A Summer School is a short-term course which normally takes place during the UK summer months (June – August). Courses vary in length from 1 week to 2 months. A summer school provides an excellent opportunity to experience what it is like to be a student at a London university. You will have a choice of a number of academic courses which will allow you to gain valuable international academic experience. And there will, of course, be plenty of opportunities to get out in London and experience all the city has to offer.
When searching for a suitable Summer School, you will find different options depending on your age and qualification.
Pre-University Summer School
This type of Summer School is designed for students aged 16 – 18 who are still at school. If you are in the last two years of your high school studies, a pre-university summer school can provide an ideal opportunity to experience university life before you have to make a decision about where to apply for your degree studies.
The timetable includes academic and social activities, and students are looked after by university staff and students throughout the course.
Summer School for students & graduates
Many universities will offer a Summer School designed for students who are already studying at university level or are about to start their university studies. There are a wide number of Summer School courses available in London which integrate academic studies with opportunities to visit industry-related businesses and institutions in and around London.
Courses can often be taken for credit towards degrees at your home institution. You may also be able to choose a course which is completely unrelated to your current or future degree studies.
List of London universities offering Summer Schools
A number of London universities offer Summer Schools. As with your degree choice, you should look carefully at the subjects on offer and the extra-curricular activities offered as part of the Summer School. Here are some examples of popular options in London, but with a simple search on the internet you will find even more:
- Coventry University, London Campus
- Imperial College London
- Institute of Education
- King’s College London
- Kingston University
- London Business School
- London Metropolitan University
- London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
- The London School of Economics and Political Science
- Middlesex University
- Regent’s University London
- Royal Academy of Music
- Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
- St. George’s, University of London (INTO)
- St. Mary’s University, Twickenham
- University College London (UCL)
- University of Roehampton
- University of the Arts
- University of West London
- University of Westminster