Curiosity in Action!

Featuring more courses, activities, and trips than any other summer program, Explo is a unique, safe, and supportive summer learning environment. Our students make friends from around the world, discover new interests and abilities, and have fun at every turn.


  • Founded in 1976
  • Exceptional faculty-to-student ratio
  • 40+ states represented
  • 65+ countries represented
  • 60,000+ alumni
  • Programs on the campuses of Yale University, Wellesley College + Wheaton College

Exploration Summer Programs creates a dynamic environment of intellectual inquiry, responsible decision making, and spirited adventure.

Led by enthusiastic teachers, our students are encouraged to respect the differences that make us individuals and to find the common ground that makes us a community.

At its heart, Explo inspires students to challenge themselves, discover the world of people and ideas, and experience the joy of learning.

Why Choose Explo?
For more than 35 years, Explo has brought together bright, curious, and interesting young people from around the globe. Explo provides a range of one-, two-, and three-week summer options for students ages 7 to 17. Choose from Explo 360, Explo Focus, Explo English, and Explo Mini, or mix and match among all the offerings, and prepare to have a truly amazing summer experience.

The international leader in summer enrichment — and heralded as more diverse than any summer program of its kind — Explo invites students to engage in intellectual inquiry, critical thinking, and spirited adventure as they build independence, fall in love with learning, and make friends from around the world.


Try New Things, Discover New Passions (and a New Way of Living)
At Explo, we believe that every young person is capable of making a significant contribution to the world. Following your passions, developing your talents, and finding new interests are crucial steps in determining what those contributions might be. 

Many students try things for the first time at Explo, and we’ve got a great safety net. We make it possible to stretch yourself in ways you have never considered, and to feel comfortable and supported in doing so. If you get into the habit of acting on your curiosity, trying new things will itself become a habit — one that makes life a lot more interesting, meaningful, and fun.


Our Programs

Experience the three-week Explo 360, our two-week Explo Focus, our three-week language immersion program, Explo English, or our one-week Explo Mini.

Explo 360

Offered on the campuses of Yale University, Wellesley College, and Wheaton College, our three-week programs feature the broadest range of course and activity options of any summer program. Explo 360 encourages students to pursue current interests in novel ways and to try many other things that are completely new. This is your chance to leave school year studying behind and engage your body and mind in the ways that you choose. Plus, you'll meet friends with students from all over the world.

Explo Focus

These two-week experiences give you the chance to dive in, dig deeper, and explore one special interest during your entire time at Explo. Programs include Explo Foreign Affairs, Explo Marketing, Explo Chef, Explo Ortho, Explo Startup, Explo ER, and Explo Vet.

Explo English

Explo English takes place on the campus of Wheaton College. Explo English is a three-week program for students ages 10-14 who have formally studied English but are still at the early stages of developing conversational skills. Different than most other English language programs, Explo English students work on speaking through hands-on projects and activities. (For students with more advanced English skills, but still in need of English language instruction, ESOL is available through Explo 360.)

Explo Mini

These one-week day programs are offered on the Wheaton College campus for students in grades 2+3, 4+5, and 6+7. Choose your own weekly adventures. This week, excavate a dinosaur! Next week? Put on a stage performance, dissect an alien, or launch rockets to the moon!