University of Texas at Austin

Austin, Texas

Get InfoApply NowSpecial classes in Engineering, Sports Management, Medicine, Psychology, and Fashion3 Week ProgramTuition ranging from $3,599 - $6,599For students completing grades 9, 10, 11, 12 (ages 14-18)


As a high school student you may not have much say in the classes you take during the year. The summer is your chance to explore what really interests you. 
Choose from over 20 different enrichment classes in a wide range of subjects. Take 2 classes or a full-day Academy of your choice.

We make every effort to keep class information accurate. However, changes in class availability and schedules can occur. We reserve the right to limit enrollment and/or cancel any class due to overwhelming or insufficient enrollment.

  • BusinessAdvertising Creativity

    Enhance your creativity and learn how to think conceptually in a way that leads to "big ideas" at the heart of effective advertising campaigns. Change the way you process information. Taught by popular UT advertising instructors and industry professional.

    Digital Business Academy

    Digital business is the creation of new business designs by blurring the physical and digital world. It focuses on how technology allows companies to create experiences that differentiate and give them a competitive edge over their peers. Digital business is important for all business leaders to understand. In this Academy, students will learn the importance of digital business by combining two courses Digital Business Models and Digital Marketing.

    Digital Business Models

    Is Instagram really free? Learn about different models and how businesses exchange value with consumers to grow. Examine business plans and develop spreadsheets to capture financials in this case-based course. Taught by highly-rated UT McCombs business instructors with large and small business experience. Students are required to have a laptop with excel.

    Digital Marketing

    Almost all advertising is digital today and you need to understand how it all works, both as a marketer and as a consumer. In this course, you will: learn about SEO, SEM, online ads, and social media marketing; and, understand how to position a business online, how to attract customers, and how to get them to take action and buy a product or service.  You will also get hands on experience writing creative briefs and advertising copy. Taught by the Director, Digital Marketing Strategy for the McCombs School of Business, who has 25 years of experience working in advertising agencies and non-profits in both traditional and digital marketing.

  • Criminal JusticeCriminal Justice Academy

    Enjoy shows like Law & Order, CSI, or Bones? Interested in criminal justice? Learn the facts not the hype from experts in the field. Get a rare opportunity to go behind the scenes and study crime on a macro and micro level. Hone your critical thinking and analytical skills in these interactive, hands-on courses. The Criminal Justice Academy combines the Crime & Justice and Forensic class.

    ($125 lab/materials fee)
    Crime and Justice What is a crime? Why do we punish? Gain the analytical tools necessary to understand crime, law, and deviance in the U.S. Learn about the types of criminal behavior, the characteristics of offenders and victims, and the strengths and weaknesses of the justice system.Forensics

    Learn how forensic science is used to solve crimes. Understand core scientific principles and explore major areas in the field, with emphasis on DNA and fingerprinting. In this hands-on laboratory class, you will learn the technology, equipment, and skills used to analyze physical evidence and how to interpret this evidence. Taught by Texas crime lab forensic scientists.

    ($125 lab/materials fee)
  • EngineeringEngineering Academy

    This intense Academy offers talented high school students an opportunity to discover the excitement of engineering through hands-on experience. Based on the 1st year undergraduate Design Methodology and Engineering courses, students will work in small teams to design a product from concept to prototyping.

    The program is designed to:

    • Demonstrate the importance of teamwork and planning in successfully completing large, complex, time-constrained projects.
    • Introduce the application of physical and mathematical principles in solving practical engineering problems.
    • Add to the students’ knowledge base of material properties, structures, and manufacturing processes.
    • Enhance creativity and build students’ confidence in their ability to handle challenging assignments.
    • Present steps to bring a product from concept to functional prototype: defining specs, developing concepts through research and ideation methods, modeling performance, developing working drawings, selecting materials, and constructing, testing, and revising a working prototype

    Students must have completed Algebra II, Trigonometry, and one lab science course with an A/B letter grade. A laptop is required for this course. 

    ($250 lab/materials fee)
  • FashionFashion Academy

    Is fashion your passion? This Academy combines Fashion Design and Construction with Fashion Product Development & Merchandising to create your own fashion sketches and learn how to market them.

    ($215 lab/materials fee)
    Fashion Design and Construction

    Gain the basic skills to design and complete a garment from your original sketch. Complete fashion sketches and flats of your designs and construct one of your garments with muslin using draping techniques. Taught by UT fashion instructors with own apparel line. Note: Basic drawing and sewing experience helpful but not required. 

