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As a top university, UNC Chapel Hill offers the perfect setting to preview college life.




Dates:
Session 1: June 28 - July 11, 2020
Session 2: July 12 - July 25, 2020
Both Sessions: June 28 - July 25, 2020
Program Fee:
One Session: $4,295
Both Sessions: $8,295
Housing:
Campus Dormitory
Grades:
Ages 14 - 18
Program Fee includes:
Tuition, room, 3 meals per day, use of select campus facilities, included excursions and daily activities, bed linens, pillow and towels, 24-hour residential care and support, staff accompanied airport transfer during specified windows.
Not Included:
Airfare/transportation to and from home city, courses and activities shown to have an extra fee, laundry, spending money, souvenirs, meals eaten away from program, airport transfers outside of specified windows, trip cancellation insurance, medical insurance, medical and dental expenses.

The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill is the perfect location to preview college life. UNC has a reputation for excellent academics and is also known for its sports teams and amazing school spirit. Our high school summer program combines dynamic seminars with the excitement of life on campus and the opportunity to experience life as a Tar Heel. Located in the beautiful college town of Chapel Hill, students have full access to campus and the freedom to enjoy one of America’s most historic and energetic college towns.

At Summerfuel UNC, we help you prepare for the important transition from high school to college and give you the freedom to explore your interests and form a summer community of learning and independence. Our summer pre-college program combines academics, activities, and athletics for an authentic taste of college life. Join us on this exciting campus and create friendships with students from all over the world.

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PROGRAM SCHEDULE


SESSION 1

  • JUNE 28 • HELLO UNC!
  • JUNE 29 • CLASSES START
  • JULY 02 • RAFTING TRIP
  • JULY 04 • HANGING ROCK -FIREWORKS
  • JULY 05 • JORDAN LAKE, NC
  • JULY 07 • DURHAM/DUKE U.
  • JULY 10 • AWARDS CELEBRATION
  • JULY 11 • GOODBYE FRIENDS


SESSION 2

  • JULY 12 • ARRIVAL DAY
  • JULY 13 • CLASSES START
  • JULY 16 • RAFTING TRIP
  • JULY 18 • HANGING ROCK
  • JULY 19 • JORDAN LAKE
  • JULY 21 • DURHAM/DUKE U.
  • JULY 24 • AWARDS CELEBRATION
  • JULY 25 • GOODBYE UNC


DAILY SCHEDULE

  • 08.30am • BREAKFAST
  • 09.30am • SEMINAR
  • 12.00pm • LUNCH/FREE TIME
  • 02.00pm • WORKSHOPS
  • 04.00pm • SEMINAR
  • 06.30pm • DINNER
  • 07.00pm • FREE TIME
  • 08.30pm • EVENING EVENTS
  • 11.00pm • CHECK-IN
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STUDENT LIFE ON CAMPUS

UNC enjoys a privileged location with its stunning 700 acre campus set in the middle of the bustling town of Chapel Hill. Enjoy the best of both world's with full access to campus facilities while being just a short stroll to America's most energetic and historic college town and all it has to offer.

Housing

Carmichael Residence Hall, is located on mid campus, next to the SRC (student recreation center) and Fetzer Gym and field. All of campus and the town are easy walking distance. Centrally air-conditioned bedrooms are doubles arranged in suite-style and furnished with extra-long twin beds, desks, chairs, and a built-in closet. Rooms are on a common hall, and halls are divided by gender and age. Roommates are determined based on the housing questionnaire that students fill out prior to arrival, as well as considering age and geographic diversity. Full bedding and bath towels are provided and replaced weekly. Wi-Fi is available throughout campus and the ground floor has student lounges, an activities center, maker studio and classroom space. Additionally, the Kessing outdoor swimming pool is directly behind the dorm as well as an outdoor quad and sand volleyball court.


