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Summer 2020

NuVu at MIT Design Studios Residential offers a unique summer opportunity for non-local motivated and talented high school students interested in innovation, design, and technology. This all-inclusive program is open to students between the ages of 14-18 or grades 9-12. We are offering two 2-week sessions: Session 1 (July 5-18, 2020) and Session 2 (July 19-Aug 1, 2020). Supervised by our experienced Residential Advising Staff, students stay at a conveniently located 4-star hotel in Cambridge adjacent to MIT’s campus. Tuition covers the cost of NuVu at MIT Design Studios, housing, meals, and well-curated and designed activities that will expose students to a variety of college campuses that can only be found in and around the Cambridge/Boston area.

Whether students are from the US or hail from halfway around the world, we welcome them to explore what the Summer Residential Program at NuVu has to offer. Our program is designed to provide exceptional students the opportunity to explore our creative process before applying to college. Located between two world-renowned universities, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, NuVu provides high school students the opportunity to take advantage of the vast array of activities and resources available to this community while participating in NuVu at MIT Design Studios.

Program Information


All studios are open to students ages 14-18 (grade 9-12)


$5,575 Per 2 week session. All-inclusive price includes studio tuition, daily meals, room and board, fabrication tools, materials, supplies, weekend and nightly activities


Daily Studio Schedule: Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm with an hour break for lunch


Students are required to bring a laptop, sketchbook, and writing utensil to NuVu daily


NuVu caters lunch on-site daily with a student-friendly, fresh, and locally-sourced food. Dietary restrictions will be accommodated. The hotel offers a daily hot breakfast. Healthy and fun dinners are planned and scheduled by our Residential Advising staff with student input.


The High School Summer Program is located at:
MIT Building 7, Fourth Floor
77 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge MA 02139


Students will stay in the Residence Inn Boston Cambridge, located adjacent to the MIT campus, at:
Residence Inn Boston Cambridge
120 Broadway St.
Cambridge MA 02142

Residential Staff

Experienced Residential Advising staff will supervise all students outside of studio time, and will organize active and exciting weekend and daily after-studio activities for students


NuVu Coaches are experts in their fields, bringing specialized skills in design, robotics, engineering, fabrication, and art. Student to staff ratio is 6:1

Sessions & Studio Offerings

The Summer 2020 Program at NuVu includes 3 Sessions. Each Session is 2 weeks long. Each Session will have 4 unique studios (e.g., Soft Robotics, Virtual Reality Worlds, Living Architecture, Fashion Tech) offered to students. Students can only register for one Studio per Session. Students can attend one, two, or all three of the Sessions.

More Information


Student registration is processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Students can only register for one studio per 2-week Session. Because studio enrollment is limited, we recommend that you register and send your final payment as soon as possible in order to ensure studio choices.


The deposit of $200 towards $5575 is paid online via credit card. Final payments must be made by check, domestic wire, or international cable. Checks must be drawn on U.S. banks in U.S. funds. We will not accept checks drawn on a foreign bank. Final payment is paid by check or by wire transfer (bank information will be provided). Credit cards are accepted for deposits only. Checks should be mailed to:

 450 Massachusetts Avenue
 Cambridge, MA 02139
 Attn. Summer

Final payments must be made by check and received within 30 days of registration. Final payments not submitted on time could result in forfeiture of your student’s spot to another student on the waitlist. If is necessary to cancel a registration, deposits will be refundable until March 1st, 2020.

Summer 2020
Residential Program Rates

Residential Tuition 1 Session - 2 Weeks

24 Hour RA Supervision


Room + Board (3 Meals Each Day)


Weekday Activities + Trips + Entertainment


Linens + Bedding


Transportation To/From Airport


General Transportation for all Activities



Studio Tuition 1 Session - 2 Weeks

Expert Coaching and Instruction


Equipment + Tools


Materials + Supplies for Projects


Weekday Lunch



Total All-inclusive Cost


Insurance 1 Session - 2 Weeks

Health Insurance
(Only required for students who do
NOT already have insurance)


Cost With Insurance


Required Health Insurance for International Students

All participants are required to have coverage from a U.S. based accident and health insurance provider. Short term health insurance is offered by many U.S. companies such as USI Affinity Travel Services. Short term health insurance is necessary to pay for any medical attention you might need. Please remember that, while “Travel Insurance” may assist a student with travel costs in the event of an emergency, many policies do not cover medical bills. International participants and others without this coverage will be billed for a short term accident/health policy. Please email summer@nuvustudio.org for more information.

Group Discounts

If you are an overseas organization interested in our Residential Program, we do offer discounts for groups larger than 5+ students. Please email us at summer@nuvustudio.org with your inquiries.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the age range of students attending NuVu?
NuVu’s Residential Program is offered to motivated and talented high school students (Ages 14-18, Grades 9-12, Gap Year)

What kind of student is a good fit for NuVu?
NuVu students are young people eager to build new things, use technology, and work in a team of makers. They are curious and ready to learn in a new way. Because of the diversity of personalities and interests of NuVu participants, almost all of our students will find their niche in one or more of the Studios.

How do you ensure that all students receive personal attention?
Personal attention is not the exception but the rule at NuVu. The staff-to-student ratio is approximately 1-to-6. NuVu’s team of Coaches and Summer Residential Advisors are directly responsible for addressing the needs of each student. In the studio, there are regular check-ins each day to ensure that the student is engaged, learning, and invested in their work.

Will there be lunch?
NuVu will provide a catered lunch daily. The cost of lunch is covered in the tuition fee. Your child may bring their own lunch, especially if they have any special food needs or preferences. There is no refrigerator or microwave available for use at MIT. Students are not allowed to leave NuVu during lunch unless permission is provided by their parents or guardian. Please note that students will not be supervised if they leave NuVu for lunch and are expected to return to studio by the appropriate hour.

How early may students arrive and how late may they stay?
Students may arrive as early as 8:30am. No advance notice is required. If students would like to work on their projects after regular studio hours, they may stay at NuVu until 4:00pm. There is no additional charge for this extra hour. This is optional work time and is unsupervised.

What is the recommended dress code at NuVu?
Students should dress in comfortable attire that can also withstand some hands-on work in the tool shop. Students should wear closed-toe shoes (no flip-flops). We recommend bringing an extra layer, it might get cool in our space due to the AC over the Summer.

Where is NuVu located?
NuVu shares a building with Central Square Theatre. The entrance to the building is set back from the main street and located in the building between CCTV and La Fabrica Central. Our address is:
450 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA, 02139

Where is NuVu at MIT Design Studios located? How do I get there?
NuVu at MIT Design Studios is located in the heart of MIT's Campus at: 

MIT Building 7, 4th Floor 

77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139. 

There are a number of bus connections including the #1 Bus. You can also take the MBTA red line to the Central, or Kendall/MIT stop and walk for approximately 10 minutes to MIT. It is easier to walk from the Central Square MBTA stop, but both stations are equidistant to MIT.

Is there parking?
On-street parking is very limited. It is recommended that public transportation is used in lieu of driving.

If parents have any concerns during the summer, whom should they contact?
Parents should contact the Summer Residential Program Advisor through NuVu’s Main Office via email (summer@nuvustudio.org) or phone (617-945-7716).