The primary goal of such academies is to offer pupils intellectual and social stimulus, to develop their potential and the opportunity to cooperate with others. They should work on interesting subjects at a high academic level, guided by qualified teachers.
Summer academies are intended to widen the learning opportunities in various special fields and should develop joined-up thinking. Furthermore, they should improve techniques of oral and written presentation, apply methods of scientific work, and put emphasis on learner autonomy, cooperation and creativity.
These objectives can best be achieved in courses with an emphasis on content and methodology, such as biotechnology, history of art, chemistry, archaeology, and creative design.
Furthermore, these academies also offer cultural, artistic, and sports activities.