University Facilities

Students have full access to libraries, computer lab and student center. As you would expect from an athletics powerhouse, university athletics facilities at UNC are second to none. Students can choose from multiple gyms, swimming pools, racquet ball and squash courts as well as the Rams Head Recreation Center, featuring 3 basketball courts, an indoor track, climbing wall, group exercise classes and state-of-the-art cardio and weight-training equipment. Additional outdoor basketball and tennis courts are also available. Students can also visit the Dean E. Smith Center, the legendary home of North Carolina basketball.

Dining

Students receive a Carolina meal card and are entitled to eat at any on campus Carolina dining facility. Carolina dining provides a wide variety of menu choices, including vegetarian, vegan, and an organic salad bar. UNC dining is able to accommodate most dietary restrictions and preferences.
 
Meals can also be taken at the Carolina Union where there is an Alpine Bagel and Wendy’s or at Lenoir Hall where you can choose from high street favorites such as Freshens, Chick-Fil-A, Burrito Bowl, Sushi, Chinese, Indian and multiple Coffee Houses. Additionally there are multiple food trucks on campus and of course you can stroll into Chapel Hill and hit one of the multiple student spots on Franklin street. Lunch will be provided during off-site during excursions. Please advise Summerfuel of dietary needs during the application process.

NEIGHBORHOOD HIGHLIGHTS

One of the many advantages of the UNC campus is its central location in the town of Chapel Hill. Students have full access to downtown and Franklin Street, the historic center of Carolina social life in this ultimate college town. The historic district is full of cafes, restaurants, and shops, as well as many T-Shirt stores so you can wear your Carolina gear with pride!

 

Franklin Street

Historic Franklin Street in downtown Chapel Hill is home to more than 200 restaurants, retail shops and service businesses. Enjoy festivals, special events, nightlife and cultural destinations. 140 West and Carolina Square are Franklin Street's hubs for outdoor happenings.

UNC-Chapel Hill Campus

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) is the first state-supported university in America to open its doors and graduate students in the 18th century. Guided tours are available. Also, music, plays and more at Memorial Hall and PlayMakers Repertory Company.

The Ackland Museum

The Ackland turned 60 in 2018. The Museum's permanent collection consists of more than 18,000 works of art, a premier collection of Asian art and works of art on paper, plus significant collections of European masterworks, twentieth-century and contemporary art.

Morehead Planetarium & Science Center

The largest fulldome planetarium in the southeastern United States reaches more than 150,000 visitors each year with its science programs. See its GlaxoSmithKline Fulldome Theater, exhibits and Science Stage, including live science demonstrations.

North Carolina Botanical Garden

Comprises more than 1,000 acres, including 10 acres of display gardens and a number of natural areas. See North Carolina plants and vegetation, perennial borders, a Garden of Flowering Plant Families, the Piedmont Nature Trails, a green Education Center with exhibits and more.

Carolina Basketball Museum

The newly renovated Carolina Basketball Museum chronicles the history of UNC Basketball and includes nearly 500 authentic artifacts, hundreds of photographs, and videos of various players, coaches, championships and historic moments. The interactive museum is open daily.

Southern Season

A food lover’s paradise with exciting and innovative products from local to international vendors, Southern Season offers over 70,000 items sold in-store and online. Known as a “culinary Mecca,”, the store features specialty food products, chocolate and candy, wine & beer, coffee & tea, prepared foods, kitchen tools, home items, gifts and much more. Students can take a class at its cooking school.

Carr Mill Mall and Weaver Street Market

Carrboro is home to the historic Carr Mill Mall, a former textile mill, listed in the National Register of Historic Places under its original name, The Alberta Complex. Find specialty, outdoor and home décor shops, a Coffee/Tea bar, and local favorite Elmo’s Diner. Weaver Street Market is a community gathering place as well as a food co-op store. Its large open front lawn is where residents and visitors gather for coffee, food, music and other events.

