Summer schools : attend a programme at a prestigious foreign university

Summer is coming and parents often ask us how their children can best prepare for their Higher Education applications the following year. We suggest, depending on the student’s choice of study, that they do a short internship in the area of their future studies, do some extra reading or attend a Summer School.

Why do a Summer School ?

  1. There are two main reasons for sending your child to a summer school. It allows the student to have a first experience of university level studies in their field. This may reinforce the student’s choice of study, or on the contrary, it may allow the student to realise in time that they are not passionate about the subject.
  2. It is a first taste of higher education in a university environment. It will motivate the student to redouble their efforts to obtain the baccalaureate in order to join a reputable university.

Here is a short selection of popular summer schools.

Get in touch if you need any more advice or a larger selection of choice.


King's College London Summer school

King’s College London

King’s Summer School will give you a taste of what life is like as a King’s university student. You’ll study on campus and gain a truly international experience, with the opportunity to make global connections and friends.

The deadline for applying is late March and schools take place from July. Apply now via their website – of course, Expat Student is on hand to help you with your application if you need it.

Discover the King’s College London summer school

Although there are three different summer schools to choose from, high school students should select the Pre-University Summer School :

  1. Pre-University Summer School – a great opportunity for high school students aged 16 and above. You can choose from a range of modules, including health, science, law, business management, culture and social sciences. Each module lasts for one week and you can choose to attend more than one module.
  2. Undergraduate Summer School – This delivers research-led teaching including lectures, small group seminars, and workshops, designed for undergraduate students who are already enrolled at university elsewhere. You can choose from modules such as health, science, law, governance, business management and culture. Modules are offered in two sessions, giving you the opportunity to study a different one in each session.
  3. Summer Research Programme – This Biomedical Engineering Summer Research undergrad module is designed for students in the field of life sciences and medicine. This six-week programme aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills to participate actively in research and development, and to provide a vehicle for those seeking an educational foundation for further MSc and PhD studies.
    Don’t forget, Expat Student can help you with your application.


Summer School University of Bath with Expat Student

University of Bath

The International Summer School is a one-week programme to provide prospective international students with an insight into studying and student life at the University of Bath. It’s a free, online programme, focusing on various course areas, consisting of academic activities, general sessions on applying to and studying in the UK, and having contact with current students at the University. You’ll be able to engage with others looking to study a similar course to you.

Subjects on offer include, Biosciences, Business & Management, Engineering, Pharmacy & Pharmacology, and Sports, Health and Exercise Science.

All students must be able to show evidence of their English proficiency with IELTS 5.5 overall or an equivalent school qualification. All international students (as classified by overseas fee status) can apply, who will be starting university in September 2024 and who are academically able to study at Bath in their chosen subject.

If you complete the International Summer School, including the sessions and activities included, you will be guaranteed to receive a conditional offer for a place to study at Bath, subject to certain conditions. See their website for more details.
The Summer School takes place in August, and the deadline for applying is late March.


Royal Veterinary College, University of London summer school

Royal Veterinary College, University of London

For students thinking of applying to study Veterinary Medicine, the RVC summer school is a great choice.

This is a very competitive programme with only around 50 places available to the strongest applicants. As well as being assessed on your academic suitability, your personal statement will also be used to help decide who they offer places to.

Applications are open to PVSS (Pre-Vet Summer School) students to develop themselves academically and personally, whilst providing an insight into the veterinary course/profession and a comprehensive understanding of the application process to empower students to fulfil their potential.

More information about RVC summer school


Girl in Madrid for Summer School

IE Madrid

IE Madrid are offering two different summer school programmes for students. Located in Madrid, all programmes are offered in English and will expose you to new ways of thinking. If you want a challenging and enriching experience this summer, the deadline for applying to these courses is 15 June 2023.

  1. IE University summer programme

This programme is aimed at high school students who will be starting university in the following two years. There are three sessions over the summer vacation in Segovia and Madrid, Spain.

It’s an academically dynamic course comprising of workshops, interactive sessions and team building projects. It will give you the opportunity to boost your soft skills through sessions on leadership, personal branding, public speaking and teamwork. The second phase will allow you to discover different fields of study through engaging workshops led by their own faculty.

2. IE Graduate summer school

This three-week programme is designed for ambitious undergraduate students and recent graduates who want to live a radically different academic and personal experience in a world-class university.

You will experience IE’s values of academic excellence, humanities, innovation and technology, diversity and entrepreneurship.

The programme is open to university students from any academic background and recent graduates (max 2 years of professional experience).
You can more information and apply via the IE Madrid website.


Summer School Oxford Royal Academy

Oxford Royale Academy

For nearly 20 years, Oxford Royale Academy has given global students a taste of university life as the UK’s #1 privately – run summer school. They have welcomed over 30,000 students from 170 nations since 2004 and you can be one of those students, nurturing your ambition, expanding your knowledge and enjoying a combination of expert teaching and exclusive events at either the Oxford Summer School, or summer schools in Cambridge, London, Yale or UC Berkeley.

The courses are not just for students over 18, they are aimed at students across three different age ranges, 13-15, 16-18, and adults. With over 40 career focused and academic courses, including Medicine, Engineering & Technology, Business Innovation & Entrepreneurship, and Law & Trial Advocacy Academy, there is sure to be something for you.

Spaces are filling up rapidly, so please contact us to see if there are still availabilities in the courses you are interested in. Don’t delay – apply now!

And, of course, Expat Student can help you apply for summer schools. But we are also here to help your child decide what and where they want to study after graduation, and to start preparing their application in advance.


Expat Student can help you select the best summer school programme for your needs and aspirations, and guide you throughout the application process. But we are also here to help your child decide what and where they want to study after graduation, and start preparing their application in advance. If you want to do a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Spain, Great Britain, Canada, the Netherlands…, Expat Student can help you apply for prestigious international university programmes, including medical studies.

Expat Student assists students in applying for the international course(s) that best suit their interests and abilities, helping them to write their cover letter and prepare their CV, and offering individual and personalised support.

We can also help you apply to prestigious universities in Europe and North America for Masters level programmes. Our students attend over 30 leading international universities, in programmes as wide-ranging as International Business, Engineering, British Literature, History, International Relations and Political Science, International Law, Medicine and Veterinary Studies.


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