NuVu at MIT Design Studios Residential Program
Open to : Ages 14-18, Grades 9-12, Post-High School Students, Gap Year Students
NuVu at MIT Design Studios Residential Program offers a unique summer opportunity for a select group of motivated and talented high school students. Experience innovative and challenging college-level studios taking place at Massachusetts Institute of Technology as part of NuVu at MIT Design Studios in the heart of Cambridge! 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.
NuVu Summer 2018
NuVu at MIT Design Studios Residential Program is one of three programs that we are offering in Summer 2018. Our programs span ages 11-18. Please click on the links below to learn more about our other offerings.
Summer 2018 Programs:
Summer 2018 Future Worlds (Ages 11-13, Grades 6-8)
NuVu at MIT Design Studios (Ages 14-18, Grades 9-12, Post-High School, Gap Year)
NuVu at MIT Design Studios Residential Program (Ages 14-18, Grades 9-12, Gap Year)
The Residential Program is available Session 1 (July 8-21, 2018) and Session 2 (July 22-August 4, 2018) of NuVu at MIT Design Studios, and is open to students between the ages of 14-18 or grades 9-12. Tuition for the Residential Program is all-inclusive which covers the cost of room and board at a conveniently located 4-star hotel in Cambridge, in addition to the cost of the studio day program. The hotel is within walking distance to MIT and most of the Cambridge and Boston area. Tuition also covers the cost of well-curated and designed activities that will expose the students to a variety of college campuses, cutting-edge start-ups and tech centers, and other resources in the design and technology space that can only be found in and around the Cambridge/Boston area. As part of the Summer Residential Program, students will have the full support of an administrative and residential staff that are available and on hand throughout the program.
During each Session, students will be exposed to the rich academic, historic, professional, and entrepreneurial culture that makes the Cambridge/Boston area so innovative and unique. The greater Boston area includes more than 100 colleges and universities. These include technical schools, art schools, liberal arts schools, major research institutions and many more. For students preparing for college or even thinking about possible options, this will be a great opportunity to explore the many educational institutes in the area. This year’s Summer Residential Program includes tours of MIT and Harvard campuses, visits to emerging startup companies, lectures with thought-leaders and makers, excursions to the historic sites of Boston, visits to some of the top museums in Boston (Museum of Science, MFA, MIT Museum), hikes along the Boston waterfront and Innovation District, and dinner excursions!
Theme & Topics
In Summer 2018, we will time-travel into the future to explore life on earth and outer space. We’ll imagine the spaces we’ll be inhibiting, and use our predictions to design, engineer and build inventions to help us live sustainably, healthily and productively in the future.
Ten to twenty years from now, how will humans, machines, animals and nature coexist and interface? Will augmented reality gaming intertwine with the real world so seamlessly that we won’t be able to separate fact from fiction? How will 3D printers shape our culinary experiences and culture around eating? Will interactive experiences - combining art and technology - infuse our streets, allowing us to become more aware, thereby increasing safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers? Besides drones, birds and flying cars, what types of flying objects will be swarming in the sky?
Whether it’s humans using their brainwaves to control robotic prosthetics, or aerial drones working with ground drones to monitor and project crop harvests for farmers, or pet fashion integrated with sensors allowing communication with owners, the future is rich with possibilities. This Summer 2018, our theme is ‘Future Worlds’ and we’ll be exploring all these topics and more while working together to design meaningful solutions for an intriguing, complex, and multifunctional future.
Sessions & Studio Offerings
NuVu at MIT Design Studios Residential Program is available Session 1 (July 8-21, 2018) and Session 2 (July 22-August 4, 2018). Each Session will have three unique studios (e.g., Robotic Living, Fashion Forward, Bio Design: Synthetic Biology) offered to students. Students can only register for one studio per Session. These studios will take place at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA.
SUMMER 2018 RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM DATES:
Session 1: July 8-21, 2018
Session 2: July 22-August 4, 2018
The Residential Program is open to students ages 14-18 or grades 9-12, high school students, gap year students, and post-high school students. For middle school students (ages 11-13) interested in our program, please visit our Summer 2018 Future Worlds Program page with details of our studio offerings.