University Place

Whether searching for on-trend fashion, priceless art, the perfect unique gift or, mouth-watering cuisine, University Place features some of the region’s best locally owned and national retailers and restaurants. Home to Silverspot Cinema/Trilogy, Kidzu Children’s Museum, Peacock Alley, William Travis Jewelry, and Stoney River Steakhouse and Grill.

Live Music

The music scene in the area is rocking with Carrboro's famous Cat's Cradle, The Station, Chapel Hill's Local 506, The Cave and Nightlight and Hillsborough's Hot Tin Roof. Come hear local, regional and national bands just about every night of the week.

Historic Hillsborough

Hillsborough's historic downtown at 264 years old is on the National Register for Historic Places. Just a short drive from Chapel Hill, Hillsborough's Churton Street is filled with art, jewelry, wine and chocolate shops. Find an historic museum, an antebellum school, a Federal -era plantation house and stroll along the scenic Riverwalk, a 1.8 mile stretch along the Eno River.

Local Food & Markets

Hailed as "America's Foodiest Small Town" by Bon Appetit magazine, Chapel Hill is a hot spot for local farm to table cuisine. Noted nationally are Crook's Corner, Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen, and Lantern Restaurant. Il Palio and Crossroads Chapel Hill are both AAA four-diamond delicious! Media touts Carrboro's Neal's Deli as a national top ten sandwich shop and Pizzeria Mercato, a top favorite Neapolitan Pizzeria. Aaron Vandemark, Executive Chef at Pancuito in Hillsborough, is a six-time James Beard nominee. Visit five county farmer's markets to see where many local chefs shop. Try our multiple craft beer breweries and spirits distillery. Look for the new Blue Dogwood Public Market on West Franklin Street - a food hall with with vegetarian, craft beer & ciders, gluten-free bakery, Persian, Latin American, and BBQ.

 
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HANDS-ON LEARNING

At Summerfuel we believe learning should be inspiring and interactive. We design courses that reflect the strengths of the university and the greater Raleigh-Durham area in order to incorporate field trips, expert speakers, and hands-on learning opportunities. Curricula is created to foster students’ ability to think critically and independently. 

Seminar Structure

Students select one seminar concentration that forms their morning major course and afternoon elective course. Morning seminars meet five times per week, and afternoon seminars meet three or four times weekly. Courses are seminar style with an emphasis on participation and engagement. Although course content is designed to challenge and provoke, homework is limited to ensure that students make the most of their experience at UNC. Course size ranges from eight to sixteen students per class. 

Seminar Offerings

Business and Entrepreneurship

In this seminar, students will learn about starting and managing a small business, from an independent bookstore to a financial consulting firm. They will study the basics of business management, but will also consider how 21st century tools like Facebook, Twitter and Crowd Funding can help a start-up achieve enduring success. There will be a special glimpse into the field of sport management and career opportunities in the sport industry. Explore business principles and how they apply to administration, communication, motivation, and leadership style. By the end of the program, students will have developed plans to start their own small business using 21st century resources.

STEM – Maker Technology and Innovation

This seminar challenges you to get creative and use tech to build and explore. Combine technology, engineering and design, for a truly hands on seminar. Work in teams in our very own Maker Space and learn the fundamentals of programming, circuitry, 3D design and 3D printing in a lively, project-driven environment. Team up and create something completely new: a robot, a kinetic art installation, a piece of interactive clothing, or a computerized vehicle. Use TinkerCad to create masterpieces of 3D printing as you are lead through a series of design challenges testing the limits of 3D technologies as you create your own design. Use your imagination to design, build, test, and interact with your latest creations. Get ready to create this summer.

Medical Science

This interdisciplinary seminar provides students with knowledge of various body systems including the endocrine system, the biology of mind, the microbial system and immune responses. We cover topics in biotechnology to provide an overview of current and future technologies that make up the medical sciences and research field. Students will meet with industry scientists to learn how basic research can generate biomedical tools and discover the latest research coming out of UNC Chapel Hill. Through guest lectures, lab tours and field trips, students will be exposed to research in a variety of topics including, Neuroscience, Engineering, Biotechnology, Integrated Physiology and Biomaterials. Students learn to think critically about current research, identify sources, analyze data and design their own experiments. Innovations and current issues in medical science will be incorporated in discussions.

