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Summer Academic Program

The Summer Academic Program is a comprehensive 4-week program to help students prepare for graduate study in the United States. The GTI and select academic departments at NC State have brought together a team of dynamic and engaging NC State faculty to teach summer sessions of courses at a graduate level.

Program Highlights

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Students enjoying the Outer Banks of North Carolina
  • Short academic courses (subjects include statistics, design, textiles, US culture and higher education, etc.)
  • Lectures and panel discussions with faculty and staff on how to apply for graduate schools in America
  • A weekend North Carolina beach trip
  • A three-day educational tour of Washington D.C.
  • Educational field trips (baseball game, tour of government offices, college campus tours)

Application Process

Applications for the various 2014 Summer Academic Program are handled differently. Read more about each program and its application process below.

Program Details

More information about each specific Summer Academic Program can be found below:

College of Design SAP College of Textiles SAP GTI's SAP

Summer Academic Program in Industrial Design

The College of Design offers an intensive learning and interacting studio experience for undergraduate Industrial Design students around the world. It is a project-based studio setting where students learn and work with NC State University's Industrial Design faculty and students, as well as the designers in the vibrant, fast-growing Research Triangle in North Carolina, a major innovation hub of the United States. The students will present their design projects, incorporating what they learn in the program, to industrial designers in companies such as IBM or Lenovo. A certificate of completion will be awarded to the students at the end of the program. The 4-week program also includes local cultural visits and weekend trips to the beach and Washington D.C.

See the program brochure for more details.

SAP-ID Application Requirements:

  1. Complete the application by May 15, 2014

  2. Students must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate Industrial Design program and have completed at least one year of study.

  3. Students must submit the following:

    • Proof of English ability. This can be an official report of your TOEFL or IELTS scores or any other officially recognized English language test.
    • A copy of your most recent university transcript (translated into English)
  4. Students must submit the following with their application as a single PDF document:

  • Three (3) examples of their work as an industrial design student
  • A brief essay (English, 500 word maximum) describing their interests in design
  • A recommendation from one of the student’s instructors

>> Click here to apply and upload supporting documents

Summer Academic Program in Understanding the Textile and Apparel Industry in the U.S.

The College of Textiles offers a Summer Academic Program that deepens a student's understanding of the textile and apparel industry in the U.S. and includes site visits to companies in addition to cultural visits, and weekend trips.

Students will take courses on the U.S. Textile and Apparel Industry as well as American culture. They will also be introduced to the graduate programs offered in the Department of Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management.

See the program brochure for more details.

SAP-TEX Application Requirements

  1. Complete the application by May 24, 2014

  2. Students must be currently enrolled in a textile related undergraduate program and have completed at least two years of study before the summer program. or currently enrolled in a textile related graduate program.

  3. Students must submit the following:

    • Proof of English ability. This can be an official report of your TOEFL or IELTS scores or any other officially recognized English language test.
    • A copy of your most recent university transcript (translated into English)
  4. Students must submit the following with their application as a single PDF document:

  • A recommendation letter from a faculty member of their school
  • A brief statement describing their interest in this program and possible benefits they are seeking from this program.

>>Click here to apply and upload supporting documents

Summer Academic Program: Graduate School Preparation

Students who participate in this program will take courses with N.C. State faculty that are geared towards preparing them for graduate school at a U.S. university. The 4-week program also includes local cultural visits and weekend trips to the beach and Washington D.C.

>> Applications for this program are administered through the GTI's partner institutions