Travel Opportunities

Programs Sponsored by McCallie

(will be regularly updated as trips are planned)


Habitat for Hamanity trip to Giliwice, Poland
Dates: March 20 – March 31, 2019
Cost: $3970
Chaperones: Sumner McCallie, Josh Deitrick, Stuart King
Students will travel to Giliwice, Poland to help families as the country continues to face severe housing shortages. They will assist in construction of new, affordable housing and much–needed renovations, demolition work, installing insulation, plastering and/or painting walls. They will also have time to explore the area.

Exchange Program in Dusseldorf, Germany
Dates: June , 2019
Cost: around $3000
Chaperones: Paul Cudd and a GPS Chaperone
Students from McCallie and GPS will travel to Dusseldorf to participate in an exchange program with students at the Suitbertus Schule. They will stay with host families while attending classes and experiencing the sites and culture of Germany.


Other Summer Opportunities

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Below are ones we have come across that students have explored in the past. Please note that many programs have a financial aid option. Visit the web site of the program for details regarding financial aid.


Birmingham Southern: Entrepreneurship Camp
Program: Participants will work in teams to create a original business plan and then present it to experts.
Who May Apply: rising juniors and seniors
June 12-17

Boston University: Investigative Journalism Workshop
Program: Students will join news teams and participate in real journalism throughout the Boston area. Program will include instruction on interviewing, following leads, writing, and formatting stories. 
Who May Apply: High School Students
One, Two and Three weeek sessions
 Varies per session

Columbia University's Summer Program
Program: Summer Program for High School Students; Barcelona Experience; Jordan: Understanding the Arab World.
Who May Apply: High School
Dates: 2 session June, July; July for Barcelona/Jordan
Cost: $5,000; $10,000

Duke Summer Academy
Program: Courses focused on the meaning of being a global citizen. They describe it as "interactive assignments designed to build critical skills essential to preparing for the world beyond high school."
Who May Apply: Current sophomores and juniors
Dates: July 11-31
Cost: $5,600

Emory University Pre-College Program
Program: Credit and non-credit courses. Courses from various departments: Middle Eastern Studies, Computer Science, History, Education, Philosophy, Biology, etc
Who May Apply: Current sophomores and juniors
Dates: Varies depending on program. Non-credit courses are 2 weeks. Credit courses are 6 weeks.
Cost: $2500 for non-credit courses; $9500 for credit courses, boarding (4 credits).

Furman Summer Scholars
Furman University offers a wide array of week long summer programs, including programs in: graphic design, video for the web, theater, creative writing, leadership, mock trial, psychology, wellness, ecology and foreign language. All classes are taught on the University campus. 
Who May Apply: Current sophomores and juniors (Classes of 2009 and 2010) 
Dates: July
Around $1,000 

George Washington University Pre-College Program
3 and 6 week sessions that focus on a specific course of study in a wide range of disciplines. Plenty of off-cmapus study using the capital as the 'playground.'
Who May Apply: High School students
Dates: late may- June, July
Cost: varies depending on length of program.

Harvard Summer School
Students take a variety of courses taught by Harvard faculty. Students can live on campus, commute, or do this on-line.
Dates: Seven weeks. Check website as changes each year
Cost: Very pricey. $10,000 or so depending on number of classes taken. 

Haslam College of Business at University of Tennnessee, Knoxville
Two Summer sessions designed to introduce under-represented high school juniors to careers in business.
Who May Apply: Juniors who are under-represented students with a 3.0 GPA
Dates: June 14 - 24th and July 15 - 19th
$20 seat reservation - All other fees covered including tuition, room, meals, books and supplies.
Website:  or

Honor College University of Missouri, Columbia
Cherng Global Leadership Academy - provides a series of actvities, programs, workships and projects that enhance leadership traits and skills while connecting them with a leadership network.
Who May Apply:
Upcoming 9th - 12th Grades
Dates: July 15th through July 24th  - Deadline to apply is June 1st
Costs: $400 (Includes housing, meals and program)

Johns Hopkins Engineering Innovation
Program: 4 week hands-on projects and challenges
Who May Apply: Current sophomores and juniors
Dates: July
Cost: $5,500

Michigan State University Summer Engineering Program
Program: Provides hands-on, in-depth introduction to engineering. Lectures, demonstrations, team based problem solving, experiments in research labs.
Who May Apply: Current freshmen, sophomores and juniors.
Dates: Several 4-day sessions
Cost: $800