Psychology

This hands-on seminar examines behavior through the psychological theories of Freud, Skinner, Maslow, Erikson and Piaget. Critically consider the validity of these theories in light of your own experiences of intellectual and moral development, sensuality, family and peer relationships, and coping with stress and problems in daily life. View films and read relevant articles that provide an applied understanding of developmental psychology. Students investigate a wide range of psychological topics, including dreams, memory, consciousness, anxiety, body language, gender, and sexuality. Students delve deeper to uncover the history of the subject, study case histories, learn about various mental disorders, and different research methodologies. Students complete the course by designing their own experiments under the guidance of research specialists and their psychology instructor.

International Law

This interactive seminar is designed to spark debate and understanding about the law and society and role and importance of international law. How does the law shape relationships between nations and effect foreign policy? And how does it govern relations between non-state actors? Students address Public and Private International Law, and consider how International Law affects business, Human Rights, the prosecution of international crimes, sovereignty, trade, and war. The course culminates in a moot war crimes trial where debate and critical thinking skills are put to the test.

Workshops

Take the learning beyond the classroom with these hands-on, immersive workshops. Explore something new, or hone an existing passion while working closely with your peers and Summerfuel team members. Workshops meet five afternoons per session. 

Faculty 

Courses are designed and taught by an accomplished and passionate faculty recruited from many area colleges, universities and professional forums.  The Chapel Hill area is home to the University of North Carolina, Duke University and North Carolina State. Each faculty member is selected for their subject area expertise and proven ability to both challenge and captivate students.  

Seminars

Business

Business & Entrepreneurship

In this seminar, students will learn about starting and managing a small business, from an independent bookstore to a financial consulting firm. They will study the basics of business management, but will also consider how 21st century tools like Facebook, Twitter and Crowd Funding can help a start-up achieve enduring success. There will be a special glimpse into the field of sport management and career opportunities in the sport industry. Discover various sport principles and how they apply to administration, communication, motivation, and leadership style. By the end of the program, students will have developed plans to start their own small business using 21st century resources.

Law

International Law

This interactive seminar is designed to spark debate and understanding about the law and society and role and importance of international law. How does the law shape relationships between nations and effect foreign policy? And how does it govern relations between non-state actors? Students address Public and Private International Law, and consider how International Law affects business, Human Rights, the prosecution of international crimes, sovereignty, trade, and war. The course culminates in a moot war crimes trial where debate and critical thinking skills are put to the test.

Medicine

Medical Science

This interdisciplinary seminar provides students with knowledge of various body systems including the endocrine system, the biology of mind, the microbial system and immune responses. We cover topics in biotechnology to provide an overview of current and future technologies that make up the medical sciences and research field. Students will meet with industry scientists to learn how basic research can generate biomedical tools and discover the latest research coming out of UNC Chapel Hill. Through guest lectures, lab tours and field trips, students will be exposed to research in a variety of topics including, Neuroscience, Engineering, Biotechnology, Integrated Physiology and Biomaterials. Students learn to think critically about current research, identify sources, analyze data and design their own experiments. Innovations and current issues in medical science will be incorporated in discussions.

Psychology

Psychology

This hands-on seminar examines behavior through the psychological theories of Freud, Skinner, Maslow, Erikson and Piaget. Critically consider the validity of these theories in light of your own experiences of intellectual and moral development, sensuality, family and peer relationships, and coping with stress and problems in daily life. View films and read relevant articles that provide an applied understanding of developmental psychology. Students investigate a wide range of psychological topics, including dreams, memory, consciousness, anxiety, body language, gender, and sexuality. Students delve deeper to uncover the history of the subject, study case histories, learn about various mental disorders, and different research methodologies. Students complete the course by designing their own experiments under the guidance of research specialists and their psychology instructor.

