Enrichment & Summer Programs for High School Students

Do you want to experience what it is like to be a U of T student?

Enrichment and Summer programs are offered on all three U of T campuses in a wide range of topics. The programs below reflect Summer 2019/2020 offerings. Programs offered are subject to change at the discretion of each department/campus. Please refer to program site directly for any updated information.

St. George Campus

Camp U of T

Campus & Department: St. George – Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education
Age Group: Gr 9 – 10
Program Dates: Summer
Residence component: No
Financial assistance/Scholarship: No Email contact: campuoft@utoronto.ca

We are looking forward to another fun and active summer at Camp U of T!

With 28 camp programs available for children ages 4 years to 16 years, Camp U of T offers a broad range of experiences and opportunities to try new things, make new friends and learn new ways to enjoy sport, recreation, and play.

Camp U of T is offering a Sport Business program for individuals in grades 7 – 10. Campers will get to explore the other side of sports and what goes on behind the scenes! 

Daniels Bootcamp: Exploring Careers in Design Online – Summer 2020

Campus & Department: St. George – John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design
Age Group: Gr 11-12 (15-18+)
Program Dates: Session 1: June 29 to July 24, Session 2: July 27 to August 21
Residence component: Online
Financial assistance/Scholarship: No Email contact: nene.brode@daniels.utoronto.ca

In response to the COVID-19 social distancing rules and the cancellation of all summer programming at New College, International Programs Office (NCIPO), we have transitioned our Daniels Bootcamp to an online program. Participants will leave the program understanding the fundamentals of architectural design, architectural education, and related career paths.

The Daniels Bootcamp runs from Monday to Friday for three weeks, and is comprised of lectures and studio exercises from 9 AM – 11 AM, a break from 11 AM – 1 PM, and a studio component from 1 – 4 PM. This program aims to give students greater exposure to the concepts and approaches to design within the architectural design industry, and give them experience with the intensive studio culture that characterizes most architecture programs. During the program, the students will build up a collection of drawings and models that will complement an admissions portfolio. The online course will have some synchronous and asynchronous content and will be flexible to allow participants from different time zones to participate.

The Daniels Summer Academy also offers other summer enrichment programs for younger students ages 8 –14 and these are now being offered online as well. More information can be found on the Daniels Summer Academy website.

DEEP Summer Academy

Campus & Department: St. George – Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science
Age Group: Gr 9-12
Program Dates: 4 1-week modules, July 6 – August 1, 2020
Residence component: Residence optional
(includes tuition, six nights accommodation, daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner, supervision and evening activities. Students staying in residence for more than one week receive their seventh night and Saturday excursion free)
Financial assistance/Scholarship: Yes
Email contact: outreach@ecf.utoronto.ca

The Da Vinci Engineering Enrichment Program (DEEP) is designed for highly motivated high school students with an aptitude for science and math. DEEP provides students from around the world with the opportunity for advanced study in a variety of engineering, technology, business and science disciplines.

DEEP Summer Academy offers a wide variety of courses to students. While we have broken down our course offerings into several streams related by areas of study and subject matter, students are not only welcome but encouraged to select from any of the various course offerings. A few examples of the engineering streams are:

– Engineering a Healthier World,
– Manufacturing the Future,
– Not Your Average Robot: Autonomous Systems and Robotics,
– Smart Everything: Intelligent Systems
– The Not-So-Basic Basics: Fundamental Physics & Engineering

Participants have the opportunity to stay in residence while attending the program. The residence is located just a short walk from U of T’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, where courses will be held. Students will dine together in the residence dining hall. A trained staff of residence dons will live with the participants. The residence program is a great opportunity to explore Toronto and gain some insight into what university life is really like!

DEEP Spring Seminar Series

Campus & Department: St. George – Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science
Age Group: Gr 9-12
Program Dates: 2 1 Week-modules (last two full weeks of June)
Application Dates: February to March
Residence component: Residence optional
(includes tuition, six nights accommodation, daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner, supervision and evening activities. Students staying in residence for more than one week receive their seventh night and Saturday excursion free)
Financial assistance/Scholarship: Yes
Email contact: outreach@ecf.utoronto.ca

DEEP Spring Seminar Series is modeled after DEEP Summer Academy. The DEEP Spring Seminar Series schedule (two weeks) is designed to give students the full DEEP Summer Academy (four weeks) experience in just two weeks! Course length is halved to allow each student to complete up to four courses in the two weeks of DEEP Spring Seminar Series. Students living in residence will take part in an enhanced excursion program. There are different options for the timing of courses in order to accommodate students who may have exams or other prior commitments.

