Summer is in session, but don’t worry, you can take advantage of summer in Boulder while earning CU-Boulder credit. Enroll in classes and make time for summer events all season long. From biking to hiking and bluegrass to Shakespeare, on campus and off, earning credits and enjoying summer has never been more fun. Here are a few suggestions to fill your downtime and invigorate your mind and body.
Boulder Creek Festival
Saturday–Monday, May 25–27
Downtown Boulder along Boulder Creek from 9th Street to 14th Street
This annual festival acts as the unofficial kickoff to summer in Boulder. The festival is free and open to the public, and includes three days of music, food, carnival rides, and the signature Great Rubber Duck Race.
Bolder Boulder 10K Race
Monday, May 27
30th Street and Walnut
Take part in this Boulder community tradition. Enjoy the beautiful Boulder scenery, roadside entertainment, and finish strong at Folsom Field on the Boulder campus as part of this annual 10-kilometer race.
Boulder County Farmers’ Market
April 6–November 16,
Wednesdays, 4–8 pm, and Saturdays, 8 am–2 pm
Next to Central Park, Downtown Boulder
Taste summer’s finest fruits and vegetables in their prime at the local farmers’ market. Enjoy locally grown fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers, and plants directly from the growers. Stay for the special events and pastries, too.
Twenty Ninth Street Live! Concert Series
Saturdays, June 1–August 3, 6–9 pm
Twenty Ninth Street Mall
Attention music lovers! This concert series features live, outdoor music on Saturday nights all summer long with restaurants and shopping nearby.
Ralphie’s Independence Day Blast
Thursday, July 4, 8 pm
Since 1941, Boulder residents have gathered at Folsom Field to ignite their patriotic sides on Independence Day. In addition to the customary fireworks show, the event features pre-fireworks activities and unique musical entertainment.
Boulder Outdoor Cinema
Saturdays, July 6-August 24
1350 13th Street
Enjoy a classic movie outside under the stars. Pre-show contests, short films, and live entertainment precede the movie that starts at dusk.
Band on the Bricks
Wednesdays, June 12–August 14, 7–9 pm
1300 block of Pearl Street
This summer tradition takes place on the bricks of the popular Pearl Street Mall. Enjoy varied performances from some of the best local musicians along the Front Range during this outdoor summer concert series.
Chautauqua Summer Series
900 Baseline Road
Engage in nature, culture, and heritage at the Chautauqua National Historic Landmark. Since 1898, activities and events have been offered to anyone seeking an escape from urban life – including academic stressors. Enjoy the sweet songs of summer, take a hike within the site’s 40 acres, or attend a local performance.
Colorado Music Festival
June 30-August 9
Experience classical favorites, chamber music, and world music with the internationally acclaimed festival held four nights per week for seven weeks at the historical Chautauqua Auditorium.
CU New Opera Works
CU New Opera Works (CU NOW) brings great contemporary composers to Boulder to work on world-premiere operas with College of Music students. Getting an opera ready for its stage premiere is a fascinating process involving composers, directors, singers, and an entire production team. Audiences get a rare advance hearing of new operatic works during these works-in-progress sessions and also participate in talkbacks, offer opinions about what works, and suggest changes. While workshops of this kind are common in the theatre world, they remain rare in opera.
Colorado Shakespeare Festival
Late June to mid-August
Mary Rippon Theater, Boulder campus
Regarded as one of North America’s most important Shakespearean festivals, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival brings professional actors center stage during the summer. The festival highlights several plays each summer many of which are held under the stars at the Mary Rippon Outdoor Theater. Summer 2013 features A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, Richard II, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), and two special performances of Tina Packer's Women of Will: The Overview.
Accomplished faculty, great courses, and stimulating students make Summer Session at CU-Boulder the place to be. With hundreds of courses to choose from, there’s ample opportunity to advance your career, gain insight into subject matter, or spur your creative drive.