STEM

STEM - Maker Technology & Innovation

This seminar challenges you to get creative and use tech to build and explore. Combine technology, engineering and design, for a truly hands on seminar. Work in teams in our very own Maker Space and learn the fundamentals of programming, circuitry, 3D design and 3D printing in a lively, project-driven environment. Team up and create something completely new: a robot, a kinetic art installation, a piece of interactive clothing, or a computerized vehicle. Use TinkerCad to create masterpieces of 3D printing as you are lead through a series of design challenges testing the limits of 3D technologies as you create your own design. Use your imagination to design, build, test, and interact with your latest creations. Get ready to create this summer.

Workshop

Discover Chapel Hill

American History in Chapel Hill

Step out into the city and surrounding area of Chapel Hill to explore the rich history of the South. This workshop will take students to various historical sites such as The Gimghoul Castle, Chapel of the Cross, Horace Williams House, Forest Theater, Old Chapel Hill Cemetery and more.

Art Museums of Chapel Hill

Do you love exploring art museums and discovering new types of art? This workshop will take you out and about to experience the art of Chapel Hill. Visit establishments such as the North Carolina Museum of Art, Ackland Art Museum, Weatherspoon Art Museum, The Gregg Museum of Art and Design and The Frank Museum, to name a few. Supplemental fee required.

Culture & Cuisine

Take a virtual trip around the world as you discover the vast array of gastronomical culture right in downtown Chapel Hill. Visit various cafes and restaurants highlighting different cuisines, all while learning about the culture behind them. Come hungry and open-minded. $75 supplemental fee required.

Preparing For College

Writing The Personal Statement

This workshop is intended to introduce students to writing for the personal statement also known as the college admissions essay. Using personal reflection, writing prompts and peer critiques each student will develop a working outline of a personal statement based on a prompt from a college or university of choice. Students who continue work outside of class will develop their piece further but all students should expect to continue to rework their writing in the fall.

Leadership & Team Building

Colleges are looking for leaders of the next generation who are ready to engage in social change, facilitate team activities and inspire others to succeed within any type of group setting. Learn the essential skills needed to lead a high school or college club, student organization, sports team or community group. The future is yours to build together!

Public Speaking

Speaking in public is a valued and valuable skill in all professions. In this workshop, students will develop the ability to express themselves confidently and clearly through both extemporaneous speech, speech writing and performance. A fun, active workshop appropriate for everyone.

Sports & Fitness

Basketball

What better place to improve your Basketball skills and fitness than at the home of the North Carolina Tar Heels. Make use of multiple gyms and improve all aspects of your game. Play, get better and have fun. Open to all levels.

Dance Workshop

What better way to get your body moving and let loose than with music and dance? Explore a variety of dance styles and movement disciplines with easy-to-follow routines and choreography taught by an experienced and talented instructor. All levels are welcome.

Personal Fitness

Do you love to play sports and get in a good afternoon workout? Spend your workshop afternoons engaging in different athletic challenges and competitions. We'll survey student interest and include various sporting activities to engage in. Likely to include basketball, tennis, soccer, running, body weight exercises, and use of the Rams Head Recreation center.

The Arts

Photography

Spend your afternoons exploring campus and learning the art of photography with friends. Discover Chapel Hill through street portraits, self-portraits, tableaux vivants and more. Bring your camera and your desire to discover. All levels welcome.

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DISCOVER NORTH CAROLINA


When not in class, students enjoy a full and varied schedule of extracurricular activities to choose from. All trips and activities are included in the program fee, so students will never be at a loss for something to do.

Excursions

Every weekend, we take full advantage of all that Chapel Hill and the surrounding area has to offer, visiting some of its most exciting destinations, historic sites and nature. Immerse yourself in the local culture as you explore the Carolina countryside, rivers and lakes, visit historic landmarks, and indulge in Southern cuisine.

