Summer opportunities

Spend the summer enhancing your dregree-related knowledge, exploring new subject areas or honing your language ability. Summer programmes run outside your Keele degree and last anywhere between one and six weeks. They are a great way to reap the benefits of an international study placment if your subject area does not offer the option to study abroad, you would prefer a shorter placement opportunity, or want to experience life abroad before committing to an international year.

Summer Schools

Some universities send us details of their in-person and virtual summer schools, which we advertise below and update throughout the spring semester. You are not restricted to Keele's partner universities and you are welcome to attend any programme that will accept you. Students apply to summer schools independently without direct involvement from the Global Opportunities Team, but we will support you however we can.

Why attend a summer school?

Academic development: 91.6% of students who undertake international opportunities graduate with a first-class or upper second-class degree (UUKI). Summer schools enable you to learn about areas of your subject not covered at Keele, explore different academic fields to complement your subject knowledge and post-graduate ambitions, or test and develop your language ability. By learning with students from accross the world in a different educational system, you will benefit from valuable new perspectives and teaching styles which you can encorporate into your Keele degree programme.

Boost your employability: Just 7.4% of UK undergraduates undertake a period of studies overseas making this a great way to stand out to employers (UUKI). Summer schools offer the chance to build an international network of contacts, develop cultural awareness and a global perspective. The Careers Team at Keele for more details of how international experiences can benefit your employability. 

Personal benefits: Summer schools allow you to meet new people, learn from new perspectives and teaching styles. The unique experiences you will gain allow you to develop new skills such as self-confidence and independence. You can read about how summer schools have contributed to the personal development of other Keele students on our student-led blog.

Develop you language skills: This is a fantastic opportunity to gain intensive practice and maybe even skip a language level (or two) when you return to Keele! Find out more about why the Language Centre think you should consider an intensive language course.

Short Programmes

We work to develop short subject specific programmes with partner institutions for one or two week programmes. These are usually organised at School level. Examples of past short programmes include Ball State, USA Criminology Programme and Universite Sains Malaysia, Life Sciences. We also run Global Citizenship and Global Leadership programmes with Common Purpose

Intensive Summer Courses

We offer our language students the opportunity to practise their language skills and gain first-hand experience of the target cultures in intensive summer vacation courses at selected partner universities. These programmes are usually supported by our Language Centre.