Summer Institute

Saturday, July 16 – Saturday, July 23, 2023

The Center for Africana Studies Pre-First Year Students is one of Penn’s premier Pre-First Year Students programs. This intensive one-week course of study is taught by standing Penn faculty and exposes students to major intellectual and cultural themes and currents in 19th, 20th, and 21st century African and African Diaspora studies.

The Institute is free of charge and includes room, board, books, and course tuition. Students who successfully complete the program's requirements earn 0.5c.u.,graded pass/fail. 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. The location of the 2023 program will be on campus.


The application portal for the 2023 CFAS Summer Institute for Pre-First Year Students cohort will open the first week of March.


2023 Course List coming soon.

We are currently planning for an in-person program for Summer Institute 2023.