The College Experience in Boston

Grades 9-12
June 24 – July 21, 2018
Tuition: $8295

The College Experience in Boston is an academic program for students in grades 9-12 held on the Harvard Law School campus at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Courses available include Neuropsychology, Government and Politics, and International Law, and the Faculty includes academics from Harvard University, Boston University, Tufts University, and other top institutions. Students have the opportunity to learn about American universities during college tours of several schools in the greater Boston area. Meanwhile the finest minds in Cambridge come as guest speakers to discuss the worlds of business, journalism, and science. Scroll down to read course descriptions, faculty bios, and apply now!

At the end of the program, students have the opportunity to spend four nights in New York to complement their time in Boston. For more information, see the New York Connection.


Students choose any two courses, one as a Major and one as a Workshop. Majors meet six mornings a week and, depending on the nature of the course, include in-class time for fieldwork, labs, workshops, guest speakers, group discussions, and one-on-one instruction. They also include homework and require some project and preparation time outside of class. Workshops meet three afternoons a week, with no homework and all work contained within the class session. A Workshop offers a sample of a different subject than the Major, and most students find their Workshop to be a welcome opportunity to try a new subject for the first time. Course highlights include:


Students are introduced to the principles of neuropsychology and the role that specific brain regions play in producing behavior. They cover a wide range of topics, from the history of neuropsychology, assessment, and neuroanatomy, to clinical disorders, using cases as illustration. Students acquire knowledge of the measurement of human behavior and how the brain is responsible for sensory, motor, and cognitive functions, such as attention, language, memory, and emotion. 

Government and Politics

How are governments created, and what happens when they collapse? How does the spread of democracy impact economic growth, security, and welfare? Are there alternatives to democracy besides tyranny? In their attempts to answer such questions, students consider everything from different political models to the role of individuals via spin-doctoring, party politics, and the influence of mass media.

International Law

How does the law shape relationships between nations? And how does it govern relations between non-state actors? Students address Public and Private International Law, and consider how International Law affects business, Human Rights, the prosecution of international crimes, sovereignty, trade, and war. The course culminates in a moot war crimes trial.

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Our Faculty comes from local leading universities (Harvard, Tufts, BU, among others). Led by these outstanding individuals, and operating in small, seminar-style classes, our courses immerse students in subjects about which they are passionate while helping them uncover the spectacular sites and cultures in which they are living. A few members of our Faculty are featured here - visit our Faculty page to see the full list. 

Dr. Maddalena Marini

MS University of Padua, PhD University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

Dr. Marini is a qualified psychologist with a passion for teaching and for research. She is currently a postdoctoral associate at Harvard University, where she has published papers on reducing implicit racial preferences and weight bias. 

Dr. Matthew McMahan

MFA SUNY Stony Brook, PhD Tufts University,

Dr. McMahan teaches a variety of courses in Acting, Directing, and the History of Theater at Emerson College and Tufts University. He has published research on French and Italian theater, and given lectures on using Improvisation techniques in leadership. His public speaking course teaches students about performance, diction, and presenting arguments with confidence.

David Pena-Guzman

JD Panamericana, Campus Guadalajara, LLM The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

David is a practicing lawyer with over 8 years of criminal litigation experience. His work centers on international criminal law, public international law, conflict resolution and negotiation. Before attending Tufts, David interned with the Standby defense team of Dr. Radovan Karadzic at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague where he honed his skills in International Criminal and Humanitarian Law.

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Our Residence

Students live in the residences of Harvard Law School, Gropius Complex. All rooms are singles, with shared bathroom facilities on the floor. The rooms have space for studying, and the residences have larger common areas where students can work together. Rooms are furnished with a bed (linens and towels provided), a wardrobe, and a desk and chair.


Our extracurricular program maintains a balance between study and leisure time that allows students to relax and unwind, and also to discover all that Cambridge and Boston have to offer. Students have the chance to visit local universities with our team including Tufts, BU, BC, MIT, Northeastern, and more. The Activities Directors organize a full daily program of elective social events and sports including quiz nights, talent shows, and campus tours. Our sports program includes opportunities to play softball, basketball, volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee, and soccer. Cambridge is just a short ride away from the many attractions in Boston Common, which include softball diamonds, a carousel, and a spray pool. Students might jog along the Charles River, admire the views from Harvard Bridge, or explore world cuisine in Quincy Market. Alternatively they could join a member of staff on the Freedom Trail, eat cannoli in the North End, take a tour of historic Fenway Park, or visit the top of the Prudential Building for a cup of coffee to be enjoyed over live jazz. Greater Boston, and particularly the town of Cambridge, is renowned as one of the world’s most prestigious academic capitals. It boasts a dense concentration of institutions of higher learning, a spoil of libraries and other public resources, and a multifaceted cultural life. Harvard’s place at the top of the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) has remained unchallenged since the first survey was conducted in 2003. The area by which the university is surrounded is famed for its diversity – from the Boston Red Sox baseball team to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, from the iconic Citgo sign in Kenmore Square to the Museum of Fine Arts, there is something here to seize the imagination of every student.

The New York Connection

Students on The College Experience in Boston have the opportunity to spend four nights in New York City at the end of the program. The New York Connection provides them with the chance safely to get a sense of college life in the Big Apple and to experience some of New York’s most notable attractions. The program consists of a mix of educational visits to universities, such as NYU and Columbia, famous sites, museums, tours of neighborhoods, cultural immersion, and fun relaxation. Activities might include a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim, or the Frick, followed by Times Square, the Statue of Liberty, Greenwich Village, Soho, Fifth Avenue, Central Park, a baseball game, and more. Students on the New York Connection stay at Pace University in the heart of Manhattan. The fee includes transport, rooming, breakfast and supper, museum admissions, field trips, activities, and all scheduled events.

New York Connection

Useful Info for Parents


Every student is met at the airport immediately upon arrival and escorted to the residence. At the end of the program students are accompanied to the airport where our staff oversee check-in and departure. A representative stays at the airport until all the flights have departed.


Our program takes place in secure residences, situated on the Harvard Law campus, with controlled access and 24hr security. Day-to-day life is overseen by teams of Deans - professional educators drawn from leading schools in the US and Canada. Each program has an office, in a central location, which is open and permanently staffed by Deans from before 8am until well past midnight, where students and their parents can seek advice or assistance. Every student checks in every evening with the Deans on duty. The Program Director, Deans, residential staff, and some members of Faculty live in the residences, ensuring round-the-clock care and supervision. 

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Program Blog

Every summer, students and teachers on The College Experience in Boston maintain a blog, which provides unparalleled insight into daily life, classes, and activities. Last summer’s blog is available here!

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