Summer Programs FAQ


What is the weather like in Urbana-Champaign?

Summer in Champaign-Urbana is usually hot and humid, but buildings are air-conditioned.  It often rains so bring an umbrella. Also, it is important to bring closed toed shoes, long pants, and a hat for the field trips.

Will I have the opportunity to interact with current university students?

Yes!  The RAs are current University of Illinois students, and there are many students on campus during the summer taking summer courses, working, and conducting research.

Can I choose my roommate?

No.  Roommates are assigned.  If you wish to be put in touch with your roommate before arrival please email Lynn Charters at

What kinds of assignments will we do for the course?

Students receive a variety of assignments throughout the week including: assigned reading, field and lecture notes, online discussion and reflections, and individual and group research and presentations.

Are there assigned readings before the course?

No.  Readings will be distributed upon arrival on campus.

What social activities will be available?

Many of the workshop academic activities involve team work and field work excursions that are social by nature.  In addition, RAs organize evening activities such as scavenger hunts, bowling at the campus student union and live concerts on campus.

Can I bring a car?

No.  We cannot provide parking and students do not leave campus during the workshop.