Attending a summer school is an excellent choice to spend your summer holiday with social, cultural and academic benefits. And the UK is a country that definitely will make it even more special.
Here are the top 6 reasons you should take a summer course in the UK.
1. Experience The University Life
Most of the summer school are conducted by the universities or within universities’ premise. You will experience the authentic UK university campus life while attending the summer school.
Summer school courses are consist of lectures, seminars, group task, excursion trip and other education-related activities that similar to taking a degree.
2. Variety of Subjects to Choose
You have the option of selecting from a wide range of academic disciplines while they are attending summer school. Courses are available from accounting and finance to sciences and engineering.
Academic subjects are arranged according to different educational levels – introduction to in-depth knowledge. There are even options available for a course to be focused on theoretical or practical.
3. Authentic English Environment
Attending summer courses in the UK will help you to boost-up your English language in the authentic English environment. Especially for non-native English speakers, you will have a chance to take your English skill to new heights.
The English course carry by summer school often has different types of classes to suit students’ social and academic needs. Moreover, the language environment provides an excellent atmosphere to improve English fluency for non-native speakers.
4. Support the University Application
Attending a summer course is not a mandatory part of the university application, but it is an excellent way to show a student’s commitment and interest in the chosen subject. Sometimes these summer courses can also act as an academic achievement which strengthens students’ university application.
The researchers have uncovered that 23% of summer school attendees went on to study in the host university. They also found out 76% of summer school attendees then go on to attend an elite university (Source: The Guardian).
There are summer schools offer pre-university courses which are specially designated for preparing the student with their university application. Courses include research of the university, the application process, university tour, interview practices, and tips on writing the personal statement. Meanwhile, it also helps students to address other related question about the university application.
5. Confirm the Interest of Learning
Taking a specific academic subject course at summer school provides students with a chance to experience the subject before committing to pursue that area for your university education. Instead of finding you may have a different interest after starting a degree course at the university, you will have some times to look for alternatives.
6. Gain Credit for Your Main Course
Many institutions allow you to transfer credit from the summer course to your home institution. Courses which commonly can get credit points are the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) course, or some other courses conducted in English language bases.
There are numbers of undergraduate-level courses offered by the summer school can be equivalent to an undergraduate model 3 – 4 US university credit points or 7.5 ECTs (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System). You should contact your home institution before choosing the summer course if they plan to get credit transfer.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) summer course school
The University College of London (UCL) summer school
Imperial College London summer course school
Queen Mary, University of London summer course school
All students except for European Economic Area (EEA) countries
and Switzerland require a short-term study visa to study a short course in the UK. This visa allows a student to study in the UK for six months or less. More details of the short-term study visa can be found here.
As most of the short course duration is less than six months, this group of students who take taking it are not eligible to use National Health Service (NHS). Students are recommended to purchase private health care insurance.
Entry requirement varies depending on the course content. The undergraduate level of short courses would generally require student has an English language level of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. Other summer courses will have lower requirements, and the minimum requirement can be IELTS 4.0 or equivalent.