Join us to learn about key environmental and sustainability issues from our world-class academics.

Environment, sustainability and resilience is one of the key research themes at the University of York. According to The Times Higher Education, the impact of the University of York’s research in ecology and environmental science ranks second in the UK and 17th in the world.

This three-week summer school offers undergraduate students an exciting opportunity to expand their knowledge about the latest environmental and sustainability issues while studying in one of the most beautiful cities in the UK. The programme will also equip students to think critically and develop better academic communications skills.

This programme will suit students looking for careers in environmental consultancy, environmental research and engineering, the energy sector and policymaking. The programme is also suited for students looking to undertake a higher degree in environmental science

Contact us

Centre for Global Programmes
+44 (0) 1904 322846

Programme​ ​details

The summer school takes place from Monday 1 July​ ​-​ Friday ​19​ ​July​ ​2019, and the programme is divided into the following components:

The keynote talks will be delivered by leading academics in the fields of Environmental Sciences, Green Chemistry and Biology as well as contributions from University of York's researchers and external speakers. These talks will provide the foundation of the programme with discussion sessions and trips helping students to further explore the key themes.

These seminar-style sessions usually follow the keynote talks and allow students to discuss the themes in greater depth.

These sessions will help students develop their understanding of the talks by applying theory to a range of practical problems in collaboration with other participants, through critical evaluation.

These sessions will equip students with the academic communication skills needed to participate in discussions, as well as help prepare students for trips and poster presentations.

There will be visits to key sites and industries which are linked to the keynote talks, offering hands-on experience.

A weekend visit to London, home to many of the UK's most famous cultural landmarks.


The themes for the 2019 Summer School will be:

  • Marine conservation
  • Water pollution
  • Air quality
  • Waste utilization
  • Energy biography
  • Biofuel
  • Mitigation

Fees and Application

The course fee is £2,555 and includes:

  • Tuition
  • Pick up from UK airport on arrival*
  • Bus pass
  • All travel and accommodation in York and London
  • Breakfast and lunch vouchers
  • Social programme

Participants are responsible for their round-trip international airfare, travel insurance and personal expenses and any visa costs.

* subject to terms and conditions

Early bird discount

Registration closed on 29 March 2019.

Application dates and procedure

Important dates



Key information

29 March

Early Bird registration

Registration fee £50

This fee is non-refundable unless CGP cancels the programme or your application.

25 April

Scholarship and programme application


The deadline for this application is 16:00 (GMT)

26 April

CGP notify participants accepted on the programme.


29 April

Participants confirm their attendance

Confirmation fee £200

This fee is non-refundable unless CGP cancels the programme.

1 May

Final confirmation of student cohort


We advise that you do not book any flights until this date.

3 May

Course fee payment 1

Partial or full payment

This fee is non-refundable

1 June

Course fee payment 2 (optional)

Full outstanding balance

This fee is non-refundable

Payment 2 is optional because the participant can pay the full outstanding balance in payment 1 if they prefer


We will be recruiting a maximum of 15 students for summer 2019. This programme is open to all undergraduate students, however, should there be an excess demand for the programme, priority will be given to students from our partner universities and we will refund you the registration fee. If you're unsure whether your university is a partner, please contact

York Summer School Programmes 2019 Terms and Conditions (PDF , 512kb)


This initiative aims to help students realise their international ambitions and make the most of the opportunities available to them. To apply, students should submit their application through the online application form.  Applications will be assessed by a panel of Centre for Global Programmes staff members. They will be looking for creativity and imagination and above all how the programme can make a positive impact on the life of the participant.  Successful students will be notified on 26 April 2019.   

How to apply

To find out more information, please email

Contact us

Centre for Global Programmes
+44 (0) 1904 322846