Courses for Summer Studies

Before searching our courses below, you should check your qualification levels.

Our eligibility standards have changed for 2019, so returning students may be qualified for additional courses compared to prior years. We recommend identifying more than one class of interest to increase your chances of being accepted into the program.

Parent Advice

Let your child pick the course that interests them, not the course that interests you. This is on opportunity to explore subjects and topics they may not otherwise be exposed to in school so if three weeks of psychology or literature is their jam, let them explore it fully. They will be happier in a course they chose. –Amy K., TIP Parent, South Carolina


Summer Studies is a three-week residential program for high-achieving students in grades seven through ten. Taking place at thirteen college campuses across the country over two different summer sessions, the programs provide the social and intellectual stimulus that gifted students need.

New to Summer Studies? Look for this banner and select it for advice from other parents on how to make the most of your child's Duke TIP experience:

Parent Advice

Throughout this section of our website, you can access advice from actual Duke TIP parents by clicking on the blue banner above. Their advice will then appear in a box of text like this one. If you would like to talk to a TIP parent directly, to hear what they have to say about the Summer Studies experience before you decide to apply, you are welcome to take advantage of our Parent Ambassador Program. Simply submit a request using this form and you will be contacted by a parent whose child attended the program last year.