Summer Discovery Programs


It’s never too early to start taking advantage of everything Honors Carolina has to offer. Before you even begin your college career, Honors Carolina sponsors three programs for incoming first year students that provide a preview of the opportunities you’ll enjoy. Meet distinguished Carolina alumni, take part in workshops with UNC faculty and enjoy behind-the-scenes access to a variety of research, cultural, and historic sites.

Heels In Health Care

June 26-27, 2017

Heels Health CareStudents interested in health care and biomedical research get a special introduction to UNC Health Care, including the opportunity to shadow UNC physicians. This two-day program provides an opportunity to connect with UNC Health Care professionals, become familiar with UNC Health Care facilities and get advice on building an application for medical school during the next four years. Download the 2017 program overview.

Program Fee: $200


The 2017 Heels in Health Care program is now full. Please consider signing up for one of the other options below!

London Calling!

June 30 – July 8, 2017

p_london_DSC_0759Travel to London where you’ll spend the week at Winston House, Honors Carolina’s European study center located in the heart of London’s historic Bloomsbury district. Meet distinguished Honors Carolina alumni in a variety of field and get a taste of UNC’s wide-ranging global connections.

Recent programs have included discussions of diplomacy with Sir Christopher Meyer, former British Ambassador to the United States; tours of Stratford upon-Avon, where William Shakespeare came of age, followed by a performance of “Othello”; visits to private art galleries with Adrian Biddell, an Honors Carolina alumnus and partner at Waterhouse & Dodd; and discussions of global finance with Honors Carolina parent Colin Grassie, Duetsche Bank’s UK CEO. Download the 2017 program overview.

Program Fee: $1,850 (does not include airfare)


Sawubona, South Africa

July 22-30, 2017

p_southafrica_dsc_0800Travel to Cape Town, South Africa, home to a thriving Honors Study Abroad program that allows students to immerse themselves in the ongoing work of building a multiracial democracy from the ruins of apartheid and delight in South Africa’s natural wonders.

Recent summer discovery programs have included visits with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Chris Ahrends, founding director of the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre; a hike to the top of Table Mountain, Cape Town’s most widely recognized landmark and home to more than 8,200 species of plants; a tour of Robben Island Museum, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned; and an overnight stay at Khayelitsha, the largest of the informal settlements that surround Cape Town. Download the 2017 program overview.

Program Fee: $1,850 (does not include airfare)