NuVu was formed in March 2010 in partnership with PhD and graduate students from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Our NuVu Team is a group of creative-minded people who believe in the power of innovative education for the future. More information about our core team can be found on the Team Page.
The Summer 2018 Residential Program staff includes a Summer Coordinator and Residential Director as well as a team of Resident Assistants (RAs). Throughout the Residential Program, students will have the support of a full administrative team and assigned residential staff as well as around-the-clock supervision. The ratio of RAs to students is 1:10.
Tuition & Registration
The table below provides the tuition and rates for the Summer 2018 Residential Program for a 2-week Session.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your inquiries.
Registration & Deposit
Student registration is processed on a first-come, first-served basis and guaranteed once families enroll online and send their final payment. A deposit of $200 per Session must accompany each registration, and can be paid online through NuVu’s website. Deposits are credited to the student’s final balance. Deposits are refundable only until March 1st, 2018, after which they become non-refundable. Credit cards are accepted for online deposits only.
Information on NuVu’s refund policy is below. If you have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com.
Additional Required Charges
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.
Credit cards are accepted for online deposits only, not for final payment. 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. Please contact our Admission Office (firstname.lastname@example.org.) for information about making a payment via wire transfer.
Please make checks payable to NuVu. Include the name of the student and studio they are participating in on the check (e.g. Jane Smith, Biofashion). Mail the check to:
450 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
Final payments must be received in full by May 15, 2018 for all students. Students applying after the final balance due date of May 15, 2018 must pay the entire bill immediately after acceptance via bank transfer. In the event that space is not available in the program, families will be notified in writing that the student has been placed on a waitlist and NuVu will hold the deposit. If space does not become available for the student, or if the family wishes to be removed from the waitlist, NuVu will return the deposit in full. Any returned checks will result in a charge of $20.
Families interested in setting up a payment plan for their final balance should contact Karen Sutton, Director of Operations, for details at 617-945-7716. Payment plans must be set up by March 15, 2018. Please be aware that final payment under any payment plan must be received by May 15, 2018.
We provide limited financial aid for our Summer Residential Program on a need basis. If you are interested in receiving more information about financial aid for our Summer Residential Program, please contact us at email@example.com with “Summer Residential Program Financial Aid” in the main subject line.
Deposits are refundable until March 1, 2018. After that date, deposits are non-refundable. Between May 15, 2018 and the program's start date, a full or partial refund of tuition (minus the deposit) will be considered only if the student can be replaced.
The following forms are required to secure program enrollment:
Room & Board
Participants in NuVu at MIT Design Studios Residential Program will live in a 4-star and conveniently located hotel in Cambridge located near MIT’s campus. Students will share a suite with two other students enrolled in the Summer Residential Program. Students will have the support of a full administrative and residential staff with Residential Assistants (RAs) assigned to groups of approximately 8 to 10 students, with 24 hour supervision.
NuVu @MIT Design Studios
MIT's Campus, in Building 7
77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge.
Residential Housing Location:
Residence Inn Boston - Cambridge
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139, USA
Breakfast, lunch and dinner meals (included in the Residential Program fee) will be served buffet-style or will take place in the city as part of organized trips and dinner excursions. If there are any specific dietary restrictions for any student taking part in the program, please include these details on the Health Form provided to registered students.
Weekday & Weekend Schedules
Below are outlines of typical weekday and weekend schedules during the Residential Program.
07:00am-08:30am Wake-Up and Breakfast
08:30am-09:00am Check-in and Commute to NuVu (shuttle service provided)
09:00am-11:45am Day Program Studio Curriculum (see below)
12:45pm-03:00pm Day Program Studio Curriculum (see below)
03:00pm-04:00pm Optional Work Time / Return to Hotel
04:00pm-06:00pm Relaxation & Personal Time
06:00pm-06:15pm Early Evening Check-in
06:00pm-09:00pm Dinner / Evening Activity / Excursion
09:00pm-09:30pm Final Check-in
09:30pm-07:00am Room Curfew
Below is a sample Daily Weekday Studio Curriculum schedule.
