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Overview & 2017 Courses

The Center for Africana Studies Summer Institute for Pre-Freshmen provides a rigorous introduction to the academic and co-curricular life at the University. Resident Graduate Fellows assist students with course work and provide general mentoring. Participating students leave the Summer Institute with a network of faculty, graduate students and fellow undergraduate students 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.


Provisions can be made for student transportation from the Philadelphia airport, train or bus station to the University of Pennsylvania campus. Unfortunately, the University will not cover the cost of travel to and from Philadelphia.

2017 Courses
Africana Art History
Love, Anger, Madness: History, Memory and Silence in Haiti
Philosophy of Race
Race, Science and Society
The Serious Work of Musical Play (Or Why Adele Deserved Her Grammy)
Vanguard or Vandals? The Politics of Youth in Africa


Applications are processed on a rolling admissions basis.   Students are encouraged to apply early to secure admission into the 2017 Africana Studies Summer Institute cohort.

Application deadline: Monday, June 12, 2017.