Campus Life at Tufts – Take the Virtual Tour

One of the most exciting parts of Summerfuel’s Pre-College Programs is the chance to experience campus life. Tufts University campus is exactly what you might imagine a college campus to look like – sprawling green lawns, traditional brick buildings, flowering trees – yet is still close enough to Somerville and Boston to have all of the city’s resources at your fingertips.

Students live in double-rooms in the dormitory, Harleston Hall, getting a glimpse into true college life with a roommate. Bring photos and posters from home to make your dorm room truly feel like yours – part of the fun of living in the dorms can be decorating! Wi-Fi and air-conditioning in bedrooms makes for a comfortable stay during the summer.

Not only do students get to experience dorm-living, but they enjoy access to top-notch facilities as well. Take advantage of the libraries, computer lab, student center, basketball and tennis courts, and fitness center with swimming pool and weight-training center – all part of a well-rounded campus life.

Last, but not least, a major part of campus life is eating in the dining hall. While some may say it is a change from home-cooked meals, we promise that the menu at Dewich-MacPhie Dining Center never disappoints. From an all-you-can-eat organic salad bar, plus vegetarian and vegan options, to hamburgers with loaded cheese fries, and everything in between, there is always something for everyone.

Take a look for yourself with this amazing virtual tour:

Priceless Skills for Success

Summerfuel provides so much more for students than just a summer activity to participate in. Not only do students get to explore exciting subjects, meet new friends, and have a blast in different cities, but they gain priceless skills that can be used throughout the rest of their lives.  Whether at an Andalusian Homestay or a Pre-College Program, students are living away from home with room/hall/housemates, which encourages the development of empathy, listening skills, and the ability to communicate with others. All of Summerfuel’s programs are extremely diverse, with students hailing from all over the world. Such exposure allows students to experience and value different ideas and points of view, and fosters a curiosity and sense of equality among peers. Most of Summerfuel’s academic courses are very hands-on, team-oriented, and workshop-based, allowing students to learn how to think critically and problem-solve across a wide array of areas. Regardless of where students wind up after their summer with us, these soft skills are invaluable to success in any path pursued.

A recent article in the Washington Post discusses what qualities employers find most valuable in their employees, and we think Summerfuel programs help students develop exactly that. Take a look:

What to Expect for Summer 2018

I hope the winter is going well for you and your family. This coming summer is shaping up to be another exciting one with enrollments coming in strong. There’s a lot going on at Summerfuel in 2018, so I thought I’d give you an update on what to expect.

First of all, I wanted to let you know that all of our directors have been chosen and some are returning for their 20th summer or more. We are extremely enthusiastic about our staff. We have a wonderful blend of experienced veterans, plus a talented group of newcomers who will bring new ideas and energy to our various programs.

I also wanted to make sure you knew about our two new programs here in the US; Leadership & Innovation at Columbia University and ART NOW! an exciting look inside the contemporary New York art world through an exclusive partnership with Christie’s.

I hope you feel as much as I do that these new programs will add something different to the world of summer programs.

David Evans

Summerfuel President

Sir Roger Bannister Visits Summerfuel Oxford

As part of our Oxford experience program we have a highly successful seminar series. The idea is to bring in speakers from outside the immediate academic world of Oxford University to give our students exposure to interesting people who have achieved success in various disciplines. In the past we have had magazine editors, journalists, politicians, actors, social entrepreneurs and the occasional professional athlete. The series is always well attended and the students especially enjoy the question and answer session which follows each visit.

In the summer of 2012 , to coincide with Great Britain hosting the Olympic Games and the Olympic torch passing through Oxford, we invited Sir Roger Bannister to visit the program. Sir Roger Bannister was the first man to run a mile in under four minutes and was a revered personality within the sporting world and took his particular place in history.

In the words of Oxford program director Emily Osborne, she was most struck by the fact that “Sir Roger Bannister viewed his professional and academic career as much more notable and important than the athletic feat he is most known for.” It is with great sadness that we learned of his recent passing. He was a great ambassador for Oxford and the sport of athletics. We feel privileged to have met him and he will be greatly missed.

What Does It Mean to Learn “Leadership & Innovation”?

We can’t think of a better place to improve your Leadership & Innovation skills than at the world-renowned Columbia University. But what exactly will you be learning here? Take a peek at what you can expect to dive into this summer at Columbia:


-Foundation and tools of leadership

-Leadership styles and models

-Identity and introspection

-Management vs. leadership

-Effective communication


-Public speaking


-Leadership case studies

-Self-knowledge exercises

-Project management platform technology

After learning about themselves and different leadership styles, students deliver a TED-style talk on their natural leadership style and a leader who can be a role model on that style.


-Foundations and tools of innovation

-Innovation across industries

-Disruption and paradigm shifts

-Enabling innovation: organizational structures and environments

-Leading innovation

-Designing innovative solutions

-Facilitation skills

-Design and Systems thinking

-Industry-specific innovation case studies

-Collaboration platform technology

With a team, students will use design thinking process to create and pitch an innovative solution to a pressing problem in the industry of their choice.

Dynamic Learning with College Admissions Edge

We know preparing to apply for college takes a lot of work, which is what Summerfuel’s College Admissions Edge programs are here to help with. In addition to test prep, take a closer look at some of the important things you will learn at CAE Tufts or CAE Berkeley:

Essay Writing
Every CAE Essay Writing course is designed to help students reflect on their lives and realize that within their experiences they have plenty of material to craft an excellent admissions essay or personal statement. The writing curriculum is intended to help each student become a stronger, more confident writer. During sixteen hours of instruction and further time dedicated to out of class follow up, students will formulate a thesis, and learn to craft it into a concise and engaging personal statement. CAE faculty listen to students brainstorm and inspire them to take their story and sculpt it into a compelling narrative.

One-on-One College Counseling
Prior to the program, parents will be asked to complete a questionnaire regarding their child’s interests and strengths, and their own desires for their son or daughter.  Once on site, college counselors will schedule one-on-one counseling sessions with each student in order to map out a clear and realistic plan to approach the college admissions process.  College counselors will consider family input, student input, student academic performance, student extracurricular strengths and evidence of standardized test scores to appropriately advise each student.

Admissions Workshop
Together with college admissions experts, Summerfuel has crafted a unique admissions workshop curriculum designed to provide students with information about every aspect of the admissions process.  Students will participate in eight collaborative, interactive admissions workshops led by the college counseling team, with topics such as “Assembling Your Application,” “How To Visit a College,” and “Defining Goals & Dreams”.  The workshop setting provides a positive group environment where questions are welcomed and encouraged as students begin their independent work.

What IS Social Enterprise?


Our Social Enterprise Program at Stanford University is one of the most exciting and innovative programs that Summerfuel offers, but what exactly IS Social Enterprise?

A Social Enterprise is an organization or initiative that marries the social mission of a non-profit or government program with the market-driven approach of a business, the goal being to solve a social issue for a specific group of people.

Social Enterprise is on the rise as people want change in the world and want to make a difference with what they do every day, in their jobs, in the products and services they buy, in where and how they get their energy, and more.

Despite progress, there are still big issues to be fixed in the world – from poverty and inequality, to climate change and access to basic goods and services. All of these complex problems require creative and sustainable solutions in order to make real progress – and this is where Social Enterprise comes in.

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.