Johns Hopkins is one of the universities offering summer programs for high-schoolers. (Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth )

Here is a sampling of summer camps and courses offered by colleges for high school students. Many universities offer credit and non-credit courses, as well as residential and commuter programs. Registration is open for most programs listed. Information was compiled from university Web sites and may change. Some fees may not be included.

American politics, Georgetown University. Learn from experts about the separation of powers among the three branches of government. In the classroom and on field trips, students meet elected officials, Capitol Hill staff, lobbyists and policymakers to discuss congressional campaigns, legislative priorities and national issues. Eight days. Residential. Non-credit.About $5,500.

Enrichment programs, Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s School of Engineering. MIT offers three free academic enrichment programs for high school seniors as part of the Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science. Options include a one-week or six-week residential program or a six-month online program. Non-credit.

Introduction to Communication Behavior, University of Pennsylvania. An introduction to the fundamentals of communication behavior, including media influences on knowledge, perceptions of social reality, aggressive behavior and political behavior. About five weeks. Residential. For credit. $13,299 for two courses.

Comet Debate Institute, University of Texas at Dallas. Students develop speaking and strategic skills with faculty and debaters. Two weeks. Residential. Non-credit. $1,600.

Biological illustration, Brown University. Students learn scientific rendering. Specimens may include dissections, microscope slides and living material. Media may include graphite/carbon dust; pen and ink; scratchboard; colored pencil; watercolor; and polymer clay. Two weeks. Residential. Non-credit. $3,

Livestock judging, Cameron University (Lawton, Okla.).The Junior Livestock Judging Camp is for beginning judging participants (ages 9-13) and focuses on evaluation, note-taking and an introduction to oral reasons. The Senior Livestock Judging Camp is for advanced judging participants (ages 14-19). It focuses on evaluation with emphasis on oral reasons. Three days. Residential. Non-credit. $150.

Virginia Governor’s Schools.
On-campus courses for gifted students. Subjects include engineering, agriculture, humanities and arts. Up to four weeks. Residential. Application due in the fall. Free.

Writing to Be Seen, University of Maryland.An introduction to writing for film, television and the stage. Three weeks. Residential. For credit. $3,270.

— Allison Klein