What Is Horizon Academic？
Horizon Academic (HARP) is a trimester-long online research program for extraordinary high school students interested in doing undergraduate-level research in an academic subject. Students will develop a college-level research project under the individualized guidance of a professor or doctoral researcher from a globally renowned university. Have a look at our courses, or find out more about how it works!
Horizon scholars choose their own field of inquiry and work with their instructor to develop a unique research proposal. After a trimester of reading, writing, and exploring, Horizon scholars finish their final projects, most often a 5,000 word research paper. By showcasing a student's very best work, Horizon gives students the opportunity to earn letters of recommendation, seek outside recognition of the quality of their work, and demonstrate their exceptional talent to universities.
What They're Saying About Us
Reflections from Our Alumni
"It’s an opportunity to showcase my work to the entire world. Horizon has invested a lot into helping me through the process."
Karthik, James Logan High School
"This project was the highlight of my year."
Malika, the American International School
"A big thank you to you for all that you've done for me, from the Horizon program to the publication process after. You have gone over and beyond."
Darynne, Branksome Hall
"I got into the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program at UMICH, largely because of the work I did with Horizon."
Danielle, John L. Miller Great Neck North HS
"I feel better prepared to go to the London School of Economics next fall because I participated in Horizon Academic."
Keyun, Ulink College of Suzhou Industrial Park
"It was a great learning experience, and I will carry what I learned throughout college and in my future career."
Harshitha, Canton High School (Massachusetts)
"Horizon was instrumental to for me in writing this paper and getting published in a journal."
Furui, Northeast Yucai School
"This was a very interesting experience and it gave me a good idea of the kind of research I will have to do in the future."
Jedidiah, St. Mark's School of Texas
What Makes Horizon Unique
Learning Beyond Borders
Horizon scholars may participate in the program from anywhere in the world, as long as they have a computer and a reliable internet connection.
Our students are free to choose any research topic they would like that's relevant to the course they are taking.
Unrivaled Faculty Attention
Horizon Academic supports its scholars with individualized guidance. Our "Labs" classes are taught on a 1-on-1 basis, while our Academic group classes have an average of a 1:2 faculty to student ratio.
College Admissions Advantages
While every university is unique, most value students who are invested in their studies and who pursue challenging work outside the traditional school day. Horizon students stand out in the college application process because it's rare for a high school student to complete a 20-25 page long paper in school, much less outside the of classroom during free time.
Scholarship with Purpose
Horizon challenges students to develop projects that address global public policy issues. Whether they choose to analyze theories of economic development or examine the collapse of a local ecosystem in their country, our scholars are encouraged to consider the policy implications of their findings.
An Early Start
Adapting to university life can be challenging for many students, and professors hold students to high standards in their academic writing. Students who do college-level writing early on are better prepared for the challenges of college life.
The Impact of China on ASEAN
This paper focuses on the relationship between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. I first analyze various positive and negative impacts that China has had on various ASEAN member states. I conclude that, overall, China exerts a positive influence on ASEAN member states. Competition from Chinese firms drives down prices for consumers in ASEAN countries, while China’s growing economy offers a large market for ASEAN nation exports. As a result of China’s growing presence in ASEAN economies, ASEAN firms may struggle to compete with Chinese firms, and the economic gains of Sino-ASEAN cooperation will likely be uneven, increasing inequality. I contend that these short-term challenges can be mitigated by well-crafted policies and the long-term economic benefits of free market competition.