Eastern Illinois University will host the English Studies Summer Camp July 22-28, 2018. We look forward to welcoming high school students who share our love of reading and writing for years to come. This one-week camp allows students to hone their English skills while providing them with a chance to sample life on a college campus and meet peers with similar interests. Offering courses that reflect students’ interests, our engaged faculty and tranquil setting provide that perfect opportunity for students to have an academically charged summer getaway where they can grow as readers, writers, debaters, and English scholars!
The EIU English Studies Summer Camp is a unique program that allows students to customize their program of study, selecting two sessions from a range of offerings in creative writing, literature, professional/academic writing, media studies, and more. Students grow academically and socially as they prepare for college and are mentored by expert faculty who share their passion for reading and writing. Students receive individual attention through small class sizes and gain skills in analyzing and crafting texts and expressing their ideas both verbally and through writing.
The camp offers two levels of discounted tuition:
Scholarships for full or partial funding are available.
"The camp was probably one of the best experiences of my life." ~ 2015 Camper
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Students will enroll in a morning and afternoon course from the below offerings. You can read longer descriptions of each course here.
Camp participants will enjoy a range of fun recreational activities starting with the Welcome Pizza Party (an informal meet-and-greet for students and faculty) and ending with the Student Showcase (a public reception where students share their work with their families and the community). When not in class, students will participate in indoor and outdoor games, movies, picnics, karaoke jam sessions, slam poetry readings at the local coffee shop, and more. EIU admissions and campus tours will be available by appointment on the last day. Living, dining, learning, and socializing together, students will have the opportunity to form lifelong friendships.
Students who will be in the 10th, 11th, 12th grade in the academic year following the camp, or those who have just graduated in the spring prior to the camp, can apply for admission by completing the following process:
All applications and supporting materials must be submitted online by: May 15.
Students will be notified of acceptance by email and letter. Additional information, including a detailed program schedule and driving directions to campus, will be sent to all students at this time. Confirmation of camp attendance, along with a non-refundable $25 deposit will be due at this time. Final payment of remaining balance will be due prior to the camp start date. All payments must be paid through the online payment portal.
We are pleased to offer a variety of full and partial scholarships designed to recognize high achieving students and allow students demonstrating financial need to attend this camp. Notification of scholarships will be included with the notification of acceptance into the camp.
To apply for a scholarship, complete the online scholarship application.
Residential Rate: $295 – includes tuition, supervision, program materials, housing, and meals. Students stay in university residence halls and receive cafeteria-style meals served in the campus dining halls. Students will check in at registration on Sunday late afternoon prior to the opening celebration and will check-out on Saturday early afternoon following the closing reception. Students and families will have the option to attend pre-arranged campus appointments (e.g. admissions, campus tours) in the late afternoon.
Commuter Rate for Local Students: $195 – includes tuition, program materials, and daily lunches. Commuting students will check in at registration on Sunday late afternoon prior to the opening celebration and thereafter must arrive on campus by 9 a.m. for classes Monday-Friday and depart campus by 5 p.m. Students will also attend the closing reception on Saturday morning and have the option to attend pre-arranged campus appointments in the afternoon (e.g. admissions, campus tours).
Student Cancellations: Refunds, less the $25 non-refundable deposit, will be made for cancellations received by June 30. 50% refunds will be issued for cancellations received from July 1-July 10. Sorry, no refunds will be issued after July 10.
All payments must be made online at https://commerce.cashnet.com/eiuengl1.
An acceptance letter from camp director Dr. Melissa Ames will be sent to all accepted campers by May 31 along with important paperwork that must be completed by June 10 and submitted online. In case you lose these forms, there are links to all four of them below. (Note that print/scanned or electronic/typed signatures will be accepted on these forms.) Between now and the start of camp, we encourage you to RSVP for the showcase brunch and campus tour and/or admission appointments. Links to the RSVP forms are below. You can also learn more about the camp faculty and counselors from the faculty and counselor biographies.
Paperwork must be submitted by June 10 through this link.
RSVPs by July 10
Eastern Illinois University is located in the city of Charleston in Central Illinois. Charleston’s historic setting, country charm, and tranquil scenery, coupled with the trademarks of a typical college town, make it a perfect backdrop to enjoy a week studying one of your favorite subjects and meeting students who share your interests.
The campus is conveniently located between three metropolitan areas: 2 hours from St. Louis, 2 hours from Indianapolis, and 3 hours from Chicago. With a train station one town over and airports just an hour or two away, transportation to and from campus is easy.
For Further General Information, please contact: The English Department Office, 600 Lincoln Avenue, Charleston, IL 61920. Phone: (217) 581-2428. Fax: (217) 581-7209. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Specific Information about the Program Schedule or Sessions, please contact: Dr. Melissa Ames, Program Director via email at email@example.com.
English Studies Camp Program Director
Dr. Melissa Ames
EIU Associate Professor of English