The Advanced Academic Program (AAP) provides an opportunity for students to challenge themselves in an academic university setting during the summer months. Designed for high school students with a strong level of English, the Advanced Academic Program will immerse students in engaging projects and discussions using course material and activities typical of a Canadian educational institution.

During this 3-week all-inclusive program, students will be immersed in an English language environment at Canada’s top university and learn about, analyze, and explore a range of concepts related to the subject they are taking. The course will culminate with an independent research project and academic presentation. Students have mandatory morning and afternoon courses, and will participate in co-curricular evening activities and weekend excursions. 

WHAT’S NEW FOR 2022?

We are committed to maintaining appropriate policies and procedures, following bylaws and guidelines as set out by the Canadian federal, provincial, and municipal health authorities, as well as those set out by the University of Toronto, for the safe operation of our on-campus program offerings in the Summer of 2022.   

The health and safety of our students is our main priority. Our team is devoted to ensuring that we can provide the same enriching and fun programs in a safe manner. Here are a few things we are changing for this year:   

  • Small class and program sizes 
  • Guaranteed single rooms (for those staying in residence) 
  • Increased deep cleaning protocols for shared spaces  
  • Following all regulations set forth by the University of Toronto and the Government of Canada.   

The International Programs Office reserves the right to cancel, change, amend, and update the International Summer Academy offering within reason due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances related to COVID-19, Canadian public health by-laws, and University of Toronto requirements. 

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Courses
Duration (M-F)
Age
English Level
World Economics
3 weeks, Morning
15 - 18 yrs
Advanced+
Law, Ethics & Society
3 weeks, Morning
15 - 18 yrs
Advanced+
Film & Cinema Studies
3 weeks, Afternoon
15 - 18 yrs
Advanced+
Critical Thinking in Statistics
3 weeks, Afternoon
15 - 18 yrs
Advanced+

Please note that the International Programs Office may change course offerings due to availability and your selected course may not be available. Please be prepared to select a second choice if your first choice is no longer available.  If you have any concerns, please contact the International Programs Office at summeracademy@utoronto.ca. 

World Economics

Course Length: 3 weeks
Classes: 15 hours/week
Minimum Level Required: Advanced+

In this course, students will apply fundamental economic concepts, such as scarcity, wealth, productivity, trade-offs and markets, to learn how our economic behaviour influences, and is influenced by, a globalized, interconnected world. Students will be encouraged to research and reflect upon how these concepts are understood in their own countries and to share their knowledge with their classmates.

LAW, ETHICS & SOCIETY

Course Length: 3 weeks
Classes: 15 hours/week
Minimum Level Required: Advanced+

How do we decide between right and wrong? Why do we need laws? What are our rights and obligations as citizens? This course challenges students to take on some of society’s toughest questions. Through case studies, group projects, guest speakers and field trips, students will learn the basic principles behind the Canadian legal system, exploring how it compares their own.

FILM & CINEMA STUDIES

Course Length: 3 weeks
Classes: 15 hours/week
Minimum Level Required: Advanced+

This course will explore how film communicates beyond words. Topics covered include genre traditions (sci-fi, horror, documentary, etc.), production techniques, and principles of visual composition. During in-class screenings and discussions, students will analyze the many ways in which filmmakers convey stories, ideas, emotions, and biases. For their major project, they will have the opportunity to try out some of these strategies for themselves.

CRITICAL THINKING IN STATISTICS

Course Length: 3 weeks
Classes: 15 hours/week
Minimum Level Required: Advanced+

In this course, students will learn the fundamentals of mathematical statistics and data analysis, critically examining how statistical data is collected and used to model reality. Through individual work, class discussions, and group projects, students will also apply their analytical skills to explore cognitive bias, game theory, and decision-making.

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