COVID-19 Updates

Last Updated April 7, 2020 |  Policies effective as of 3/31/2020

We are actively monitoring the coronavirus situation in the US and abroad. Our partner universities have decided to shift to online lectures for the spring semester as part of their measures to mitigate possible exposure to the coronavirus. At this time, our summer programs are planned to continue as scheduled and applications are still being accepted.  

We are in daily contact with our university partners and we are committed to providing proactive and timely updates to our Summer Discovery families and students. This is a rapidly changing situation, but rest assured that our number one priority is – and always will be - the health and safety of our students and campus communities.  

Please stay tuned to our website for regular updates. 

Select your program below to see the cancellation policy that applies.

UCLAUC Santa Barbara | University of Colorado Boulder | University of Texas Austin | University of Michigan | University of Miami 
Georgetown | Johns Hopkins | University of Pennsylvania | Penn Law | Wharton | Wellesley | 

For student and family reference, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Texas Austin, University of Michigan, and Georgetown all follow Summer Discovery's cancellation policies. The University of Pennsylvania, Wharton, Johns Hopkins, Miami and Wellesley follow the cancellation policy of the specific institution. 

a message from our leadership

Together with our Summer Discovery family, we are facing an unprecedented situation that is impacting our families, communties, businesses, and world.
Hear from our leaders how we are adapting.
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Safety and Security

COVID-19 may be new but managing and planning for the spread of communicable illness is something that Summer Discovery and universities routinely plan and prepare for. 
Learn about our safety protocols


RollOver Option for summer 2021

During this time of uncertainty, we want to offer our customers options. We are still running summer programs, but know that our students and their families have been impacted in different ways. To accommodate our students' and families' needs, we are now offering a tuition rollover option.

Frequently Asked Questions about Rolling Over Enrollment

Will my student automatically by enrolled in the course or academy they enrolled in for 2020 for next summer?
If your student is enrolled in an academy, we will work to ensure your student is placed in the same academy next summer. If your student is enrolled in courses, we will allow your student early access to our course registration to select their courses next year. In some instances we may not offer the exact course next summer, so your student will need to select a similar alternative. Course enrollment will not be automatic, but students will be notified and have early access to our enrollment system.

If a student rolls over to summer 2021, will they be committed to the original program they signed up for, or will they be able to switch campuses? If so, will there be a fee?
Students can change their program for any reason with no fee until November 30, 2020. Starting on December 1, 2020, our standard fees for changing a program will apply.

If a student rolls over to summer 2021 and then decides they want to participate in a program with a lower tuition cost, will they receive a reimbursement for the cost difference?
Should you change programs before November 30, 2020, and your new program has a lower tuition, we will refund you the difference.


The rollover option does not apply to Wharton, the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Law, the University of Miami, Johns Hopkins, Wellesley or UCSB Research Mentorship Program, Summer Research Academies, or Summer Scholars Program.


Frequently Asked Questions

We will be continue updating and building out our FAQs over the next few days and weeks as the situation continues to evolve. Thank you in advance for your patience.

  1. Are you still running summer programs?

    Yes, all summer programs are still scheduled and we are still taking applications. We will continue to actively monitor the COVID-19 virus and work with our university partners to determine any changes to our summer programs. 

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  2. I am a currently enrolled Summer Discovery student. What is your current cancellation and refund policy?

    We have altered our refund and cancellation policy in light of the current COVID-19 situation. We want to provide our Summer Discovery families additional financial peace of mind when it comes to our summer programs. In short, we've extended the grace period. This policy applies to students who applied and enrolled prior to March 1, 2020. You now have until May 1, 2020, to submit your payment for your Summer Discovery program. 

    Cancellation Policy:

    1. Until May 1, 2020: Refunded payment minus $500, application fee and any optional travel insurance; or option to defer enrollment to 2021 with no penalty
    2. May 2 - June 1, 2020: Refunded payment minus $3,000, application fee and any optional travel insurance; or option to defer enrollment to next year with no penalty
    3. After June 1, 2020: No refunds unless the program is cancelled by Summer Discovery.
    4. Or rollover to 2021 at any time (see info above)

    * Please be aware that the cost of a non-refundable airline ticket issued by Musiker Travel, optional trip insurance, the application fee, and fees for optional excursions are non-refundable. 

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  3. I am considering applying for a Summer Discovery program. What is your cancellation and refund policy?

    At Summer Discovery we realize that the current COVID-19 situation creates issues around summer planning, so we are adding some flexibility to our cancellation policy so you can complete your application and enroll with confidence. The policy below applies to students that apply and enroll March 1, 2020 and after. Payments must be made by May 1, 2020. 