Naval Science and Engineering Apprentice Program
Program: Provides hands-on, in-depth internships in research labs.
Who May Apply: Any high school student with strong science background
Dates: 8 week internship
Cost: Students get a $3,300 stipend

New York University Film Academy
 The New York Film Academy is an intensive hands-on immersion designed for students interested in filmmaking, acting, or animation experience. 
Who May Apply: High School students ages 14-17
Cost: Varies with program, about $1,500 per week
Dates: Varies with program(workshops vary from one to six weeks in length)

Notre Dame Pre-College Experience
Program: Summer Scholars Program: Acting for Stage and Screen, Entrepreneurship, Film, Life Sciences, Policy Debate and Public Speaking, Pre-Law, Pre-Med, Psychology, Reasearch Computing, Voice:Opera and Song; Notre Dame Leadership Seminars
Who May Apply: Current juniors
Dates: Scholars Program-June 23- July 7; Leadership Seminars-July 14-July 25
Cost: Scholars Program-$3,500; Leadership Seminars-paid for by the University
Oxbow Summer Art Program
Program: In-depth exposure to a number of media. Focus on creativity and expression. Lots of studo time. 
Who May Apply: 14-16 year olds
Dates: 2 two week sessions in July
Cost: $3,200

Oxbridge Academic Programs
Program: Over 200 different courses at Oxford, Cambridge, Paris, Barcelona, and New York--some of the most interesting course offerings available. Language immersion in Barcelona and Paris.  They have a variety of humanitities, sciences, social sciences, professional and creative subjects.
Who May Apply: Current freshmen, sophomores and juniors.
Dates: Depends on location. 
Cost: Around $7,600

Savannah College of Arts and Design Summer Program
Program: SCAD Summer Seminars include: Animation, Architectural Sketching, digital Photography, Furniture Design, Illustration, Metals and Jewelry, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, cartoons and Comics, Television Production, Video
Who may apply: Current freshmen, sophomores and juniors.
Dates: Week-long sessions. Varying dates depending on focus. 
Cost: Around $1,200
Sewanee Bridge Program
Program: Boarding, math and science study program. Studies fractals, astronomy, intro to calculus. Meant for guys who might consider applying to Sewanee.
Who May Apply: High School juniors
Dates: June 21- July 11
Cost: Free

Sewanee Environmental Institute
Program: Outdoor field study with GIS. GPS using Sewanne's 14000 acre campus. 2 week boarding. 
Who May Apply: Rising high school juniors and seniors
Dates: June 26-July 9, 2016
Cost: $ 1,750

Skidmore Pre-College Program in Liberal and Studio Art
Program: Students take 2 courses. Courses include: Chemistry, Economics, Philosophy and Religion, Physics, Literature and Composition, Ceramics, Digital Filmmaking, Drawing, Printmaking, Silkscreening.
Who may apply: Current sophomores and juniors.
Dates: July
Cost: Room and Board-About $2,200 + $700 per credit
SMU Lyle Engineering Summer Camp
Program: A week long residential program with SM professors focused on project-based design engineering.
Who May Apply: 11th and 12th
Dates: 2 4-day sessions in June
Cost: $975

Summer Discovery
Program: 12 Campuses in 5 Countries with over 300 Courses and Internships in 5 Cities. Programs include: language immersion in Spain, Introduction to Medicine at Georgetown University and University of Michigan, Business Institutes at Emerson College, Intensive Screenwriting at UCLA.
Who May Apply: Age varies by program.
Dates: 3-6 week programs
Cost: About $1,200 per weekf ro stateside; $2,000 per week for overseas
Summer Study Programs
Program: Summer programs available at Penn State, University of Colorado, The Sorbonne (Paris)
Who May Apply: Enrichment and Workshops-current freshmen, sophomores and juniors. College Credit Courses-current sophomores and juniors. 
Dates: 2-6 week programs
Cost: Typically about $1,100 per week
Syracuse Unversity Summer College
: 2, 4 and 6 week programs of study based on strong academic courses in a vareity of disciplines. Real college experience. 
Who May Apply: High school students
Dates: month of July
Cost: depends on length

Tickle College of Engineering / Univ. of Tenn at Knoxville
Program: One Week, residental program 
Who May Apply: Rising tenth and twelth grade students
Dates: eVOL10 - July 14-19 and HiTES12 - July 7-12th
$75 application fee and travel expenses only
Transylvania College: National Student Congress
Program: give students the opportunity to meet with lawmakers, academics, journalists, and civic leaders to discuss the practical importance of compromise, constructive engagement, and dialogue to resolve conflict and competing interests in a democracy. 
Dates: Second week in June
Cost: Free (application required)

