Residential summer schools

Virtual and Residential Summer Schools 2022

Apply to our virtual or residential programmes to experience what it's like to study a subject you love at university degree level. Our Summer Schools are FREE and open to Year 12 students who attend a state school or college in the United Kingdom and meet our eligibility criteria.

Applications are now OPEN. The deadline to apply is Sunday 3 April.

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University of Surrey Summer Schools 2022

This year we are running Residential Summer Schools and Virtual Summer School. 

Our Residential Summer Schools are 5-day, 4-night on-campus programmes and take place on the following dates:

  • Faculty of Health & Medical Sciences | Monday 27 June - Friday 1 July
  • Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences | Monday 4 - Friday 8 July
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences | Monday 4 - Friday 8 July

Our Virtual Summer School is a 5-day programme and takes place on the following dates:

  • Virtual Summer School | Monday 18 - Friday 22 July

During both the Virtual and Residential Summer Schools, you’ll get to meet our academic staff and wonderful team of Student Ambassadors who are currently studying the courses that you are considering.

    Residential Summer Schools

    Our Residential Summer Schools are 5-days and 4-nights.

    Each subject programme offers you the chance to experience studying a subject that you love at university. You will learn in an academic environment and work with students from other schools and colleges through an intensive timetable of academic, wellbeing and social activities.

    All Summer Schools combine an exciting mix of theory and practical work, providing you with the opportunity to explore and develop your knowledge, skills and interests. You'll attend a variety of lectures, seminars and tutorials delivered by our academic staff, who are leading experts in their fields.

    Our current students are keen to support you throughout your stay and share their experiences of university life.

    The summer schools are also a fantastic opportunity to meet students with similar interests to you. In the evenings, you will be able to relax and unwind from your studies, get to know your new friends and enjoy a variety of activities both on campus and in Guildford, before turning in for the night in our residential halls on campus.

    The following Residential Summer Schools are available:

    Faculty of Health & Medical Sciences | Monday 27 June - Friday 1 July

    Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences | Monday 4 July - Friday 8 July

    Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences | Monday 4 July - Friday 8 July

     

    Our Faculty of Health & Medical Sciences Summer School invites you to specialise in one of the following subject areas:

    • Biosciences
    • Health Sciences: Nursing, Midwifery & Paramedic Science
    • Psychology
    • Veterinary Science

    Our Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences Summer School invites you to sample and specialise in the following subject areas:

    • Chemistry
    • Computing
    • Engineering
    • Maths
    • Physics

    Our Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences Summer School invites you to specialise in one of the following subject areas:

    • Business
    • English & Creative Writing
    • French
    • Hospitality & Tourism Management
    • Law
    • Spanish

    The Summer School enabled me to immerse myself in the A Level subjects I am currently studying and see what it is like to study them at university. I started the programme feeling unsure about my undergraduate course choice but I found that by the end of it, through speaking to students and staff in the field, I was feeling confident about my decision.

    Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences Summer School Student 2021

    Virtual Summer School | 18 - 22 July

     

      The Virtual Summer School is a 5-day online programme.

      Your timetable will include pre-recorded and interactive subject-specific lectures and seminars, university information (e.g. personal statements, student finance, interviewing and choosing a university and course) and sessions to support the development of your study skills to prepare you for the transition to university.

      You'll also get to meet our wonderful team of student ambassadors studying the courses you are aspiring to, as well as academics and industry professionals.

      In addition, you'll work in groups to complete a research project in your specialised subjects, which you will present virtually to your peers, university academics and staff. We'll also be offering a variety of evening entertainment including quizzes, clubs and society tasters and well-being activities.

      The week will be a mixture of screen work, independent study and reading, and you will not be expected to sit in front of a computer screen for the entirety of the week.

      Our Virtual Summer School will invite you to access resources and to attend live workshops/seminars in the following subject areas:

      • Biosciences
      • Business
      • Chemistry
      • Computing
      • Engineering
      • English & Creative Writing
      • French
      • Health Sciences: Nursing, Midwifery & Paramedic Science
      • Hospitality & Tourism Management
      • Law
      • Maths
      • Physics
      • Psychology
      • Spanish
      • Veterinary Science

      To maximise your experience of the Virtual Summer School, we are able to provide additional support with IT and/or Wifi connectivity should either be a barrier to your participation on the programme. 

      If this relates to your personal circumstances, please state in your application form where instructed and we will share further details once your place has been confirmed.

      In my opinion the Virtual Summer School was amazing as it helped me to become more confident on how to apply to Vet School. Also, it further made me realise that being a Vet is the right thing for me. Moreover, it gave a real taste of what university life is like and all of the types of support you can get at university.

      Virtual Summer School Student 2021

      How to apply

      Places on the Residential and Virtual Summer Schools 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:

      • Students from Low Participation Neighbourhoods (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 eligible for Free School Meals in last six years
      • Students who are eligible for a 16 – 19 bursary (or equivalent)
      • Care experienced young people and those in local authority care
      • Students classified as having a disability
      • Young carers (you care for a friend or relative with a disability, illness, mental health condition or addiction.)
      • Students who are forced migrants (e.g. refugees and asylum seekers)
      • Estranged students studying without the support of their families families (no, limited or negative contact with either parent)
      • Students who have a parent/carer who has served in the armed forces or reserves
      • Students from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups
      • Students from Gypsy, Roma, Traveller, Boater or Showperson communities
      • Students whose studies have suffered significant disruption due to illness or personal circumstance 

      * You can check your postcodes IMD score using this online look up tool. To be eligible your postcode needs a 1 - 4 in column F.

      **You can check whether you live a  Low Participation Neighbourhood by using our online postcode look up tool. To be eligible your postcode must be Quintile 1 or 2 against POLAR 4 (see table on map).

      The Summer Schools are FREE to attend.

      Residential Summer School

      You'll 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 to and from the Summer School.

      Virtual Summer School

      You'll be provided with everything you need for the week-long programme. The University of Surrey is also able to provide technology and connectivity support for eligible students, to ensure you are able to fully access and engage with the programme.

      Application Timeline

      • Applications Open: Monday 17 January 2022
      • Applications Close: Sunday 3 April 2022
      • We'll let you know by Friday 29 April if your application has been successful.

      If your application to the Residential Summer School is unsuccessful, or if Government Covid-19 restrictions mean we are no longer able to run a Residential Summer School, we will try to find a space for you on the Virtual Summer School from the 18 - 22 July.

      Apply by completing our online application form below. For any further questions or queries, please contact our team at summerschools@surrey.ac.uk

      Apply for our Summer Schools

      You can apply from January to attend our Summer school programmes in Summer 2022. Applications close on Sunday 3 April.