The School of Education is nationally recognized for its model teacher education and graduate programs. For more information visit their website or call 303-492-6937.
Many summer offerings within the College of Arts and Sciences, the Journalism and Mass Communication Program, the College of Engineering and Applied Science, and the College of Music may interest teachers. You can earn undergraduate or graduate credit as a nondegree or visiting student. A complete listing of courses is available on MyCUInfo or on Course Search.
The online Resource Directory for Educators is another source of classes offered by CU and other Colorado public-four year institutions for teachers needing professional development, seeking re-licensure, or interested in working toward an advanced degree. If you have questions about classes for teachers, set up an appointment to meet or talk with a Continuing Education academic advisor.
Summer Study Programs
Summer Study Programs at the University of Colorado Boulder offers the “Total Precollegiate Experience” for high school students presently in 9th, 10th, and 11th grade. High school students can choose from exciting academic programs including math, science, art, music, theatre, and more. A 3-week and a 5-week residential program provide pre-collegians with enrichment class opportunities not generally offered as a part of high school curricula. The program includes extensive recreational activities and sports clinics including rafting, hiking, mountain biking, tennis, soccer, basketball, and more. Summer Study participants make lifelong friendships as well as get the rare opportunity to “taste” college life while still in an organized and supervised environment. Experience a summer like never before! For more information, visit the Summer Study website or call 800-666-2556.
There are numerous research opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students. Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) provides funding for undergraduates to work over the summer with world-class scholars. Visit the UROP website for application criteria and deadlines or call 303-735-6802.
Summer Multicultural Access to Research Training (SMART)
The SMART program offers ten-week research internships for historically underserved undergraduates in science and engineering each summer. The internships provide hands-on experience in research and an introduction to graduate education at a major research institution. Under the guidance of a faculty mentor, interns design, carry out, and formally present research projects in their area of interest.
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INVST Community Studies
INVST Community Studies programs develop engaged citizens and leaders who work for the benefit of humanity and the environment. For more information visit the INVST Community Studies website or call 303-492-8045.
Summer Study Abroad
Participate in one of CU-Boulder’s 90+ summer programs in over 40 countries. Programs run from two to ten weeks, and include language study, field study, traveling programs, faculty-led Global Seminars, and much more. All programs provide CU-Boulder credit; eligible students can use their CU-Boulder financial aid, and scholarships are available. There will be nearly 25 faculty-led Global Seminars taught in various locations around the world in 2013. Faculty will be teaching courses in Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Cuba, England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Tanzania, and Turkey. Early application encouraged. For more information visit the Study Abroad website or e-mail email@example.com.
Learn More About Climate
The Learn More About Climate initiative highlights the research of CU-Boulder’s climate scientists and works to localize climate change for Coloradans. LearnMoreAboutClimate offers resources, current research, educational videos and educator tools and more. Topics include the mountain pine beetle epidemic, Colorado’s water, population and exponential growth, the basics of climate science, and creative solutions. This project is a collaborative effort among the National Snow and Ice Date Center, the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, the Biological Sciences Initiative, the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Environmental Sciences, and CU-Boulder’s departments of geography and ecology and evolutionary biology. The website and resources are a project of CU-Boulder’s Office for University Outreach.
CU Complete Guiding Former Students Toward Degree Completion
Finishing your degree is closer that you think. CU Complete is a service designed to help former degree students complete their degrees. We have academic, financial aid, and career advisors available to assist students returning to CU-Boulder. We can also provide assistance and referrals for enrollment at a variety of colleges or universities in the state. For additional information visit the CU Complete website or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Offered through the Division of Continuing Education
Beginning Chinese 1 and 2 CHIN 1010 and 1020
Intermediate Chinese 1 and 2 CHIN 2110 and 2120
Beginning Japanese 1 and 2 JPNS 1010 and 1020
Intermediate Japanese 1 and 2 JPNS 2110 and 2120
Advanced Japanese 1 and 2 JPNS 3110 and 3120