JSA Summer School at Princeton University

Fast Facts


Tuition for the program is $5,450, which includes room and board (three weeks of housing and three meals per day at the campus cafeteria), transportation during speakers days, and all textbooks needed for the course, and costs of administering the program.


The program runs from Sunday, July 15th to Sunday, August 5th.

Course Offered
  • AP U.S. Government and Politics
  • AP Macroeconomics
  • International Relations
  • Speech and Political Communication
  • Freshman Scholars

Campus Culture

Princeton is one of America’s legendary Ivy League universities. Chartered in 1746, Princeton has been committed to the highest standards in education since before the Revolutionary War. This storied university and its magnificent campus are rich in revolutionary history, bringing the study of American government to life.

Students attending JSA Summer School at Princeton also have the opportunity to visit historic monuments and sites of modern power in New York City and Philadelphia, including the United Nations and Wall Street. This dynamic combines a prestigious academic institution with global institutions, making the JSA Summer School at Princeton a powerful, multi-dimensional, and truly unforgettable learning experience.

If you’re ready to explore the world of politics, international relations, or economics at one of the nation’s most prestigious universities, with the thriving international culture and economic energy of New York City as a backdrop, then JSA Summer School at Princeton University is the ideal program for you.

Student Life

Princeton’s stunning historic campus will give you sweeping lawns, castle-like buildings draped in ivy, and the serenity of a quiet New England town. Students who attend JSA Summer School at Princeton encounter a balance of the historical America, and the modern America, all while sharpening knowledge and skills in one of the most intellectually inspiring environments in the world.

During JSA’s program, you’ll also travel to New York City and have a chance to hear from business leaders, journalists at top newspapers, and local organizations thinking creatively about politics and policy.

Speakers Program

Hear what the leaders who shape our nation and world today have to say–and ask them questions to gain a deeper insight into their perspectives and convictions.

Two days of the program are spent in New York City visiting speakers, including trips to the United Nations and Wall Street. You’ll hear from lobbyists and political leaders as well as military experts, journalists and policy analysts, all of them there to talk about the arcs of their careers and how they grapple with various policies affecting the U.S. government on a local, national, and international level.

Debate Workshop

At JSA Summer School, you’ll meet for “Debate Workshop” 2-3 times a week to hone your public speaking and argumentation skills. During these hourlong sessions, you and your peers will put your knowledge into action by learning to share and compare ideas with passion and conviction as well as civility, respect and tolerance.

You will make leadership decisions and will be responsible for the outcomes. This experience strengthens real-world success skills in analysis, communication, negotiation, persuasion, decisiveness, and partnership. It is a distinct experience that sets JSA Summer School apart and is built to ensure that the learning experience takes you beyond the classroom.


Freshman Scholars Program at Princeton

JSA offers a program at Princeton specifically for students entering ninth grade in fall 2018.

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