Earn college credit at UVM – and develop a passion for positive change, community responsibility and global mindedness.
Students may choose from five different college introductory-level classes to gain skills and experience by which to begin their college studies and become proactive members of their communities. Each course is approved by UVM for academic quality, appropriate workload, and equivalency to first-year University of Vermont courses.
The Summer Academy introduces students to a whole systems approach to understanding our world and preparing to meet its challenges. The opportunities we have to create more sustainable and equitable personal interactions, communities, organizations, and businesses lie at the intersection of human health and social, economic, and ecological systems. This is grounded in principles of ecology, healthy living systems and relationships between individuals, nature, place, and human communities.
Students in the Summer Academy will gain a deeper understanding of complex ecological, economic, and social issues through case studies, fieldwork, lectures with leading faculty, films and discussions with global thought leaders, company visits, and group projects. They will develop an ability to understand these complex systems, paired with an ethic of civic and environmental responsibility and stewardship. Students will gather the skills and tools to prepare for future careers by engaging in their communities, creating new ways of thinking, and weaving the principles of sustainability into their studies.
Each course will culminate in an outreach project that engages frameworks and content learned in class and applies it to a project of the student’s choice that they begin to envision while on campus and continue during the online component of their course.
The Summer U program features special courses in:
- business and economics
- engineering and design
- human health and medicine
- environment and natural resources
- leadership and activism
|A Typical Day at Summer Academy|