Peking University (SCPKU) is the result of a long-term partnership between Stanford University and Peking University, two preeminent global institutions. Established in 2012, SCPKU facilitates local academic exchange, collaboration, research, and outreach activities. 

    Interested in upcoming program announcements?

    Be sure to reach out to add yourself to our mailing list to be the first to hear about new dates and locations! Email info@greatbookssummer.com or call/text 203-612-9470.


    Great Books Summer Program is independent of Occidental College, Mount Holyoke College, Haverford College, Amherst College, Stanford University, University of Chicago, Peking University, University of Oxford, and University of Edinburgh, Scotland. All names are trademarks of their respective owners. This event is not sponsored by or otherwise endorsed by Occidental College. Photo credit to Kerun Ip for image of Stanford Center at Peking University.
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