Duke University

Summer Springboard program located in Durham, North Carolina

Campus Overview

Duke is consistently ranked among the top ten universities in the United States. Often called one of the most beautiful campuses in America, this university boasts modern teaching and research facilities, lush botanical gardens, and is home to top ranking sports teams.

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Session 1:
June 30, 2024 July 12, 2024

Session 2:
July 14, 2024 July 26, 2024


Duke University
Durham, North Carolina


  • Summer Springboard did an excellent job of mixing fun with learning, with field trips and hands on activities. And it was so easy to make new friends!

    Olivia L.

  • My daughter came home thrilled with her experience and continues to talk about what she learned. Additionally, the staff was excellent and my daughter raved about them.

    Mary M.

Academic Courses

At Summer Springboard we believe learning should be inspiring and interactive. We have worked hard to design courses, field trips and guest lectures that take advantage of the campus location in the heart of North Carolina's high tech Research Triangle. Whenever possible, classes are held outdoors, on-site or in a lab-type setting to allow students as many ’hands on’ opportunities as possible.

Each morning on the campus we break out into small groups based on your academic program. During this time, students will dive deep into a specific subject area with creative, dynamic instructors, engaging professors and professional experts. Field trips and guest speakers take the learning experience beyond the classroom and leverage all that the research triangle has to offer.

Business & Entrepreneurship

students on university campus

Whatever you do in life, foundational business skills such as effective communication, sales and marketing, and financial management will serve you well. These skills let you transform your ideas into a real business that will give you greater control of your destiny. Students will learn firsthand from business veterans about starting and running a business. Over the course of the program, they will develop a plan for a new venture and pitch their idea to real world investors. Along the way, meet with leaders from different areas of business and finance.

Note: Summer Springboard programs are not run by our campus partners. Universities and their affiliated departments are not responsible for the Summer Springboard program in any way.

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Nursing is the largest, the most diverse, and one of the most respected of all healthcare professions. Nursing employment is expected to increase by 9% by 2030, post-pandemic, progressively more students have been considering this career path. Nurses are responsible for providing primary health care and specialty services to individuals, families, and communities. Discover the diverse career opportunities and what a day in the life of a nurse looks like. During the program, students will learn the fundamental concepts of caring and gain an interesting perspective on how patient care is provided.

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Game Development

This course aims to provide the knowledge of implementing a computer game using one of the industry-standard game development engines. This course describes the 3D virtual world creation process from a computer graphics perspective, introduces corresponding game components, explains how to use these components effectively in a game development process, and how to successfully deliver a fully working and entertaining game.

During the course, students can improve their Computer Science and Computer Graphics knowledge, both personally and collaboratively. They will explore professional video game design while using popular industry tools. They will begin by learning about how to create 3D objects and then using their new skills to design a fully realized world of their own. Students will get a chance to customize their newly built worlds and leave the course with a comprehensive view of how to professionally design a game and have skills to showcase in their portfolio.

No prior coding knowledge is needed for the course. Fundamentals of C# programming language and the basic requirements for game scripting are taught at the beginning of the course. Whether students are interested in 3D modeling, gameplay programming, or level design, they can expand their project’s portfolio, gain exposure to critical game industry insights, and connect with talented peers and mentors. What more fun way than applying this knowledge towards the process of creating a video game?

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Public Policy

lecture hall

The government today can affect all aspects of our lives. Curious to find out more about issues addressed by public policy such as public health, criminal justice, gun rights, immigration, reproductive rights, drug use, education, and disaster preparedness. Learn and discuss the system of laws, regulatory measures, courses of action, and funding priorities concerning a given topic promulgated by a governmental entity or its representatives. This course aims to create conditions for learning, opportunity and experience, which enable young people to develop knowledge, skills and competences.

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Psychology & Neuroscience

Artificial intelligence, processing neurological data, brain

Curious about the brain? Want to discover and learn the fundamentals of brain biology and the functioning of the central nervous system? By attending the Neuroscience Summer Springboard course students will be able to explore and familiarize with perception, decision-making, neuroethics, neurotechnology, and many other topics. Learn how the development of the brain affects emotions, physiology, and cognition, as well as develop a foundation for future study paths and careers in medicine, biology, biomedical science, psychology, and more.

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Activities & Trips

Known for its award winning sports team and passionate fans. But it is also nestled in the heart of North Carolina's Research Triangle. Visit some of the key attractions in the Raleigh-Durham corridor, including the basketball museum and lemur center. The campus holds much to explore and is perfect for diving into your favorite subjects in a beautiful setting. All excursions are fully supervised by Summer Springboard staff.

  • Durham North Carolina home of Summer Springboard program at Duke University

Raleigh, North Carolina

Downtown Raleigh, N.C., is where historic neighborhoods, world-class museums, Southern diners, and outdoor green spaces all work together to create one incredible cultural hotspot. We'll spend a day exploring must see sights including North Carolina Museum of Art, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and more!

Duke Lemur Center

The Duke Lemur Center is the world’s largest and most diverse collection of lemurs – Earth’s most threatened group of mammals – outside of Madagascar. The Duke Lemur Center advances science, scholarship, and biological conservation through interdisciplinary research, community-based conservation, and public outreach.

Carowinds Amusement Park

For over 45 years, Carowinds has been right at the heart of where the Carolinas come together. The park features more than 50 rides, shows and attractions. Scream out loud on one of our 13 roller coasters— Copperhead Strike is the first double launch roller coaster in the Carolinas that takes off at an incredible 0 to 42 miles per hour in 2.5 seconds.

UNC Chapel Hill

To get another perspective on college life, students will also tour UNC Chapel Hill. While on the campus of UNC Chapel Hill, students will check out the Carolina Basketball Museum. The museum features artifacts, videos, photos, statistical and historical panels that highlight the history of the Carolina Basketball program.

Student Life

During the Summer Springboard program, you'll live on the campus of Duke University. This is the campus most often identified with the University. Residential quads, academic buildings, athletic facilities, research facilities, and graduate and professional schools make up the geography of West Campus.

  • A statue on a roundabout in the centre of Durham, North Carolina, USA.
  • high school students in class at northwestern
  • students walking across campus
  • Deering Library on the campus of Northwestern University


Just like a college student, students share a dorm room with roommates and use a common bathroom. Floors are gender-segregated and rooms contain an extra-long twin size bed, desks, drawers, mirror and a closet.

Your Summer Springboard staff (mentor) will live on your hall to create a community, provide support, plan activities and help you get the most out of your stay. Other members of the Summer Springboard staff also live on campus and are available to support students and tackle emergencies, 24 hours a day.


All dormitories have 24-hour security and uses electronic keys to enter each building and dorm room. Campus security is on 24-hour patrol and available to any student that may need assistance during the Summer Springboard program for high school students.


Your dormitory is part of a complex of buildings around a courtyard. Each building has laundry facilities, lounges and high speed wireless internet throughout.

The university is committed to providing a healthy, smoke-free environment for students, faculty and staff. Accordingly, no smoking is permitted in student rooms or inside buildings, including lounges and balconies.


Ranked 1st by the Daily Meal for “Best Colleges for Food in America” in 2017. Summer Springboard students enjoy three meals a day included in the tuition. Most meals on campus will be in one of the student dining halls. There is a great variety of menu choices, and can accommodate diets such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, kosher, halal, or specific food allergies.

Note: Summer Springboard programs are not run by our campus partners. Universities and their affiliated departments are not responsible for the Summer Springboard program in any way.

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