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. Students will study one topic per Field Studies session.

Session 1
Session 2
Session 3
Las Cruces Biological Station, Costa Rica June 17–July 1 No second session No third session
La Selva Biological Station & UGACR, Costa Rica No first session July 8–July 22 No third session
Duke University, North Carolina June 16–June 30 July 7–July 21 No third session
Ghost Ranch, New Mexico June 17–July 1 No second session No third session
New College Of Florida No first session July 14–July 28 No third session
PARI Observatory, North Carolina June 10–June 24 July 1–July 15 July 22–August 5

Key Dates

July 14, 2018 to July 28, 2018

New College of Florida Session

July 22, 2018 to August 5, 2018

PARI Observatory Session 3

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.