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Enrol in US Winter Courses Over the NZ Summer

High school students can earn university credit over the NZ summer holidays by enrolling in US winter courses

Some US universities offer winter sessions for high school and visiting students that overlap with New Zealand’s summer holidays, giving ambitious students in the southern hemisphere a great opportunity to boost their knowledge and earn university credits over the term break.

Eligibility and enrolment requirements differ, so students should confirm with the individual programmes about whether they are open to current non-US high school students.

Students located in New Zealand should also be sure to check whether the course they’re interested in is offered in-person, hybrid, or remote, and whether it is synchronous (at a set time) or asynchronous (on your own time).

Here are a few programmes to consider:

  • Cornell Winter Session

    • Join Cornell for online courses during Winter Session 2024, which runs January 2–19, 2024. Courses will be added throughout the coming months.

  • University of California San Diego: Bioengineering

    • The UC San Diego Department of Bioengineering and UC San Diego Extended Studies are pleased to offer courses to high school students who are excelling in scholarship and would like to explore Bioengineering. Winter 2024 applications are now open.

  • Tufts: Courses for High Schoolers

    • Want to take a class or two and experience what it is like to study at Tufts University? This program allows motivated high school students to enroll in Tufts Undergraduate-level courses, studio art workshops, and (during the summer) capstone College Prep workshops. This program is flexible allowing you to take only the classes you need to meet your academic goals.

  • UMBC: Winter Session for Visiting Students *

    • UMBC welcomes students from other colleges/universities who want to earn transferable credits during the winter. You must be in good academic standing at your home institution and/or any previous colleges/universities you’ve attended.

    • * Current university-level students only

  • Pratt: PreCollege Programme

    • Fall, Winter and Spring PreCollege courses at Pratt are designed for high school students to explore creative disciplines and prepare for admission to a degree in art, design, or architecture. During these college level programs, students create portfolio pieces for college admission and develop art/design skills while earning elective college credit. See course description for the modality of each course: in-person or online synchronous.

  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign: NetMaths for High School Students *

    • NetMath offers college-level math courses for University of Illinois transcript credit to high school students. Eligible high school students may take the following courses with our program: Calculus I (Math 220), Calculus II (Math 231), Calculus III (Math 241), Linear Algebra with Comp Applications (Math 257), Differential Equations (Math 285)

    • * This programme is currently under redevelopment and may reopen for registrations in late 2023.

  • University of Connecticut

    • Get Ahead. Fulfill Requirements. Start the year off right. With 100+ classes to choose from, you can experience UConn’s three-week winter session from December 26 to January 12, 2024.

Be sure to review your eligibility and apply as soon as possible to receive consideration for a spot in your desired programme!

Looking for programmes in a different season? Check out Crimson Education’s recommendations for US-summer pre-college programmes to enhance your college applications.

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