Some of Our Favorite Pre-College Courses

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One of the best things about Summerfuel’s Pre-College programs at Berkeley, Oxford, and Tufts is the chance to take some super interesting courses. Whether there is a subject you already love and want to learn more about, or something new you want to explore, there is something for everyone. Check out some of our favorite courses that you won’t want to miss this summer:

Intro to Medical Science at Tufts
Gain knowledge of various body systems, innovations in medical science, and current issues in the medical field. Investigate research and medical journals and present your findings to the class.

Entrepreneurship at Tufts
Discover the methods for starting, managing, and financing your very own business venture. Work in teams, polish presentation skills, and learn what it really means to be an entrepreneur.

Oxford Art & Architecture at Oxford
Use Oxford as your classroom to discover its thousand years of architectural beauty and history in the city’s architecture, museums and galleries. Learn genres and subject matter in art; the analysis of painting, sculpture, and architecture; materials, techniques, and processes; and much more.

Creative Writing at Oxford 
Find your voice and explore your creativity through writing exercises, excursions, and visits from working writers. Produce several complete pieces of work for your portfolio, showing expertise in story-telling, poetry, dialogue, character development, and more.

International Law at Berkeley
Participate in discussions, enjoy guest speakers and field trips, and take part in a mock trial on an international law case. Examine the sources of international law, dispute resolution, and compliance and enforcement mechanisms.

Abnormal Psychology at Berkeley
Explore various psychological disorders, and investigate ways in which “abnormal behavior” is understood and classified. Through this highly interactive course, develop an understanding and appreciate for the different aspects related to mental illness.

New Programs for Summer 2018

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As pioneers in the world of summer programs, Summerfuel is always looking to create new and exciting opportunities for students, and we can’t wait for what Summer 2018 has in store. Two unique programs will be hitting New York City and Costa Rica this summer that we know you will love!

Through an exclusive and one-of-a-kind partnership with Christie’s Education, our Art Now program offers a chance to dive right in to the fast-paced art world of today in one of the most vibrant cities in the world – New York. Go behind the scenes at one of the world’s preeminent auction houses and enjoy lectures and expert-guided visits to galleries, private collections, and world-class museums.  Explore topics from Contemporary Art and The Art Market to Art & The Law and The Auction House. Discover all that NYC has to offer, from The Guggenheim and sculpture parks to Times Square and Central Park.

Another fantastic partnership brings us to the stunning land of Costa Rica, where students will work directly with a non-profit organization during our Soccer & Service program. Help improve the lives of indigenous children through soccer and service, and build your leadership, teamwork, and design thinking skills. Visit beaches and waterfalls, work on community projects, and become a true Global Citizen. Profits from every program are invested directly so you’ll experience first-hand how you are helping to change lives.

We are excited for these new adventures that lie ahead, and we can’t wait to experience them with YOU!


Summerfuel Voted as 2017’s Top Youth Travel Program

We are thrilled to share that we have been recognized as 2017’s Top Youth Travel Program by – a leading resource in travel programs around the globe. We couldn’t have achieved this without YOUR support, and want to give a big thank you to everyone that voted for us! We look forward to offering more unique summer experiences in the years to come, and can’t wait to make Summer 2018 another great one.


What We Look Forward to in 2018

It is hard to believe that 2017 is coming to a close, but what a great year, and SUMMER, it was. From parasailing in France and learning to cook authentic Spanish meals in Conil, to creating our own social ventures in Washington D.C. and surfing in California, there was no shortage of excitement. Although we are always sad to say goodbye to the new friends we’ve made each summer, we have much to be grateful for and tons to look forward to in 2018.

Can you believe it is going to be TWENTY–EIGHTEEN?! We can’t. But we are super excited for a lot of great things happening this upcoming year. We can’t wait to get back to Oxford to study Shakespeare in its beautiful gardens, or return to Boston to hit the Six Flags roller coasters. Not only are we looking forward to some of our old favorites, but we are eager to enjoy a couple of fantastic NEW experiences, as well. We can’t wait to venture to exotic Costa Rica to give back to the local community, play soccer, and be immersed in the native culture. And before we know it, we will be in The Big Apple, touring art galleries and learning all about the business of art today.

We are so happy to be able to share these 2017 memories with our Summerfuel community, and are thrilled to make new ones with you in 2018. Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2018!

College Panel

WhatsApp Image 2017-07-19 at 7.28.52 PMWhatsApp Image 2017-07-19 at 7.28.54 PMStudents had the opportunity to hear about the diverse college experiences of four Resident Advisors in a prompted Q&A session. RA’s discussed the whole spectrum of the college experience, from how to prepare for the application process to where students usually live as upperclassmen. Students posed many questions, such as how early to start your personal essay, how easy is it to switch a major, and what sort of qualities colleges look for in an applicant. At the end, RA’s shared the best piece of advice they could provide to the aspiring college students.

A Glimpse into Summerfuel in Barcelona

With so many fantastic Summerfuel programs going on around the globe, we wanted to give all of the Summerfuelers and their families a glimpse into this summer’s program in Barcelona. From classes and workshops, to excursions and activities, the group has been busy. Take a look below for the inside scoop!