Like the DEEP Summer Academy, the DEEP Spring Seminar Series offers the same wide variety of courses to students. While we have broken down our course offerings into several streams related by areas of study and subject matter, students are not only welcome but encouraged to select from any of the various course offerings. A few examples of the engineering streams are:

– Engineering a Healthier World,
– Manufacturing the Future,
– Not Your Average Robot: Autonomous Systems and Robotics,
– Smart Everything: Intelligent Systems
– The Not-So-Basic Basics: Fundamental Physics & Engineering

Participants have the opportunity to stay in residence while attending the program. The residence is located just a short walk from U of T’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, where courses will be held. Students will dine together in the residence dining hall. A trained staff of residence dons will live with the participants. The residence program is a great opportunity to explore Toronto and gain some insight into what university life is really like!

UofT Engineering Academy

Campus & Department: St. George – Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science
Age Group: Grade 9 – 11
Program Dates: 2 1 week-modules (first two full weeks of August)
Residence component: Residence Optional
Financial assistance/Scholarship: Yes
Email contact: outreach@ecf.utoronto.ca

The U of T Engineering Academy is an opportunity for motivated high school students to engage with high school Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math curriculum in the lecture halls and labs of Canada’s leading engineering school. Through a rigorous combination of classroom and experiential learning, including educational excursions throughout the city, students will prepare themselves for university while discovering the University of Toronto.

The U of T Engineering Academy is pleased to offer participants the opportunity to experience what life living in a university residence is all about. Students can opt in for the residence program for during the weeks they are registered in. Details about this new offering can be found below. We hope you’ll consider having your child join us for this immersive experience.

Engineering High School Saturdays

Campus & Department: St. George – Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science
Age Group: High School
Program Dates: Multiple times during the year (fall and winter sessions)
Residence component: No
Financial assistance/Scholarship: Yes
Email contact: outreach@ecf.utoronto.ca

High School Saturday Program encourages students to begin to explore science, engineering, math and technology in a community-oriented, confidence-building environment. Classes are divided by grade. Registration for Session One and Two are separate. Participants do not need to register for both sessions. Please read the course descriptions carefully to see which courses are offered to which grade group.

Please note that our Engineering High School program does not offer an in-depth investigation of a single-topic area. Motivated students interested in condensed study in a particular discipline should consider our DEEP Summer Academy program.

All classes run from 1:00pm to 4:00pm, with a short break at halfway point at the instructor’s discretion. Students are welcome to arrive from 12:30pm onwards.

EngLIFE

Campus & Department: St. George – Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science
Age Group: Grade 10 – 11
Program Dates: roughly first week of July — first week of August
Residence component: No
Financial assistance/Scholarship: N/A (Free Program)
Email contact: englife@engineeringoutreach.ca

Engineering Leadership to Inspire Further Education (EngLIFE) is a free 4-week program targeting Black/African/Afro-Canadian high school students who have expressed interest in STEM, potentially curious to learn more about Engineering and hope to further their education after high school.

The goal of this program is provide and nurture opportunity for students to further enhance their leadership skills, to be exposed to various fields of engineering, and to explore the life and opportunities of a U of T Engineering Student. Through our collaborative partnership with John Polanyi Collegiate, we are able to offer this program that allows participants to:

• Learn STEM theories and principles through hands-on design workshop experiences
• Develop greater understanding of the various fields of engineering and the potential
career opportunities
• Develop leadership skills in communication, interpersonal relations, teamwork, and
conflict management and apply those skills in a range of settings.
• Be exposed to the various Faculty and University supports for students
• Gain access to a University student mentor
• Learn pathways to various post-secondary STEM education options
• Earn a credit towards their high school diploma (GPP)

Blueprint

Campus & Department: St. George – Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science
Age Group: Grade 10 – 11
Program Dates: July 6 – August 7, 2020
Residence component: Mandatory
Financial assistance/Scholarship: N/A (Free Program)
Email contact: outreach@ecf.utoronto.ca

Blueprint is an academic enrichment program that was designed for highly motivated black students in Grades 10 and 11 who are interested in careers in Science, Technology Engineering and Math with a strong interest in Engineering. The program includes 5 weeks of summer programming and yearlong student engagement including monthly webinars and scheduled meet-ups. Students will be exposed to state-of-the-art teaching facilities and labs at Canada’s top engineering school and have the opportunity to hear from students and researchers in the fields.