University of Pennsylvania Summer Acadmey in Applied Science
Program: Participants take academic courses in nanotechnology, biotech, and computer science
Dates: July 7-27
Cost: $6,800

University of Southern California Summer Program
Program: Students have the option of taking 2 or 4 week courses, some for college credit. Courses are offered in: Architecture, Business, Engineering, Global Studies, Journalism, Performing Arts, Pre-Health, Pre-Law and Writing
Who May Apply: Current freshmen, sophomores and juniors
Dates:  July
Cost: 4 week courses-$5,400; 2 week courses-$2,753
University of Tennessee Veterinary Medicine Summer Experience
Program: Work in a vetinary practice in your hometown for 6 weeks and spend 1 week at the UT College of Veterinary Medicine attending lectures, labs and clinical rotations.
Who May Apply: Current juniors and seniors.
Dates: June -July 
Cost: No cost to students participating in this program. Typically a stipend is paid to student at $7.25/hour (40 hours/week)
Application Deadline: All applications must be submitted electronically by March 5.
Vanderbilt Summer Academy
Program: Sessions offered for grades 9-10 include: Nanotechnology and Engineering, Short Story Writing, Astronomy, Math & Music, structural engineering, Anthropology, Geometry and Digital Filmaking. Sessions offered for grades 11-12 include: Mystery Writing, Special Topics in Math, Med School 101, Pharmacology, American Legal System, Biomedical Engineering, Number Theory, Filmaking
Who May Apply: Freshmen SAT scores 590 in either Math or Critical Reading/ ACT scores of 25 in Math or Reading; Sophomores SAT scores of 630 in Math or Critical Reading/ACT scores of 27 in Math or Reading; Juniors SAT scores of 670 in Math or Critical Reading/ACT scores of 29 in Math or Reading. 
Dates: 2-week session for current freshmen; 3 week session for current sophomores and juniors
Application Deadline: March 30
Cost: Session 2 week-$2,250; Session 3 week-$3,250
Washington University Summer Experience
Program: College Scholars Program--earn college credit. Summer Institutes in Premed, Photojournalism, Writing
Who May Apply: Current sophomores and juniors
Dates: Vary depending on program. (5 and 8 week sessions)
Cost: Vary depending on program. Between $8,000-$10,000
Wesleyan University Summer Intense Summer Session
Program: Precollege Study --earn college credit.  Summer sessions with intense focus on Biology, Chemistry and Writing
Who May Apply: Rising Juniors and Seniors
Dates: June and July (5 week sessions)
Cost: $3,260 per credit

William and Mary: National Instituteof American History and Democracy
Program: Students earn 4 hours of college credit in Early American History. Classes are conducted "on site" at the historic places in Virginia. Special talks and performances by interpreters, behind-the-scenes tours with curators and archaeologists, and conversations with historians are also part of the program.
Who may apply: Rising Juniors and Seniors.
Dates: Session 1: June 25-July 15; Session 2: July 16-August 5
Cost: $4,150. Limited financial aid available.
Worchester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Frontiers 
Courses in science, technology, engineering, and math. Use current lab techniques. Huge range of studies. 
Who may apply: Rising juniors/seniors
Dates: 2 two week sessions in July 
Cost: $2,795
Yale Young Global Scholars Program
Seven Unique interdisiplinary sessions, Applied Science and Engineering,  International Affairs, Science and Technology, Biological and Biomedical Science
Who may apply:
Rising Juniors and Seniors
Dates: two week sessions June and July
Cost: $6,000 (Need-based scholarships are available)

Academic: Language
Beloit Summer Intensive Language Program
Program: Beloit offers intensive immersion programs in Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian and English as a Second Language.
Dates: 3.5 week programs and 7 week programs
Cost: Varies depending on program. Some scholarships are available.
Chattanooga Language Institute
Program: Intensive immersion camps for middle and high school students. 9:30am-Noon, Monday-Friday.
Spanish Intensive Camp: June 13-17, French Intensive Camp: July -25 - 29, German Intensive Camp: July 18-22
Cost: Varies with program. $30 hour