The weekend provides us the opportunity to check out sights outside of Barcelona. On Saturday, we headed to Figueres to visit the Salvador Dalí museum. This museum is not any typical art museum. The art takes over the space so that even the architecture of the building itself is surreal in style. Students had the opportunity to listen to a tour about the artist and some of his most famous pieces.

After a visit to the museum and lunch in the town of Figueres, students headed to the beach L’escala to relax. They spent the afternoon on the beach and the evening dining out in the town. It was a great way to begin our last weekend here!

Oxford Through the Eyes of an Alumnus


Check out what alumnus Maggie S. thought of her time with Summerfuel’s Pre-College Program at Oxford:

“My time at Oxford was absolutely amazing! Before coming I was so nervous to meet new people, but the friends I made were some of the funniest, most interesting people I have ever met. The program would have been great solely due to all of the activities and classes which were offered, but what made it truly extraordinary was experiencing it all with my new friends. The excursions were enriching, and I loved the balance of guided tours and free time to explore. I loved visiting London as much as we did and really enjoyed Bath. The history of the country made even a trip to the grocery store for snacks a scenic experience. The only unenjoyable part was having to leave the wonderful people I had come to love in the past month. For anyone considering Summerfuel Oxford, I would do it a hundred times over and it is an experience that will stay with me forever.”

– Maggie S., SF Oxford 2016


Summerfuel Language and Cultural Immersion Programs

Summerfuel’s Immersion Programs Deliver Amazing Experiences

It’s no secret that learning another language is difficult. The subtle nuances, dialects, and slang of a language are often hard to capture in a classroom setting and, because of this, students may feel that they are not learning a language as well as they could be. Luckily, Summerfuel language and cultural immersion programs are available to provide students with a summer study abroad trip that will not only help to develop their chosen language skill, but will also help them to experience the cultural aspects of the language that they are studying. In today’s post, we wanted to go into some more detail about our summer study abroad programs in order to give you, the reader, a better idea of what you or your child can expect from these programs. Continue reading below to learn more!

Study Spanish in Bustling Barcelona

One of our most popular study abroad trips brings students to the beautiful city of Barcelona located in the northwest region of Spain near the French border. Barcelona is regarded as one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, boasting some of the finest architecture and cuisine that the continent has to offer while also enjoying a temperate climate thanks to its proximity to the Mediterranean Sea. During this summer study abroad program, students will be given three weeks of Spanish language immersion instruction from ESADE, Spain’s top ranked private university, in an urban environment to better provide them with the language skills that they need to effectively communicate with native Spanish speakers. Before the program begins, students are placed in groups based upon their proficiency with Spanish language, however, it is not necessary for a student to be able to speak Spanish in order to enroll in the program. Supplementing the academic aspect of the program, students are also given ample opportunities to explore the city of Barcelona and experience a unique twist on traditional Spanish culture. For those individuals looking to experience the Spanish language in a new way, our Barcelona program is the perfect choice.

Immerse Yourself in Nice, France

Located along the pristine coastline of the Mediterranean Sea, Nice, France is the perfect place to study the French language in a natural, urban setting. During this program, students are able to enjoy one-of-a-kind opportunities to combine their academic knowledge of the French language with day-to-day life in France, improving their comprehension of the language while simultaneously experiencing the culture that birthed it. Under the tutorage of professors from the University of Nice, students are able to perfect their French language skills in a dynamic learning environment geared toward the study of grammar, syntax, and vocabulary as well as focussing on improving student’s listening and speaking skills. Like all of our language immersion programs, students are divided into groups based upon their personal skill level with the French language and it is not necessary for a student to be fluent in French before signing up. To supplement their language classes, students are able to pick between four separate electives during the program including International Relations, Art History, Photography, or fashion Design. In addition to all of this, multiple excursions are available to students, allowing them to explore the rich historical and cultural offerings that the city of Nice has to offer. This program not only increases students’ proficiency levels in the French language, but also allows them to experience French culture, architecture, and cuisine.

Experience Authentic Spanish Culture With a Homestay Program

The last summer study abroad program that we offer for our high school level students looking to increase their Spanish language skills is also one of the most rewarding programs that we offer. Over the past 30 years, Summerfuel has diligently worked to develop relationships with carefully selected homestay families to provide students with an experience unlike any other. The two towns selected for this program, Cádiz and Conil, are located in the Andalusian area of Spain along the country’s southern Atlantic Coast. Both of these towns can trace their heritage all the way back to the 5th century and offer students a fun, unfiltered way to immerse themselves in Spanish culture. During this program, students will stay with a preselected family and attend daily Spanish classes with a focus on grammar, vocabulary, and idiomatic expressions. In addition to daily classes, students are offered specialized workshops that are held one to two times a week and focus on either Community Service, Spanish Cooking, Soccer, Surfing, Watercolor Painting, or Photography. Supplementing the academic workload, daily excursions are planned to allow students the opportunity to experience the surrounding beauty of the Spanish countryside. If you or your child are looking for an authentic Spanish study abroad program, this program is the perfect choice.

If you would like to learn more about our summer study abroad programs, please do not hesitate to contact us today or visit our website. At Summerfuel, we leverage our decades of experience to provide high school students with study programs that help improve their academic performance while also providing them with a once-in-a-lifetime-experience. Contact us today and let’s get started!