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Extending Reality Through Virtual Worlds is a two-week program that introduces high-school students to the fundamentals of designing and developing augmented reality (AR) experiences with a focus on developing basic applications and games. 

Learn to build creative, useful, and engaging AR experiences of your own design! Gain basic skills in AR development using cutting edge tools and platforms. Apart from learning how to develop basic AR applications or games, you’ll also learn core concepts and principles in creating interesting and immersive user experiences (UX), and user-friendly interfaces (UI), as well as be exposed to the exciting applications of AR in our everyday lives, in professional practice and industry, and in research.

By the end of this course, students should be well prepared for a transition into taking undergraduate STEM majors in college.Students who are interested in pursuing careers in UX or UI design, game development, human-computer interaction (HCI), or in digital art practice, will find this course ideal as an introduction to these fields. 

How to Apply

Eligible applicants will be high school students currently enrolled in grades 9, 10, or 11 who have successfully complete Algebra 2 (or equivalent) and have had some computer programming experience (in any language). Competitive applicants will have a minimum 3.0 GPA or equivalent. 

To apply, submit the online application, which includes the following components:

  • Questions related to your personal and academic information
  • High school transcript
  • Four Short Essay Responses
  • International students are required to submit proof of English language proficiency

Areas of Study

Student Life

Students attend classes Monday-Friday and have scheduled time each day to work independently and collaboratively on daily assignments and weekly projects designed to give them a solid foundation of the principles and tools used to build AR games and applications.

Outside of class, students can take advantage of on-campus activities and events organized for NYU’s summer high school students, where they can connect with students from around the world that share their academic interests and intellectual curiosity. Students can also take advantage of organized field trips to NYC attractions, like Broadway, Yankee Stadium, and museums. 

XR Through Virtual Worlds is an in-person program that takes place at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering in downtown Brooklyn, New York.. Students can elect to live on-campus in one of our residence halls along with other high school program students, or commute to classes and program activities. 


Program Dates (Choose One):

Session 1:
Orientation June 16; Program June 20  - June 30

Session 2:
Orientation July 7; Program July 10 - July 21 

Session 3:
Orientation July 28; Program July 31 - August 11 

$2,500 Tuition 
$100 Materials fee
$100 Events fee
$610 Housing (optional)
$360 Meal Plan (optional)


Application Deadline
April 20 - Application closes for Preferred Sessions
(otherwise on a rolling basis til 5/1)