Summer schools

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University summer schools

Uni Direct's summer school programme provides a unique opportunity to learn from professionals in a fun environment, giving you intensive tuition in small groups. At the same time, you can make friends from all over the world.

Our unique university summer schools take place over a five day period with three separate schools running each year:

  • ‘University Preparation’ Summer School - you will gain an in-depth understanding of the various study options available, as well as how to complete and submit a successful university application. The programme will help you enhance your study skills to succeed at university.
  • ‘Moving to University’ Summer School - for students coming from overseas, you will learn about British culture, practical tips for living in the UK, as well as developing a range of study skills.
  • ‘Succeeding at University’ Summer School - you will learn a range of study skills and research techniques covering all areas of your studies including, how to succeed in your exams, essays and your dissertation.


We work in small groups, allowing us take a personal and interactive approach to each summer school, using group based learning and one-to-one mentoring sessions.

For each summer school, in a typical day there are morning, afternoon and evening sessions. Each of these sessions encourages a fully participatory approach to learning.

Summer school activities

Our summer schools take place in Cornwall, in the UK, which is a beautiful place to visit. The beaches and coastline are amazing, making it a top holiday destination and a great place to ensure you have an enjoyable time during your stay. Our courses are unique. To create the right balance, we include a range of exciting summer school activities, such as water sports (surfing and stand-up paddle boarding) and opportunities to explore Cornwall's wonderful natural and cultural heritage. In an evening session, we might take you to experience an outdoor theatre built in to the coastal cliffs or perhaps enjoy a traditional music band. Of if you prefer, you can of course take some time out to relax and get ready for the next day.


Going to university
Direct University applications in the UK

Getting there

If you are travelling from overseas, Cornwall is easily accessible with three flights a day to and from London and other UK cities and there are also good rail and road connections. Also, as a part of each of our courses, you can extend your trip with one of our home stay options, where you can stay with a family for a week to build your confidence in English, and experience family life.

We can discuss the practical details with you, but rest assured our focus is on providing an exciting learning environment in our summer schools, where you can make new friends and have fun at the same time.

UCAS applications in the UK

Specialist summer schools

We also deliver our applying to university summer school programmes at other global locations with our international partners. Please contact us to find out other dates and locations. We can run specialist summer schools for prospective medical applicants, and for creative arts students.

You can find out more about our 3 main summer school programmes below:

Please contact us and speak to one of our expert advisers to find out more, about our university summer schools.