Overview & 2023 Courses

The Center for Africana Studies Summer Institute for Pre-First Year Students provides a rigorous introduction to the academic and co-curricular life at the University. Graduate Fellows assist students with course work and provide general mentoring. Participating students have access to a network of faculty, graduate students and fellow undergraduate students who that support them throughout their Penn careers. Additionally, students who participate in the Institute enhance the leadership skills essential to their success at Penn and beyond. The Institute is free of charge and includes room, board, books, and course tuition.

Who Is Eligible?

All incoming freshmen interested in African, African American and other African diaspora studies are eligible to apply for admission to the Center for Africana Studies Summer Institute.

2023 Courses

Questions? Please email Ms. Teya Campbell at afrc.summerinstitute@gmail.com

Applications are processed on a rolling admissions basis. Students are encouraged to apply early to secure admission into the 2023 Africana Studies Summer Institute cohort.


The application portal for the 2023 CFAS Summer Institute for Pre-Freshmen cohort is now closed.

Please note that the location of the program will be on campus.