Concordia Summer Language Villiages
Program: Concordia offers language immersion programs for one, two, or four weeks. They also have 4 week credit courses in a variety of languages including Chinese, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
Dates: 1,2 ,3 ad 4 week programs
Cost: Varies with program. Typically about $1,000 per week.
National Security Language Institute
Program: 6-8 week homestays, language study in fascinating places; run by US State Department
Dates: 6-8 week programs (Note: Application is a full year in advance)
Free! (Small cost for getting pasport, etc, but program covers travel, homestay, etc)

Rassias Summer Language Programs
Program: Language immersion programs in Spain.
Dates: 4-week programs
Cost: About $7,800
SPI Study Abroad Summer Language Programs
 Language immersion programs in Costa Rica, Spain, France, Italy, and China. Includes classtime and homestays. Extensive cultural activities.
Dates: 1, 2, and 4-week programs
Starting at $895 - $6,995

International Travel/ Service Focus
Loop Abroad
Program: Students spend 2-4 weeks in Chiang Mai, Thailand learning about the culture through travel and also learning about elephant ecology by working at an Elephant Park. Small groups managed by expert naturalists and zoolgists make the work come alive. 
Who May Apply: varies by program
Dates: two week programs -July
Cost: $3,850

People to People Ambassadors Program
Program: Students travel in small groups for 2-3 weeks to over 90 different potential locations. Programs experience the local country and people through a variety of activities.
Who May Apply: Any age from juniors high to high school
Dates: Varies by program
Cost: $4,000- $8,000; scholarships are available

Visions: Service Adventures
Multi-year programs in communities around the world. Typically work is building, but can also be running service camps and summer camps for youth. There is a lot of cultural exposure and group dynamic processing. Some are Spanish immersion.
Who May Apply:  High school students
Dates:  Depends on the program, but typically last for about three weeks
Cost: Varies depending on length and location

Where There Be Dragons
Program: International travel programs, including home stays, rugged travel, trekking and wilderness exploration, service learning, survey of developing issues, language study. Each course has a focus of inquiry, and course leaders presnt lessons and lead discussions to introduce the topics. Programs are available in China, Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Thailand, Nepal, Bolivia, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Peru, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal, and Jordan.
Who May Apply: Varies by program.
Dates: Trips are from 2-6 weeks in length.
Cost: Varies per trip and location
Outdoor Experiences

Bold and Gold 
Program: Ourdoor educational program of the YMCA to develp leadership skills through cross cultrual wilderness experiences, backpacking, paddleing, leadership training and the Appalachian Trail Challange.
Who May Apply: Ages 12 - 14
Dates: Varies by Program June and July
Costs:  $400/$500/$600 - Scholarships Available as well as Financial Assistance for reduced costs.

National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)
Program: Hiking, Climbing, Mountaineering, Kayaking trips. Mainly out west. Confidence building by direct skills development.
Who May Apply: Age 14 and older
Dates: Vary depending on trip.
Cost: Vary depending on trip.
Outward Bound (OB)
Program:  Hiking, Climbing, Mountaineering, Kayaking trips. Mainly in eastern US.  Confidence building by group and personal challenges.
Who May Apply: Age 14 and older
Dates: Vary depending on program.
Cost: Vary depending on program.
Program: Hiking. Internal growth by group and personal challenge outdoors.
Who May Apply: Age 14 and older
Dates: Vary depending on program.
Cost: Vary depending on program.
Youth Conservation Corps
 The YCC is a program of the Southeast Youth Corps’s (SYC) Chattanooga office.  SYC is a non-profit conservation corps that employs and trains young people in programs across the Southeast.  YCC hires local young adults, ages 16-18, to complete conservation work projects on a variety of public lands. YCC has a strong environmental education component, and life skills are learned via formal lessons, on-the-job training and the process of communal togetherness.  Corpsmember work on projects for up to 8 hours a day, education and training is completed throughout the day and at special sessions throughout the summer.  YCC serves a diverse population which includes at-risk youth, currently enrolled high-school students, and a cross-section of ethnicities and income levels. 
Who: Ages 16-18
Dates: Throughout summer. This is a paid job.
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Spoleto  Study Abroad
Program: This is an Arts and Humanities immersion program for high school students interested in visual arts, photography, creative writing, instrumental music, vocal music, drama and film making. This porgram offers students the opportunity to explore the rich culture and artistic heritage of central Italy. Courses and in-depth studio work will foster each student's capacity to grow artistically, academically, and personally.  Students will participate in twice weekly daytrips to cities in Umbria and Tuscany; and through living in an authentic Italian town filled with art and history.
Who: Ages 15 - 19
Dates: July 5 - 30st
Costs: $6,550

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