The University of Exeter has made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s on campus International Summer School programme and instead put on an online programme.
This decision has been made with the wellbeing and experience of your students as the very top priority. While the situation in the UK is improving with the COVID-19 vaccination roll out, the start date of the on campus programme is very close to the earliest possible date for the removal of all social distancing restrictions and no guidelines are yet available for international travel to the UK. This means that we could be in a situation where students are either not able to fully interact with everyone or that there are several groups of students who cannot join us at all. We pride ourselves on the engagements and connections between students from all over the world and we don’t want to risk a potential lowering of the quality of the programme we can offer.
Our online programme will inevitably be different to our face to face programme as we have all learnt that simply replicating something online does not guarantee the highest student experience.
All students will still have the opportunity to study for credit on our 7.5 ECTS (3/4 US credit) modules via our engaging learning platform. This will involve both live interaction with our academic colleagues across the colleges and also pre-recorded content, including virtual field trips, to allow the students to manage their studies in their own time.
As well as the academic courses, we are also running a social networking programme to enable students to still interact with people from all over the world and learn about different cultures, including the UK. Part of this interaction will include a group challenge where students can collaborate to see if they can contribute solutions to social, technological and environmental issues facing the world. While we don’t expect them to put the world to rights, the idea is to inspire everyone to look at how they can make change and give more opportunity to see things from others’ perspectives, something which hasn’t been easily attainable in person now for a year.
We are also intending to run skills and knowledge sessions from our specialist teams in the university to help students prepare for life after their studies, including soft skills and study skills.
The programme fee for our accredited courses is £1,000 for one course or £1,500 for two courses and includes registration, access to our online library, and access and participation in our extracurricular activities.
Students from your institution who had already applied to our face to face programme have been contacted individually and given a further discount to apologise for having to cancel the face to face programme. Our application window will reopen on 22nd March for new applications to the online programme and will remain open until the middle of June.
As the International Summer School is a programme that students like to research and prepare for, we are advertising and opening applications at the same time as we have in other years but have considerable safeguards to protect your students.
We are reviewing the situation for a face to face event on our Streatham campus weekly and will continue to do so right up until the end of the programme itself. Should we feel at any time that the programme would put your students, our students or our staff in any danger, we will cancel the on campus experience. If we have to cancel, the students will be eligible for a full refund immediately or for a place on our digital summer programme.
We intend to run a digital summer programme alongside our face to face programme but with limited courses available. This would also provide us with the contingency of moving online should we need to. More information about our digital programme will be available after Christmas as this needs less preparation of travel for the students.
If a student accepts their place on the programme and then changes their mind for whatever reason, their deposit is fully protected until 3rd May. After this point, we will refund the deposit only on the advice of the student’s home institution should the travel opportunities be restricted by local or national policy.
I hope this serves to reassure you that we are taking every measure to ensure that we have contingency plans and sensible decision making at every step for our programme and that the students are protected financially should they feel unsure about making an application.
Our International Summer School provides students with the opportunity to experience studying the UK at a top institution for up to 15 ECTS/8 US credits in a variety of disciplines. Our courses range from literature to clinical psychology and are listed below. All courses are taught by University of Exeter faculty with field trips as far afield as south Cornwall and external specialists brought in by our faculty in a variety of roles such as engineers for the Meteorological Office of the UK.
In July 2020 we will be running the following courses:
- Adapting Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to Improve Access to Psychological Therapies
- Britain and the Making of the Modern World
- Contract Law
- Global Climate Change: Environment, Technology, and the Society
- Global Enterprise
- Human Rights Law
- International Relations: Security, Conflict and Peace
- Preventative Medicine: Exercise and the Environment
- Rethinking Shakespeare
- Victorian Decadents, Degenerates, Goths and Global Citizens
I’m also delighted to announce that a further course in Theatre, Performance Studies and Puppetry is also in the planning and information will be available on our website close to Christmas for this course.
Our International Summer School will run from 1st July until 22nd July and will include an orientation trip to London, on campus self-catered accommodation, all programme transport including airport transfers and an exciting social programme as well as our engaging academic programme. Should social distancing be required during this time, we have provision for this with our facilities and transport. We also have provision should any students need to quarantine for any reason.
As the first five days will be spent in London and then an introductory day in Exeter, if there are students who cannot make it to the UK in early July, we are happy to arrange a separate airport transfer to allow them to join us a few days in to the programme. This may come at a small extra cost, dependant on location.
The price of our programme is £2,400 for one module or £3,150 for two modules studied over the three weeks. We will also offer a £500 partial scholarship to any student who is able to prove a current/final GPA of 3.7 or equivalent.
For any students that applied last year and were offered a place by us for the programme we had to cancel, we have honoured their programme fee at the time of application and applied a 25% for them to apologise for the cancellation.
We have both digital and hard copy posters if you wish to display these within areas dedicated to the relevant fields. If you would like us to send you any for display or in an upcoming Study Abroad fair, please do let me know if you would like to receive these and we will get them sent to you as soon as possible.
In the meantime, if you would like any further information or have any questions please don’t hesitate to check out our website (www.exeter.ac.uk/internationalsummerschool) or email us and we would be happy to help.