Summer Institute

Saturday, July 16 – Saturday, July 23, 2022

The Center for Africana Studies Summer Institute for Pre-Freshmen is one of Penn’s premier pre-freshmen 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 2022 program will be on campus.


The application portal for the 2022 CFAS Summer Institute for Pre-Freshmen cohort is now open.

The portal will remain open until all slots are filled. Therefore, apply early.

Please click here to apply


Click here to view the 2022 Course List

We are currently planning for an in-person program for Summer Institute 2022.