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Summer Schools

Can you tell me about the UK Summer School programme?

The Sutton Trust UK Summer Schools offer an opportunity for over 2000 young people each year to try university life. The one week taster courses consist not only of lectures, seminars and tutorials, but also a varied programme of social activities, to give participants an accurate idea of life as an undergraduate at a research-led university. The programme started in 1997 at Oxford and the Trust has subsequently expanded the scheme to Bristol, Cambridge, Nottingham, St Andrews, Imperial, Durham, UCL, Edinburgh, the Royal Veterinary College and King’s College London.

Please visit our dedicated Summer School pages for more information.

How do I apply?

Applications for the 2017 UK Summer Schools must be made online at Applications open on Monday January 9th 2017 and close at 5pm on Thursday March 2nd 2017. Late applications will not be accepted.

What subject courses are available?

More than 100 courses are available, from sciences to humanities to languages. For more information on the courses in detail, and which subjects are available at which universities, please see our Summer School pages.

How much does it cost to attend?

The Sutton Trust and the host universities will meet all costs incurred by students, including travel to and from the Summer Schools, food and accommodation, and all trips and activities.

Who can apply?

The Summer Schools are open to students currently studying in Year 12 (in England or Wales), Year 13 (in Northern Ireland), or S5 (in Scotland) who are studying at state-funded schools or colleges in the UK. Priority will be given to students who meet all or most of the eligibility criteria, which are listed on our Summer School pages.

Why is the programme not open to students from private/ independent (fee-paying) schools?

Our programme is designed to support those with the potential to excel but who have had little assistance and limited opportunity. The Sutton Trust Summer Schools are open to students from UK state-funded schools and colleges, with priority given to those from non-privileged backgrounds and from schools working in challenging circumstances. As such, we cannot accept applications from students in private/independent schools, including those who receive scholarships or bursaries.

When will I hear if I have been successful?

Applicants will be notified by 5th May 2017 for the 2017 programme. Please don’t contact us or the university to ask about a decision until 9th May 2017 at the earliest.