Field Studies

About Field Studies

Field Studies students can learn all about their academic passion—but they also get to experience those passions firsthand and see if a college major or potential career is right for them. College-level courses and engaging activities are offered on two college campuses and in unique locations like a former NASA tracking stations, desert retreat, and the Costa Rican rainforest. Classes are filled with gifted peers and led by content experts, ensuring participants develop their creative and critical thinking skills in a supportive environment.


The Field Studies program is open to gifted students in grades nine through twelve. International students are welcome. Admission is granted on the basis of a portfolio application, assessing multiple components to determine admittance and placement.


Courses include options across a spectrum of disciplines. Details about the 2019 program will be announced in December.

Key Dates

2018 dates will be posted in December.

These two-week residential programs for students in ninth through twelfth grade take place at Duke University, New College of Florida, or one of several unique field study locations. Courses take place during the summer and cover a variety of different academic disciplines.