Summer Program Information

BWSI July Program: Additional Information2021 Program Cover!

Our 2021 program is under way with the online course and new courses!

For Virtual BWSI courses:

For Students: Application for the virtual BWSI Summer Program is separate from the online course application. The application for the summer portion is due March 31 and will be emailed to all students taking the online course by March 1.  If you do not receive the email contact bwsi-admin@mit.edu.

The selection criteria and application for the Summer Program include, but are not limited to,

  1. Demonstrated technical ability (determined through recommendation by school official and other supporting information, such as test scores, completed coursework, and grades collected in the application).
  2. Demonstrated commitment to extracurricular learning via participation and completion of the online course (participation/progress are tracked by the instructors).
  3. Application has three short essays (500 words or less for each essay).
  4. Teacher recommendation due by April 15th (link for teachers is in the application).
  5. Application will require parent(s) information and electronic signature.
  6. Application asks for honors/awards (limited to maximum of 200 characters, be specific)
  7. We cannot accept students outside of the US due to logistical challenges, all students must be living in the US for the July program.

Students must make significant progress in the online course by Summer Program application to ensure that they are ready and well prepared for participation in the BWSI programs.

Cost of Program:  The program itself is free, students will need a laptop and internet access to fully participate in courses.  BWSI will provide materials as much as possible, contact us with questions or requests - we want every student to participate!

For parents, teachers, and mentors:

Acceptance to the Summer Institute is a multistep process.  See BWSI Application process

Our program is open to US citizens, permanent residents, and international students currently attending a high school in US.  Due to logistical challenges we cannto accept students outside of the United States, all students must be living in the US for the July program.

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For future In-Person programs see info below, we will not be running an in-person program in 2021, your safety is most important.

For Students: Application for the BWSI Summer Program is separate from the online course application. The Summer Program application will be available March1 and due on March 31, with decisions by April 30. The selection criteria for the Summer Program include, but are not limited to,

  1. Demonstrated technical ability (determined through recommendation by school official and other supporting information, such as test scores, completed coursework, and grades collected in the application).
  2. Demonstrated commitment to extracurricular learning via participation and completion of the online course (participation/progress are tracked by the instructors).

Students must make significant progress in the online course by Summer Program application to ensure that they are ready and well prepared for participation in the BWSI programs. Students may participate in one or more of the online courses to determine which they are interested in, but note that the online courses are time-intensive, and we suggest down selecting to a single course as early as possible.

Cost of Program:  The program itself is free but for out-of-state students who require lodging arrangement there is a fee ($5,000 for 4 weeks).  This fee is waived fully or partially based on their family income (proof of income will need to be provided)

  • Fully waived ($0 cost) if annual income is less than $90,000,
  • $4,000 waived ($1000 cost) if income is less than $100,000
  • $3,000 waived ($2,000 cost) if income is less than $110,000
  • $2,000 waived ($3,000 cost) if income is less than $120,000
  • $1,000 waived ($4,000 cost) if income is less than $130,000
  • There is no waiver if income is more than $130,000. 

All students are responsible for their travel arrangements to/from BWSI.