Summer School in the UK for international students

Summer Schools in the UK

Summer School courses for international students.

Summer Schools in the UK

Many UK universities offer Summer School programs to international students who are interested in studying in the UK. Summer School courses help build your knowledge of an existing subject or act as a pathway to something new. Courses are available at introductory or advanced levels, and previous knowledge and grades in an area of interest are not always required as the focus is on gaining international academic experience for the future.

Summer School courses in the UK can last between one to five weeks in June, July and August and accommodation, meals and social activities are often included in the tuition fee.

In addition to academic study, Summer School courses offer social programs featuring trips to famous UK landmarks, the seaside and special events such as the theatre.

Summer School Programs

Here are some of the summer school programs SI-UK students signed up for recently.

University of Leeds

  • Dates: June 29th – July 27th 2024 (block one: June 29th - July 13th, block two: July 14th – 27th). Students can choose to study for 2 weeks or 4 weeks.
  • Course Fees:
    - Full four-week program: £3,725
    - Two-week program (either block one or block two): £2,065

The program fee includes:

  • tuition
  • accommodation
  • breakfast and lunch, Monday to Friday
  • module field trips
  • weekend excursions
  • social activities
  • The Edge sports centre premium membership

Leeds also offers a free transport service to the University from Manchester Airport and Leeds Bradford Airport during the Leeds International Summer School arrival period.


Early application by April 1st 2024- If you’re attending the four-week programme the discount is worth £150. If you’re attending the two-week program, the discount is worth £75.

Group Discount - Leeds offer a group discount to institutions that wish to send a group of 10 students or more to LISS. Please email Leeds International Summer School at for more details.

Merit scholarship -  The scholarship is worth £500 if you're attending the full four-week program and £250 if you're attending either block one or block two. Must by April 1st and write a supporting document. Full details here.

Champion scholarship: The scholarship is worth £1,000 which will be used to help pay your LISS fees.  To apply, you should have an offer of a place on LISS for the full four-week program and submit a video. Full details here.

Eligibility: To be eligible to apply for LISS, you must be enrolled at a university, or be a recent graduate. Full details here.

Join a Leeds online information session to learn more! They are hosting these from February – April 2024. 

University of Leicester Summer School

The University of Leicester's English Language Teaching Unit runs an exciting collection of International Summer Programs. Their three-week programs combine general and academic English classes with subject-specific content, as well as a varied social program where you will meet and socialize with other students.

Summer School programs include: 'English for Humanities International Summer Programme', 'English for Medics International Summer Programme' and the 'Leicester Discovery International Summer Programme'.

  • Who is it for? Students 18+.
  • When does it take place? August 5th – August 23rd 2024.
  • What is included in the fee? Tuition fee, self-catered accommodation, excursions and social events.
  • Fee: £2,200 (£2,100 if applying through a University of Leicester partner).

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The Frontiers in Human Health Summer School at St George’s, University of London

  • Who is it for? The summer school program is open to current undergraduate students and recent graduates of a biology-related degree.
  • When does it take place? Monday, July 8th until Friday, August 2nd, 2024.
  • What is included in the fee? The fee includes all tuition (including laboratory consumables), orientation activity and refreshments at the welcome and farewell receptions and specific networking events.
  • Fee: £2,500. There is also an early bird fee offer of £2,250 for booking before April 28th, 2024. 

University College London (UCL)

UCL is a world-leading university (ranked 9th globally by QS in 2024) in the heart of central London. The University College London Summer School offers students from universities around the world the chance to study undergraduate UCL modules for 3 or 6 weeks and transfer credit back to their home college. A truly international program, the 2022 UCL Summer School welcomed students from over 225 universities from 50+ countries.

In 2024, over 70 courses are on offer in subjects like Psychology, Computer Science, Culture, Economics, Finance, Health, Politics, Law, Sciences and more. Students can choose the course best suited to their academic or personal interests and for most courses, no prior subject knowledge is necessary. All courses are taught by the UCL faculty.