    Cancellation Policy:

    1. Until May 1, 2020: Receive a full refund minus application fee and any optional travel insurance; or option to defer enrollment to 2021 with no penalty, You must let us know your summer status by May 1, 2020 to receive the refund.
    2. May 2 - June 1, 2020: Refunded payment minus $3,000, application fee and any optional travel insurance; or option to defer enrollment to next year with no penalty
    3. After June 1, 2020: No refunds unless the program is cancelled by Summer Discovery.
    4. Or rollover to 2021 at any time (see info above)

    * Please be aware that the cost of a non-refundable airline ticket issued by Musiker Travel, optional trip insurance, the application fee, and fees for optional excursions are non-refundable. 

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  4. What is Summer Discovery doing to address the coronavirus situation?

    The safety and security of our students, staff, faculty and campus partners is our number one priority. Every single decision we make is viewed through the lens of putting our Summer Discovery family first.

    We have created an internal task force to monitor the COVID-19 situation. Daily meetings are being held to assess the situation. Our goal is to meet our students and families where they are. During this time of uncertainty, we want to provide enhanced flexibility to allow our students and families to continue to plan their summer experiences.

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  5. What happens if Summer Discovery cancels a program due to coronavirus (COVID-19)?

    In the event Summer Discovery needs to cancel a program and you are currently enrolled at the time of the cancellation of the program, you will receive a full refund, less your application fee and optional travel insurance.


    This policy refund policy applies to UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Texas Austin, University of Michigan, Georgetown, Penn Law, Wharton, City University of London, Cambridge and Yale-NUS.

    This refund policy does NOT apply to the University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins, the University of Miami  and Wellesley.

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  6. What if a government bans travel due to coronavirus (COVID-19)?

    If a student cannot secure a visa to travel, the CDC issues a Travel Advisory Level 4 to the program’s location, or there is a government travel ban in place that prevents your student from attending their program, you will receive a full tuition refund less the application fee, insurance and flights.


    This policy refund policy applies to UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Texas Austin, University of Michigan, Georgetown, Penn Law, Wharton, City University of London, Cambridge and Yale-NUS.

    This refund policy does NOT apply to the University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins, the University of Miami  and Wellesley.

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  7. How is Summer Discovery responding to the current European Travel Ban?

    The European Travel Ban into the United States from Europe does not currently impact our summer program operation dates. Summer Discovery will continue to monitor travel restrictions. If a student cannot secure a visa to travel, the CDC issues a Travel Advisory Level 4 to the program’s location, or there is a government travel ban in place that prevents your student from attending their program, you will receive a full tuition refund less the application fee, insurance and flights.


    This policy refund policy applies to UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Texas Austin, University of Michigan, Georgetown, Penn Law, Wharton, City University of London, Cambridge and Yale-NUS.

    This refund policy does NOT apply to the University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins, the University of Miami  and Wellesley.

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  8. Should I start the visa process?

    Each student and family should ultimately decide what makes sense for their situation. However, Summer Discovery programs are still scheduled and we support students and families starting the visa process. We have adapted our cancellation policies to account for visa concerns.

    If a student cannot secure a visa to travel, the CDC issues a Travel Advisory Level 4 to the program’s location, or there is a government travel ban in place that prevents your student from attending their program, you will receive a full tuition refund less the application fee, insurance and flights.


    This policy refund policy applies to UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Texas Austin, University of Michigan, Georgetown, Penn Law, Wharton, City University of London, Cambridge and Yale-NUS.

    This refund policy does NOT apply to the University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins, the University of Miami  and Wellesley.

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  9. What if my school dates get pushed back?

    We will work with you to find another program that will fit your schedule. We will make our best effort to accommodate you in a similar program (duration and curriculum) at no additional charge. Students will need to provide proof that school dates were moved.

    If you’re unable to attend any program because of this change, Summer Discovery will carry forward your tuition to next year to the same or a comparable program.


    This policy refund policy applies to UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Texas Austin, University of Michigan, Georgetown, Penn Law, Wharton, City University of London, Cambridge and Yale-NUS.

    This refund policy does NOT apply to the University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins, the University of Miami  and Wellesley.

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  10. Should I book my airfare?

    This is a personal decision that each student and family should consider. We recommend reviewing and thoroughly understanding airline cancellation policies prior to booking your flights. Many airlines are being flexible with their policies amid the COVID-19 situation. We also recommend reviewing our optional trip insurance information

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