The Imperial Global Summer School combines a challenging academic programme with a packed schedule of social activities to create an unforgettable two weeks.
Our academic programme is designed to help you explore new and fascinating areas of your subject through lectures, seminars, practical laboratory work and group projects.
Week 1 - Subject stream
Explore our three subjects streams below:
You will develop academically and personally as you are inspired, challenged and supported throughout the programme by our experienced academics, researchers, Summer School leaders and mentors. There will be lots of opportunities to ask questions and discuss thoughts in classes and seminars.
The entire Summer School programme will be taught and conducted in English. You will be expected to learn and communicate in English, so a high standard is very important. See our admissions criteria for details of our academic requirements for Summer School students, including English language ability.
Teaching days (weekdays) typically run from 09:30 to 16:30, with one hour for lunch.
Week 2 - Team Challenge
In week two, you will come together with students from other streams to share what you have learnt so far and help to solve a real-world challenge that our society faces today. You will have the opportunity to develop vital skills you will need at university, like presenting, communication and group work, whilst working on a project that combines aspects from all three academic streams.
We want to test your creativity so we're working with the Imperial College Advanced Hackspace (ICAH) to design the real-world challenges for you to solve during the week. They are a community of entrepreneurs and inventors who have lots of experience in the process of coming up with new ideas.
Each team will be given a briefing of what will be required from them by the end of the week and will have the opportunity to work independently and creatively, but under the guidance of experts in the field. The week will end with an exhibition of the group projects, with awards for winning teams.
You will have the chance to attend our masterclasses to prepare you for the university application process in the UK. Topics may include:
- how to apply to a UK university
- how to write a personal statement
- interview skills
Topics in 2018:
- Robotics for Health
- Wearable Technology
- Future Vision
Structure of the week:
Monday – Project briefing and ideation – you will be briefed by your project leaders, experts in their field with real industry experience, and start to brainstorm a range of ideas with your group.
Tuesday – Idea development – you will work with the project leaders, your mentor and your group to evolve one idea further, consider how it can be developed as a business, product, initiative or concept.
Wednesday – Prototype development – using your ideas, and a range of materials, techniques and technology, you will build a prototype and see your idea become a reality.
Thursday – Poster design and presentation preparation – after putting the final touches to your prototypes, you will prepare a poster and practice your group presentation in advance of Friday’s exhibition.
Friday – Project presentations and exhibition – you will present your project to your group leaders, and winning teams will present again in front of friends and family for best overall project. All groups will exhibit their projects in an exhibition.
All the above information is meant as a guide and applicants should be aware that the academic programme is subject to change from year to year. Each year we make changes to the programme based on participant feedback. We are currently in the process of organising the academic sessions for the 2019 Global Summer School. Please email us if you have any questions about the academic sessions or any other aspect of the Global Summer School programme.