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.

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 GoAbroad.com – 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!