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Be inspired on our Junior Summer School 2022.

Learn from experts, explore Yorkshire on fun-packed trips and make friends. 


Our international junior summer school is open for all secondary/high school students aged 16 to 19 who are planning to enter higher education and are ready to get a taste of what it means to study at a top university in the UK. Applicants must have been born after 31 July 2003 and before 4 July 2006.

We welcome students from all nationalities and backgrounds; however, as we aim to have an international student body on this programme, we can only accept a limited number of participants from each nationality.

The programme is suitable for both native speakers of English and for students who have been learning English as a second/foreign language.

Although there is no formal language requirement, we strongly recommend that applicants have a good upper-intermediate level of language (ca. CEFR B2, IELTS 5, TOEFL 44+ or Duolingo 75+).

If your English skills are a little bit lower than this but you still want to apply, we recommend that you take part in our pre-arrival language programme to best prepare for your time in York.

We will get in touch with you to set up a short (5-minute) Zoom meeting or phone call to understand your motivation and to confirm if we think this programme is the right match for you. We will also be happy to answer any questions you may have. This is not a formal interview, but a chance for us to get to know each other.

You must follow Government guidance on travel, including visas and travel restrictions related to Coronavirus. On a short programme like York Global Summer Schools, you can normally study as a visitor, but you must check your status and seek advice.

Travel restrictions related to the Coronavirus pandemic often change. Whether you can enter the country, need to quarantine and/or conduct tests depends on where you travel from, as well as your age and vaccination status. Please check the latest Government advice before travelling.

Dates and Subject Choice

The Junior Summer School takes place from 3 to 31 July 2022 in two-week terms. You can book one or both terms.

Term 1: 3 to 17 July 2022

Arrival day: Sunday 3 July 2022

Departure day: Sunday 17 July 2022

Offered by the Department of Environment and Geography

There’s never been a more important time to study environmental issues. Climate change is having major impacts on agriculture and wildlife. Air pollution is impacting human health and reducing life expectancy. Plastic waste is clogging our waterways and disrupting ocean ecosystems.

In this short course, you will learn about pressing environmental issues and the ways in which we are trying to solve them through research, education, policies and innovations. You will participate in discussions about the best ways to solve environmental problems, and what we need to do now to protect and repair our planet.

Offered by the Department of Psychology

The world of psychology can be found within all aspects of daily life and society. Join us to explore just a small part of what Psychology can tell us within the worlds of technology, health & wellbeing, neurodiversity and prejudice.  

In this short course, you will learn how technology has changed the way we interact with one another and ask how Psychology can help us to understand these new interactions. You will take a look at the Psychology behind why people have negative attitudes towards others and what we can try to do about this. You will investigate the impact that our gender, childhood, personalities and stress levels can have on our health and wellbeing. You will also discover what it really means to live and grow up being neurodiverse, trying to navigate the world with say dyslexia or ADHD, and why listening to lived experiences can help improve research and our understanding for the better.

Term 2: 17 to 31 July 2022

Arrival day: Sunday 17 July 2022

Departure day: Sunday 31 July 2022

Offered by the Department of Social Policy and Social Work

Governments around the world face major challenges that need to be addressed with urgency. Problems such as climate change and growing inequality threaten the sustainability of societies but countries alone have struggled to address them effectively and at spend. In part this is because these are global social problems that require global responses.

In this short course, you will look at key social problems challenging contemporary societies, and explore their global nature and the extent to which they require global solutions. You will look at the social, economic and political processes underlying the globalisation of social problems and analyse the ways in which institutions and political leaders understand social problems and have responded to them.

Offered by the Department of Biology and the Department of Chemistry

As a growing global population, we are facing a range of challenges including an increasing demand for food and other resources. Scientists are working to develop solutions to the problems that threaten our food supply, such as unsustainable farming practices and a changing climate. We need more nutritious and resilient crops, and circular processes where food waste is used to make valuable products, reducing the demand for non-renewable resources.

In this short course, you will learn about recent research that aims to better understand and tackle these challenges. You will hear from the people carrying out this important research and gain hands-on experience of laboratory work. As part of a small team, you will also have the opportunity to develop possible solutions to these global challenges, and then present your ideas to your peers.

Pre-arrival language programme

Dates: 27 June to 1 July 2022

Course content: 15 communication skills lessons

Minimum language level: Intermediate (ca. CEFR B1, IELTS 4.5, TOEFL 32+ or Duolingo 65+)

Your programme

Gain study skills that will help you get to university and beyond with our workshops, YorkTalks and more:

  • 16 hours of core subject content per term designed and delivered by York academics and teaching staff
  • A taster of the University’s flagship employability skills programme, York Strengths
  • Keynote lectures from leading academics

You'll have a chance to explore Yorkshire's beautiful countryside and coast.

Enjoy field trips, excursions and fun-packed activities:

  • Two day trips per term in Yorkshire to places of historical, cultural and geographical interest
  • Three full-day excursions per term taking you to the best places in Yorkshire
  • Regular sightseeing and shopping trips in York
  • Daily free time activities led by Student Ambassadors

Global Summer School - Timetable 22 (PDF , 256kb)



Fees and costs

Programme fee per term £2,275
Accommodation and catering per term £750
Online pre-arrival programme (optional) £500

You can book an optional airport transfer which includes a meet and greet service by the driver.


We offer five different scholarships, the application deadline was 18 February 2022.

Find out more about scholarships