Exciting summer courses at UK boarding schools

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Exciting summer courses at UK boarding schools

Adventure, action, exciting new experiences, learning new skills, improving languages and academics – we have it all here in the UK, the home of world-class education. Learn more about summer courses at UK boarding schools and discover which one will be best for you.

What is a summer short course?

A short course in the UK is ideal for international students who are preparing to attend a UK boarding school, as well as those who simply want a fantastic summer experience in the UK.

It's a great opportunity to experience a taste of life in a British boarding school – you'll stay in a boarding house with other international students and be looked after by experienced pastoral staff.

There are so many short courses to choose from – each one usually focuses on a specific subject, sport or activity – so you can find the perfect course to suit your interests and ambitions. These courses also provide plenty of opportunities for sightseeing and making new friends from around the world.

If you're considering coming to the UK for a short course and feel overwhelmed by all the different choices, Academic Families can help find the best short course for you.

Benefits of participating in summer courses at a UK boarding school

Summer in the UK is a very exciting time for international students to visit. Whether this is your first time in the UK, or you have been here before, there is so much to do and see.


Participating in summer programmes at UK boarding schools offers numerous benefits for international students –

  • enhance academic performance – gain valuable academic knowledge and skills in a subject of your choice, which can enhance your academic performance and future career prospects.
  • develop important life skills – experience life in a boarding school environment, which can help you develop important life skills such as independence, resilience, and adaptability. Living and studying alongside students from different backgrounds and cultures also promotes diversity and encourages a global perspective.
  • adventurous experiences – enjoy a range of extracurricular activities and excursions, allowing you to engage in fun and adventurous experiences while exploring the local area. These activities can help you build new friendships, develop teamwork skills, and create lasting memories.
  • apply to your dream university – do you dream of studying in London, Oxford, or Cambridge? Short courses are impressive and look great on an international student's CV or personal statement. Additionally, you might be able to visit some of your dream universities or cities during excursions.
  • make friends for life – all courses will give you the chance to meet other young, ambitious and friendly students just like you from around the world to spend time with, and to practise your English skills together. It's a fantastic opportunity to make friends for life.
    explore the UK – you'll also meet British school staff who will be keen to show you, as a young visitor, the best of the UK and to make sure that you have a great time during your stay.

Overall, participating in a summer course at a UK boarding school offers a unique and enriching educational experience that combines academic learning with personal growth and enjoyment.

Popular summer activities and courses offered

UK boarding schools offer a wide range of summer school subjects. Some examples include –

  • English Language - students can improve their English language skills through immersive language classes and practice sessions. This is perfect for young learners or even for parents and family members looking for private lessons.
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) - schools offer courses in subjects like robotics, coding, physics, and mathematics, encouraging students to develop critical thinking and problem-solving abilities.
  • performing arts - students with a passion for music, dance, or drama can choose courses that focus on these areas, allowing them to develop their talents and showcase their creativity.
  • business development - students interested in business, digital marketing, and global trade can take part in short courses that will give them a thorough introduction to the working world.

If you would rather participate in a more activity-based short course, UK boarding schools offer a wide variety of courses focusing on popular activities too –

  • sports – students can engage in sports such as football, basketball, tennis, swimming, and more. These activities promote physical fitness, teamwork, and healthy competition.
  • outdoor adventures – schools often organise outdoor expeditions, such as hiking, camping, and canoeing, allowing students to explore and appreciate the natural beauty of the surroundings.
  • arts and crafts – students can engage in various artistic activities, such as painting, sculpture, pottery, and photography, fostering creativity and self-expression.
  • university preparation – these courses are designed for older students to focus on independent learning skills required for an undergraduate degree in the UK, including help and advice with applications and career prospects.

These are just a few examples – there are many more available if you have other interests you wish to pursue. Enquire with us now to discover the full list for Summer 2024.

Choosing the right summer short course

Choosing the right summer short course in the UK is a big decision and it's important to consider all the factors.

  1. Your interests and goals are a good place to start, along with what dates you'll be available in the summer break.
  2. Other factors such as teaching methods, facilities, reviews, career prospects, cost and location will also be important to discuss.
  3. There are hundreds to choose from, which can be daunting for many. Academic Families can help you choose a course that aligns with your goals and your available dates. With extensive knowledge of UK boarding schools, our Admissions Team will guide you every step of the way.

Contact Academic Families with your dates and your top priorities for what may turn out to be the best summer of your life so far.

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