Frequently Asked Questions - Summer Schools
Can I apply to any summer school I want to?
If you have been awarded a Global Summer Experience scholarship, you must choose from the summer schools listed in our portfolio. We will allocate you to a summer school and you must only apply to that summer school.
If you are organising your own travel or attending a partner summer school, as long as you apply to the summer schools in time for their respective deadlines, you can apply for any that interest you. Do keep Global Opportunities informed of your plans in case we need to nominate you, and remember that some summer schools have application fees that are non-refundable.
Some summer school courses are aimed at ‘advanced bachelors’ students. What does this mean and could I be rejected if I have only completed one year of undergraduate study in Sheffield?
Advanced bachelor level usually means at least 2 years of undergraduate study completed before the summer school begins.
You might be accepted on to one of those courses if you are of particularly good academic standing and are willing to do preparatory reading. However, it would be less risky to apply for a course that doesn't have that prerequisite.
I have been allocated to a university for my Global Summer Experience, do I have to apply directly to them?
Yes, you need to apply to the host university. Ensure you keep checking their website for details of the application process and deadlines: the link is provided in the portfolio.
Often partner universities only start accepting applications in February so you may need to wait before you can apply.
I'm going on a Global Summer Experience and would like to add on some personal travel, is this possible?
Yes it is. However, if this increases the overall price of your travel booking, you will be asked to pay the difference. That is, the overall cost including personal travel, minus the cost of travel without personal travel.
You will be able to get quotes at the time of booking from our travel agent to help you make a decision.
This scenario may include travelling before or after the summer school and to other destinations outside of the summer school country.
Students who are not recipients of a Global Summer Experience scholarship are free to make their own travel arrangements.
Do I have a choice in my accommodation options and do I have to share a room?
The accommodation arrangements will depend on the university you will be studying at.
Some universities can offer rooms in their halls of residence. Some allocate students places in nearby hotels and hostels. Student accommodation can be limited in some countries so Global Summer Experience students must apply for their accommodation as soon as possible.
You may perceive the standard of the accommodation to be low compared to your experience of UK student housing, so keep an open mind about the experience.
You must be prepared to share a room if necessary and take a daily commute to your classes. If there is an option for a single room or different accommodation and either of these options costs more money, you are able to request this option, however if you are on a Global Summer Experience, you will be responsible for paying the difference in price.
Remember that there will be students from all around the world with you on the course, and part of a summer school is experiencing different cultures.
How do I find out the costs and the deadlines of when to apply?
The partner university websites will have the most up to date information about their courses and accommodation.
For any independent travel, you will need to research the information yourself online.
How do I access a discount or fee waiver at a partner university summer school?
A fee waiver is when you are not required to pay any tuition costs to the partner university on account of there being some leftover exchange places. Some partners will instead offer discounts on the fees to students from exchange partners.
Global Opportunities & Exchanges negotiates any tuition fee waivers with the overseas partner universities, so you need to contact us by email in the first instance to see if one could be available to you.
Fee waivers and discounts are managed on a ‘first-come-first-served’ basis so you are advised to contact us as soon as you can. If you are awarded a fee waiver, you will still be required to pay for all other costs associated with the the summer school.
Is there a possibility the summer school I apply to may be cancelled?
Some summer school courses could be cancelled if there has been low take-up, or if the hosting university has encountered staffing/resourcing issues. It is at the partner university’s discretion as to whether a course will be withdrawn.
If this happens to you, we will try our best to help you find an alternative, and if you hold a Global Summer Experience scholarship, you may need to defer (if possible) to the following summer.
How do I get HEAR recognition for my summer experience?
Global Opportunities & Exchanges emails all students at the conclusion of their declared summer experience with a request for a confirmation of stay and the completion of a feedback form. Students who submit both can have the summer experience recognised on their HEAR.