This program runs from July 6th– August 7th. Our course features a selection of inspiring lectures, current research discussions, hands-on activities and field trips. The last week of the program is Design and Innovation Week, where students get to explore the engineering design process and stretch their imaginations to create solutions to real-world problems. Students will leave with a basic understanding of the skills required to be in a STEM career specifically Engineering.

UC Summer Drama for International Students

Campus & Department: St. George – University College
Age Group: Ages 15 – 18
Program Dates: 3 weeks, July 11th to August 1st
Residence component: Yes (single or double rooms)
Financial assistance/Scholarship: No
Additional items: Evening events, Weekend trips, extracurricular excursions to professional theatre productions, opportunities to work with technical equipment
Email contact: summer.drama@utoronto.ca

UC Summer Drama for International Students introduces participants to training that is offered in a post secondary theatre program.  

Intensive workshops in voice, movement, performance, improv, stage combat or electronic sound/music design begin each day.  During afternoon sessions, students participate in “Embodied English” classes.  A unique ESL program developed at the University of Toronto that uses theatrical techniques to improve intonation, vocabulary and articulation.  For native English speakers, additional theatrical workshops would be provided in the afternoons. Evenings and weekends allow members of our team to take the students out to explore Toronto’s rich and diverse cultural and artistic scene.

Our program culminates in a Closing Ceremony where students present what they’ve worked on during their stay with us.

Pre-University Programs – Global Citizenship Program (GCP)

Campus & Department: St. George – New College International Programs
Age Group: Ages 15-18
Program Dates: 3 weeks, 2 sessions
July 5, 2020 to July 25, 2020; July 26, 2020 to August 15, 2020
Residence component: Yes
Financial assistance/Scholarship: Yes
Email contact: summer.programs@utoronto.ca

The Pre-University programs are designed to prepare students and expose them to the skills and critical thinking required at the university level. The GCP in particular is modelled using project-based learning, where students will tackle a Global Challenge over the course of three weeks, working in small teams to research and address world issues, formulate a solution, culminating in a final project presentation at the end of the program.

Students will take morning Communication Classes and afternoon Global Citizenship Workshops, learning about different methods of critical thinking and analysis, as well as practical application of those skills. As an all-inclusive residential program, students will also participate in evening activities and weekend excursions during the program. This program accepts both international and domestic students, and has a minimum English level requirement, as there will be no English language support during the program. More info about the language requirement can be found here.

Pre-University Programs – Advanced Academic Program (AAP)

Campus & Department: St. George – New College International Programs
Age Group: Ages 15-18
Program Dates: 4 weeks, 2 sessions, June 28-July 25; July 16-August22
Residence component: Yes
Financial assistance/Scholarship: No
Email contact: summer.programs@utoronto.ca

The Advanced Academic Program (AAP) provides an opportunity for students to challenge themselves in an academic university setting during the summer months. Designed for high school students with a strong level of English, the Advanced Academic Program will immerse students in engaging projects and discussions using course material and activities typical of a Canadian educational institution.

During this 4-week all-inclusive program, students will be immersed in an English language environment at Canada’s top university, and learn about, analyze, and discuss a range of concepts related to the subject they are taking. The course will culminate with an independent research paper and academic presentation. Students have mandatory morning and afternoon courses, and will participate in cultural activities in the evening and weekend excursions.

Students are expected to have a high-intermediate level of English to take part in the AAP. More info about the language requirement can be found here.

Morning Courses: World Economics / Language & Literature
Afternoon Courses: Law, Ethics & Society / Film & Cinema Studies / Critical Thinking in Statistics

Pre-University Programs – Engineering University Preparation

Campus & Department: St. George – New College International Programs
Age Group: Ages 15-18
Program Dates: 4 weeks, 2 sessions
June 28, 2020 to July 25, 2020;
July 26, 2020 to August 22, 2020
Residence component: Yes
Financial assistance/Scholarship: No 
Email contactsummer.programs@utoronto.ca

The Engineering University Preparation is a summer program that is designed for international high school students with an interest in engineering and a strong command of English. In partnership with the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, this program challenges students in engineering topics from biomedical studies to robotics to artificial intelligence through individual and group work, modeled after typical university assignments.

During this 4-week all-inclusive program, students will be immersed in an English language environment at Canada’s top engineering faculty and gain a deeper understanding of engineering fields. While developing leadership, interpersonal communications, and teamwork, students will work in groups and develop design thinking and understanding in the engineering design process. Students will have both morning and afternoon courses and will be participating in co-curricular activities in the evening and weekends.

