Explore British history and culture through the subjects and specialisms
that most fascinate you, whilst studying for credit with our new International Summer School
The 2019 International Summer School starts on 30 June and runs until 10 August. You can choose either a three or six week programme.
Topics span History, Law, Politics, English, Art history and Theatre and are brought to life through visits to cultural and heritage sites in the local area and nearby London. The university is located one mile from the signing of the Magna Carta at Runnymede and four miles from historic Windsor with its Castle and Great Parks.
Why Royal Holloway?
Royal Holloway is a top 25 UK university (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2019) and also one of the UK’s most international universities. We welcome students and academics from all over the world to study and work here, ensuring an international and multicultural perspective within a close-knit and historic campus (opened by Queen Victoria in 1886).
With historic buildings set in 135 acres of parkland and forest and yet only 40 minutes by train to central London, our beautiful campus makes an excellent location. And with stunning facilities and research ranked as world leading, you can be confident you will receive an excellent education.
Summer School programme 1: 30 June – 20 July
Summer School programme 2: 21 July – 10 August
You can choose to take either one three-week programme independently, or both together and study with us for six weeks.
You need to apply by Friday 31 May.
You can choose one module from each Summer School programme.
- Democracy, sovereignty and the rule of law: from Magna Carta to Brexit
- Theatre in London: Shakespeare to the contemporary scene
- Victorian England: history, literature and the arts
- The heritage sector: understanding the past in contemporary society
Find out more about the topics and learning outcomes for each module.
Teaching will take place four mornings a week, with two to three hours contact time per day. One day a week will be devoted to a field trip relevant to the module.
During non-contact time, you will be expected to study independently and work on assessments. You will have access to our state-of-the art library facilities with study spaces offering views of the impressive Founder’s Building and the beautiful Surrey countryside.
Assessments across the courses vary, and comprise a combination of methods, which may include:
• online test
• written coursework, e.g. reflective writing
• performance (drama themed courses only).
Each course is worth 15 UK credits/ 7.5 ECTS, which translates to between 3 and 4 US credits. Please note it is your responsibility to check that your home institution will accept transfer of these credits back as part of your degree programme.
In addition to your weekly module field trip, we've organised a host of activities to ensure that you make the most of your time in the UK. These include:
- A welcome party and guided walking tour of campus
- A weekend trip to either Oxford or Cambridge and another English city such as Bath or Brighton
- An evening pub quiz at The Packhorse
- A tour of Royal Holloway's Picture Gallery
- A walk around Windsor Great Park or Virginia Water
Most of the activities above are included in the price of the Summer School programme but some will incur a small charge.
At weekends, you can make the most of Royal Holloway’s proximity to central London and historic Windsor with all the entertainment and heritage sites they have to offer. You may even consider exploring a little further afield in the UK, as central London is an excellent base from which to travel.
You will live in George Eliot halls, located on the northern side of the main campus. They are modern townhouses (for 9-12 students) with communal kitchens and lounge areas. Bathrooms are shared with one other student (two bathrooms per four bedrooms).
The Summer School fee includes accommodation, all breakfasts and dinners as well as tuition, course filed trips, transport to and from the airport as well as a £10 sim card. For lunches you can choose between campus catering facilities and restaurants in local Englefield Green or Windsor.
With our spectacular Founder’s Building and our famous 19th-century Picture Gallery, our campus is frequently named as one of the most beautiful campuses in the world. The campus has a new state-of-the-art 24-hour library space, alongside teaching rooms, specialist facilities and three theatres.
Our campus is just 19 miles from central London (40 minutes on the train) and seven miles from Heathrow Airport.
All modules are pitched at UK Level 5 (second year of undergraduate study). Therefore, you must be over 18 and you should have completed at least one year of your undergraduate study by the time the Summer School begins.
Your average marks will need to equate to a 3.0 GPA or the upper range of the 2.2 UK degree classification or equivalent.
All our courses are taught and assessed in English, so if English is not your first language you may need to prove that you have English Language proficiency to the equivalent of IELTS 6.0 overall (with no sub-score below 5.5).
If you are not sure how your qualifications compare with the requirements above, please contact our Admissions team at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Summer School fee is inclusive of the vast majority of costs:
- all tuition
- breakfasts and dinners
- transport to and from the airport
- all travel and entrance charges for course field trips
- £10 sim card enabling you to make international calls.
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The Short Term Study Visa is appropriate if you are attending our Summer School course and you do not intend to remain in the UK to study at the University after this course.
Please note that with a Short Term Study Visa:
- You may not work in the UK whether paid, unpaid or in a voluntary position and this includes Summer School internships
- Once in the UK you cannot extend your visa to continue your studies and you cannot apply to change your status for an alternative visa
- You cannot bring dependants (spouse/children) with you
How to apply for a Short Term Study Visa
Visa requirements vary according to your nationality. To enter the UK your nationality is either a Visa National or a Non-Visa National.
To find out if you are a Visa National or a Non-Visa National, please refer to the country lists via the link below, Appendix 2 lists visa national countries
- Visa Nationals: If your nationality is listed in the Appendix 2, you must obtain your Student Term Study Visa before leaving your home country.
- Non-Visa Nationals (EEA or Swiss Nationals): If your nationality is not listed in the Appendix 2, you will need to enter the UK as a short term study visitor when you arrive through UK immigration without arranging a visa in advance. It is very important that you do so by travelling directly into the UK from outside the Common Travel Area - for example, if you connect to London through the Republic of Ireland, you will not meet full UK immigration control on the way into the UK and will not be able to arrange the correct endorsement in your passport.
If you are a non-visa national and decide to arrive directly into the UK from outside of the Common Travel Area and seek a Short Term Study Visitor Visa stamp on entry to the country, you will need to show
- Your original offer letter
- Financial evidence to show that you can support yourself and pay for your studies
- Evidence that you intend to leave the UK at the end of your studies
Please also ensure that you are stamped in on a short term study visa by an immigration officer and do not use the e gates as your passport will not be stamped.
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