Residential summer schools

Our residential summer school programme offers students the chance to experience studying a subject at university. Our summer schools are free to attend and open to Year 12 students who attend a state school or college in the United Kingdom and meet our criteria.


Residential Summer Schools

During our summer schools, students will stay in university accommodation on campus and will experience a taste of university life. Students will learn in an academic environment, working with students from other schools, undergraduate and postgraduate students, and academic staff. The programme will include lectures, seminars, practical activities, and a variety of fun social events in the evenings. 

In June and July 2020, we will be running the following summer schools.

Arts and social sciences

29 June - 3 July
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Business
  • Law
  • English and creative writing

Biosciences and veterinary sciences

29 June - 3 July
  • Biosciences
  • Veterinary science

Health sciences and psychology

13 July - 17 July
  • Nursing
  • Paramedic science
  • Midwifery 
  • Psychology

Engineering and physical sciences

13 July - 17 July
  • Physics
  • Maths
  • Chemistry
  • Civil engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Electrical and electronic engineering
  • Computer science


Applications for the summer schools will open on 3rd January 2020 and close on 20th March 2020. Students can only apply for one summer school. Places are limited so we will not be able to accept any late applications.


Can I apply?

Places will be allocated to Year 12 students from currently under-represented groups in higher education who attend a state school or college in the United Kingdom.

To apply for the summer schools, students must meet at least one of the criteria below.

Eligibility Criteria
  • From a family where parents/carers have not attended university in the UK
  • Students from Low Participation Neighbourhoods (LPNs, defined as POLAR4 Quintiles 1 and 2 by OfS*)
  • Students from an area of high deprivation (Index of Multiple Deprivation, IMD, Quintiles 1 and 2**)
  • Students from a low-income family (eligible for Free School Meals in last six years)
  • Care leavers and students in local authority care
  • From families where parents/carers are in non-professional households (NS-SEC groups 4-8)
  • Students classified as having a disability
  • Young carers (currently looking after a relative with a disability, illness or mental health condition)
  • Refugees and asylum seekers
  • Students estranged from their families (no longer have contact with either parent)
  • Students who have a parent/carer who has served in the armed forces or reserves
  • Students from BME backgrounds
  • Students from Gypsy, Roma or Irish Traveller (GRT) communities
  • Students who identify as a New Traveller, Boater, Bargee or Showperson

*You can check if a student lives in an LPN (POLAR4 Quintile 1 or 2 by using the OfS online Postcode Lookup Tool

** You can check your postcodes Index of Multiple Deprivation data using this online look up tool. Your postcode must be rated 1 - 4 in column F. 


What is the cost?

The summer schools are free. Students will be provided with free accommodation, refreshments and meals for the duration of the summer school. The University of Surrey is also able to cover the cost of travel for students to and from the summer school.

    "I wanted to attend this summer school so I could have a better overview of the course, and it has definitely informed and engaged me."

    Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Student 2019
    summer school sport