Do you love reading? Did you just put on a play? Do you follow politics? Do you dream of being a writer? Do you ever wonder what university might be like? If so, HYP is for you.

The Humanities for Young People (HYP) is a new residential summer program for bright and highly-motivated students from ages 15 to 17. It will take place at the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia from July 7th–15th, 2018. Secondary school students from across the country will have the unique opportunity to work closely and collaboratively with scholars from a variety of disciplines.

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Experience university life

A student and mentor high-five each other.

Work with undergraduate student mentors

Student and faculty participate in an activity in a gymnasium

Enjoy practical skills and creative arts workshops

Student and faculty enjoying a boat ride

In the evenings, explore the natural beauty, rich culture, and history of Halifax, Nova Scotia

Why do the Humanities matter today?

The Humanities ask—and answer—the big questions about our lives. Studying the Humanities will help you develop the critical thinking and communication skills that are crucial to meaningful employment, active citizenship, and healthy relationships.

Research backs us up on this: it shows that young people who pursue studies in the Humanities have a broad and flexible skill set, allowing them to confront the unpredictable future with creativity, ingenuity, and resilience.

The Humanities encourage us to examine works of art, literature, philosophy, and political science (among others!) to assist us as we try to understand and improve our world and ourselves.

“I can say with absolute confidence that this has been one of the most life-changing experiences I have yet enjoyed.”

What will I learn?

The theme for HYP 2018 is Migration. According to the United Nations, “an unprecedented 65.6 million people around the world have been forced from home”. Canada prides itself on its multiculturalism, its relatively open borders, and its status as a “country of immigrants”. What role can we play in this global crisis? HYP 2018 offers you the chance to think about the cultural, historical, philosophical, and political issues that inform Canadians’ understanding of immigration.

You’ll grapple with questions such as: what does it mean to leave home? What does it mean to belong? How can we help newcomers preserve aspects of their cultures of origin? What do we do when these cultural claims clash? How does one become “Canadian”?

You’ll engage with a wide-ranging curriculum that will take you from Ancient Greece to contemporary debates about migration. You’ll encounter migrant literature. You’ll study philosophy that has shaped our understanding of human rights. You’ll spend a day exploring the archives and exhibits at Pier 21, a historic first point of contact for many Canadian migrants. You’ll work with professors, journalists, lawyers, advocates, authors, and artists to enrich your understanding of the complex experience of migration.

“The HYP lectures were awesome...”

Your professors

We have assembled a lively team of scholars, authors, artists, legal experts, and advocates who will share their expertise with you and help you wrestle with the ideas and issues that inform our understanding of migration. 

About King’s

The University of King’s College is the oldest chartered university in the country, with a long and storied tradition of scholarship and education in the Humanities, as well as a vibrant partnership with our neighours at Dalhousie University. You’ll be warmly welcomed by faculty and students alike, as we pride ourselves on a collegial and collaborative learning environment. HYP will allow you to discover some of the joys of university life: you’ll stay in residence, work with upper-year students, and meet fellow HYPsters from across the country.

“I created so many memories with so many new friends that I still keep in contact today! My HYP experience is something I will remember forever.”


HYP welcomes applications from students aged 15 to 17. Application deadline is June 8th, 2018.

The HYP fee is $975.00, which includes accommodation, meals, all academic activities and materials, field trips, and evening events.

• June 15th deadline for deposit: $300

• June 29th deadline for balance ($675)

HYP is committed to accessibility and offers bursaries on the basis of financial need. Please contact us for more information.

Applicants will need to provide:

  1. Contact information: Name, address, phone number, and email address.
  2. A short written statement (max. 250 words) on why you’re interested in the theme of Migration.
  3. A brief letter of recommendation from a teacher, guidance counsellor, or other adult who knows you well. The letter of recommendation should be submitted by its author.

Apply online here.

Letters of recommendation can be submitted by their author here.

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