Learning On Campus

Washington University in St. Louis offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, workshops and seminars during the summer. For complete information about a specific program or offering, please visit the websites referenced below.

Arts & Sciences and University College

Summer School through the College of Arts & Sciences has four sessions and a rich assortment of courses. Fundamental courses fulfill degree requirements, and smaller-sized classes allow for more focused and concentrated learning. Students can earn academic credit in summer institutes for creative writing, global leadership, intensive Chinese and Japanese, and biology. International students can enroll in summer school through our International Summer Study program.

Lifelong Learning Institute

The Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) offers a special four-week session in July. Lighter offerings in contemporary issues, creative writing, music, film studies, history and literature emphasize peer learning and active class participation by senior adults (55 and older). Study groups are not for credit, but all members of this learning community take their responsibilities seriously.

Brown School

The Brown School offers two master's degrees and a doctoral degree. Curriculum continues through the summer with both coursework and practicums.

School of Engineering & Applied Science

The School of Engineering & Applied Science offers courses in a variety of disciplines to current and visiting students. Undergraduate and graduate level courses allow students to get ahead in their degree program, continue their professional development or try something new. Offering courses in day, evening and weekend formats in the traditional disciplines as well as professional education for managers and leaders in the engineering, technology, and science fields.

Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts

The Sam Fox School provides enrichment opportunities through its summer courses and programs.


Sam Fox School summer courses are open to current Washington University in St. Louis students, students from other colleges/universities, and adults seeking career advancement or creative enrichment.

Print Workshop

The Collaborative Print: An Island Press Master Class with Trenton Doyle Hancock, is a three-week workshop providing undergraduate, graduates, and print professionals a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the environment of workshop printing at the Sam Fox School's Island Press.


Explore Architecture gives current college students and graduates who are interested in a career in architecture an intensive introduction to the field. Students learn about topics such as drawing, digital representation, architectural analysis, sustainable design, and design theory while developing high-quality work for inclusion in their portfolios.

School of Law

During the summer, Washington University Law offers a variety of intensive externships and field placements. Summer clinical course offerings include the Judicial Clerkship and the Lawyering Practice Externship (LPE). In the summer LPE, students either may seek placements in the regular offices that the LPE utilize during the regular academic year or in similar placements in other locations.

WashULaw also offers a weeklong pre-law institute designed to inform, educate, advise, and prepare students and recent graduates for the law school application process through the landing of that first job in law. This institute will provide classroom experiences via mini legal workshops and firsthand exposure to lawyers in a variety of practice areas, state and federal court systems and courthouses, small and large law firms, and public interest venues. For more information contact via email:

School of Medicine

The School of Medicine provides students with the opportunity to learn from master clinicians and researchers while pursuing their studies in a wide array of academic departments and programs. Medical education continues year round, with many academic programs for third and fourth year students beginning in the summer months.

Program in Physical Therapy

The professional curriculum offered by the Program in Physical Therapy leads to the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. This curriculum, a combination of classroom learning and clinical experiences, focuses on the science of movement. Academics, groundbreaking research, and leading-edge patient care continue throughout the summer.

Program in Occupational Therapy

The Program in Occupational Therapy offers a Master’s degree (MSOT), an occupational therapy doctorate (OTD), and a PhD in Rehabilitation and Participation Science. Coursework, apprenticeships, research opportunities and fieldwork for students continues throughout the summer.

Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences Summer Research Programs

DBBS Summer Research Programs provide opportunities for undergraduates to experience the outstanding cutting edge research at Washington University and the city of St. Louis and its surrounding areas. The programs are designed to prepare undergraduates for admission to and the rigor of top quality PhD and MD/PhD programs.

Olin Business School

Olin Business School’s degree and nondegree programs emphasize rigorously analytical, critical-thinking skills; applied learning; global competence; and communication and collaboration skills. Course work for graduate students in the Executive and Professional MBA programs continues throughout the summer, while undergraduate students participate in both elective courses and research and internship opportunities.

Summer Events at WUSTL

Join us for special events and ongoing programming on campus this summer. From a summer barbecue and pool party to weekly events, summer is a great time to meet up with classmates and other students.
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