    ($215 lab/materials fee)
    Fashion Product Development and Merchandising

    Learn the business of turning fashion ideas into products, including trend analysis, planning (material selection, cost analysis, supply chains), and the buying process. Write and present your product development proposal. Taught by UT fashion instructors and a fashion professional.

  • LawLaw Academy

    Interested in law? This Academy provides high-achieving students an introduction to the core areas of US law (constitutional, contract, and criminal law), covered in all 1st year law schools, and a preview of the type of attorney you might want to become, transactional or litigation law. This academy combines the Intro to Law and Trial Tactics classes.

    Intro to Law Learn about the U.S. law and the legal system, including an overview of the U.S. Constitution and basic procedures of civil and criminal courts, and consider the relationship between laws and justice. Interactive, discussion-based class focused on key Constitutional issues. Learn to read cases, identify key legal issues, and make cogent legal argument. Taught by practicing attorney.Trial Tactics The courtroom is one of the hallmarks of democracy. Learn about the lawyers who represent clients in a variety of legal settings. Gain the problem solving and persuasion skills used by trial lawyers and the basics of trial law. Practice skills in small groups and conduct a mock trial. Taught by practicing criminal law attorney.Top
  • MedicineMedicine Academy

    Discover whether medicine is for you. This rewarding and challenging program provides a rare opportunity for high school students to get a taste of medical school and learn via hands-on, problem-based learning with dissections and simulations. Move beyond Grey’s Anatomy, House, and ER. Get a taste of medicine as you learn about common medical conditions via cases and acquire hands-on skills such as suturing, biopsying, and checking vitals. Learn the paths to different specialties. Diagnose common illnesses and injuries and dive into major organ systems with MRI, CT, and ultrasounds in this case based class. Students will also gain CPR/AED & first aid certification during this course. See if you have what it takes to succeed. (lab/materials fee)

    Students must have completed high school biology with an A/B letter grade.

    ($630 lab/materials fee)
    Sports Medicine Academy

    Whether you want to be an athletic trainer, team physician, or orthopedic surgeon, this program is for you. Taught by award-winning UT Athletic Training instructors, this is one of the few pre-college opportunities available focused on SEM (Sports and Exercise Medicine). In this Academy, students will learn to: Recognize common athletic injuries and illnesses, the mechanisms, signs, and symptoms, and identify common risk factors. Perform commonly accepted techniques and procedures for clinical evaluation related to common athletic injuries and illnesses including history, inspection, palpation, functional testing, and special evaluation techniques. Provide treatments for athletic injuries and illnesses including triage, administration of first aid, immobilization, and transportation. Recommend and implement basic rehabilitation protocols using therapeutic modalities and rehabilitative exercises to safely return athletes to activity. This Academy combines Rehab and Diagnosis & Prevention classes.

    Sports Medicine: Rehab

    Learn which treatments, exercises, and rehabilitation techniques to incorporate into a therapeutic exercise program for common upper and lower body sports related injuries (e.g. sprains, strains, tendinopathies, etc.). Topics will include therapeutic modalities (e.g. electrical muscle stimulation), mobility techniques, and therapeutic exercises. Taught by award-winning UT Athletic Training instructors. Students must have completed high school biology with an A/B letter grade. There will be an additional materials/lab fee of $30 for this course

    Sports Medicine: Diagnosis and Prevention

    Learn how to prevent and clinically evaluate common athletic injuries and make treatment recommendations (triage, first aid, immobilization, etc.). Taught by award- winning UT Athletic Training instructors.

  • ProgrammingProgramming & Smart Technology Academy

    This hands-on Academy allows you to challenge yourself while exploring the intricacies of design, development, problem solving, and programming. Equipped with your new programming skills, challenge yourself to use smart technologies and data to gain insight as to how applications work, and utilize Python to understand how to make computers do what you want them to do. This Academy combines either Introduction or Intermediate Python Programming and the Emerging Technologies: The Internet of Things classes.

    ($110 lab/materials fee)
    Emerging Technologies: The Internet of Things

    Investigate how to make environments "smart" by instrumenting them with digitally connected components, from sensors, to lights, and smartphones. Use sensors or "smart" tech to collect data and control/do something via mobile device. Examine emerging technologies and conceive of and implement prototype internet of things applications to control our surroundings. Enhance your creativity, problem solving and collaboration skills. Students must have completed Algebra II, Trigonometry, and one lab science course with an A/B letter grade. Some minimal programming experience is recommended but not required. There will be an additional materials/lab fee for this course. 

