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 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.

New this year… 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

Campus & Department: St. George – John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design
Age Group: Gr 11-12
Program Dates: 3 weeks, July 15 – August 2
Residence component: No
Financial assistance/Scholarship: No Email contact: nene.brode@daniels.utoronto.ca

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 Daniels Summer Academy also offers other summer enrichment programs for younger students ages 9 –14. 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 8 – August 2
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: August 6 – 9, August 12 -15 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 Residence component: No Financial assistance/Scholarship: No
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: July 2, 2019 – August 2, 2019 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)

International Summer English & Theatre Program

Campus & Department: St. George – University College
Age Group: Ages 15 – 18
Program Dates: 3 weeks, July 13 – August 3 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

The Performance Intensive I program introduces high school students to training that is expected in a University Theatre Program. During the program, students will participate in 3-hour theater workshops, and two-hour creative English classes.

During the theatre workshops, students will be given instruction by trained professionals in Improvisation Into Text, Voice, Movement, Clown, Physical Theatre, and Fight Techniques. The Embodied English Language Classes will focus on bringing awareness to language choices, as well as honing their pronunciation, intonation, and speech rhythm.

The program will culminate with a performance project.

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 27 – July 27, July 28 – August 17
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 (students are asked to self-assess, but an EPT result is not mandatory) as there will be no English language support during the program.

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 30 – July 27, July 28 – August 24
Residence component: Yes
Financial assistance/Scholarship: No Email contact: summer.programs@utoronto.ca

Similar to the GCP, the AAP is designed to prepare students and expose them to the skills required at the university level. However, where GCP is project-based, AAP is lecture-based, focusing on the reading, writing, note-taking, and discussion skills that students will need during their university studies.
Students will need to take both a morning course and an afternoon course of their choosing. These courses are experiential and will not have any credit associated. Since the AAP is designed for international students with English as a Second Language, there will be English language support throughout the program – however, given the course content covered, we students will need at least a high-intermediate level of English in order to be eligible for the program (students are asked to self-assess, but an EPT result is not mandatory).

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

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.

The Math Academy

Campus & Department: St. George – Department of Mathematics
Age Group: Gr 9-12
Program Dates: 1 week, August 12 -16
Residence component: No
Financial assistance/Scholarship: No
Email contact: outreach@math.toronto.edu 


The Math Academy programs runs from Monday to Friday for one week, from 9 AM to 4 PM. This program is designed to provide students with experience in Mathematics and Math Research, as well as introduce them to concepts that are not typically covered in the standard high school curriculum. Students work on an in-depth topic throughout the week, focusing on the “discovery” component of math, working on selected problems to figure out results on their own, allowing them to experience the creative, fun, and abstract components of “real math”.

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: June 29, 2019 – July 19, 2019
July 6, 2019 – July 26, 2019
July 28, 2019 – August 17, 2019
4 week: June 29, 2019 – July 26, 2019
July 28, 2019 – August 24, 2019
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, July 1 – August 16
Residence component: No
Financial assistance/Scholarship: Restricted – if students inquire about scholarship, refer them to Law YSP
Email contact: ysp.law@utoronto.ca

Modules:
Module 1 – Criminal Law: Prosecute and Defend Murder! Module 2 – Corporate Law: Negotiate Big Business Deals! Module 3 – Law and Politics: Debate Policy and Create Law!
Module 4 – International Law: Protect Human Rights and Examine International Norms! Module 5 – Trial Advocacy: Represent Your Client in Court and Win Your Case!
Module 6 – Criminal Law: Prosecute and Defend Murder! (Repeat of Module 1)
Module 7 – Corporate Law: Negotiate Big Business Deals! (Repeat of Module 2)

During the Law YSP, students currently enrolled in grades 10 through 12 can spend between one and five weeks at the Faculty of Law discussing advanced legal concepts, learning about the reality of the Canadian legal system, and applying their knowledge in different legal settings. During this program, high school students interested in law & legal issues can explore Canadian & International law, legal thinking and advocacy. The program will also offer field trips relating to the topic covered during the weekly modules, and opportunities to interact with legal professionals in those fields.

Youth Summer Program – Medicine (Med YSP)

Campus & Department: St. George – Faculty of Medicine
Age Group: Gr 10-11
Program Dates: 4 1-week modules, July 8 – August 2
Residence component: No
Financial assistance/Scholarship: Yes 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 and 11 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.

Leadership Camp II

Campus & Department: UTM – Athletics Department Camp UofT
Age Group: Ages 15-16
Program Dates: 2 weeks, August 12 to 23
Residence component: No
Financial assistance/Scholarship: No
Email contact: campuoft.mississauga@utoronto.ca 

The leadership camps focus on strengthening the students’ leadership abilities through team-building activities, field trips, and teaching opportunities. The first week of Leadership II includes a four-night excursion to an outdoor education centre, where campers participate in mountain biking, high-ropes, outdoor rock-climbing and canoeing. After returning to campus, the students will participate in a day camp covering hands-on teaching, practice event planning and complete mock interviews.

Learn to Lead English Language Program

Campus & Department: UTM – Department of Language Studies
Age Group: High School
Program Dates: 2 weeks, July 21 – Aug 3
Residence component: Yes
Financial assistance/Scholarship: Yes
Email contact: liz.coulson@utoronto.ca

Learn to Lead is a two-week English language and leadership program for Chinese secondary students. The program offers a pre-university experience. Students learn in state of the art classrooms with world class university of Toronto professors and instructors who support both leadership and language development. Participants are paired with U of T student mentors. Evenings and weekends include a variety of educational tours of Ontario including outdoor activities, sports, music and art activities. Students will take a weekend trip to the picturesque northern areas of Muskoka, Wasaga Beach and Collingwood.

Global Competence

Campus & Department: UTM – Department of Language Studies
Age Group: High School
Program Dates: 2 weeks, July 21-Aug 3
Residence component: Yes
Financial assistance/Scholarship: Yes
Email contact: liz.coulson@utoronto.ca 

The Global Competence Junior Scholar program prepares international high school students to learn and live in an increasingly globalized world. The main goal of the program is to help students develop the capacity to examine local, global and intercultural issues, to understand and appreciate the perspectives and world views of others, to engage in open, appropriate and effective interactions with people from different cultures, and to act for collective well-being and sustainable development. (OECD, PISA 2018 Global Competence).
The program offers a pre-university experience. Students learn in state of the art classrooms with world class university of Toronto professors and instructors. Participants are paired with U of T student mentors and the evenings and weekends include a variety of outdoor activities, sports, music and educational tours. Students will take a weekend trip to the picturesque northern areas of Muskoka, Wasaga Beach and Collingwood.

Scarborough Campus

Camp UofT Scarborough Volunteer Program

Campus & Department: UTSC
Age Group: Grades 9-10
Program Dates: 8 1-week modules, July 2 – August 23
Residence component: No
Financial assistance/Scholarship: N/A
Email contact: camputsc@utsc.utoronto.ca 

CAMP U of T Scarborough’s volunteer program allows Grade 9 & 10 students to assist Senior Camp Counsellors in facilitating day-to-day program activities’ for campers ages 6-12. During the volunteer program, students will acquire volunteer hours and build the knowledge and experience needed to be a Junior Counsellor at Camp UofT Scarborough. Camp UofT Scarborough is offered for 8 weeks, each week with a different theme – when applying, the volunteers should identify which program(s) they are interested in supporting.