Summer Programs

Experience Summer in New York City at Barnard

Students from around the globe come to Barnard College to pursue their passions in a rigorous, academic setting.  With five distinct programs to choose from, ranging from entrepreneurship to dance, you have the unique opportunity to explore an area of interest on a deeper level through both in-class discussions and city exploration. As part of the learning experience at Barnard, you will get a taste of both college life and the city that never sleeps! 


You can learn more about our summer programs below and by checking out the rest of our website. Take our Buzzfeed Quiz to find out which Barnard Pre-College Program is right for you! You can also check out our Summer 2019 Programs Brochure to learn more. 


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Students have the opportunity to participate in this program for one week or four weeks. Students are allowed to choose from a curated selection of liberal arts courses that focus on current issues in todays world. Your time outside of the classroom will be spent in Barnard's backyard of NYC with activities both on an off campus. Visit one of NYC's world renowned museums, catch a Broadway show or partake in the gastronomy of NYC, whatever activity you choose you are sure to create enough memories to last you a lifetime.

Courses from past summers included: 

  • Is Fashion Frivoulous?
  • Psychology of Media 
  • Architectural Culture and NYC Design Studo
  • Race, Gender and Science Fiction 
  • The Elegance of Physics 
  • Queer Studies 
  • ...and more!


Spend your time at Barnard delving into the world of all things science and mathemetics. S3 was created for fearless and inquisitive young women who are looking to fuel their interest in the STEM field. We invite you to join us this spring for a free preview day during our Saturday Science Seminar!



In this two week institute, students learn how to turn an idea into a promising business or opportunity for social change.  Students attend class, workshops, and site visits to build their entrepreneurial skills and gain a better understanding of the start-up world. 



In this rigorous two week program, students explore dance from all angles.  From dance theory and history classes to technique classes at the Alvin Ailey Extension School, students have the opportunity to delve into the dance world from every perspective.  As part of the program, students have the opportunity to observe performances of some of the world's best and  perform their own work. 



Students delve into gender issues, social change, and leadership in this intensive two week program. Comprised of morning lectures and afternoon workshops, students develop a deeper understanding of leadership through a feminist lens.