    ($110 lab/materials fee)
    Introduction to Python Programming

    Learn Python, a high-level, top 5 language. Taught by 80% of the top 10 CS departments, Python is used from microchip testing to running Instagram.  Students will learn computer architecture, basic data types, simple I/O, decision structures, loops, and functions, and write complete programs for mathematical and logical tasks. Taught by UT CS faculty and an experienced IT professional & developer. This is an entry-level course, intended for students with NO programming experience.  However, students must have completed Algebra II with at least a B letter grade.

    Intermediate Python Programming

    Learn object-oriented programming used by large and small software companies to more easily modify, reuse, and maintain code. Learn Objects and Classes, Methods, Encapsulation, Abstraction, Polymorphism, and Inheritance, and write complete programs in Python. Taught by UT CS instructors and experienced IT professional & developer. This course is intended for students with basic programming experience in C++, Java, or Python. Students must have completed Algebra II with at least a B letter grade.

  • PsychologyPsychology Academy

    Why do you think and feel the way you do? Do you want to understand what makes other people tick? Dive into psychology with award winning UT Psychology instructors at one of the top rated Psychology programs. Learn how psychology affects your life, deepen your understanding of yourself, and apply learning to improve your life. This Academy combines Foundations of Psychology and Positive Psychology classes.

    Foundations of Psychology

    Learn why relationships work, how your brain influences your experiences, and how you learn. Cover problems in abnormal, bio, cognitive, developmental, and social psychology, and discover what can be treated and how. Taught by award-winning UT Psychology instructors.

    Positive Psychology

    Why are some people happy? Explore the research and theory in this dynamic new field and learn to apply the concepts of increasing happiness, optimism, and resilience to your life. Taught by award-winning UT Psychology instructors.

  • ScienceNeuroscience Academy

    Discover the exciting world of neuroscience and learn whether this field is for you. This challenging program provides a rare opportunity for high school students to get a taste of medical school and learn via hands-on classes taught by notable UT instructors. This academy combines Neuroscience and Microbiology classes.

    (lab/materials fee)

    Have you ever wondered why there are so many different types of antibiotics? Dive into the world of microbiology and discover how researchers and clinicians study, manipulate, and communicate with a world too small for the naked eye to see. Taught by microbiology instructor and award-winning Medical Illustrator. 

    (lab/materials fee)

    Learn about how various neural diseases are detected and treated while taking an in-depth look at one of our most complex organs. From anatomical structure in virtual reality to tapping into how bioengineered viruses could possibly be a cure for cancer, you will marvel at your brain’s complexity and adaptability. Taught by UT neurobiology alum along with neurophysiologists, neuropsychologists, and neurosurgeons. 

  • Sports and EntertainmentSport Management Academy

    This Academy introduces sport management concepts and covers key issues in the industry. Examine management strategies of collegiate and professional sports organizations. Enhance your critical thinking skills and expand your understanding of the sport management field. This Academy combines Key Issues in Sports and Strategy for Sports Organizations classes.

    Strategy for Sports Organizations

    Why do some teams succeed while others fail? Examine off-field strategies that promote on-field success. Use management strategy and decision-making (game theory & behavioral economics) disciplines. Enhance your critical thinking in this hands-on class taught by top-teaching UT Sport Management instructors.

    Key Issues in Sports

    Explore important issues in sports, including doping, violence, college sports reform, international sports, race, and gender. Enhance critical thinking skills while gaining a historical and ethical framework. Taught by top-teaching UT Sport Management instructors and attorney.

    Sports Media, Events & Entertainment Academy

    Austin is home to so many festivals and live events as well as some of the top sporting events. In this Academy, you will learn event marketing strategies and tools that are used to create buzz around many of these major events, and the ever-changing fast-paced industry of sports media. This Academy combines Sports Media and Live Events & Promotion classes.

    Sports Media

    Learn how sports and media work together and how things are changing. Develop and pitch your own programming/content to industry professionals. Taught by UT Sport Management instructors and former EPSN Senior Director.

    Live Events & Promotion

    Learn what it takes to run successful events, a $115B industry with +10% employment growth, in the “live music capital of the world” and host to SXSW, Austin City Limits, and X Games. In this hands on-class, learn the event planning process, event promotion, and public relations by studying major Sports & Music events. Taught by UT Sport Management instructors, who started the X Games and managed the ESPYs.