English Language and UK Culture Summer School

Our two-week English Language and Culture Summer School enables you to experience a UK university and explore the UK.

About the programme

Please note that due to COVID-19, our Summer School will not be running in summer 2020.

Our two-week English Language and UK Culture Summer School enables you to experience a UK university and explore the UK.

During your time in Bristol you'll improve your English, your presentation skills and your writing. You'll also learn about British culture and what it’s like to study at a UK university.

As well as studying, you'll explore the UK with day trips to Oxford, Bath, Gloucester Cathedral and London.

Sessions may include:

  • a tour of UWE Bristol’s academic facilities and services such as the Centre for Sport
  • cultural sessions such as adjusting to the UK and an introduction to UK culture
  • skills workshops such as improving your presentation skills.

We also have welcome and farewell lunches for all Summer School students, where you can get to know or say goodbye to Bristol, your new friends and your lecturers.

You'll receive a UWE Bristol certificate of attendance at the end of the course.

View an example International Summer School itinerary (PDF).

Academic sessions

You'll receive 30 hours of tuition. The focus is on improving your language skills while enjoying an exciting experience in the UK.

All our tutors are native speakers and are highly qualified and experienced lecturers in English as a foreign language. They understand your needs, whether you want to prepare for university study, or simply improve your English and have fun. Classes are relaxed and friendly, and generally tutor-led. You'll do many of the activities in pairs or groups, helping you to practise your English and get to know the other group members better.

Eligibility

The Summer School is for students with an intermediate level of English (IELTS 5.0 and above, or equivalent). If you are not sure whether your English is good enough, please contact us and we will be happy to advise you.

If you are applying independently, you must be over the age of 18 when the course begins. If you are attending the Summer School as part of a group booking with a group leader, you must be over the age of 16 when the course begins.

UWE Bristol does not arrange your visa or contribute to the cost of a visa. You must arrange your student visa before you pay for the course.

Accommodation and your stay

As a Summer School student, you’ll stay in high-quality accommodation in our Student Village on Frenchay Campus. You’ll have your own en-suite bedroom in a flat for six, with a shared kitchen and lounge area. The Student Village is within easy walking distance of the library, computer rooms, the Centre for Sport and all the social spaces.

Your accommodation is included in the Summer School fees and this covers:

  • bed linen, towels and a kitchen pack
  • internet access in all rooms
  • weekly cleaning and linen change service
  • extensive 24-hour CCTV monitoring
  • on-site staff.

You will have access to all of UWE Bristol's student facilities during the Summer School. For some facilities like the gym you may need to complete an induction. You may also need to be accompanied for specialist facilities.

If you are staying in self-catering accommodation there will be a hob, grill and fridge/freezer. On Frenchay Campus there are also several catering options including cafes and The Students' Union at UWE.

Additional information about your stay in the UK

  • The UK uses the Pound Sterling (£).
  • July and August are the summer months, however, this does not always mean that it is warm or dry. We recommend bringing a range of clothing including an umbrella. For up-to-date weather reports visit The Weather Channel.
  • You will need a three-pin point plug adaptor for a standard UK plug socket. The UK uses different plugs to the rest of Europe.

Fees and costs

  • £1,150 for the self-catering package (No meals are included, except where stated. This is ideal for those who prefer to cook for themselves. This package is for over 18s only).
  • £1,450 for the all-inclusive package (All meals are included. This package is available to all students).

Fees include:

  • all teaching resources
  • 30 hours of classroom teaching
  • Wi-Fi access inside the school/University
  • two weeks’ accommodation in the Student Village on Frenchay Campus, living in flats of up to six people. Each flat has a shared kitchen and living area but you’ll have your own en-suite bedroom
  • airport transfers (at designated times – see below for details)
  • trips (see below for details)
  • a welcome and farewell lunch where you can get to know or say goodbye to Bristol, your new friends and your lecturers.

Please note that the following are not included in the course fees:

  • travel to and from the UK
  • UK entry visas (if required)
  • travel insurance.

We recommend that you bring £80–£100 per week for meals and drinks.

If you are planning additional excursions while in the UK you will need extra money.

If you wish to cancel your Summer School trip after it's already been paid for, unfortunately we do not refund the £300 deposit. Please see our cancellation rates:

Date of cancellation Charge
More than six weeks before the start of the course  £300 deposit only 
Between six and two weeks before the start of the course 50% of the course, plus £300 deposit
 Less than two weeks before the start of the course 100% of the course, plus £300 deposit

Trips

As part of the Summer School you will have the opportunity to visit some of Britain's most well-known towns and cities.

The options available will include:

  • London, England’s capital city, famous for its art galleries and museums, historic buildings and great shopping. The trip includes a twilight flight on the London Eye.
  • Oxford, ‘city of dreaming spires’ and home to England’s oldest university. There will also be an option to visit Bicester Village, where you can buy designer goods at discount prices.
  • Gloucester Cathedral, where scenes from Harry Potter were filmed.
  • Bath, with its famous Roman Baths and beautiful 18th century architecture.
  • Bristol, see the sights of this buzzing university city, and end your tour with a welcome dinner at a well-known Bristol restaurant.

All trips are with an experienced, professional tour guide.

Airport transfers

We’re offering free airport transfers from London Heathrow on the Saturday or Sunday before the course starts. These are limited to groups only.

If you are not attending as part of a group, or are arriving at a different airport, you can book your airport transfer independently (see tables below).

For an extra charge, we can arrange airport transfers from London or Bristol airports for individuals or small groups of students.

However, if you chose to make your own way to UWE Bristol then Bristol has lots of transport links, including motorways, train stations and an airport. Find out more information about how to find us.

Taxi service

Number of passengers Heathrow Bristol
Six seater taxi (up to three people plus luggage) £250 £60
Eight seater taxi (up to six people plus luggage) £300 £65
16 seater taxi (up to eight people plus luggage) £340 £155

Coach service

Coach service Cost
All London Heathrow airport terminals to Bristol coach station £12 single fare
Bristol International Airport £7 single fare

Please email globalstudents@uwe.ac.uk if you would like any help booking this.

How to apply

Please note that due to COVID-19, our Summer School will not be running in summer 2020.

To apply for the Summer School please complete this short application form.

Make sure you have read our terms and conditions before completing your application.

When we receive your application form we will ask you to pay a deposit of £300 to confirm your place. This will be deducted from the total fee. We will then confirm your place, and send you more information nearer to the start of the Summer School. The balance must be paid four weeks before the start of the course.

We accept applications up to six weeks before the start date of the Summer School.

UWE Bristol does not arrange your visa or contribute to the cost of a visa. You must arrange your student visa before you pay for the course.

If you wish to cancel your place on the Summer School you must email globalstudents@uwe.ac.uk. The cancellation fee will depend on when we receive your email.

Applying as a group

To attend a Summer School as part of a group booking (minimum ten students), you must be over the age of 16 at the time of the Summer School. Groups of under 18s must also bring a group leader (one for every five students under 18). Group leaders get a free place. Groups of over 18s are not expected to bring a group leader, but can do so if they wish.

Applying as an individual

You must be at least 18 when the course begins.