What is a summer school?
A summer school is a form of education that offers courses, both academic and non-academic, during the summer period. Usually, there are no classes at universities or other higher education establishments during the June-September period which is when summer school courses take place. Courses usually last from one to eight weeks.Summer schools are completely optional and no student is under any obligation to attend. They are not compulsory.
So why attend a summer school?
There are a range of benefits of attending a summer school, especially for international students.
One of the main obstacles or worries that international students have when studying abroad is the language. Every year, the best and brightest international students choose to study in the UK. To do so successfully, they must have a good grasp of the English language. Speaking, writing, reading and understanding English to a high degree is vital when studying a course in the UK or any other English speaking country.Many international students choose to attend a summer school prior to starting their university course to ensure their English is the best it can be.Studying an English language course at a summer school is an excellent idea for any international student. Even if you already have a good grasp of the English language, it gives you a chance to practice in a classroom setting that is similar to what you’ll experience when you start your university course.
Settle into a new country
Summer schools are also a great way for international students to settle into a new country that will be their new home for an extended period of time. Moving to another country can be difficult. There are different customs, cultures, people and even weather to adapt to.By attending a summer school, you can acclimatise to your new country without the added pressure of your university workload. Getting settled before your course begins can do wonders for your mindset.
Depending on your previous education experience, attending a summer school can also get you back in the mindset of learning again. Some international students have a break in their education and it can take some time for them to get used to a classroom/lecture environment again. By taking a summer course you can prepare for your September course. You can find out the dos and don’ts of learning in your new country with no repercussions on your degree or course. Many students find attending a summer school increases their confidence and are more willing to participate in classroom discussions.
Learn something new
Summer schools do not have to be attended before you start your degree either. You can find summer schools for international students and local students that are available to attend in between your course terms. Many students choose to attend a summer school to learn a completely new skill or subject that is either related to their course or completely unrelated! As we said at the start of the article, some summer schools have non-academic courses which enables you to broaden your experience and skillset.
How do I apply for a summer school?
There are many summer schools in the UK that are perfect for international students. Here at IEC Abroad we can discuss your options and recommend a summer school that would be most beneficial to you. To find out more information contact us at IEC Abroad to see what’s available!