Hanging Rock State Park

Since its creation as a 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps project, Hanging Rock State Park has offered the best of a traditional outdoor experience with 73-site campground, picnic grounds, stocked lake for swimming and canoe rentals and more than 20 miles of hiking trails that climb onto spectacular views and weave alongside clear streams and waterfalls. There is also access on the Dan River for paddling, 8.4 miles of mountain biking trails and rock climbing opportunities. There is also a park museum that explores the natural and cultural history of the Sauratown Mountains. It’s a spectacular place to relax and enjoy the outstanding natural beauty of the area or simply cool off on a summer’s day.

Jordan Lake

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area is a collective of nine access areas scattered around the shoreline of this undeveloped, 14,000-acre reservoir. It’s the perfect location to experience the outdoors and sample nature. There are seven swim beaches in the recreation area and nearly 14 miles of hiking trails wind across the hilly lakeshore, with most of them offering easy, brief hikes perfect for a day in the country. Spotting bald eagles and osprey is just one of many opportunities to view wildlife, and the lake’s ecology is further explored in the visitor center exhibit hall.

Whitewater Kayaking on the Cape Fear River

Enjoy several miles of calm water in a secluded environment before entering the biggest rock garden of the entire Cape Fear River. Go through some Class II, II+ and possible III rapids (depends on the water level) in the second part of the trip. Get a glimpse of a soaring Bald Eagle or Great Blue Heron as you paddle on remote section of the Cape Fear. Use a sit-on-top self-bailing whitewater kayaks. Enjoy the thrill of whitewater kayaking while practicing your skills with a guide along your side. Supplemental fee required. 

Duke University

Visit nearby Durham and Duke University. Take a campus tour and see why you’re having much more fun at UNC Chapel Hill…If dates permit you can even catch a baseball game with the Durham Bulls.

Daily Activities

Summerfuel offers a wide range of activities each and every day at UNC and around Chapel Hill, led by our faculty, staff, and local contacts.

Past favorites include:

Casino Night
The Summerfuel Olympics
Basketball
Tennis
Volleyball
Ghost Tours
SummerFeud
Design a Card
Bubble Soccer
Quad Kick-Ball
Lip Sync Battles
Ultimate Frisbee
Capture the Flag
Jewelry Making
Talent Night Coffee House
Murder Mystery Night
Water Balloon Fights
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EXPERIENCE MATTERS


The safety and well-being of our students is of paramount importance to us. Each program has two distinct specialist teams – one to manage residence life and one to manage academic success. Each staff member is carefully vetted using a written application, personal interview, professional reference check, and required background check.

Residential Staff 

Residential staff includes a director, senior staff, and one resident advisor (RA) for every twelve students. RAs live on each hall and work to create an inclusive and supportive residential community. RAs serve as mentors and active leaders to aid students in every aspect of their summer experience. Senior Staff also live in residence and are available to address student safety, concerns, conflicts, and emergencies, at any time.

Supervision 

Summerfuel students are required to attend all classes and academic workshops each day, and attendance is taken at each class. During free time, students may choose between an organized activity or an individual pursuit such as classwork, laundry, or relaxing in the dorm. Students have freedom to explore with friends within an area surrounding campus defined by the program director. In the evenings, students check in with residence staff who will also use that time to catch up on the day’s events. The Summerfuel Program Office is located in Carmichael Hall and serves as the info and security hub for students. Students are honor bound to follow safety protocols both on and off campus, and are required to use the buddy system during free time. 
 
Read our full code of conduct here
 

Campus Security

The UNC Chapel Hill campus and the college town of Chapel Hill is extremely safe, and crime is unusual, but students and staff still take standard precautions of living near a bustling town. UNC security is on 24-hour patrol, while UNC Emergency Medical Services is available for medical aid to any student in need. Campus is equipped with an emergency blue light system, and dormitories require electronic key access for building entry with a separate key for bedrooms and bathrooms.