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

Please note that Winter Weekends are full.  We are not accepting any more applications at this time.


GIV will kick off its 2015 season with Winter Weekends February 6-8 and February 13-15. With exciting topics like AstroPhotography, Entrepreneurship, Songwriting, Current Issues, and more, it’s going to be a great year!

Winter Weekend admissions decisions were mailed January 20. If you are on a waitlist, you will be contacted as spaces become available.

Call GIV at (802) 865-4448 if you have any questions.

Winter Weekends are almost here. And they’re going to be a ton of learning fun!

Summer may seem far off, but it’s not!  Summer applications go online February 1.

Read more about each of your eight exciting opportunities to spend time with GIV via the Institute tab above. Click here to be added to GIV’s e-mail list and get notification when application season starts.

2014 was GIV’s biggest year ever!

546 young Vermonters joined GIV in 2014 to dive head-first into learning they loved. Highlights included a brand new Institute on Entrepreneurship, two compelling Winter Weekends, and so much more. Read more here.

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, 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.



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