Summer Options


Choosing a Summer Program

Many Hotchkiss students spend part of their summer break engaged in community service, research, travel, leadership building, and language study. These can be important educational experiences, and often shape students' personal and professional interests.

Research is important to ensure a rewarding experience with a summer program. Students and families should consider the following questions and use the links below to direct a search for a program.

Additional guidance and information is available from the International Programs Office.

Important Questions

  • Where do I want to go?
  • How much time do I want to spend?
    Programs can be as short as a week and as long as 8 weeks.
  • What type of program am I interested in?
    Travel, adventure, cultural or language immersion, academic, community service, leadership skills?

Next Steps

  • After answering the questions above, request information from programs that meet your initial criteria.
  • Ask the program for contact information for recent participants and talk to them about their experiences. This is a good way to learn more about the program curriculum, safety, living conditions, and leaders and faculty. Program evaluations by Hotchkiss students are available for some programs; contact the Director of International Programs.
  • If you will travel internationally, make sure your passport is valid for six months after the end of the program. If needed, apply for or renew a passport as soon as possible, and apply for any required travel visas.
  • Attend the annual Summer Opportunities Fair, which Hotchkiss usually hosts in February. Representatives from some 20 programs will be on hand to answer questions and conduct interviews.

Financial Assistance for Summer Programs

Many programs offer discounts to repeat participants, or those who apply or register early.

Grants are also available from Hotchkiss. Many of these funds are intended to support community-based service work in the developing world, but there are also funds available for travel and language study. Interested students should speak with the Coordinator of International Programs about applying for grants from the School. More information is also available on the International Programs Funding page.