Also offered are accommodations close to campus and a varied program of social and cultural events & activities to ensure students have fun and meet others from across the program.

  • Who is it for? Students who have completed 1+ years of university study.
  • When does it take place?
    • Session One: 24 June – 12 July 2024 
    • Session Two: 15 July – 2 August 2024   
  • What is included in the fee? Tuition fee (accommodation is optional and incurs an extra cost)
  • Fee
    • One session: £2,585
    • Both sessions: £4,620

UCL Pre-University Online Course for High School Students

A two-week online course for high-school students considering applying for an undergraduate degree at a UK university. You’ll develop the academic and language skills required for undergraduate study in the UK while exploring UCL and UK academic culture.

  • Dates
    • Online IT induction and introduction to the course: 19 July 2024. This will be a three-hour induction and we will contact you to confirm the time.
    • Classes: 22 July – 2 August 2024
  • Course fee: £900
  • Location: online

You are eligible for the course if you are a high achieving 16-18-year-old who wants to:

  • Experience studying at a global top 10 university (QS World University Rankings 2024).
  • Develop key academic skills including critical thinking, presentation and report writing, independent study, as well as your ability to work in a team.
  • Expand your use of academic English language and abilities in both academic writing and speaking.
  • Learn how to conduct academic research, produce a short report and prepare and deliver an academic presentation.
  • Experience lectures in a range of disciplines from the sciences, arts, humanities and social sciences.
  • Participate in optional virtual visits to places of cultural and historical interest around London.
  • Connect and make friends with a diverse range of students from all over the world.

Unlike other pre-university short courses, this course doesn’t just give you more knowledge about one subject, but includes a variety of subjects drawn from the sciences, arts, humanities and social sciences.


Students will meet the following criteria:

  • be a high school student.
  • be 16 - 18 years old for the duration of the course.
  • English isn't your first language.

University of Warwick

The University of Warwick is in the Heart of England, close to the cities of Coventry and Birmingham, Shakespeare’s birthplace Stratford-Upon-Avon and Warwick Castle. They are also just an hour away from London by train.

Warwick Summer School

Students on the Warwick Summer School will be taught by academics from one of the UK’s leading universities, whilst living on the beautiful world-class Warwick campus.

Whether you want to boost your core knowledge, are looking for something more specialized, or would like to learn something new, Warwick has a course that is right for you. All of their Summer School courses are three weeks long and are suitable for students 18+ and who are currently studying (or who have previously studied) at undergraduate or postgraduate level.

  • Dates: July 14th - August 3rd 2024
  • Age: Must be 18 years or older at the start of the summer school
  • Location: the University of Warwick, Coventry, UK (see on map)
  • Courses:courses running in 2024 in a wide range of disciplines, see the full course list here.
  • Fee: A fee breakdown can be found on the WSS website.

Pre-University Summer School

Warwick Pre-University Summer School is a ten-night all-inclusive program for students aged 15-17.

  • Dates: July 16th - July 26th, 2024
  • Age: Must be aged between 16-17 for the duration of the summer school
  • Location: The University of Warwick, Coventry, UK (See map)
  • Courses: Three courses to choose from: Economics and Finance, Social Sciences or Science and Engineering
  • Fees: £4250 (inclusive of a £1000 deposit, required to secure place) + £50 application fee

What's included?

  • Accommodation in en-suite halls of residence and all catering
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • An introduction to the Summer SchoolLink opens in a new window
  • 19 hours of academic teaching and professional skills development
  • A high-profile guest lecture
  • A campus tour with current students
  • Advice and guidance on applying to study at university and personal statements
  • Day trip to Oxford
  • A talk from a Warwick Alumnus
  • Chance to live alongside and be mentored by current Warwick Students
  • A full social program including a welcome team building event, bbq, bowling and farewell event
  • A day trip to London including Houses of Parliament tour, London Eye and West End Show.

All students will receive a certificate of attendance from the University of Warwick.

