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Undergraduate Summer School 2023

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10th in the UK

for our research, the Times Higher Education's REF ranking, 2021.

17th in the UK

in the Times Good University Guide 2023, with 13 subjects ranked in the top 10

19th overall

Complete University Guide 2023, with 9 subjects ranked in the top 10

21st in the UK

Guardian Good University Guide 2023, with 6 subjects ranked in the top 10

Dates and subjects

The Undergraduate Summer School takes place from 5 July to 16 August 2023 in three two-week sessions. You can book one or two sessions.

Session 1: 5-19 July 2023

Arrival day: Wednesday 5 July 2023

Departure day: Wednesday 19 July 2023

Ensuring Sustainable Futures

At the University of York, we consider sustainability to be a key element of our responsibilities and values. We want our students to understand the sustainability challenges our world faces, but more than that, we want our students to drive changes aimed at ensuring future sustainability.

Climate change, habitat destruction and unsustainable resource use are all major challenges to the future stability of our world. But it’s not enough to just learn about the challenges. We must focus on the solutions.

In this module, you will learn about current and future sustainability challenges and the ways in which we are trying to solve them through research, education, policies and innovations. As part of our module, you will engage in a number of discussions and practical sessions.

Aims

The aim of this module is to introduce you to the skills, knowledge and tools needed to develop solutions to the world’s most pressing sustainability challenges.

In particular, it will:

  • provide you with knowledge of sustainability challenges
  • introduce you to a solutions-based strategy of evaluating sustainability challenges
  • enable you to confidently discuss and propose solutions to sustainability challenges.

This course is offered by the Department of Environment and Geography, a top 15 UK research department, ranked 2nd for research impact in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences.

You need to have at least an upper-intermediate level of English (ca. IELTS 5).

English is a global language, and as such, it serves a variety of purposes for people around the world. For some, it’s purely functional, for others, it’s a gateway to other cultures.

In this module, you will develop your functional English language skills so that you can be a more effective communicator. You will also explore what intercultural communication is and will become better aware of cultural differences. Finally, you will enhance your academic English language skills.

Aims

The aim of this module is to develop your English language, academic and intercultural communication skills.

In particular, it helps you:

  • develop your English language skills through a communicative and functional language based approach
  • broaden your cultural horizons and enhance your intercultural competence
  • enhance your academic English language skills through an integrated skills and context-based approach with a focus on effective communication.

This course is offered by the Centre for Global Programmes.

You need to have at least an intermediate level of English (ca. IELTS 4.5).

Session 2: 19 July-2 August 2023

Arrival day: Wednesday 19 July 2023

Departure day: Wednesday 2 August 2023

Books and their Makers (Literature)

How are books made? Who decides what gets read, where and when? And what difference does it make to think about the histories, social lives and business of books as well as about their contents?

In this short course, you will discover the extraordinary world of publishing and book-making, drawing on examples from medieval scribes to contemporary digital publishing. You will have the chance to get hands-on with bookmaking in the University’s unique Thin Ice Press, and to learn from contemporary editors, publishers and writers as well as leading academic experts. 

Aims

The aim of this module is to develop your  knowledge and understanding of the techniques and histories of book production, circulation and reading, and of how the business of books shapes the texts we read, and our ways of reading.

In particular, it helps you:

  • develop your knowledge and understanding of how books have been made in the past, and how they are made now
  • understand how the physical form of books and the business of publishing shapes the literary landscape and the way we read
  • develop your skills in literary analysis, and in written and oral communication, with expert guidance.

This course is offered by the Department of English and Related Literature, 5th in the UK for English, according to The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

You need to have at least an upper-intermediate level of English (ca. IELTS 5).

Introducing the Human Mind

This course aims to introduce you to psychology and the scientific exploration of the human mind and behaviour. We will explore important questions relating to how we interact with the world around us and why we behave the way we do.

We will introduce you to this incredibly diverse, rich and fascinating area through a series of interactive sessions and workshops. Specifically, you will learn how the brain works, how our minds develop, and how we socially engage with others.

Aims

In this module, we aim to enhance your understanding of the human mind through three complementary dimensions of psychology:

  • the human brain - the neural systems that underpin who we are
  • human development - how we mature and grow as individuals
  • human social behaviour - how we interact with others.

