Summer Programs and Activities

Summer at the U is the perfect time to enhance your professional development or pursue an interest in a convenient, condensed format.

Programs for Educators

To find the best program for you, click on the links below for more information. You can also review a comprehensive list of programs and courses geared toward preK−12 educators that are offered throughout the year.

Some of these courses are grant-funded and can be taken at little or no cost to you. They are available for graduate and/or undergraduate credit. Talk to the department offering the course about tuition and credit options.


Minnesota Council on Economic Education

Online and in-person courses for K-12 teachers.


College of Science and Engineering

Enhance your science or math curriculum with through lab experiences and new teaching resources.

Global Studies

Institute for Global Studies

Workshops and institutes that challenge you to combine critical thinking and problem-solving skills with the knowledge and materials needed to engage students in international issues.

Language Arts

Certificate in Advanced Practices in Second Language Teaching

Designed for teachers of foreign languages and English as a second language. Courses are offered on the Twin Cities campus, typically during the last three weeks in July.

CARLA Summer Institutes for Language Teachers

CARLA offers a range of institutes targeted at foreign language and ESL teachers from a variety of teaching levels and contexts. 

Reading and Writing

Minnesota Writing Project Summer Institute

Share best practices, engage in critical discussions, conduct research into current theories of literacy and pedagogy, and improve your own writing skills.


Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve

Enhance your students' understanding of fundamental ecological principles and the impacts of various human-induced disturbances on ecosystem health and function. 


BrainU provides K-12 teachers with neuroscience training, materials, and staff support to bring brain science to your students.

Science Discovery for Teachers

From the College of Biological Sciences, Summer Science Discovery offers elementary and secondary teachers a chance to spend time in the classroom and in the field with University scientists and faculty. 


Summer Institutes

Public Health Institute

Ideal for graduate students and practice professionals in public health and related fields.

Summer Institute in Biostatistics

A six-week, all expenses paid, biostatistics immersion program for undergraduates who have an interest in mathematics, statistics, computing, science, or public health research.

Mindfulness in Education Institute

Brings together researchers and educators for professional learning and discussion on mindfulness research and research-informed practices to address the pressing need for innovations that promote wellbeing in school communities. 

Summer Institute in Adolescent Health

Learn strategies for creating a buzz to engage young people and their families in conversations about healthy sexuality. 

Field Study Programs

Philosophy Camp

Spend three weeks or one week in rural southwestern Minnesota getting to know the land, the community, and yourself. 

Itasca Biological Station Courses

Field biology courses at Itasca are open to domestic or international undergraduate and graduate students of any accredited college or university, as well as to others with continuing education objectives. We welcome students from around the United States and the world. 

Attractions and Events

The following is a list of sites on the Twin Cities campus where you can enjoy a range of activities.