Our immersive summer school gives Year 12 students the opportunity to experience the academic and social side of university life. The York Experience Summer School Online (YESS-O) will be taking place virtually Monday 26 July to Friday 30 July 2021.

During 2020/21, our Access and Outreach programmes will be delivered virtually with some face-to-face events. We will be guided by government guidelines and University policy. We will work directly with programme participants and our school and college partners to keep you informed of progress.

Online activities 

We are working to deliver an alternative programme of online activities. We’ve designed these virtual activities to help you discover more about university, the subjects you can study and student life, bringing you as much fun and insight as you would have enjoyed on our residential events.


If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to live in one of England’s oldest cities, and study at one of England’s leading universities, then join us for this year’s York Experience Summer School Online. The University of York’s 5-day summer school will give you all of the information and experiences you’ll need to decide if York is the choice for you

The York Experience Summer School aims to give you an interactive, academic, social, and pastoral experience of York. You’ll have the opportunity to engage with college life and academic learning & research. You’ll also experience the support on offer at York, and get to know students from the University of York and other YESS-O participants. Whoever you are and wherever you’re from, we’re looking forward to getting to know you.

As a YESS-O participant, you’ll receive a warm York welcome before the summer school, and bespoke advice and guidance after YESS-O to support you through the UCAS process. 

“Thank you to the YESS team for a great 3 days. I signed up thinking that York might be somewhere I want to apply, but I was unsure if I was good enough. Through taking part in this, I feel more confident to apply to York knowing it is somewhere I would fit in. I especially enjoyed meeting students at York who have been where I am.” 

YESS-O 2020 participant

Who can apply?

Applications are open to Year 12 students at any UK state school or college.

We particularly encourage applications from: 

Applications for the York Experience Summer School are closed.

Get in touch

If you have any questions or an idea for a topic you’d like us to cover please email yess@york.ac.uk