University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) - Medical School Residential Program

  • Who is it for? Non-UK students (aged 16-18 upon the duration of the course) interested in Medicine
  • When does it take place? 14th – 21st July 2024.
  • What is included in the fee? 
    • Clinical skills:
      • Communication skills with simulated patients
      • Physical examination
      • Airways workshop
      • Suturing and venepuncture workshop
      • Basic Life Support and Automated External Defibrillator training
    • Introduction to anatomy and practical workshop
    • Virtual patient scenarios using VR technology
    • Introduction to professionalism
    • Personal statement advice and feedback
    • Mock Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) and feedback session
    • Visit to a Mountain Rescue Centre
    • Evening guest lectures
    • Talk from a former UCLan medical student on studying medicine in the UK
    • Social programme including Lake District National Park excursions (a World Heritage Site)
    • Guaranteed UCLan MBBS interview for all successful, eligible participants
    • 7 nights, fully catered accommodation
  • Fee: £2,750

Royal Veterinary College University of London (RVC) - Pre-Vet Summer School (PVSS) 2024

  • Who is it for? Students (Aged 16+) interested in Veterinary Medicine to prepare them for their application
  • When does it take place? 28th July - 9 August 2024.
  • Proposed Program: 
    • Pre-Vet Summer School Objectives

      Objective is to pro-actively facilitate a learning environment that enables PVSS students to develop themselves academically and personally; whilst simultaneously providing an insight into the veterinary course/profession and a comprehensive understanding of the application process to empower students to fulfil their potential.

      Pre-Vet Summer School Program*

      Students will have five placement days across RVC's state-of-the-art clinical, animal handling and laboratory facilities. They hope to include the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals, Beaumont Sainsbury Animal Hospital, Equine Referral Hospital as well as non-clinal environments such as Boltons Park Farm, Pathology and Microbiology Labs. Typically, these placements equate to 25-35 hours of work experience (a mixture of clinical and non-clinical) that can be used when applying to vet school. NB: we have a requirement that work experience must be completed 18 months prior to the application deadline, therefore for students attending outside of this time frame the practical experience won't count towards an application to the RVC.  

      In addition to placements, students will undertake 5 academic days of didactic and practical teaching, such as lectures, clinical case studies, animal behaviour workshops, clinical skills activities and observe a dissection. Throughout these sessions students will meet academic staff and support staff, receive valuable insight on the application process and how best to make themselves the best applicant they can. Students will also be a allocated a student mentor so they can find out what life as an RVC student is really like.

      To support the comprehensive academic/placement schedule there is also a full social program running in the evenings and weekend; to facilitate the integration of summer school students as well as providing arenas to develop skills and attributes. In past summer schools this has included; exploring London's famous landmarks, visiting ZSL London Zoo, going to a West End show, competing in an RVC Master Chef competition, games and other experiences with animals.

      Students will be based at our Hawkshead Campus, staying at our College Close student accommodation. Each student will be allocated their own private, lockable bedroom in a mixed-gender** house with shared bathrooms and a fully-equipped kitchen.   

      *The RVC may (at its sole discretion) change the format of the event at any time, whether or not due to a Force Majeure Event, in each case without liability.

      **Subject to demographic of successful applicants.

  • Fee: £3,130

Arts University Bournemouth

Learn new creative skills, finesse your existing ones, and develop your personal style and voice as an artist. Perfect preparatory courses if you're considering further creative art and design study.

  • Who is it for? Art, design and media students.
  • Subjects available:
    • Animation
    • Architecture
    • Creative Art and Design
    • Drawing and Illustration
    • Fashion Design and Styling
    • Filmmaking and Production
    • Fine Arts
    • Game Art and Character Design
    • Graphic Design
    • Product Design
  • When does it take place? Two-week courses take place in July - August 2024.
  • What is included in the fee? All university materials, airport transfer, meals and portfolio preparation.
  • Fee:
    • Course fee only: £1,599
    • Course fee including residential and half-board catering package: £2,487

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