Students are expected to have a high-intermediate level of English to take part in the Engineering University Preparation. More info about the language requirement can be found here.

Science Unlimited

Campus & Department: St. George – Department of Physics
Age Group: Gr 10 – 11
Program Dates: 1 week, August 12 -16
Residence component: No
Financial assistance/Scholarship: Yes
Email contact: contactus@scienceunlimited.utoronto.ca or outreach@physics.utoronto.ca 

The Science Unlimited Program offers a series of workshops from the Departments of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Math, Physics and the School of the Environment to expose students to different research and topics in STEM. As a day camp, it runs from 8:30 AM to 4 PM, and there are only 50 spots available for the program.

Math Academy

Campus & Department: St. George – Department of Mathematics
Age Group: Gr 9-12 (flexible, based on merit)
Program Dates: March Break and 1 week in August, TBD
Residence component: No
Financial assistance/Scholarship: Yes, based on financial need
Email contact: outreach@math.toronto.edu 

Math Academy is Toronto’s most elite math course for high-school-aged students. Students compete for a place by writing a challenging problem set designed to assess the creativity of their mathematical thinking. New curriculum is delivered each session and is non-overlapping with the Ontario math curriculum. Throughout the week, students will delve deeply into a topic, giving them a glimpse of what math is like at the university level. The problem set will be posted early in the new year each year and due the first weekend in February.

More information can be found here: https://mathplus.math.toronto.edu/home/ma
For information on other Math+ programs, visit: https://mathplus.math.toronto.edu/

Youth International English Program (Youth IEP)

Campus & Department: St. George – New College International Programs
Age Group: Ages 12-18
Program Dates: 3 or 4 week programs, 2 sessions,
3 week (GEC only): June 27, 2020 – July 17, 2020
July 4, 2020 – July 24, 2020
July 26, 2020 – August 15, 2020
4 week: June 27, 2020 – July 24, 2020
July 26, 2020 – August 22, 2020
Residence component: Yes
Financial assistance/Scholarship: No Email contact: study.english@utoronto.ca 

The Youth IEP is a 3 or 4 week summer camp aimed at helping international ESL students improve their English. The program is designed for students with all English language abilities, from beginner to advanced levels. Students will take a mandatory morning course, and have the option of taking an afternoon course. Students who do not take an afternoon course will participate in afternoon activities. All students will participate in evening activities as well as weekend excursions.

Morning Courses (Mandatory): General English Course / Academic Preparation Course
Afternoon Courses (Optional): Extended English Course / TOEFL Preparation / IELTS Preparation

Youth Summer Program – Law (Law YSP)

Campus & Department: St. George – Faculty of Law
Age Group: Gr 10-12
Program Dates: 7 (2 repeated) 1-week modules, June 29 – August 14
Residence component: No
Financial assistance/Scholarship: Restricted – if students inquire about scholarship, refer them to Law YSP
Email contact: ysp.law@utoronto.ca

In partnership with the Faculty of Medicine, every summer the University of Toronto Faculty of Law offers high school students from across North America and around the world a unique summer camp opportunity to explore their curiosity and interests in the field of law. During the Law YSP, students currently enrolled in grades 10 through 12 can spend between one and five weeks at the law school discussing advanced legal concepts, learning about the reality of the Canadian legal system, and applying their knowledge in a variety of simulations.  For high school students interested in law and legal issues, the Law YSP offers an unprecedented opportunity to spend time in the fascinating world of Canadian and international law, legal thinking and advocacy.

The camp is scheduled to run over seven weeks from June 29 – August 14 2020 based on the following weekly modules: Criminal Law, Law and Politics, International Law, Corporate Law, and Trial Advocacy.

Youth Summer Program – Medicine (Med YSP)

Campus & Department: St. George – Faculty of Medicine
Age Group: Gr 10-12
Program Dates: Four 1-week modules, July 6 to 31, 2020
Residence component: No
Financial assistance/Scholarship: Yes. For more info please click here
Email contact
: med.ysp@utoronto.ca 

Modules:
Module 1 – Human Physiology: How the Body Works
Module 2 – Molecular Biology and Genetics: Applications in Forensics & Medicine Module 3 – Pharmacology & Toxicology: Medications, Drugs & the Body
Module 4 – Microbiology: Microbes & the Body

During the Med YSP, students currently enrolled in grades 10 to 12 can spend between one and four weeks at the Faculty of Medicine experiencing the world of medicine and medical research. There are four one-week modules offered, each introducing a major medical discipline. During the program, students will go through a series of lectures and teaching labs, as well as interact with leading medical professionals in the field.

