Making the most of your Global Summer School experience

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Global Summer School is an incredible opportunity to experience life as a university student. Learn from Imperial academics, live in on-campus accommodation, explore the best of London and meet likeminded students from across the globe. The programme offers all this and so much more in order to enrich your academic experiences and to prepare you for university and beyond.  

Attending Global Summer School? We’ve pulled together a list of tips to help you make the most of your experiences and the opportunities available to you on the programme.  

  1. Immerse yourself in the university campus and student life 
    Experience life as a real university student at Global Summer School. You will stay in our on-campus student accommodation in South Kensington and get a taste of what it is like to live away from home during your first year of university. You’ll work with current Imperial student mentors throughout the programme who have first-hand experience living and studying in London. They’ll show you around campus, provide academic and pastoral support and can give you insight into what it’s like to be a student at Imperial.
  2. Get ahead in your academic endeavours 
    Experience an Imperial education when you attend Global Summer School. You’ll learn from Imperial academics and experience the College’s world-leading facilities. Depending on which subject you choose, this could include a visit to the Data Science Institute’s Data Observatory, a tour of the Aeronautical Department’s supersonic and hypersonic wind tunnels, a visit to a real clinical hospital or practical sessions in our computer suite. Through a challenging programme of lectures, seminars and practical sessions you’ll participate in more than 50 hours of teaching time giving you a real taste of what it is like to study at university.   
  3. Form lifelong friendships from across the globe
    We welcome more than 500 students, representing over 50 nationalities to Imperial every year. Throughout your two weeks at Global Summer School, you’ll have plenty of time to work together and socialise with peers from all subjects on the programme. It’s a great opportunity to exchange ideas, share experiences and to learn from each other’s perspectives. Make the most of your time at Imperial by meeting new people and creating new networks within the STEM community. Who knows, you may end up studying at the same university as some of your new friends one day.
  4. Explore the best of London 
    An exciting part of our Global Summer School programme is the packed calendar of social activities. There’s a reason why London is ranked the best study city in the world*, and we do our best to show you why! The activities planned for 2024 include, a trip to see Wicked in London’s West End, a boat tour on the River Thames, a day trip to Brighton (a popular seaside town), a sightseeing bus tour of London’s best attractions, trips to the Science, Natural History and V&A Museums and much more. 

Your journey at Global Summer School is just beginning. By embracing these tips, you’ll make the most of this amazing experience and come away with memories to last a lifetime.  

*QS Best Student Cities 2024