COVID-19 Updates

Working Together for a Safe Summer

Summer Discovery and The Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG) will continue our commitment to promoting the highest standards of safety and well-being by requiring all participants to be fully vaccinated for programs in 2022 where allowable by US law. Successful implementation of programs such as ours requires a tremendous amount of planning and risk mitigation with campus and community partners. To that end, we review information and recommendations obtained from health care experts and comply with host campus policies in order to make informed decisions that may impact our staff and students. We are honored to align our decision with other academic and travel programs across the country to provide the safest environment for our participants as possible. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 landscape and review our policies with the best available information.

We have developed response protocols based on recommendations from the CDC, the American Camp Association, and our university partner protocols. 

We can all work together this year to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Below are some of the protocols we’re implementing, as well as ways residential program participants can help protect themselves and each other.  

Please note - These policies are subject to change in response to the ever-changing environment. Stay tuned to this page for updates.

Refunds and Cancellations
  1. Will I receive a refund if Summer Discovery cancels my program after March 1, 2022?

    Yes. Students will receive a full refund of tuition less the non-refundable application fee and the optional tuition travel protection plan.

    We will also give students the option to transfer their 2022 tuition to another program or they can opt to roll over their tuition to summer 2023. By selecting the roll over option, students will lock in this year's prices, get a guaranteed spot in any of our 2023 programs, skip the application, and be eligible for our alumni discounts.

  2. Will I receive a refund if my program is canceled mid-session?

    If Summer Discovery needs to end a session early for any reason, students will be entitled to a partial refund less expenses and non-refundable fees (such as the application fee and any optional insurance) based on when the program cancels. Refunds will be determined at the time of cancellation.

  3. Will I get a refund if an outbreak occurs during the program and my student needs to quarantine because they have COVID or were exposed to it?

    If the program is not completely canceled due to COVID, any student that contracts COVID or needs to leave the program to quarantine will not be entitled to a refund.


Before Arriving to Campus

To ensure the health and safety of everyone on campus, Summer Discovery is requiring vaccinations for all student participants where allowable by U.S. Law. Prior to arriving on campus, all participants must confirm that they have been symptom-free for one week or provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test before arrival. Additionally, we ask that any individuals who may have come into close contact with somebody who recently tested positive for COVID-19 take the appropriate measures (e.g., quarantining) to protect not just their own health but also decrease the risk of potentially exposing other individuals on campus.

Once on Campus

Once on campus, all program participants will be required to follow all preventative safety measures prescribed either by the host campus or Summer Discovery including, but not limited to, the recommended practice for proper facial masking, maintaining personal hygiene such as handwashing, and social distancing, plus any required testing by the host campus or Summer Discovery. These will be the terms for attending and/or working at any Summer Discovery program location.

For International Students

At this time, students participating in an in-person program in 2022 will be required to be fully vaccinated, where allowable by U.S. law.  While some of our university partners are finalizing a policy around which vaccines will be required, the U.S. is following the World Health Organization’s approved vaccines which include Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, Astra Zenica, and Sinovac.  We expect that our university partners will follow similar guidelines.  If an international (non-U.S.) student is not able to be vaccinated in their country of residence prior to arriving on campus, or if an international (non-U.S.) student is not able to receive an approved vaccine, they must cancel by June 1, 2022 and will be eligible to (1) transfer to an online program (2) roll-over their enrollment to Summer 2023 or (3) receive a full-refund less the application fee and optional travel/tuition insurance.

Note that exceptions apply at Wharton, Penn, Johns Hopkins and UCSB RMP and SRA.  Please visit their websites respectively for details about their cancellation and refund policies.

Frequently Asked COVID-19 Questions

Check back frequently as we continue to update our 2022 protocols and policies


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