Mississauga Campus

Math Circles

Campus & Department: UTM – Mathematical & Computational Sciences
Age Group: Gr 10-12
Program Dates: 10 weeks, every Tuesday evening, Fall & Spring
Residence component: No
Financial assistance/Scholarship: N/A – this program is FREE
Email contact: ugmcs.utm@utoronto.ca

Math Circles runs every Tuesday evening from 6:30-8:30 pm, and is aimed at engaging students who are interested in Math and would like to challenge themselves. Students will work together with professors and department members on puzzles and problems from a wide range of fields within mathematics, while developing problem solving skills and understanding of research techniques.

Camp U of T Mississauga

Campus & Department: UTM – Recreation, Athletics & Wellness
Age Group: Ages 14-16
Program Dates: Summer
Residence component: No
Financial assistance/Scholarship: No
Email contact: camp.utm@utoronto.ca 

Summer Camp at the beautiful University of Toronto Mississauga Campus. We offer a wide range of sport and recreation-based camps as well as academic themed opportunities for children and youth aged 4-16.

Our youth programming focuses on building the leaders of tomorrow with Leadership Camps (levels I & II) for youth aged 14-16. These camps are two-week programs focused on developing communication, team building and cooperation skills through activities such as overnight camping trips and rock climbing as well as shadowing and teaching lessons in our sport and recreation-based camps. Our newest camp, SciBiz offers youth aged 12-14 the chance to explore their interests in science and business, all while experiencing the fun recreational activities that summer camp has to offer!

 

Learn to Lead

Global Competence Program

Campus & Department: UTM – Department of Language Studies
Age Group: High School
Program Dates: 2 weeks, July 26 – Aug 8
Residence component: Yes
Financial assistance/Scholarship: Yes
Email contact: Liz Coulson (director) liz.coulson@utoronto.ca Wing Lu (coordinator) qy.lu@utoronto.ca

Learn to Lead is a two-week pre-university program for secondary students on the University of Toronto Mississauga campus https://www.utm.utoronto.ca/about-us/fact-sheet

A key goal is to support teens in developing the capacity to examine local, global and intercultural issues and appreciate the perspectives and world views of others. They will engage in open, appropriate and effective interactions with people from different cultures and develop action-oriented networking and communication skills (OECD, PISA 2018 Global Competencies).

Students learn in state-of-the art classrooms with world class University of Toronto professors and student mentors who support and deliver academic planning, leadership skill and language development workshops. Participants select a subject area of interest including medicine and health, entrepreneurship, finance, business, technology, innovation or environmental sustainability. In their subject classes they tackle problems, think critically working and learning in a research intensive setting with University of Toronto faculty.

Participants in the Learn to Lead program live on campus where they will make connections and build relationships with students their age from around the world. They will enjoy a variety of educational tours of local sites along with outdoor activities, sports, music and cultural experiences.

A University of Toronto Certificate is awarded upon completion of the program.

Scarborough Campus

Camp UofT Scarborough Volunteer Programs

Campus & Department: UTSC – Business Development, Retail & Conference Services
Age Group: Grades 6-15 yrs (Children’s Camp and Youth Leadership Certificate)
Program Dates: 8 weeks (July 6-August 28)
Residence component: N/A
Financial assistance/Scholarship: N/A
Email contact: camputsc@utsc.utoronto.ca 

Summer Day Camp and Youth Leadership Program
Camp U of T Scarborough provides an 8-week summer day camp program for children ages 6-12 from July 6 – August 28. The Children’s Camp will consist of academic arts and science programs:  Computers,  Robotics, Science, Visual Arts and more!  In addition, four comprehensive 2-week Leadership Certificate Program (Leaders-in-Training) is provided for youth ages 13-15 comprised of character-building leadership themed workshops, recreational activities and off-site excursions.

Volunteer Program
CAMP U of T Scarborough’s volunteer program provides viable work experience for junior high-school students (grades 9 and 10) who will assist Senior Camp Counsellors facilitate day-to-day program activities’ for campers ages 6-12. The volunteer program is a wonderful opportunity for secondary school students to acquire volunteer hours toward their O.S.S.D (Ontario Secondary School Diploma) certificate and a stepping-stone to acquire the knowledge and required skills to be a Junior Counsellor at Camp UTSC or any other external summer camp.