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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions


"Get an Ivy League Education - on Vacation"

Get an Ivy League Education - on Vacation

Yahoo!, 2014

Being able to say that you studied at Harvard or Cornell just got a whole lot easier. Whoever said summer school was a bad thing obviously didn't have these higher-education vacation ideas in mind. Several high-caliber (including Ivy League) universities open their doors to the general public for short-term, non-accredited adult courses over the summer. Best of all, perfect SAT scores, brilliant essays, or padded trust funds aren't required to apply, so go ahead: make your 2014 summer vacation the most brag-worthy of the bunch, with one of these brainy breaks.

For the real deal Ivy League experience, complete with on-campus room and board, make way for Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. Their Cornell's Adult University (CAU) summer courses highlight 30 weeklong class options, led by the university's prestigious faculty, in subjects like history (try "America's Vietnam: How Did It Happen?" with instructor Fredrik Logevall, winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in history), literature, world affairs, and more. Or, brush up on a hobby, with coursework on gardening, birding, French cooking, and golfing. Attend daytime seminars or evening lectures, and use your free time to explore the region's surrounding viticultural region, the Finger Lakes, with your new school chums. Or, bring the whole family along: CAU additionally offers complementary summer educational programs for kids ages 3 to 16 (with programs like "Birds, Bugs, and Bats" for the wee ones, or cartooning or sailing for the older of the bunch), which allow parents and kids to break for activities and classes, but sync up for meals, free time, and sleep. Four one-week sessions run from July 6 through Aug. 2, 2014, including on-campus lodging and meals (rates from $1,705/adults; from $710/kids).


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