World of Wonder

About World of Wonder

World of Wonder (WOW) is a series of one-week summer programs at Bradley University designed to provide a variety of challenging, hands-on courses  for gifted and talented students entering grades 1-8.

Students may choose to take one, two, or three classes that are geared at one to two grade levels above each student's current school grade.  Our curriculum features courses in multiple disciplines that promote collaboration and experiential learning, including language arts, social sciences, literature, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), and art.

2019 Program Dates

Session One:
Monday, June 17 - Friday, June 21

Session Two:
Monday July 29 - Friday, August 2


Bradley University, Bradley Hall


$99 per class
$30 per week of recreation (optional)

Registration Deadlines

Session One:  June 7, 2019 
Session Two:  July 19, 2019

Related Links

National Association for Gifted Children 

Bradley University College of Education and Health Sciences
Illinois Association for Gifted Children 
National Association for Gifted Children 


View the 2019 WOW brochure (PDF)


WOW faculty is comprised of a talented group of individuals from area pre-K-12 public and private schools, as well as from the Bradley University teacher education faculty. WOW student aides are an enthusiastic group of Bradley University students who choose to work with the program by helping WOW participants between classes, assisting in their classrooms, and providing recreational activities.


Since 1983, the Bradley University Institute for Gifted and Talented Youth and its predecessor, the Peoria County Foreign Language Immersion Program, has offered summer educational program opportunities for Central Illinois youth. The Institute's summer program, World of Wonder (WOW), features a broad array of one-week classes, which enables first through eighth grade students to explore and expand their interests and abilities in a university environment.  Now in its 36th year, World of Wonder remains a high-quality, thriving program for area youth.