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Summer Programs

Can’t fit a semester off campus into your busy schedule? Need to catch up on credits to graduate on time? Simply looking for more hands-on internships or research experiences? Participating in an off-campus program during the summer may be for you!

Many students have taken courses off-campus to fulfill requirements in their major, though others may spend a summer off-campus to free up time during the regular semesters to focus on coursework for their majors or internships. Students will work with their academic advisor and the Global Engagement Office to find approved programs, ensuring that time spent off campus will count towards graduation requirements.

Remember that your Lake Forest financial aid does not apply to off-campus programs in the summer, students pay the program directly, and credit is considered transfer credit (with the exception of the Shedd program). However, other financial aid opportunities may be found here.

Here is a sampling of programs to get you started:

Shedd Aquarium Opportunity for Lake Forest Students

The Shedd Aquarium hosts a 1-credit course on subtropical marine and terrestrial species and ecosystems. Discover how oceanography and water chemistry affect marine habitats and island environments. Develop identification techniques for fishes, reptiles, plants and invertebrates while gaining knowledge of field research while on board the R/V Coral Reef II in the Exuma Islands. Required pre-departure courses take place on Saturdays during the latter part of spring semester, with the field experience happening in May. You would be charged for one full LFC summer credit plus airfare and a program fee. For more information, please contact Hilary Wind at Be sure to complete your LFC Eligibility Application application, too.

International Internships

Through Lake Forest College's international partners, students have to opportunity to participate in an international internship while earning academic credit. Please note: these are unpaid internships and do have a program fee.

International internships are offered through the following partners:

Study Abroad Programs

The following organizations have been approved by the College for summer programs. 

Programs for which a transcript is issued by an accredited American college or university are also approved for transfer credit.  Programs not on this list must be approved by the Academic Appeals Board in order to earn transfer credit.

Other US colleges and universities may have summer programs that are open to outside students. In addition, if you can’t find what you’re looking for, or if you have something that has not been approved, work with the Global Engagement Office to find a good fit.

Tuition-Free and/or Scholarship Programs (many with research and internships!)

US-UK Fulbright Commission for Undergraduates Program offers special Summer Institutes for US citizens to come to the UK.  These summer programs provide the opportunity for US undergraduates (aged over 18), with at least two years of undergraduate study left to complete, to come to the UK on a three, four, five or six week academic and cultural summer program.  Participants in these programs will get the opportunity to experience an exciting academic program at a highly regarded UK University, and have many costs covered. This includes round-trip airfare from the US to the UK, tuition and fees at the host institution, accommodation and meals and in some cases a small daily allowance. 

DAAD RISE is a non-credit summer research internship program for undergraduate students in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, and earth sciences. It offers unique opportunities for undergraduate students to work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany for a period of 2 to 3 months during the summer. RISE interns are matched with doctoral students whom they assist and who serve as their mentors. The working language will be English. All scholarship holders receive stipends from the DAAD to help cover living expenses, while partner universities and research institutes provide housing assistance.

International REU is a summer research internship program for undergraduate students in the STEM fields.  Programs are often sponsored by American colleges and universities, and funded by the National Science Foundation.

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program at RWTH Aachen University in Germany fosters research partnerships between qualified undergraduates from the US and research faculty at our university.  The program is specifically designed for students who wish to attain hands-on experience in fundamental research at one of the top universities of science and technology worldwide. Research topics are available for students from the biological and physical sciences, business administration, economics, computer science, communication, international relations, psychology, sociology and mathematics.

Application Information

Summer 2022 LFC Eligibility Application 

This application is to obtain approvals from their academic advisor(s), the Dean of Students, and the Global Engagement Office. You will also have an application for your preferred program.  

Summer applications to the College are not due until March 1. Exceptions may apply based on program choice, as many competitive summer program applications will be due in January/February.

Global Engagement Office


Stuart Commons
Middle Campus


Alexandra Olson
Director, Global Engagement Office
Schedule an appointment

Kathy Barnett
Global Engagement Assistant
Stuart Commons, Room 117