Welcome to the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont (GIV) 


Apply to Winter Weekends Now!

*The application deadline  is January 13, 2015 and spots fill up fast, so don’t delay!*

 PLEASE NOTEAstroPhotography is likely to be filled. This strand is really popular this year! If you apply to the AstroPhotography strand after December 18th you are unlikely to get in, so be sure to put a second choice!


Winter Weekends are coming up February 6-8 at Goddard College and February 13-15 at Marlboro CollegeClick here to learn about the topics offered at Winter Weekends this year.

Have questions? Call GIV at (802) 865-4448.

Winter Weekends are almost here! Don’t miss out. Apply today!

What Does Winter Weekend Cost?


Tuition is based on a sliding scale to make GIV affordable for everyone. Take a look at our tuition chart here.

We don’t want anyone to miss out on all the learning fun because of financial barriers. If you have questions regarding payment, please call us at (802) 865-4448.



Summer’s not too far away…

GIV will hold 8 summer Institutes on Vermont college campuses in 2015. Check out GIV’s summer Institutes under the Institute tab above to learn more about the summer Institutes, dates and locations. Summer 2015 applications will be online February 1st. Applicants should talk to their school contact (find your school contact here) about applying.

*Winter Weekend applicants apply directly through GIV, not their schools.*

Please click here to be added to GIV’s e-mail list. We’ll notify you when applications become available and to share exciting announcements about hands-on learning opportunities.

Take a Look at 2014 at GIV

546 high school students joined GIV in 2014 on college campuses across Vermont to dive head-first into learning what they love. Highlights included a brand new Institute on Entrepreneurship, a new Winter Weekend strand on AstroPhotography (GIVers even had their photos published in National Geographic!), and so much more.

Read all about 2014 at GIV in our annual newsletter. Want a hard copy? Call (802) 865-4448 and ask for one.


The Governor’s Institutes of Vermont: Empowering young people with intensive, hands-on learning experiences on Vermont college campuses to inspire their academic and creative passions, build confidence and leadership, and expand their sense of possibility.

Check out our Get to Know GIV Video here!


The Governor’s Institutes of Vermont creates prestigious, fun, accelerated learning residencies on college campuses for highly-motivated Vermont teenagers. There are Governor’s Institutes focused on Arts, Engineering, Information Technology, Environmental Science and Technology, Mathematics, Asian Cultures, and Current Issues and Youth Activism and Entrepreneurship.  Any Vermont student can ask his/her school guidance counselor for referral to a Governor’s Institute for an unforgettable experience of extreme learning and extreme fun.

(Note: Winter Weekend applications do not require a referral from your school – Apply for GIV Winter Weekends here.)

If you are a high school student living in Vermont looking for a world-class learning opportunity, GIV is the place for you!