This course is offered by the Department of Psychology, one of the world’s top psychology departments, excelling in both teaching and research.

You need to have at least an upper-intermediate level of English (ca. IELTS 5).

 

English is a global language, and as such, it serves a variety of purposes for people around the world. For some, it’s purely functional, for others, it’s a gateway to other cultures.

In this module, you will develop your functional English language skills so that you can be a more effective communicator. You will also explore what intercultural communication is and will become better aware of cultural differences. Finally, you will enhance your academic English language skills.

Aims

The aim of this module is to develop your English language, academic and intercultural communication skills.

In particular, it helps you:

  • develop your English language skills through a communicative and functional language based approach
  • broaden your cultural horizons and enhance your intercultural competence
  • enhance your academic English language skills through an integrated skills and context-based approach with a focus on effective communication.

This course is offered by the Centre for Global Programmes.

You need to have at least an intermediate level of English (ca. IELTS 4.5).

Session 3: 2-16 August 2023

Arrival day: Wednesday 2 August 2023

Departure day: Wednesday 16 August 2023

English is a global language, and as such, it serves a variety of purposes for people around the world. For some, it’s purely functional, for others, it’s a gateway to other cultures.

In this module, you will develop your functional English language skills so that you can be a more effective communicator. You will also explore what intercultural communication is and will become better aware of cultural differences. Finally, you will enhance your academic English language skills.

Aims

The aim of this module is to develop your English language, academic and intercultural communication skills.

In particular, it helps you:

  • develop your English language skills through a communicative and functional language based approach
  • broaden your cultural horizons and enhance your intercultural competence
  • enhance your academic English language skills through an integrated skills and context-based approach with a focus on effective communication.

This course is offered by the Centre for Global Programmes.

You need to have at least an intermediate level of English (ca. IELTS 4.5).

Who can apply?

Our international Undergraduate Summer School is open to all students currently undertaking an undergraduate (Bachelors) degree.

You must have had your 18th birthday before your programme starts.

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 any one country.

Our Undergraduate Summer School has no formal academic requirements, but we will ask you to provide details of your current studies.

If you are not currently studying on an undergraduate (Bachelors) programme, please contact our team to discuss whether our summer school is the right choice for you.

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, for most modules, we strongly recommend that applicants have a good upper-intermediate level of English (at least around CEFR B2 or IELTS 5). For the English Language Academic and Intercultural Skills module, we recommend an intermediate level of English (at least around CEFR B1 or IELTS 4.5).

You will need personal details, a copy of your passport and preferably a current student card (or any other official document proving your student status.

We will get in touch with you to confirm the next steps.

You must follow Government guidance on travel, including visas and travel restrictions related to Coronavirus. On a short programme like this 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.

Programme details

Study programme

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

  • 16 hours of core subject content per session designed and delivered by York academics and teaching staff
  • A taster of the University’s flagship York Strengths employability skills programme
  • Sessions on the history and present of the UK and Europe
  • Keynote lectures from leading academics.

Free time activities

Enjoy field trips, excursions and fun-packed activities:

  • Two field trips per session to places of historical, cultural and geographical interest
  • Two full-day excursions per session taking you to the best places in Yorkshire
  • Daily free time activities led by University of York students

Programme fees

Our fees 
Tuition fee per session £1,750  £1,450
Your tuition fee covers the academic and free time programmes and travel insurance. To help with costs in these challenging times, we offer a £300 contribution to the tuition fee of all applicants.   
Accommodation fee per session (optional) £550
Single room on campus with breakfast  

Accommodation

If you book accommodation with us, you will be staying in a single room in one of our 11 colleges situated on our wonderful parkland campus. Your fellow students will be staying in the same accommodation block, but you'll have the privacy of your own room. 

You will get breakfast on campus and access to an equipped kitchen in your accommodation block.

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Assessment and Certificate

If you successfully complete our programme, you will receive a certificate from the University of York.

Assessment

For each module, you will have to complete two pieces of work:

  • A reflective journal
  • A group presentation

Hours of study and optional credits

Each academic option has 100 hours of study (a combination of input sessions and self-study). You may be able to receive credits from your home university; however, we cannot guarantee that they will acknowledge your attainment. Please check this with your home institution.