Summer Business Scholars Program (Summer School)

United States

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The award
Summer School

How long you will study
3 Weeks

Domestic course fees
USD 7500 per total

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
USD 7500 per total

All study options

About Summer Business Scholars Program at University of Chicago

Application deadlines: February 26 and March 18, 2020

Program Dates: July 12 - 31, 2020

For those early in your college careers, Chicago Booth’s Summer Business Scholars Program (SBSP) is designed to help you build your business acumen and prepare yourself for future internships and full-time jobs. The three-week program provides a model environment for bold future leaders to strengthen their grasp of business frameworks through an experiential curriculum delivered by world-renowned faculty and industry experts. 

2020 Curriculum: Innovation and Entrepreneurship

This three-week course will give next-generation leaders the tools they need to test the viability of new venture ideas. The course will run as a lab, in which students identify the social, environmental, or business-oriented problems of highest importance, and design unique solutions. Along the way, students will enhance their personal leadership capabilities, particularly in the areas of creativity, resiliency, analytics, and communications. As emerging entrepreneurs, students will work in teams on the ideation process, business model development, and the creation of an investor pitch, which will be delivered to a panel of business professionals. During the course, students will create financial models, marketing plans, prototypes, and impact measurement tools. The course will also address the art of fundraising from angel and impact investors, venture capitalists, and other sources. Each team will be assigned an MBA student or professional as a coach to help gather information for the business plans and to create the company presentations. By the conclusion of the three-week course, students will understand how to transform impactful ideas into real businesses.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardSummer SchoolHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 weeks
    Course startsJulyDomestic course feesUSD 7500 per totalInternational course feesUSD 7500 per total

Notes about fees for this course

The fee for the 2020 Summer Financial Math Program is $7,500. (If on-campus accommodations are not needed, the fee is reduced to $5,200.)

Entry requirements

Competence in English must be demonstrated in order to qualify for admission. Applicants who are natives of the U.S., the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and other countries where English is one of the official languages and the primary language of instruction in their schools has been English do not need to submit English proficiency test results.

All other international applicants must submit results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). We strongly recommend a score of 104 or higher on the internet-based TOEFL, with subscores of 26 each. Minimum required scores on the IELTS (students must take the Academic test, not the General Training test) are an overall score of 7, with subscores of 7 each.


The only exception to the English language proficiency requirement is for applicants who have studied in full-time status for at least two full academic years within the last five years at a high school or college where the primary language of instruction is English, engaging in a regular academic curriculum taught in English (in other words, not engaged in English as a Second Language or similar coursework), in a country where English is one of the official languages. Students must submit transcripts that demonstrate that they meet the conditions for a waiver of the English language proficiency requirement.

Students who have studied in English in other countries are not exempt from the English language proficiency requirement.

If students meet the above conditions for eligibility, they should submit a written request for a waiver of the requirement to They will receive a confirmation of their waiver eligibility and application instructions via email.

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