Day 1 - Monday
Day 2 - Tuesday
Day 3 - Wednesday
Day 4 - Thursday
Day 5 - Friday
Day 6 - Monday
Day 7 - Tuesday
Day 8 - Wednesday
Day 9 - Thursday
Day 10 - Friday
Note: Students will be at NuVu Studio every weekday no later than 8:55am.
Each weekend, students will go on various trips throughout the Cambridge-Boston area. Trip departure and return times vary, but generally students and RA leave after breakfast and return by evening time.
09:00am-11:00am Breakfast (Optional)
06:00pm-06:15pm Early Evening Check-in
06:15pm-09:30pm Dinner / Evening Activity / Excursion
09:30pm-10:00pm Final Check-in
10:00pm-09:00am Room Curfew
Note: Students will be back in the hotel by 9:30pm every evening unless a structured residential activity has been organized and is supervised by staff.
Each weekend and on occasional weeknights, students will go on exciting and intellectually stimulating trips throughout the Cambridge-Boston area. Activities will be tailored to the best interests of these students. Trip departure and return times vary but generally during the weekend, students and RA’s leave after breakfast and return before dinner. Weekend and weekday activities* include:
*These are examples of activities that may be available to Summer 2018 Residential Students and are subject to change based on availability and timing.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some frequently asked questions regarding our Residential Program. If you have any additional questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. What is the cost of NuVu at MIT Design Studios Residential Program? Are there other fees?
The Residential Program fee is $5,425 for one 2-week Session (excluding insurance). The Residential Program fee includes the day program tuition, lodging in a 4-star and conveniently located hotel, full board (3 meals a day), all evening trips, entertainment, activities, linens and bedding, transportation to/from airport, and general transportation for organized evening and weekend activities. Airfare, meals purchased outside the program, and personal shopping are not included in this cost. Families have the option to pay an additional health insurance fee if they do NOT have their own health insurance plan.
2. How do I register?
We begin accepting registrants on November 8, 2017. Students can enroll directly online and we will follow up with an application. Once completed, students can send the application with all supporting documentation to email@example.com, and NuVu will confirm their enrollment and along details for the final payment.
3. Who is eligible to apply?
Current 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade students and postgraduate students.
4. If I require assistance with the application, who should I contact?
You can email firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call 617-945-7716, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm EST.
5. Is financial aid available?
There is very limited financial aid available for the Residential Program. You can email email@example.com for more information.
6. When can I expect to hear about my admission status?
Admissions decisions will be made on a “rolling” basis. Our team will review the application and respond to your request with the admission decision within three (3) weeks of the receipt of submitting a completed application.
7. How many studios can I take?
The Residential Program is limited to Session 1 (July 9-20, 2018) and Session 2 (July 23-August 3, 2018); however, students are welcome to enroll in Session 3 of NuVu at MIT Design Studios Program on a first-come, first-serve basis.
8. Where will NuVu at MIT Design Studios be taking place?
NuVu at MIT Design Studios will be taking place at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on MIT's Campus in Building 7 at 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA.
9. Where will I live?
Students will be staying at a 4-star hotel in Cambridge located near MIT’s campus. Each student will share a suite with two other high school students enrolled in the Summer Residential Program, and will be matched appropriately. Students will have the support of a full administrative and residential staff with Residential Assistants (RAs) assigned to groups of approximately 8 to 10 students.
10. Will attending the Residential Program increase my chances of being admitted to MIT and other universities?
Participating in NuVu and mentioning that you did so on your college application is likely to be viewed by admissions counselors as one indicator of academic seriousness and hands-on learning. However, it is just one indicator among many factors that are assessed in a comprehensive application review and does not guarantee an offer of admission.
11. What type of universities and colleges do NuVu Alumni attend?
Our NuVu Alumni attend a wide range of universities and colleges in the US and abroad. Below is a partial list of some of the schools that our Alumni are currently attending.
George Washington University
University of Michigan
University of San Diego
Wentworth Institute of Technology
New York University
Loyola Marymount University
Washington University in St. Louis
Rhode Island School of Design
Mount Holyoke College
University of Rochester
University of Southern California
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
University of Pennsylvania